German Schneckennudeln – a childhood recipe

For birthdays, special holidays or sometimes just as a afternoon snack – I think these pastries were some of the most frequently baked things in our house when I was a child.
Everyone liked them, especially the younger children. They are small and fairly easy to eat without making a huge mess – and they have quite a fun shape. The perfect recipe for kids birthdays etc.!
I have never made them myself before though so I thought it is about time to bake some.
In a case like this I always call my mum or my step dad and ask for the recipe. They send it to me and many times share a few tricks with me to make it taste better. And sometimes they then shake their head when they hear how I had to improvise here and there e.g. when I forget to buy a few of the ingredients :).

Today I want to show you how to make those pretty and tasty “Schneckennudeln” – the recipe is from an old swabian baking book and has been slightly adapted over time.


You will need:
– 500g flour
– 35g yeast
– 100g butter (softened)
– 60g sugar
– 1/2 tsp salt
– a bit of lemon peel, grated
– 1-2 eggs (depending on size)
– 1/4l milk (slightly warm)

– 60g melted butter
– 2tbsp sugar (or maybe a bit more, depending on how sweet you want it to taste)
– 1tsp cinnamon
– 100g sultanas (I used raisins) – if you don’t like them you can use something else like
Marzipan for example.
– 1-2 egg yolks

– sugar and water for the icing

Make a yeast dough out of all the ingredients. Make sure that the milk is slightly warm as the yeast doesn’t like liquids that are too cold. Let it raise at a warm place – when I made it it took about 1 hour.

When the dough is ready carefully knead it again. Dust your surface with a bit of flour and roll out the dough until to a length of around 25cm.
Spread the melted butter on top of the rolled out dough and add the cinnamon, sugar and sultanas evenly.
Roll the dough lengthwise and press the ends together. Cut your roll in 2cm big pieces and put them on a greased baking tray. Let them rest for another 20 minutes and then coat them with the egg yolks. Bake at around 150 degrees for about 30 minutes.

In the mean time prepare the icing and cover the pastries with it shortly after you have taken them out of the oven.


I made some Schneckennudeln with Marzipan and some with Sultanas and when I tried them I could taste a bit of my childhood 🙂

Give them a shout and don’t be confused by their weird name – they taste really nice and if you don’t make them too big they are perfect for a little treat or as a afternoon snack.

Do you have a kind of pastry or a cake, a special recipe that reminds you of your childhood? I would love to hear your stories!



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Angela G. says:

    Whoa, these look incredible! So pretty! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. madebygreta says:

      Thank you so much 🙂


  2. I will so have to try these! Beautiful photo too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. madebygreta says:

      Thank you so much!
      Oh if you try them I would love to see pictures 🙂


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