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Jam Rolls (Rollchen)

I didn't realize until I was finished preparing this recipe that it is actually very much like Julie's Authentic Schnetki that she posted quite a while ago. You can find some nice variations there. For one reason or another, my family made them with jam and they have always been one of my hubby's favorite snack. Usually they just appear at our house with my Mom, who makes them regularly. The pastry can also be used for (fruit filled) Perishky.

  • 3 1/2 c flour plus some for shaping and rolling out
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or sour cream)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups thick jam (we prefer plum or guava)

  1. Cut shortening and butter into dry ingredients with pastry blender.
  2. Add combined beaten egg and liquids. Stir with fork until everything is moist.
  3. Sprinkle with a little more flour, kneading gently and shape into log. Can chill at this time.
  4. Divide log into four parts. Set aside three.
  5. Roll a quarter of the dough out - rolling it up gently with the rolling pin (or flipping) to add more flour underneath. Roll sideways and up and down to achieve desired size - about 16 x 10 inches.
  6. Divide into four rectangular strips, each about 4 x 10 inches.
  7. Along one long side of each strip, spread about 1 - 2 Tbsp thick jam.
  8. Roll up like jelly rolls, pinching ends. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Can freeze at this time to bake fresh when needed.
  9. Bake on parchment-lined cookie sheets at 375° F for 30 - 35 min.
Some jam most always runs out - hence the parchment paper for easy clean up. This is why it is best to use thick jam, preferably cooked without pectin.


  1. What a delicious looking snack..will make them soon!

  2. Wonderful looking treat. I love the new blog presentation!!

  3. This looks and sounds super delish :)

  4. Interesting....and yummy. I am not familiar with Rollchen but this does look absolutely doable even for someone as afraid of pastry making as me!!! Grin!

  5. Those look great- what a breakfast snack they'd make- Like Pop-Tarts that are real. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I'm making these tomorrow for poor son #1 who is going back to college after a week home on the farm with ma and pa and the cows.

    He will thank you!!

  7. This just puts a smile on my face, because it just brings back a memory of when i was a little girl. My mom would make pies every Saturday (so we would be ready for Sunday company), and with the bits of scrap pie dough, she would encourage my sister and I to roll them out, fill them with jam and roll them up, very much like these. I am so thrilled to have an official recipe and not have to wait for "pie dough scraps" to make them. Thanks for the memories!!

  8. I love the ideas of variations on recipes. I did a variation on one of your recipes this week .. stay tuned.
    In the meantime. . .I'd love one of these with coffee tonight.


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