Schnecken Sweet Rolls

When you make bread, make a little more dough (a pound or so) than you need for your loaves and turn it into an astonishingly delicious cinnamon-nut sweet roll the Germans call schnecken (snails) because of the spiral shape they have.

The amount of the ingredients given in the recipe is approximate because making schnecken is typically done by eye: a coating of butter, a layer of brown sugar, a dusting of cinnamon, a good sprinkling of chopped nuts.


  • 1 1/4th pound of whole wheat bread dough
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or 1:1 melted butter: canola oil blend
  • 2/3rds-3/4ths cup brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans (should taste fresh with no trace of rancidity)


  • 7 inch round pan
  • rolling pin
  • knife
  • oven preheated to 360 F 

Directions, in Stages

Stage 1

Prepare the pan with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts.

Stage 2

“Dress” the rolled out dough, roll into a log and cut into slices.

Stage 3

Let rise and bake.