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3 Easy Christmas Cookies to Try

German Austrian Swiss Christmas CookiesDo these words sound like they would be delicious when baked together?

der Zimt

das Ei

die Mandel

der Puderzucker

If so, you're in for a treat. (See what I did there?)

Here are three easy Christmas cookie recipes you can try baking at home, one each from a website in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Viel Vergnügen!

1. Vanillekipferl von GuteKüche.at

GuteKueche.at calls itself «Das österreichische Gourmet-Portal» and I've been on their mailing list for several months now. It's quite...

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It's German Week at ALDI!

It's German week at ALDI!

I just heard about it and then I got the mailer in the papertoday. Sie können sich freuen!

There are pretzels, Spätzle (dried), Schnitzel, Strudel, Jaffa Cakes and more! LikeErdnusspuffs! Und Senf!Apfelschorle und Doppel Keks! View the mailer here (be sure to select the April 4-10 ad!) and find a store near youhere.

Viel Spaß beim Einkaufen!

Disclaimer: I have no business affiliation with ALDI and I do not receive any compensation for this post. I simply really,...

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Eat *this* Lebkuchen!

Eat this Lebkuchen Weihnachten German ChristmasLast Friday I went to pick up my mail and there was an unusual, square package waiting for me. "Leckerlee," it said on the box, which I thought "Hmmm, that's usually spelled "Leckerli," which is a sweet to eat (for a human) or a treat (when it's an animal), so there's got to be a backstory to this.

I got into my car, opened up the box, and lo and behold: it's German-style Lebkuchen (gingerbread) made in New York City. It's the assorted pack with both glazed and chocolate-covered Lebkuchen.


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It's German Week at ALDI! - Oktoberfest

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ALDI is a world-wide discount supermarket store from Germany and they offer a limited amount of offerings for very low prices. Every week they have a different special on special purchase items, so check their weekly ad to find out what the specials are.

From what I've been able to discover, ALDI has German Week four times a year, so once a quarter. One of these times it's Oktoberfest - products imported from Germany to help you celebrate on this side of the big pond.

ALDI has their own...

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How to Make a German "Nudelpfanne"

how to German NudelpfanneGermans have a great way to use up small amounts of leftover noodles & meat--Nudelpfanne!Literally: noodle-pan.

While it's probably most convenient to make Nudelpfanne with leftovers (Essensreste), you might be in the mood to just make a Nudelpfanne. It's simple, delicious, and you can make it the same or different every time.

Here's the step-by-step process:


gekochte Nudeln Noodles (cooked)
gekochtes Fleisch Meat of your choice (cooked)
Gemüse (gekocht oder auch nicht)

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End of an Era at Aldi

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The brothers Albrecht founded the discount chain Aldi in Germany after World War II. Now, four years after his brother Theo, Karl Albrecht has passed away, signaling the end of the first generation at Aldi.

The brand Aldi has grown to become a world-wide chain of discount stores, with their own Aldi-branded products and efficient store layouts, with weekly specials on special purchases--a different theme every week.

Karl and Theo AlbrechtOne of the things the brothers Albrecht were best known for was their...

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Amerikaner Cookies

"Amerikaner" means "American" and it is also the name of a most fabulous cake cookie that's available in many locations all over Germany.

They are beautiful, delicious cookies about the size of the palm of your hand and they make a fantastic sweet snack or as part of Kaffee (coffee and cake at 3 p.m. in Germany. What a delicious tradition.)


Here is a recipe for these cookies, known as black-and-white cookies here in the US. I made them for one of my German classes and they loved them. I...

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Pfannkuchen - Pancakes!

PfannkuchenGermans have a wonderful affinity for pancakes, and their pancakes are more in the French crepe style. There is a restaurant in Ulm that specializes in pancakes, and I can highly recommend it.

If, however, you are nowhere near Ulm, here is a recipe from Kochen mit der Maus (a cookbook from the children's show Die Sendung mit der Maus), converted into American units. (Unfortunately the original webpage where I found it isn't up any more, but if anyone finds it, please let me know!)

2 German ...

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