20 Christmas Market Recipes | olivemagazine

Best Christmas market recipes


Adding rum to this Christmas market classic works really well – it compensates for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking. It’s not essential though – leave it out if you prefer.

Glühwein in glasses served on a tray

Christmas hot chocolate

A warm cup of smooth, velvety hot chocolate cannot be beaten. Our Christmas version features festive flavours, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and is topped with squirty cream.

Three mugs of Christmas hot chocolate topped with squirty cream, flakes and marshmallows


Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit.

A plate of shaped biscuits with white icing on top, set on a wire rack

Hot buttered rum

If mulled wine isn’t your thing try our hot buttered rum, made with golden rum, soft light brown sugar, unsalted butter and festive spices.

Two mugs filled with hot buttered rum, topped with a cinnamon stick

Cinnamon biscuits

These crisp iced biscuits are flavoured with warming cinnamon and ginger spices. They are sure to fill your kitchen with enticing festive aromas.

Decorated cinnamon Christmas biscuits


Similar to a pizza but without the tomato sauce, this festive German flammkuchen recipe tops a doughy base with smoky bacon lardons, crème fraîche, nutmeg and fresh thyme.

An aerial shot of two flatbread pizzas topped with bacon

Mulled port

Warm those cockles with a heady concoction of ruby port, cinnamon, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary – the perfect Christmas tipple.

Two glasses of mulled port with sprig of rosemary inside

Bratwurst in a bun

Bratwurst in a crusty roll, with caramelised onions, sauerkraut, plenty of mustard and a quick homemade currywurst-style sauce. Perfect festive comfort food.

Two sausages in buns topped with caramelised onions, ketchup and mustard


Put a rosy glow in your cheeks with this classic winter cocktail, made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, sherry, rum and plenty of fresh nutmeg.

Eggnog in a glass on a snow-covered table

Classic gingerbread

Try these traditional gingerbread squares with a crumbly, chewy texture. They’re the perfect homemade Christmas treat, ideal for sharing.

Gingerbread squares on a platter

Hot spiced cherry cup

The perfect pick-me-up on a chilly winter night, this spiced cocktail blends red wine with cherry brandy, plenty of fresh spices and citrus. Best served warm and garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Two glass mugs filled with a cherry cup and an orange slice

Spiced Christmas biscuits

A nibble of these simple spiced biscuits will transport you to a snowy market square. They’re packed with aromatic cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Iced Christmas biscuits tied onto a tree with ribbon

Mulled cider

This super simple, soul-warming autumnal cocktail is sure to impress your guests. Serve warm and decorate with cinnamon sticks for added flair.

Mulled Cider Cocktail Recipe

Salted honey nuts

Try snacking on this delicious medley of almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans, walnuts, peanuts and seeds, covered in a glossy salted honey sauce.

Salted honey nuts

Luxury hot chocolate

No winter wander would be complete without a cup of indulgent hot chocolate. Create your own fabulous towering toppings with cream and seasonal sweets.

Luxury Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot dogs with mustard slaw

Make a quick homemade slaw with cabbage, pepper and celery to top frankfurters. The crunchy slaw, punchy mustard dressing and soft brioche rolls are the perfect combination of flavours and textures.

A blue plate topped with four golden hot dog buns filled with a long sausage and cabbage slaw

Mulled beer

Forget cider and wine, mulled beer is the thing to be drinking over the festivities. Our recipe has Christmassy cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.

Mulled Beer Recipe

Salted peanut and pretzel caramel brittle

Our crunchy brittle is sweet, salty and deliciously addictive. Make a batch, smash into shards and let everyone help themselves to a chunk or two. It’ll disappear fast, so save some for yourself.

Salted Caramel Nut Brittle Recipe


These impressive looking pretzels are made with beer rather than water, and topped with a sprinkle of rock salt for crunch. Use the leftover beer for the camembert dip.

Soft Pretzel Recipe with Cheese Dip

Classic stollen

This gently spiced, festive bake is bursting with dried fruit and marzipan. A great homemade gift or afternoon pick-me-up.

Christmas stollen on a wooden board with a Christmas tree miniature and decorations on the side

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