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Recipe: Zimtschnecken

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Germany’s answer to the cinnamon bun comes in the form of ‘Zimtschnecken’, literally ‘cinnamon snails’. Find an easy recipe in full below if you’d like to try your hand at baking them.

A fresh batch of Zimtschnecken. Photo: micheljose_ via Pixabay

Zimtschnecken (via Quick German Recipes)

Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 package frozen puff pastry (about ¾ lb), thawed

  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

  2. Remove the ready-to-roll dough from the fridge about 10 minutes before using to let it warm slightly.

  3. Mix the sugar and cinnamon.

  4. Roll dough out onto baking paper to a large rectangle, about 1cm thick.

  5. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture, reserving 1 tablespoon of mixture.

  6. Start rolling from the long side. Cut into "snails" by cutting into slices.

  7. Place the "snails" on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush a beaten egg over the "snails". Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.

  8. Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  9. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

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