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7 Easy German Dessert Recipes

These easy German desserts would make Oma proud.

Updated August 31, 2018
Easy German Dessert Recipes

If you were lucky enough to grow up enjoying desserts made by Oma, then you know just how fantastic German desserts can be. Some of the classics include crisp apple strudel, fragrant spice cookies, decadent Black Forest cake, sweet crumb cake, and more. Just talking about it is enough to make anyone hungry!

But even if you didn't grow up with these desserts, there's still so much to love about them. We've collected a few of our very favorite German dessert recipes here to share with you. As a bonus, most of these are really easy to make! Oma may have enjoyed spending all day in the kitchen making these desserts, but we're sure she wouldn't mind if you saved a little time. If you really want to spend all day cooking, just make more than one of these recipes!

Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies

With a name like "Pfeffernusse," these cookies are just too charming to pass up. This is one of our favorite German cookie recipes, because it makes a lot of delicious, bite-sized cookies. The flavors are also incredible, with plenty of sweet spice flavor and a dusting of confectioner's sugar to balance it all out. This is one of those traditional German desserts that's perfect for a casual occasion or the holidays.

Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies

Easy Blueberry Crumb Cake

Crumb cakes are a mainstay among German desserts, and this recipe is one we're crazy for. Bright, juicy blueberries are suspended in fluffy cake and covered in a generous crumb topping. You can enjoy this cake for dessert or breakfast (we recommend both).

Easy Blueberry Crumb Cake

Mom's German Apple Cobbler

Apples are a popular ingredient in German desserts, and with this recipe it's easy to see why. The tart fruit is a perfect partner to crumbly cobbler topping. The whole dish just begs for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Mom's German Apple Cobbler

Brunch Worthy Crumb Cake

We couldn't resist throwing another German crumb cake into the mix here. This delicious cake is packed with warm cinnamon flavor and sweet topping. It's an ideal recipe for brunch, but you can definitely serve it for breakfast, dessert, or a snack (this is really an anytime German cake recipe).

Brunch Worthy Crumb Cake

Elegant Black Forest Cake

Black Forest cake is such a great name for a dessert, and it's good that its flavors are more than worthy of such a fun moniker! This Black Forest cake recipe is overflowing with cherry and chocolate flavor. The presentation is also terrific, with mounds of shaved chocolate on top. This is one German dessert recipe that you don't want to miss.

Elegant Black Forest Cake

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Strudel

Perhaps the most traditional German dessert recipe, apple strudel is a classic for a reason. Biting into flaky pastry, with a satisfying crunch, is one of the best dessert experiences ever. Try our delicious German pastry recipe to create your own version of this all-time favorite.

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Strudel

Caramelized Apple German Pancake

If you've never had a German apple pancake before (sometimes called Dutch baby pancakes), you're in for a real treat. This delicious apple pancake is fluffy, golden, and filled with caramelized apple slices. Like some of the other recipes here, you can enjoy this for breakfast or dessert. You're sure to be pleased either way.

Caramelized Apple German Pancake

German Dessert Recipe Trivia: German Chocolate Cake

Did you know that German chocolate cake isn't actually from Germany? The name comes from Sam German, a man who in the 19th century invented a type of sweet baking chocolate for the Baker's chocolate company. The cake was invented over 100 years later, when a Texas woman published a recipe using "German's chocolate" in her chocolate cake. The apostrophe was eventually dropped, and this American classic was born.

Easy German Chocolate Cake

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