1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | My Favorite German Desserts

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I’m sitting here watching the 2022 Winter Olympics and am blown away by the sheer bravery of the participants…and I also wonder who are these people’s mothers???…why and how on earth would you let your babies do these insanely dangerous things? hahaha! I am so not a brave person!

1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | Gathered In The Kitchen

I’m reminiscing about the Christmas we spent in Germany (and a few other counties) two years ago. We visited the 1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Our kiddos had so much fun pretending they were real ski jumpers!

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Olympic Ski Stadium

The ski stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany was amazing to visit. Just being in the same place where incredible athletes had once set foot was amazing enough. But being there, you really get to see and feel the magnitude of the great heights that these athletes jump from!

1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | Gathered In The Kitchen

Now don’t get me wrong, when I watch it on TV, I think why would you ever do that? But then when I stood there, looking up…and up…and up…I REALLY thought “oh heck no!”.

I mean the jumps are literally halfway to Heaven. For real.

1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | Gathered In The Kitchen
1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | Gathered In The Kitchen

There is no amount of money that could get me to even just stand at the top of the jumps, let alone jump!

If by some odd chance, I actually made it down alive, I surely would die at the bottom! I have no idea how on earth someone can come to a complete stop in such a small amount of space at the bottom!

Being here truly gave me a whole new appreciation for the athletes that compete.

1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | Gathered In The Kitchen

So while we watch these amazing athletes compete, we are celebrating at home with some of our favorite German desserts! That’s right…I’ll sit right here, safely on the couch, stuffing my face with goodies, while all these brave athletes do something I could never do!

1936 Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany | Gathered In The Kitchen

My Favorite German Desserts

Although, ski jumping and every other winter Olympic sport are not in my future, I can bake! And boy do I enjoy doing it! I’m sharing some of my favorite German inspired desserts today – which makes me feel like I’m an extra supportive Olympic fan! {yep, just go with it!}

German Chocolate Cake Balls

At our old school in North Carolina, the students had a heritage week in 2nd grade. Being that our family is German, my son made these German Chocolate Cake Balls. They are delicious and so easy to make! We totally cheated and used box cake mix and frosting!

German Chocolate Cake Balls

German Black Forest Cake

When my daughter was in 2nd grade, we were definitely a bit more ambitious. I slaved away one late night making this gorgeous German Black Forest Cake. It also was amazingly good and totally killed it on looking like something hard to make!

German Black Forest Cake

German Fruit Cake

I also love my husband’s Grandma’s German Fruit Cake. It’s dense, rich and not too sweet. The perfect breakfast or late night treat with a cup of hot coffee!

German Fruit Cake

Gingerbread Boys

Then there’s my Grandma’s Gingerbread Boys. I know this is no surprise to my long time readers. You are very familiar with this recipe as I have shared about our cookie decorating parties many of years! My brother always loved these cookies. She made them every Christmas and my cute little brother would devour them!

Gingerbread Boy Cookies | Gathered In The Kitchen

So there you have it. Four of my favorite German desserts that you can make at home, without any special ingredients or culinary skills! While all of these recipes may definitely be the “Americanized” version of these great desserts…that’s ok, they are still extra delicious and crave-worthy!

Happy Olympic Games watching!!

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