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|Alternative names||Schnecke, rugelach|
|Place of origin||Originally Germany, after the Holocaust mainly Israel and the United States|
|Created by||German Jews|
|Main ingredients||Sugar, shortening, cinnamon, salt, yeast, eggs, vanilla, sour cream, milk, flour, raisins, nuts|
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.
(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.
Because the vast majority of American Jews are descendants of immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe, it's more common to see these pastries labeled as rugelach rather than schnecken in delis and bakeries.
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