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Christmas Strudel
#Pastries and sweets
Made for holidays

Christmas Strudel

Christmas Strudel is festive, delicious, and full of goodness like apples, pears, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, and cookies.

Christmas Strudel
Christmas holidays are our favorite time of the year. We are the most creative that time of the year; we spend a lot of time with our family and love to eat and make delicious foods. This year, we are hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for the third time. If you have hosted large gatherings, you know it’s a lot of work. We spend a lot of time making appetizers and mains, so we love to make the dessert ahead of time. Last year, we made Brigadeiros, and this year, we plan on doing this Christmas strudel. Why? Because we can easily make it a day ahead, the prep is simple, and everyone in the family adores it.

Special occasions Christmas Strudel

These are the top reasons to make Christmas Strudel: 

  • your home will smell fantastic when this strudel will bake
  • in this roll, you can find delicious ingredients like apples, pears, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, and cookies
  • you can easily adjust the ingredients and use what you have at home
  • kids and adults love it
  • keep the strudel in the fridge or freeze it for later
  • the perfect Christmas dessert

Next, try this Viennese Apple Strudel recipe.

Christmas Strudel

Christmas Strudel

Essential ingredients

This Christmas Strudel is delicious and a great way to use any leftover Christmas goodies like dried fruits, chocolate, mixed nuts, and cookies. You can find all these ingredients in this festive roll. 

Cookies - we used whole Plazma cookies and ground cookies in this recipe. Feel free to use graham cracker crumbs if you can't find Plazma in your country.

Spices - this roll would only be festive with essential spices like ginger, allspice, and cinnamon.

Dried fruits - use what you have at home. We used a mixture of dried apricots, plums, and raisins.

Rum - pour rum over dried fruits to make it juicy and delicious. Bring to a boil, which means the alcohol will evaporate, so you can easily offer this dessert to kids. Feel free to substitute the rum with water.

Phyllo - use fresh phyllo sheets. Feel free to make it at home or use store-bought sheets.

Apples and pear - there's only a strudel with fresh fruit. You can find apples and pears in this recipe, which makes it incredibly delicious.

Mixed nuts - use what you have at home. We used a mixture of walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and pistachios.

Chocolate - we love dark chocolate in this strudel. We recommend using semi-sweet or dark chocolate. Use roughly chopped chocolate instead of chocolate chips. 

Christmas Strudel

Christmas Strudel

Storing and freezing

Christmas Strudel keeps well, and we can easily freeze it for later. This way, we always have some festive food at hand when we crave it. You can freeze the whole strudel or cut it into slices,

Keep the Christmas Strudel covered at room temperature for up to a day. Or transfer the strudel to an airtight container. Seal and place in the fridge for up to 5 days. Before serving, place the strudel at room temperature or reheat it in the microwave.

Feel free to freeze the Christmas Strudel. Place the strudel in a freezer bag or airtight container. Keep in the freezer for up to a month. Before serving, defrost it by placing it at room temperature or reheat it in the microwave.

How to make Christmas Strudel at home (video)

Check this quick video to master making Christmas Strudel at home.

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Thanks, Plazma, for sponsoring this recipe.

Lets get cooking!

  • serves
  • preparation:
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  • total time:
    hour 20 minutes


  • cookie mixture

    Combine ground cookies (ground graham crumb), sugar, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside until needed.

  • dry fruits

    Add chopped dried fruits to a small bowl. Cover with rum and set aside over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

    Feel free to substitute the rum with water.
  • prepare the butter

    Add butter to a small saucepan, place over medium heat, and wait for the butter to melt. Remove from the heat and add freshly squeezed mandarin.

  • prepare fruits and nuts

    Peel the apples and pears. Remove the kernels and grate into a large bowl. Add the vanilla sugar, drained dried fruits, and chopped nuts. Stir to combine and set aside. Roughly chop cookies and chocolate.

  • make the strudel

    Take the phyllo sheets from the packaging. Add one sheet on a clean kitchen towel. Place a second sheet of phyllo over the first to overlap for about 10 centimeters or 4 inches. Generously brush the sheet with melted butter and sprinkle half of the pastry with 1/4 of the cookie crumb mixture (step 1) all over the pastry. Arrange 1/4 of prepared fruit on top and sprinkle with 1/4 of chopped cookies and chocolate. Use the rest of the ingredients to make four smaller strudels. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 180 °C / 350 °F. Line a large 25 cm x 30 cm (10-inch x 12-inch) baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • roll into a strudel

    Start rolling the pastry into a strudel on the shorter edge. Roll into a tight strudel. Seal the edges with your fingers to prevent the filling from falling out. Transfer the strudel onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat the process with the rest of the ingredients. Brush the strudels with melted butter before baking.

  • bake

    Place the strudel in the oven and bake for 50 - 60 minutes at 180 °C / 350 °F or until the pastry is golden-brown and crunchy. Leave the baked Christmas strudel on the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes to cool, dust it with powdered sugar, and serve.


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