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Weihnachtsbäckerei – Part 5: Butterplätzchen


Butterplätzchen – Butter Cookies

A classic in German Christmas baking is the Butterplätzchen (butter cookie). It’s a favorite for baking with children. They love using cookie cutters in all kinds of shapes to make these most classic Christmas cookie of all and decorate them later. The difference between American and German Christmas butter cookies might not only be the recipe but also the size. Usually the German variation is thinner and much smaller in size than its US counterpart.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 250 g – flour
  • 200g – butter
  • 100g – Baker’s sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp – rum
  • grated skin of one lemon

Ingredients for the decoration:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • for decorating: chocolate sprinkles, colored sugar sprinkles or pearls, smarties , coarse sugar, etc.

Prepare a shortcrust pastry ( Knetteig) by sifting the flour on a board, adding the sugar and the butter cut in little flakes on top. Make a little depression in the middle of the heap of the flour mixture and add the egg yolk, rum and grated lemon.

Blend the ingredients by first chopping them with a large knife, then kneading them to a smooth dough with your hands.

Form a big round ball out of the dough, wrap it in parchment paper and let it rest for about 30 min in the refrigerator.

Dust your work surface and a rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough to about 3mm weihnachtsbackereibutterkekspixabaythin. Cut out different forms with your cookie cutters. Place the various cookie shapes on a lined baking sheet, and bake them for about 356-392 Fahrenheit in the pre-heated oven for about 8-10 minutes. They should look golden brown.

Before you start decorating your cookies, place the cookies on a cooling rack. Then whisk the egg yolk used for decorating with the 1 tbsp milk and brush the cookies with a thin layer. Decorate them with chocolate sprinkles, colored sugar pearls or coarse sugar.

…and you are ready to enjoy one of the most traditional German Christmas Cookies!

Happy Forth Sunday of Advent!


Let us know your favorite German Christmas Cookie Recipe and send it to CaliforniaGermans(at)gmail.com !

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German Speaking Dads of teenage sons needed for TV Commercial

Casting Call for a Commercial –

A casting company in Los Angeles is looking for Dads, who are not only fathers of a teenage son, but are also fluent in German!  The concept of the commercial “… is really charming and something most fathers would like to be a part of.”

Dads of all ethnicities & languages are welcome, but the agency is specifically looking for dads fluent in GERMAN.

Please check out the flyer below for more detailed information on the dates and more. If interested please email Elizabeth at elizabeth@broad-cast.tv  OR  Jasmine at   jasmine@broad-cast.tv



As Richard Wagner’s 200 Birthday Nears – Staged Reading of ” Richard and Felix – Twilight in Venice” at the Goethe Institut L.A.

Staged Reading of “Richard and Felix in Venice”
Tuesday, May 21st 2013, 7:30 pm 

Richard Wagner and his second wife Cosima, who...

Richard Wagner and his second wife Cosima, who established the Bayreuth canon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A short synopsis of the play:

Venice Italy, February 13, 1883. Composer Richard Wagner is seen at the window overlooking the Canale Grand in Venice.

As the music of Felix Mendelssohn plays, Mendelssohn himself, dead since 1847, appears to Wagner from beyond the grave.
Although in reality, the two had but three brief encounters, Richard and Felix: Twilight in Venice provides a fictionalized meeting and discussion between the two composers during the final hours of Wagner’s life.
The dramatic exchanges between the two composers explore not only Wagner’s fascination and animosity toward Mendelssohn’s music, but also examine the music of the time.
Although not a typical topic for the two composers, or their contemporaries the topic of Wagner’s relationship to Judaism—viewed through 21 century eyes— is also explored.

Presented by USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, the German-American Cultural Society (GACS) and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

Richard and Felix: Twilight in Venice, had its world premiere in 2010 in Hollywood’s MET THEATRE, and this staged reading will reunite the original cast.
Performed by: Don Paul (Richard Wagner), Jerry Weil (Felix Mendelssohn), Channing Chase (Cosima Wagner), Kelly Chatman (Lover), Christina Linhardt (Narrator)
The evening is produced by Cornelius Schnauber, the author of the play, Emeritus Associate Professor of USC and Founding Director and Director Emeritus of USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, and is sponsored by USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss- Studies, as well as the German-American Cultural Society (GACS).
English translation by Tom Schnauber.

Reception following the event. RSVP required.
$1 Validated Parking at Wilshire Courtyard West Building (P1) on weekends and evenings after 6:00 pm (events only) Related links

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
$7 General Admission, $4 for students, seniors, GACS members, Free for Friends of Goethe
RSVP: +1 213 7432707

 Article / Event Source: Goethe Institut Los Angeles

The best German Christmas Markets on Video

English: Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in...

English: Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in Jena, Thuringia, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Article by our Guest Author Gabriele Utz)

Germany has the most beautiful Christmas Markets. I put together a little collection of German Christmas Markets Videos that you will love. Find out about how Germany really is. It is not what you might think. It can be very modern but also very traditional. It is a combination of both and this makes it unique. Old World charm combined with contemporary features. German Christmas Markets are in almost every big or smaller city of Germany. There are markets in Castles like the famous one at the Hohenzollern Castle in Hechingen or the castle Thurn and Taxis.

Find hand crafted Christmas ornaments like the Erzgebirge pyramid or the Herrenhuter Star. Find different kinds of Lebkuchen and home made cookies; honey candles and Gluehwein mugs.
Enjoy the good German food like Bratwurst, local specialties and Gluehwein or Feuerzangen Bowle. That’s how Germany is – More than what you might think. Enjoy!

 The best German Christmas Markets Videos

German Christmas Markets: Berlin

German Christmas Markets: Heidelberg

German Christmas Markets: Siegen

German Christmas Markets: Nuernberg


Article Source: MyBestGermanRecipes

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Traditional St. Martin’s Day Celebrations in SoCal – Sankt Martins Fest in SoCal



OC INTERNATIONAL Academy invites to a traditional  German St. Martin’s Fest in Ladera Ranch


Orange County International Academy (OCI academy) in Ladera Ranch will celebrate St. Martin’s Day on Monday, November 12th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. 

Frau Kati will be reading a story about St. Martin and the children ages 2-9 will decorate a lantern craft with flameless candles with the teachers. In addition to the story of St. Martin, there will be German children’s songs, Games, Pizza and a Parade to the end of the street and back.

Donations of $8 each are helpful to cover the cost of the lanterns. Please email Shelby@OCIacademy.com if you plan to attend, so we can plan for enough pizza.

WHEN:  Monday, November 12, 2012
WHERE:  OCI Academy ,  10 Abyssinian Way,  Ladera Ranch
CONTACT:  949-545-7487;  Shelby@OCIacademy.com 

Children at OCI Academy in Ladera Ranch are celebrating the Sankt Martinsfest with a lantern parade and traditional “Weckmänner” !


St. Martin’s Day At The German United Methodist Church in Glendale 


The German United Methodist Church in Glendale invites you to celebrate St. Martin’s Day Day with fun activities for the whole family. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. with games, a clown show, songs and the story of St. Martin. At 6:00 p.m. pizza will be served, followed at 6:30 p.m. with a lantern walk around the park. Please bring a lantern to join in the fun, or for a small fee, the church will provide one for you.

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: German United Methodist Church, 556 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202
Admission: $ 10 donation per family
RSVP: Please RSVP so that enough food and activities can be provided for everyone to the Church office at 818-500-0786 or by e-mail office@christuskirche.us  or to Martina Tassius: mtassius@yahoo.com


Remember the words to the “Laterne, Laterne…” Song? Here is the sheet music:

To hear the song beautifully sung, click here:

“Laterne, Laterne, Sonne, Mond und Sterne” – Sankt Martins Lied