List of German desserts

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This is a list of German desserts. German cuisine has evolved as a national cuisine through centuries of social and political change with variations from region to region. The southern regions of Germany, including Bavaria and neighboring Swabia, share many dishes. Furthermore, across the border in Austria, one will find many different dishes.

German desserts[edit]

Name Image Description
Nussecken a Shortbread cookie with ground hazelnuts that's cut into triangles and typically dipped in chocolate.
Aachener Printen Aachener Printen 0293.jpg a pastry and a type of Lebkuchen originating from the city of Aachen in Germany. The term is a protected designation of origin and so all manufacturers can be found in or near Aachen.
Berliner Berliner-Pfannkuchen.jpg similar to a jelly doughnut
Bethmännchen Bethmaennchen1.jpg a pastry made from marzipan with almond, powdered sugar, rosewater, flour and egg. It is a traditional cookie usually baked for Christmas Day and is widely available in chocolate shops around Frankfurt.[1]
Baumkuchen Baumkuchen,dresden,Deutschland.JPG
Bratapfel Bratäpfel Baked apples are a simple dessert of baked apples in the oven. They are traditionally prepared in winter at Christmas time from storable, solid and sour apple varieties as Boskoop
Bienenstich Bienenstich mit Hefeteig.jpg Literally "Bee sting", a German dessert made of a sweet yeast dough with a baked-on topping of caramelized almonds and filled with a vanilla custard, Buttercream or cream.[2][3][4]
Blachindla turnovers made of a pie-like crust and filled with a pumpkin filling
Black Forest cake Black Forest gateau.jpg (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) typically consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
Bremer Klaben a type of Stollen from Bremen, Germany
Buchteln Buchteln.jpg sweet rolls made of yeast dough, filled with jam, ground poppy seeds or curd
Buckwheat gateau a speciality of the Lüneburg Heath region of Lower Saxony, consisting of layers of cake made from buckwheat flour and heather honey, separated by a fruit layer using yoghurt and cranberries and topped by whipped cream and chocolate shavings.[5][6]
Carrot cake
Dampfnudel CDampfnudelnWP6.jpg typical of southern Germany, a sort of white bread roll or sweet roll eaten as a meal or as a dessert
Dominostein Dominostein edelherb.jpg a sweet primarily sold during Christmas season in Germany and Austria.
Donauwelle Donauwelle blech hg.jpg a traditional sheet cake popular in Germany and Austria that's prepared with sour cherries, buttercream, cocoa, chocolate and layered batter, like a marble cake.
Fasnacht (doughnut)
Frankfurter Kranz Frankfurter kranz hg.jpg
Franzbrötchen Franzbroetchen.wmt.jpg a small, sweet pastry, baked with butter and cinnamon.
Gugelhupf Kouglof.png a marble cake or Bundt cake.
Germknödel Germknoedel.jpg a fluffy yeast dough dumpling, filled with spicy plum jam and served with melted butter and a mix of poppy seeds and sugar on top
Garrapinyades Gebrannte Mandeln.JPG nuts (usually almonds) that have been cooked in a special way, so they end up coated in browned, crunchy sugar
Kreple Ponczki.jpg Silesian doughnuts
Kuchen Streuselkuchen7.jpg Kuchen is the German word for cake, and is used in other languages as the name for several different types of sweet desserts, pastries, and gateaux.
Lebkuchen Lebkuchenherzen.jpg Often sold at Christmas fairs and Carnival.
Linzer Auge Linzer Augen der Bäckerei Schwarz.jpg
Mohnklöße 2012-12 Mohnpielen anagoria.jpg
Muskazine Muskazine.jpg made from almonds, spices, sugar, flour, eggs and marzipan.
Marzipan Marzipanschwein.jpg
Magenbrot Magenbrot.jpg small, sweet glazed biscuit that shares many similarities with a gingerbread cookie. Often sold at Christmas market.
Pfeffernüsse[7] tiny spice cookies
Prinzregententorte Prinzregententorte.jpg a Bavarian cake, which consists of at least six thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream, with a dark chocolate glaze.
Rote Grütze Rote Grütze mit Vanillesoße.JPG
Rumtopf Rumtopf.jpg literally rum pot, a German and Danish dessert, traditionally eaten around Christmas.[8]
Schneeball (pastry) Schneeball-gebaeck.jpeg a pastry made from shortcrust pastry especially popular in the area of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Schokokuss Schokoladenkuss1.jpg Sweetened egg white foam
Spaghettieis Spaghettieis fcm.jpg a German ice cream made to look like a plate of spaghetti.
Spekulatius Elefant-Spekulatius.jpg a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption around Christmas in the westernmost parts of Germany
Springerle Springerle with typical foot swabian Fuessle.jpg a type of German biscuit with an embossed design made by pressing a mold onto rolled dough and allowing the impression to dry before baking.
Spritzgebäck Spritzgebäck.jpg a type of German Christmas biscuit made of flour, butter, sugar and eggs.
Spritzkuchen Mini-spritzkuchen-29.jpg a fried pastry similar to doughnuts
Stollen Stollen-Dresdner Christstollen.jpg a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar.
Streusel a crumbly topping of flour, butter, and sugar
Streuselkuchen Streuselkuchen.JPG a yeast dough covered with streusel.
Tollatsch Tollatsch.PNG From the region of Pomerania, made of flour, sugar, a blend of Lebkuchen spices, bread crumbs, almonds, and raisins. Tollatsch also contains the uncommon ingredients pork blood and Griebenschmalz (schmaltz with gribenes). The dough is cooked in meat broth.
Vanillekipferl Vanillekipferl.jpg small, crescent shaped biscuits
Welfenspeise a two-layered pudding, with cooked milk and vanilla sauce and very stiffly whipped egg white on the bottom, and a yellow layer of wine sauce made of beaten egg yolk, white wine and a little lemon juice on the top.
Wibele Wibele.jpg very small, sweet biscuits originating from the Franconian city of Langenburg in Germany, though nowadays they are considered a Swabian speciality.
Zwetschgenkuchen Plum cake2 ies.jpg a sheet cake or pie made from yeast dough or shortcrust dough that is thinly spread onto a baking sheet and covered with pitted plums.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frankfurt Christmas Market Retrieved 25 August 2013
  2. ^ Recipe at
  3. ^ Recipe at
  4. ^ Arnold Zabert: Backen - Die neue große Schule, Zabert Sandmann, Hamburg 1985, S. 125
  5. ^ A Taste of the Lowlands - Lunenburg Heath Buckwheat Torte at Accessed on 13 Feb 2012.
  6. ^ Heinzelmann, Ursula (2008). Food Culture in Germany, Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-313-34494-7
  7. ^ Broyles, Addie (December 11, 2012). "Relish Austin: Pfeffernüsse, a quirky Christmas cookie and so much more". American Statesman. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Clark, Melissa (September 21, 2010). "Spiking Summer Fruit in Order to Preserve It". The New York Times. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 

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