A Dominostein (plural Dominosteine, literal translation domino tile) is a sweet primarily sold during Christmas season in Germany and Austria.

Dominostein, fine bitter chocolate coating
Place of originGermany
Created byHerbert Wendler
Main ingredientsLebkuchen, sour cherry or apricot jelly, marzipan or persipan, milk or dark chocolate

Dominosteine consist of several layers, covered with a thin icing of (typically) dark chocolate. The base consists of Lebkuchen. Further layers contain jelly (e.g. from sour cherries or apricots) and either marzipan or persipan.[1]


The Dominostein was invented in 1936 by Herbert Wendler (1912–1998) in Dresden. The layered praline was targeted for a broader audience because of a lower price than the other products of Wendler's praline product line. During the scarcity of food during World War II the Dominostein gained popularity as a replacement praline.[2][3]

See also


  1. "BMEL - Lebensmittel-Kennzeichnung - Leitsätze für Feine Backwaren" [Guidelines for fine pastries]. (in German). Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  2. "Dresdner Dominosteine". (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-12-26. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  3. "Dominosteine - Layered Christmas Cookie Recipe from Germany". Food. Retrieved 2015-12-25.

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