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Alternative names Schnecke
Type Sweet bun
Main ingredients Sugar, shortening, cinnamon, salt, yeast, eggs, vanilla, sour cream, milk, flour, raisins, nuts
Cookbook:Schnecken  Schnecken

Schnecken are a type of sweet bun that was a traditional Saturday morning treat in German homes at the beginning of the 20th century and that was commonly found in the Jewish immigrant communities in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. The name schnecken means snails in German and refers to the shape of the pastry. The bun is still common in Germany, where the name is Schnecke (which is the German singular of schnecken), and in other parts of northern Europe. Schnecken are commonly confused with rugelach, another German bun that is different in three respects:

(1) Schnecken dough is made with sour cream, while rugelach is made with cream cheese.

(2) Schnecken are rolled into a cylinder and sliced, becoming a flat spiral, whereas rugelach are formed from individual triangles of dough and rolled into a croissant shape.

(3) Rugelach is typically filled. Schnecken, typically, are not.

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