Bierberg is the hidden gem of German Village in Columbus, Ohio.
Located on a quiet cobblestone street inside a tiny house with a strange facade, this family-run shop opens for only two months each year. A group of ladies, including family and friends, gather each year to bake thousands of Christmas cookies using the recipes Theresa Bierberg brought with her from Germany in the early 1900s. Today the shop is run by Theresa’s granddaughter Helen with help from her children and friends.
They are only open 9am-5pm, and they are always busy on the weekends.
Be patient. It is worth the wait.
The entryway is cramped, since most of the house is a kitchen. As soon as I step inside, my eyes light up at the sight of all the tins of cookies.
I wait for my turn, taking in the smells, watching the bakers in action, smiling to myself when I hear a German accent coming from the kitchen.
There are at least 25 tins filled with different types of cookies.
I never remember what any of the cookies are, however, someone is always happy to describe the flavors and tell me which ones I must try because they are the most traditional or are the favorites of the bakers.
What makes these cookies special is the subtle flavors of coconut and almonds.
I love the old-school scale used to weigh each box of cookies.
In addition to cookies, you can pick up a fruitcake.
And for the uber-traditional, they have these st. Nick Ginger Boys.
I was told these are commonly given to German children for Christmas.
Here is my half pound of loot!
Every one of these cookies is specia!
I can honestly say these are the best Christmas cookies I have ever had.
In addition to being very pretty, I loved the subtle coconut mixed into the cookie dough.
This was my least favorite of the bunch (only because it had less flavor), but it is one of the most well-known German cookies made with an simple egg-flour-sugar dough.
Hoernchen (Almond Crescent) – aka Best Cookie with a Coffee
This cookie shows off the true genius of Helen Bierberg and the skill of the women who work in her kitchen today.
The consistency of the cookie is perfect. And the pecan and almond flavors and the fact that it is not too sweet make it the perfect pairing with a good cup of coffee.
I was told that they pre-package 1-pound boxes of these because they are so popular.
I believe it. And I have a feeling I will be going back to get one.
Get some cookies!
Bierberg is open until December 28th (closed on Christmas Day). If you’re in Columbus, you MUST visit. They are located at 729 South 5th Street in German Village. It’s cash only. You may want to call ahead to confirm hours (614-443-9959).
Have you had any of these traditional German Christmas cookies?