Christmas is the season for baking a variety of cookies that are cut into various shapes related to Christmas. Modern Christmas cookies date back to recipes from the Middle Ages, when many modern ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and dried fruits were introduced into the west. By the 16th century Christmas cookies had become popular across Europe, with gingerbread being the favourite in Germany. Here are five classic German Christmas cookie recipes for you. The recipes are pre-dominantly sourced from Dr. Oetker, which is our favourite since all recipes are a guaranteed success.