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

    Oma’s Marzipan Stollen

    4 reviews

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

    Stollen Butter Rolls

    5 reviews

    My family members enjoy my stollen so much and say it’s just too good to be served only on holidays....

    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

    7 reviews

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

    Surprise Sausage Bundles

    7 reviews

    Kielbasa and sauerkraut star in a tasty filling for these scrumptious stuffed rolls, which make a great dinner with soup...

    Fruit-Filled Spritz Cookies

    6 reviews

    From the first time I baked these cookies, they've been a big success. Old-fashioned and attractive, they make a perfect...

    Bavarian Apple Torte

    13 reviews

    This rich, creamy torte has always been one of my favorite autumn desserts. Mom uses the freshest apples from a...

    Simple Stollen

    7 reviews

    "When it comes to seasonal sweets, this easy Christmas stollen is a recipe I know I can count on," notes...

    Christmas Gingerbread House

    5 reviews

    Making a gingerbread house is a favorite tradition for my family during the holidays. We look forward to it every...

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    Tricolor Braid

    “This impressive loaf is wonderfully dense and chewy,” says field editor Cindi Paulson of Anchorage, Alaska. It takes some time...

    Gingerbread Crisp Cutouts

    5 reviews

    My grandsons started cooking by helping their grandpa mix up waffle and pancake batter. They also liked to make these...

    German Spice Cookies

    6 reviews

    These chewy spice cookies are great with coffee and taste even better the next day. The recipe has been a...

    Apple Bavarian Torte

    7 reviews

    A cookie-like crust holds the sensational filling of cream cheese, apples and almonds. This comforting apple torte will be welcomed...

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    German Apple Strudel

    16 reviews

    This gorgeous strudel has just what you crave this time of year: thin layers of flaky crust and lots of...

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    Buttercup Squash Bread

    We like this chewy, hearty bread as a substitute for white bread with holiday meals and at breakfast. My five...

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    Rich Fruit Kuchens

    12 reviews

    This German classic is such a part of our reunions, we designate a special place to serve it. Five generations...

    Pfeffernuesse Cookies

    12 reviews

    A German holiday tradition, these fragrant pfeffernuesse cookies pack a warm rush of spices in every bite. Also called peppernuts,...

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    Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

    40 reviews

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

    Gingerbread Teddy Bears

    3 reviews

    These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl. The big bears are...

    Apple Dutch Baby

    8 reviews

    This dish has been a longtime family favorite for Christmas morning. It is light, airy, and filled with eggs and...

    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...

    Bacon Potato Waffles

    6 reviews

    I like to garnish these great mashed potato waffles with sour cream and chives, or even a simple cheese sauce....

    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...

    Zwieback Rolls

    "FRESH ZWIEBACK is baked in many German Mennonite homes to serve to friends who might drop in, or for the...

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    Old-World Rye Bread

    1 review

    Rye and caraway give this bread wonderful flavor, while the surprise ingredient of baking cocoa adds to the rich, dark...

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    Gingerbread Biscotti

    Cranberries and almonds pair well with the mild gingerbread flavor in these gingerbread biscotti from our Test Kitchen. The crisp...

    Blueberry Kuchen

    29 reviews

    In the summer, we can get beautiful, plump blueberries, which I use in this easy-to-make coffee cake. I like to...

    Bishop’s Bread

    3 reviews

    This bread is packed with cherries, chocolate and nuts. I give away many loaves at Christmas. —Yvonne Wheeler, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Heart’s Delight Torte

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

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    Chocolate Cherry Cake Roll

    Serve up a little luxury with an elegant dessert that's easy to make. Cherries and chocolate are the perfect partners...