16 Irresistible German Desserts and Pastries

German desserts tantalize the senses with their comforting textures and familiar flavors.

German dishes like Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Spätzle are famous around the world.

Without a doubt, these foods are delicious and deserve their fame.



The sweet pastry makes a great little breakfast or afternoon treat. It’s even better when paired with coffee.

Knödel - Dumplings

Knödel are popular in European countries like Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia. Needless to say, they’re especially popular in Germany.



Despite its kitschy appearance and similarity to gingerbread, Germany’s Lebkuchen is a traditional German treat that dates back to the 13th century when monks first baked them.


Krapfen - Berliner Donuts

Similar to jelly donuts eaten around the world, Krapfen are yeasty pastries filled with jam, fried in oil, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.


Kaiserschmarrn - Shredded Pancakes

While most countries eat pancakes for breakfast or lunch, Germans shred puffy pancakes, caramelize them and serve the resulting ‘mess’ for dessert.


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