Traditional Swiss Holiday Recipes

Some of the best traditions during the holiday season are food-related traditions. In Switzerland traditional holiday recipes include savory dishes, such as fondue and raclette, and a variety of "weihnachtsguetzli" (Christmas cookies). While there are many variations and the recipes differ from family to family, there are a few typical recipes that are common among most Swiss households.

Take a look at these traditional Swiss holiday recipes and try them out for yourself!



A widely popular Christmas meal for Swiss families, "fondue Chinoise" is made by boiling bouillon and seasonings to create an aromatic broth which is served in a shared pot along with raw meat or fish to cook in the broth and dipping sauces.

Try this Fondue Chinoise recipe. 


Spitzbuben are traditional Swiss Christmas cookies whose name means "naughty boys". They're made from two layers of shortbread cookies with a hole in the center filled with marmalade or jam and dusted with powdered sugar.

Try this Spitzbuben recipe.



Similar to gingerbread, Lebkuchen is a pastry commonly made around the holidays in Switzerland. While there are many regional variations, the Swiss version doesn't include any ginger in the recipe and the main ingredients are honey, cloves, and cinnamon. 

Try this Swiss Lebkuchen recipe.



A tradition in the German-speaking regions of Switzerland that dates back to the 16th century, Grittibänz are made every year for St. Nicholas Day (December 6th) in the weeks leading up to the day. Grittibänz are milk and butter based pastry, similar to brioche, in the shape of little men. 

Try this Grittibänz recipe and follow the video at this link for forming technique.

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  • Sue W -

    Fond memories of my childhood

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