Nana's Christmas Stollen Recipe -
Nana's Christmas Stollen Recipe
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Nana's Christmas Stollen

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"A German Christmas treat. This recipe was handed down by my great grandmother to my grandmother to my mother."

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Original recipe makes 3 loaves Change Servings
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    25 mins

    25 mins


  1. Scald milk. Add sugar, butter, and salt, and cool to lukewarm. Add 2 whole eggs, and 2 yolks. Mix.
  2. Add to 3 cups flour and yeast in food processor. Process and let rise until double.
  3. Add cardamom, raisins, citron, and cherries, and rest of flour. Process and put on floured board and knead. Let rise in greased bowl.
  4. When risen, cut into 3-4 pieces. Roll each into an oval, butter, and fold in half lengthwise. Put on greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise until double.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove to rack. When cool, frost with white butter frosting and decorate with candied cherry halves and sprinkle with colored sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2004

My mom died before she could write down her stollen recipe. It has been over five years since we had it. After making this recipe, it was everything that I remembered hers to be.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2010

I feel like i'm reading something wrong. I followed all the measurements exactly but there seems to be tool much wet ingredients or not enough dry. I didn't even have a dough it was more like a really sticky soupy blob...what did i do wrong?

Jan 08, 2004

This is pretty close to the recipe I have used for years from my great grandfather, a German baker. However, I must comment on one review so others do not try this. If you want stollen, you need to use cardamom. Nutmeg belongs in eggnog.

Jan 08, 2004

If you are using quick yeast in the jar the measurement is 2 1/2 tablespoons. Very nice dough.

Dec 06, 2007

Perfect! I doubled the fruit but no other changes. (I used cranberries, apricots, cherries, plums and also sliced almonds). The dough turned out wonderfully. Mixed it in my Kitchenaid mixer. Absolutely no flour adjustments needed. I dusted the baked loaves (4) generously with powdered sugar. Easy recipe and like ones I made years ago but less work! I'll be making it more often now. Thank you for bringing back a tradition.

Dec 27, 2007

I made this recipe as gifts at Christmas. The dough was beautiful but I would probably add more fruit next time I make it. I will definitely make it again. By the way, I used 2 packets of yeast and that worked fine (there seemed to be some confusion about the amount of yeast to use.

Dec 29, 2006

Very delicious! My husband likes to bake breads and he made this and it was better than his grandfather's German recipe that had been used for years and years! He added dried cranberries, raisins, red and green candied cherries and slivered almonds. Drizzled the top with a sugar glaze(powdered sugar, milk and almond extract)and decorated top with red and green candied cherry halves on icing. He/I will always use this recipe every Christmas from now on! Everyone loved it. Thanks!

Jan 08, 2004

I used 3 whole eggs instead of the eggs and yolks. This is a wonderful recipe but next time I make it I will add twice as much fruit. I put a glaze on it and decorated with green and red sprinkles. I used nutmeg instead of cardomon. This is good!


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  • Calories
  • 153 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 4.8 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 80 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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