German Apple Cinnamon Pastry

Learn how to make a German apple pastry named Apfelschnecken. This pastry reminds me of cinnamon rolls with apples and raisins. This is a very special video as I have a little helper who will show you that it’s really a snap to make this delicious German pastry.

German Apple Cinnamon Pastry

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Pastry
Cuisine German
Servings 12


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. instant yeast
  • 7 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar

For the filling:

  • 3 apples
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice


  • Add flour, yeast and sugar to a bowl and blend briefly.
  • Add egg, warm milk, melted butter, and salt and knead to a smooth dough for about 5 min.
  • Allow to rise for about 1 hour or the dough has doubled in size.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling.
  • Add raisins to a small bowl and cover with hot water.
  • Mix the sugar with the cinnamon.
  • Peel and core the apples, cut them into ¼ inch cubes.
  • Add lemon juice and drained raisins to the apple cubes.
  • Roll out the dough to a rectangle and brush with melted butter.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and spread the apple mixture on top.
  • Roll up from the long side of the rectangle.
  • Cut into 1-inch slices and set on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for about 20 min.
  • Mix the powdered sugar with lemon juice and water and brush on the warm pastry.