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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    Slow-Cooker Sauerkraut

    The recipe was made by a special someone in my life. I was never a fan of sauerkraut until I tried this and fell in love. It's terrific as a side dish or on reuben sandwiches. —Karen Tringali, Minooka, Illinois

    Sock Monkey Cookies

    Perhaps the most amazing thing about sock monkey cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic cookies on for...


    Slow-Cooker German Bratwurst

    2 reviews

    I created this Old World favorite from a dish I had during my travels. The flavorful entree is perfect for...


    Sauerkraut-Sausage Meatballs

    I got this recipe in 1979 from another new resident at a Welcome Wagon event when I moved to Ohio....


    Martin’s Rhubarb Strudel

    1 review

    Although I have always loved strudel, apple strudel was the only kind I ate for many years. But when my...

    Oma’s Marzipan Stollen

    3 reviews

    My German grandma made this stollen for us when we were young. I love its homey taste and how it...


    Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls

    1 review

    Here's my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside. Maraschino cherries add a sweet and unexpected punch...

    Ugly Sweater Cookies

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


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    Soft Beer Pretzel Nuggets

    6 reviews

    What goes together better than beer and pretzels? Not much that I can think of. That’s why I put them...


    Crunchy-Top Gingerbread

    My grandmother often served this dessert with her special Sunday dinners, and my mother and I have also taken it...


    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...

    German Vegetable Soup

    35 reviews

    My sister-in-law gave me this recipe—it's a nice thick soup. It does call for quite a few ingredients, but the...


    Gingerbread with Crunchy Topping

    1 review

    I credit my mom with instilling in me a love of baking. Tried-and-true recipes like this make holidays with my...


    Snappy Cocktail Meatballs

    This recipe was given to me more than 20 years ago by a German friend. The meatballs are easy to...


    Glazed Pfeffernuesse

    5 reviews

    Our version of the classic German cookie is nice to have on hand throughout the holiday season. They stay fresh—and...


    Bierocks

    18 reviews

    This is an old German recipe handed down from generation to generation, using foods grown or raised on the family...

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

    1 review

    This luscious cake is really versatile for all-year fun. I've changed the design on top to a heart for Valentine's,...


    Kolaches

    Also spelled "kolachkes", these sweet yeast buns have both Polish and Czech roots. They are usually filled with poppy seeds,...


    Sachertorte Bites

    Elegant and simple, these rich confection-like bars are a bite-sized take on the famous Viennese Sachertorte. It's traditionally made with...


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    Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

    37 reviews

    Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these homemade gingerbread cookies are baking. I make this gingerbread cookie recipe...


    Make-Ahead Holiday Cake

    2 reviews

    Julia Kinard of Dallastown, Pennsylvania recommends this impressive make-ahead dessert to please a crowd. "For my granddaughter's birthday, my daughter...


    Reuben Party Spread

    2 reviews

    "This speedy sandwich spread makes an appearance at almost all of our family gatherings," writes Connie Thompson from Racine, Wisconsin....


    Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes

    7 reviews

    I prepare these mini cheesecakes every Christmas and for many weddings. I've received countless compliments and recipe requests. When I...


    Mocha Cherry Cookies

    3 reviews

    Flecked with cherries and glistening with sugar, these dainty cookies always go over big. They're rich and tender, much like...

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    Corn Dumplings

    1 review

    Cornmeal and kernel corn give a double dose of harvest flavor to the soft dumplings. I serve them with chicken...


    Chocolate Chip Fruitcake

    1 review

    "Chocolate chips temp even those who don't care for fruitcake to try this one," says Ruth Peterson, Jenison, Michigan.


    Easy Black Forest Torte

    13 reviews

    This dessert couldn't be simpler—all you need is a boxed cake mix. pie filling, miniature marshmallows and whipped topping. This...


    Lazy Pierogi Bake

    1 review

    A favorite dish in our family is pierogi—tasty pockets of dough filled with cottage cheese and onions. Making pierogi is...


    Creamy Beef Stroganoff

    6 reviews

    When I was growing up, this is the recipe I'd request Mom to make for my birthday dinner. It's so...


    Black Forest Oatmeal Crisps

    Although the recipe for my hearty chocolate-cherry novelties is sized right for a bake sale or cookie exchange, it can...