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

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Pastry
Cuisine: German
Servings: 12
Author: Angela Schofield


  • 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.
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