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Traditional Christmas Stollen
5 from 3 votes

Traditional Christmas Stollen

This is an authentic recipe for traditional German Christmas Stollen, a slightly sweet loaf with nuts, raisins, and candied citrus peels. It is delicious right away but gets better if tightly wrapped in foil and kept in a cool place for about 3 weeks.
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Prep Time:18 mins
Total Time:20 mins


  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • ¾ cup soft butter
  • 4 oz candied lemon peel
  • 4 oz chopped almonds
  • 1 cup raisins best to soak in ½ cup rum over night
  • ¼ - ½ cup butter melted, for brushing the Stollen after baking
  • ¼ - ½ cup powdered sugar for dusting the Stollen after bakign
  • 4 oz marzipan optional


  • Mix the flour, sugars, yeast, salt, spices, milk, eggs, butter either in a stand mixer or by hand.
  • Cover the bowl loosely and let the dough sit in a warm place until visibly risen.
  • Add the raisins, candied lemon peel, and chopped almonds. Mix until well combined. This can be done in the bowl or better with your hands on the kitchen counter.
  • With your hands or a rolling pin, roll the dough into a big square. In the middle of the square, using your hands or the rolling pin, create an indentation the length of the dough. Roll the marzipan out the same length as the dough and place into indentation (if using).
  • Fold the dough over about 2/3.
  • Pick raisins from the surface and stick them deeper into the loaf (they'll blacken during baking if they're sitting on the surface).
  • Transfer the Stollen onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Loosely cover the Stollen and let sit in a warm place for about 30 - 60 minutes or until visibly risen.
  • Bake the Stollen at 320˚ F for about 50 minutes.
  • Remove the Stollen from the oven and immediately brush generously with the melted butter.
  • Dust the Stollen generously with the powdered sugar.
  • This Stollen can be enjoyed immediately but for the best flavor, I recommend tightly wrapping it in foil and keeping it in a cool place for about 3 weeks.
    Traditional Christmas Stollen


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Christmas stollen
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Our Gabled Home