German Holiday Recipes

Home cooking is most fun during the holidays and the German cuisine has lots to offer for amateur and accomplished domestic chefs. Here are collections of authentic German recipes for various holidays throughout the year:

Valentine’s Day Menu

Instead of just the usual flowers and chocolate routine this year why not show your affection for your loved one by cooking up a little romance with an intimate dinner for two at home? They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach but women are as equally impressed by a man who can cook! So, ladies (and gentlemen!) try our suggestions for a gourmet three-course dinner along with wine pairings. And be sure not to miss our selection of Valentine’s Day desserts.

Karneval (The Season of Fools)

a collection of German Karneval recipes with dishes representing traditional Karneval strongholds and perfect for a Karneval party at home.

Easter: A Week’s Worth of Recipes

For Christians the world-over, the week before Easter, known as Holy Week, is the most important week in the religious calendar. In Germany, as in other countries, the Easter season is marked by traditional dishes, cakes and confectionery. Here’s a collection of recipes for each of the most important days during the Easter season, namely Gründonnerstag (Maundy Thursday), Karfreitag (Good Friday) and Ostersonntag (Easter Sunday).

Maifest (1st of May)


Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Whether you’re celebrating a college or high school graduation, Mothers’ day, a bridal shower or just enjoying a beautiful spring day, these unique German-inspired brunch recipes will wow your guests and make your special occasion a day to remember.

Father’ Day BBQ (June)

What would a barbecue be without a great sausage hot dog topped with sauerkraut and mustard accompanied by potato salad and pickles and washed down with a refreshing glass of beer? All these “American” foods and beverages have traditions in German culture.

Weddings (June)


Independence Day (4th of July)


German Reunification Day (3rd of Oct)



Even if you can’t travel to Munich or join in a local celebration, you can stage your own Oktoberfest party at home! With such a variety of imported German foods and beverages available in the US, it’s not difficult to offer your guests a genuine “Oktoberfest Experience.”

Weinfest (Erntedank)


Thanksgiving Turkey & Holiday Goose

Our best turkey and gooses recipes for starring roasts and tasty leftovers.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes that celebrate their German roots and the flavors of the season.

Christmas & New Year’s

Nothing warms a chilly spirit like winter holiday confections from Germany. Create a feeling of Gemütlichkeit (German for “coziness”) for yourself and your family with meals made with imported specialties from Germany.

Christmas Cookies

Bring the classic smells and tastes of German Christmas cookies to your house with these authentic German cookie recipes.

Christmas Holiday Baking

Recipes for German classic baked goods like Dresdner Stollen, Honigkuchen, and Dark Chocolate Gingerbread.