Schnecken (German Snail Cookies)

My mother has been making these since I was a little girl. Schnecken is German for Snail. Which these sort of look like. I just got my hands on the recipe and tested it out, with success! These are probably the perfect-est cookies to go with a coffee or espresso and they are soooooo easy!

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The dough is literally four ingredients. Flour, butter, sour cream and an egg yolk. Plus a little cinnamon sugar never hurt anyone. This batch, I added some espresso sugar just for a little zip.

When I research these cookies on line, they are actually made all kind of ways. It came up with pictures of schnecken where the dough had been rolled out and rolled up in it’s entirety and cut into flat cookies. I think these are much more fun! Plus you could also add something like a chocolate chip to the middle or a thimble of jam!

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30 minutes in the oven and they’re all yours…. Schnecken



Prep time: 2.5 hours     Bake time: 30 minutes      Cool time: Best results, wait a few hours for them to firm up


2.5 cups of flour

1 cup butter, room temperature

3/4 cup sour cream

1 egg yolk

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon


In a medium bowl, blend butter and flour with fingers until grainy.

Add the sour cream and egg yolk, mixing well with a wooden spoon until it all comes together and forms a ball.

Cover ball with plastic wrap and place in the refridgerator for 2 hours to firm up.

Divide ball into 4 smaller equal balls.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon, and place on a cutting board or clean counter.

1 at a time, roll a dough ball in the sugar cinnamon mixture and roll out into a circle.

Sprinkle with more sugar, and cut like a pie into slices or triangles.

Roll the wider end towards the smaller end and place on a baking tray lined with parchment.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Once done, let cool and enjoy with your favourite hot beverage.

{Recipe from the Mother of Rhonda Greenfeld, a friend of my mothers}


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