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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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 Czech husband made his rendition of rhubarb strudel, it became my new favorite. This is a very quick recipe to make, and everyone who’s tried it loves it.
—Cyndee Sindelar, Princeton, NJ

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...


Chocolate-Cherry Cream Crepes

1 review

My 17-year old son calls me a gourmet cook whenever I make his favorite crepes. Sometimes, for a change, I...


Cherry Almond Mousse Pie

19 reviews

Treat your loved ones to a luscious pie with chocolate, cherries and nuts in a creamy vanilla mousse. It's a...


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...

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...


Valentine Cookie Bouquet

3 reviews

"I always try to do something special with my fair entries. This cookie bouquet was a blue-ribbon winner," says Marlene...

Coconut Truffles

2 reviews

These chocolate-covered coconut truffles can be flavored with a variety of extracts with delicious results. Making candy is a favorite...


Heart’s Delight Torte

1 review

Cherry pie filling dresses up homemade chocolate cake layers in this impressive dessert. "I found the recipe on a newspaper...


My True Love Cake

6 reviews

"Like my mother and grandmother, I have special recipe for every occasion," notes Beverly Coyde of Gasport, New York. "For...


Frosted Chocolate Cherry Cookies

1 review

My five brothers and I lost our mother when we were young, so we started cooking at an early age....

Schaum Strawberry Torte

19 reviews

This recipe was handed down from my German grandma. She took great pride in serving this delicate dessert. Whenever I...


Chocolate Bavarian with Strawberry Cream

Strawberries are my favorite fruit, so I'm always looking for new ways to use them. This elegant, fancy-looking dessert is...


German Chocolate Fondue

3 reviews

German sweet chocolate gives rich flavor to this simple specialty from Helen Phillips. Just a handful of ingredients and a...


Chocolate-Covered Cherry Brownies

6 reviews

Prefer sweet to salty? Susan Myers of Dublin, Ohio tops these chewy from-scratch brownies with mini marshmallows, maraschino cherries and...


Chocolate Cherry Cookies

2 reviews

A juicy maraschino cherry peeks out from under a creamy frosting in this chocolate cookie. I've been making them for...

Striped Icebox Cookies

6 reviews

I've been using this recipe ever since I was a little girl. I like it because it's easier than making...


Black Forest Dessert Cake

10 reviews

“The cake is a traditional German dessert. When my daughter went to Germany on a backpacking trip, she said the...


Cherry Cheesecake Mousse

1 review

“What’s great about this recipe is that it is not only perfect for the Christmas season, but also nice all...


Sacher Torte Squares

3 reviews

Sacher torte is a Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares are an easy alternative, but they still feature...


Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake Bars

1 review

I’ve had this recipe longer than I can remember. I like to make it for Valentine’s Day and Christmas. The...


Cherry-Chocolate Cream Puffs

1 review

I developed this fun chocolate-filled cream puff recipe that’s perfect for cherry lovers. I enjoy cooking and playing with ideas...


Berry-Almond Sandwich Cookies

1 review

Almond shortbread cookies cradle a delightful berry filling for this Christmas cookie favorite. The recipe is undeniably good. —Helga Schlape,...


Cherry Chocolate Crepes

3 reviews

Cherries and chocolate just naturally taste great together, but the combination is even better when enhanced by tender crepes and...

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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 Pie

6 reviews

With three active children, I don't usually fuss with fancy desserts. This one is simple but impressive--it's the one I...


Chocolate Raspberry Squares

10 reviews

This elegant bar cookie is loaded with wonderful flavors and very easy to assemble. A nice extra touch is to...


Almond Pear Torte

Yum! This recipe combines cheesecake, pears and nutmeg for a scrumptious holiday dessert. I sprinkle slivered almonds on top. —Trisha...


Black Forest Tart

6 reviews

Cherry pie filling and a melted chocolate drizzle top a rich, fudgy cake made from chocolate cookie crumbs. —Taste of...


Chocolate Cherry Pie

4 reviews

Assures Maxine Smith of Owanka, South Dakota. "This rich and creamy pie is sure to please any dyed-in-the-wool chocoholic!"