Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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German Buttercream

This German buttercream frosting is super silky and buttery. It's pleasantly sweet, but not overly sweet like some American buttercreams can be. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ugly Sweater Cookies

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ugly Sweater Cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic gingerbreads on for...

Gingerbread Yule Log

3 reviews

Nicely seasoned gingerbread holds a sweet creamy filling. This dessert is surprisingly light, so it's easy to indulge in a...

Butterscotch Gingerbread Men

2 reviews

The addition of butterscotch pudding makes these a little different than most gingerbread cutout recipes. The recipe comes from my...

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Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

5 reviews

When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities. My mother-in-law first shared it...

Gingerbread Men

1 review

Cookie cutters work well to form these fun and festive fellows from our Test Kitchen. Kids of all ages will...

Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cakes

For an adorable cake to serve at a child's birthday party, try this recipe. They are not only cute but...

Makeover German Sweet Chocolate Cake

"This is a delicious family recipe that I just love," writes Patricia Peebles from Springfield, Missouri. It's been slimmed-down using,...

German Chocolate Birthday Cake

10 reviews

This moist, flavorful cake was the traditional birthday cake at our house when I was growing up. Everyone requested it....

Hard Sauce

4 reviews

I remember making this sauce for my mom when I was about 8 years old. I loved the aroma and...

Chocolate Lebkuchen

1 review

Having lived in Germany, I try to keep my German cooking as authentic as possible. This lovely lebkuchen recipe is...

German Black Forest Cake

8 reviews

As far as I know, this cake recipe can be traced back to my German great-grandma. When I got married,...

Black Forest Chocolate Torte

6 reviews

If you're thinking about pulling out all the stops for a dessert that says wow, look no further. This cherry-crowned...

German Sweet Chocolate Cake

This is a real treat. My sister and I always enjoy preparing this together.—Patricia Peebles, Springfield, Missouri

Citrus Gingerbread Cookies

1 review

Orange and lemon zest give gingerbread cutouts a refreshing twist. Brushing a honey glaze over the top adds a subtle...

Gingerbread Rings

Baking batches of cookies in early December always puts me in the mood for Christmas. This particular recipe yields quite...

Dipped Gingersnaps

48 reviews

I get tremendous satisfaction making and giving time-tested yuletide treats like these soft, chewy cookies. Dipping them in white chocolate...

Ellen’s Edible Gingerbread House

1 review

We adapted this pretty gingerbread house from Ellen Wages in Vancleave, Mississippi…and came up with this petite version. Unlike Ellen's...

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German Chocolate Cake

85 reviews

According to my husband, this is the best German chocolate cake recipe in the whole world. Every bite has a...

Frosted Gingerbread Nut Cookies

1 review

I received the recipe for these soft ginger cookies from a dear friend who has since passed away. A comforting...

Chocolate Cherry Cake

5 reviews

This is a very quick and easy cake to make. It is fancy enough to serve to guests.—Lois Valley, Morgan...

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Potluck German Apple Cake

54 reviews

My mother made this German apple cake for my brothers and me when we were kids. It's an excellent choice...