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Celebrate Christmas German-Style

Celebrate Christmas German-Style

The Christmas season in Germany begins four Sundays before Christmas Eve with the start of Advent. This year, the first Advent Sunday is December 2nd. 

'Weihnachtsplätzchen' in Germany occurs from the beginning of Advent until Christmas Eve. This is the peak season for home bakers to break out their rolling pins and begin baking holiday goodies. Rich Christmas cookies are one of Germany's culinary traditions, and those fabulous smells are found in homes and outdoor Christmas markets in German households every November and December. Once the shopping for sprinkles, spices and nuts is finished, the fun begins. Baking Christmas cookies can be one of the most special family activities of the year or the perfect opportunity to get together with friends who enjoy baking. 'Tis the season after all ... so get out the cookie cutters and preheat the oven. It's time to bake cookies!

Stollen and Lebkuchen are also traditional German holiday desserts. German bakers have spent years perfecting their ability to create these European delights. Consider stopping by your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and choosing from a wide variety of Lebkuchen shapes and sizes, and Stollen with a variety of fillings. Freshly baked and imported from Germany, look for these items in the International Foods Department at Fiesta Mart.

 To start your holiday baking, try these recipes from the Fiesta Mart Recipe Corner

Here is a recipe for Angel Cookies, try this and let us know your feedback:

Ingredients

3/4 cup powdered sugar

5.3 oz plain marzipan 

1 small egg

2 teaspoons flour

1/4 cup ground almonds

1/2 cup whole blanched almonds

1 egg yolk for coating

Preparation

Preheat the oven at 350° F. Combine powdered sugar, marzipan, egg yolk, flour and ground almonds until dough is smooth. Form little round balls. Cut whole almonds in half, place three halves on each ball, and brush with egg yolk. Place balls on cookie sheet lined with baking parchment. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

Recipe courtesy the German Marketing Board www.germanfoods.org/.

 

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