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Oktoberfest Gingerbread Hearts

It’s the time of the month again – The time when two wonderful friends and I come up with a theme and cook/bake dishes to it. This month we chose the theme “Oktoberfest”. Why?! Because I am Bavarian and so sad that this is the second year I can not be in Munich to dance on the bench in the beer tent with beer in my hand!

The two other bloggers I am talking about are Dawn from Spatulas On Parade and Cynthia from Feeding Big.
Cynthia is on vacation in Germany right now, so she has to pass on this one. But I am sure you will find lots of pictures of German food on her page once she comes back :)

Let me start by sharing a private picture of my at a beer tent, of course in my Dirndl :) It was so hard to find one that is not too embarrassing to share, since pictures are usually taken after I had 4 or 5 beer already and you really don’t want to see them! Oh and since we are talking about it, I want to make clear that we Bavarians do NOT walk around in a Dirndl and Lederhosen all day everyday! I had to laugh so bad when I came to the US and heard that this is what people think haha.

316556_231116763600900_2237065_nThe beer you see in front of me is a Dark Hefeweizen mixed with Cherry Liquor and a tiny bit of Coke. If you never had it, you should! It’s called a Bumbamass and you will never want your beer any other way anymore :) Traditionally to be drunk out of 2 thin straws!

To get a spot in a Oktoberfest tent you have to make a reservation 2 years ahead or get up very early and start standing in line in front of the tent at about 7am! But even if you can’t go into a tent, there is enough party outside. Walking through the Oktoberfest is magical, it’s like a different world. People are in such a good mood, everyone talks to everyone, we all party together …

One thing also everyone does there is eating! Let me start with the recipe for Gingerbread Hearts, then I will show you a couple more dishes.
Gingerbread Hearts are a must whenever you go to the Oktoberfest. They come in all kinds of colors and with all kinds of texts on them. By now there are even a bunch in English, so no worries that you buy something that you don’t understand :)
Many people keep them and hang them on the wall at home. I don’t know how they do that! The longest survival time of hearts I’ve got was 2 days, after that I just had to eat it 😛 I can’t resist anything sweet!


Oktoberfest Gingerbread Hearts
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
The Hearts:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons gingerbread spice***
  • 5¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk
The Decoration:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3¾ cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring of choice
How you make it
  1. Combine butter, honey, sugar, gingerbread spice and cocoa in a small pot over medium heat until sugar has dissolved completely, then let cool
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, egg yolks, some milk and the honey mixture
  3. Knead until smooth, then cover and let rest in fridge over night
  4. Take a thick piece of paper or cardboard and cut out a heart sized 12*12 inches
  5. Preheat your oven to 395 F
  6. Roll out the dough to about 0.5 inch thickness (cover the dough with clear foil to avoid sticking to the rolling pin)
  7. Use the heart form you made earlier and cut out a heart
  8. Gently transfer the heart onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes
  9. Immediately take off of baking sheet and let cool completely
  10. Now combine egg whites and powdered sugar until stiff (add food coloring if you want) and start decorating your heart however you want :)
*** You can find German gingerbread spice on Amazon for really cheap (it's well worth ordering it)

You can make these hearts all year around. We give them as a little present for birthdays, to show some love to family members or simply with a funny saying on it for friends :)  One package of the gingerbread spice will last you at least half a year.

Of course sweets are not everything we eat (even tho I wouldn’t mind that haha). In the next few weeks I will show you a couple more crazy good Oktoberfest foods here on the blog, but for today let’s have a look at one of my favorites, made by Spatulas On Parade. Rouladen with gravy. I love them and would eat them everyday!

Oh and have you seen my Bavarian Potato Salad already? I posted it a couple months ago. Even tho I didn’t want to because it is the original recipe from my grandpa, but too many people asked me for it, so I though I’d share :)

bavarian potato salad german recipe
So if you are a little patient with me, I promise to show you original recipes for amazing Cheese Pretzels and a couple more dishes that I want to keep secret for now 😉

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  1. Umm, pretty sure that I’ve never heard of Bumbamass, but it sounds INCREDIBLE. I love darker beers and alcoholic drinks, so it totally sounds like my style of drink. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yum! Those hearts look delicious and so pretty too. I can’t resist sweets either!

  3. Oh that Bavarian Salad is a killer! YUM!!!

  4. Oh I can’t wait to see all the fun German foods you have prepared to show us!! We lived in Germany for 3 years, over near Baumholder. But I did get over to Garmisch area while we lived there. It was absolutely amazing. Oktoberfest had the most amazing celebrations. I miss Germany with all my heart!

  5. My friend is recetly shifted to Germany and she told me about this Oktoberfest, sounds so fun! I have never heard of this kinda beer!

  6. did you do hat printing on those cookies? What a steady hand you must have. They turned out GREAT!!!

    • Haha I wish I did this! The picture is taken on the Oktoberfest. Mine don’t look quite as good, but for sure are just as delicious 😉

  7. Shoot, I am working on my iPad and I can’t do anything right on it. I meant that printing, not hat

  8. Those food images make me so hungry, I will try some

  9. I miss you, you miss it and Cynthia is there but will miss it. HOW did we manage that? sigh…
    Love the photo of you in the tent. Did you see my tent photo?
    WAY back in 1986 when I went there were no reservations unless it was at the “premiere” table. We walked right in and found spot, sat down and enjoyed.

  10. I saw these hearts at Dawn’s blog and I was drooling over . YUM!

  11. anne4thesaturdayeveningpot says:

    I would LOVE to try these recipes…. we have a great German restaurant in our area that we love to eat at. These sound delicious and I bet making it at home is better than eating out, as usual. :)

  12. The beer sounds good and the cookies look delish!

  13. What an adorable pic of you in your Oktoberfest costume! Sexy lady! 😉 The cookies are so pretty and they look delicious. Oh frosting…you are my weakness!

  14. All that food makes me hungry. They look super yummy. I’m not a beer drinker but that does sound like a really good beer combo.

  15. corinne1989 says:

    LOVE your fraulein outfit! The gingerbread hearts would be fun to make with the kids. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Sounds like you have a great time and you look great too! So much fun. I love this name – Bumbamass – for a beer. I have to tell my son about this. He will love it.

  17. I just saw another Bavarian potato salad – it is interesting to see the differences! I like the look of yours better though…

  18. I love Germany. I lived there for 3 years. It was such a great experience to have had. I never had or heard of Bumbass before though.

  19. Your post made me really hungry. I would love to go there, sounds and looks like a great time. Yum for beer!

  20. I love the gingerbread hearts. They are decorative and edible which is awesome.

  21. What intricate art you added in your gingerbread hearts! I love it! My gosh, that first photo is lovely! I never seen a beer like that. lol. not a beer drinker here but I remember serving boo’s when my parents were running a karaoke bar.

  22. that bavarian recipe looks yummy

  23. Yummy yummy!! 😀

  24. Your potato salad looks so scrumptious! Thanks for the gingerbread recipe.

  25. That potato salad looks amazing! I definitely would love to go to a real Oktoberfest! I live in Cincinnati and we have an Oktoberfest every year, but I’m sure it’s nothing compared to one in Munich!

  26. Beer, braust and treats? I love it!

  27. StacieinAtlanta says:

    I really want that potato salad right now. YUM!

  28. Jutta, you look so lovely in this photo. I have thought of you often on my trip here in Germany. While in Koblenz, they had a carnival and there were many hearts to be found. Great post!

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