Lightning fast cocoa snails

by | Sep 16, 2016 | Breads, buns & biscuits

The dough of these rolls is yeast free, requiring neither folding nor proofing. Cottage cheese is the key element, it makes the snails butter-soft. Hungarian cottage cheese is quite dry and crumbly, if you buy creamier cottage cheese, reduce the amount of milk and oil, so your dough won’t be sticky.

Lightning fast cocoa snails
Lightning fast cocoa snails –


  • 250 g (~1/2 lb) cottage cheese
  • 100 g (~3/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 ml (~1/3 cup + 1-2 tbsp) milk
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • 250 g (~2 cups) flour
  • 6 g (~1 1/2 tsp) baking powder

For the filling:

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Combine baking powder and flour in a bowl. In another bowl mix together cottage cheese and powdered sugar. Stir in salt, milk and oil, then add flour and knead into a smooth dough. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle. Spread the top with oil, then sprinkle with the sugar-cocoa mixture. Roll it up and cut into 2-3 cm/1 inch thick pieces. Place the rolls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake in an oven preheated to 180°C / 356°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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