German Nut Strudel

(3 votes)
3 minutes
July 27, 2021
Carole Jones
German Strudel Recipe that makes the best holiday bread for Christmas morning! If you love a good nut roll recipe then this one is just for you! This was my German grandmother’s recipe and she made it for us every holiday. 
German Strudel Recipe | Nut Roll Recipe | Holiday Bread
I had a hard time sleeping last night.  I kept tossing and turning and checking the clock.  My mind was just too excited for today.  THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!  Like the Office Depot commercial sings, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..”
After I dropped the kids off at school, I headed to the gym with a noticeable smile on my face and lilt in my step….and I was surrounded by many other mothers with similar personas.  Should I feel a bit guilty about this rejoicing?  Probably, but I won’t let that realization ruin my day!
German Strudel Recipe | Nut Roll Recipe | Holiday Bread

This is an old family recipe from my German heritage that my Mom and Grandma would make for me on special occasions.  While my children would never categorize the first day of school as special, I felt I should send them off with a little extra breakfast love with this German strudel recipe.


Now if you will excuse me, my two year-old down for his nap and I have a list of stuff to get done without INTERRUPTION!  What a concept!  Joy, joy, joy!

German Strudel Recipe | Nut Roll Recipe | Holiday Bread

Looking for another great holiday bread recipe?  You have to check out these Epic Cinnamon Rolls as well!

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German Strudel Recipe

German Strudel Recipe

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This German strudel recipe is straight from Germany and always was served for the holidays at breakfast!

  • Yield: 2 large strudels


  • 4 C flour

  • 1 C butter

  • 1 Tb sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 C milk

  • 1 package yeast


  • 3 egg whites

  • 1 C sugar

  • 1 lb nuts, ground

  • 2 Tb cinnamon


  1. With a pastry cutter, cut together the flour, butter, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Add the yolks, milk and yeast to form a dough.  Mix well and form into a disk.  Wrap well with saran wrap and put in the fridge overnight.
  2.  In the morning, remove dough from fridge.  Make the filling by beating the egg whites until soft peaks form and slowly adding the sugar and beating until stiff peaks form.  Add the nuts and cinnamon and mix gently to combine.
  3. Cut dough in half and roll out into a large rectangle.  Spread half of the filling over the rectangle then tightly roll the dough width wise into a log.  Repeat with other half of dough.
  4. Allow strudels to rise for 1 1/2 hours then bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.  Frost with powdered sugar icing if desired.
  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 1/16th
  • Calories: 425
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Sodium: 334mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Pamela Bortmes
4 years ago

In the filling Brown sugar or White?

4 years ago

Hey Pamela! It is white sugar. I hope you love it 🙂

Victoria Thesz
4 years ago

Hi Carole!

I’m in the midst of baking this for my girlfriends mom for Mother’s Day by request – and I was wondering if I could assemble the strudels, then leave in the fridge overnight so I can pop them in the oven in the morning?

4 years ago

Hi Victoria! That would work just great but make sure they are wrapped well with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out.

Julie J Ulrich
4 years ago

Last year I messed up 4 batches of this dough. I dont remember a holiday without this and keifuls. I have helped my grandmother and mother make them so many times but I didnt realize till my mother passed last year that I didn’t know how to make yeast dough!!!!! I’m going to try your recipe and see if I can accomplish it this year.

4 years ago

Good luck Julie!

3 years ago

My husband and I made this and, while it is delicious, I feel the dough was a little thick and I thought it should be a bit more flaky. Should it have been,? I’m wondering if we didn’t knead it enough or if it would have been better if we kneaded it in the bread maker. I think we might have done that last year….or maybe I’m thinking wrong.???

3 years ago

Hey Louise! The dough is a bit more bread-like than pastry so I’m not sure which you were looking for. I’m glad you liked it though 🙂

3 years ago

Hi! I have a very similar polish family recipe. I’ve never seen the pastry technique in it elsewhere and I’m wondering if you know much about it. In mine you do the pastry part and then add the milk and yeast but don’t mix it up till the next day after it’s day in the fridge overnight. (Weird, but it works fine!) ours is a braided pastry with walnuts cinnamon and poppyseeds. If you know anything please do email me! Thank you for posting this, I’ve been researching this recipie for ages this is the first I’ve found this technique.

3 years ago

Hi Kristi! Sounds interesting. Wish I knew more about that style of pastry but you are right, they do sound very similar.

Linda Phelan
1 year ago

Hi. Trying your recipe since parts of mine are missing from and old collection. However after refrigerating overnight should I let it sit out to for 30 minutes before rolling out? It is hard since the butter hardens in the frig.

Carole Jones
1 year ago

Hi Linda! Yes, if it is too hard to roll out, let it sit out for a bit but I think 30 minutes is too long. It is important to have cold butter.

Laura Manuel
5 months ago

So just made this for Xmas and it turned out so good. I did one by recipe then chopped up dried apricots and added to the second and OMG it turned out so good. Also some asked about using a kitchen aid mixer i used mine to cut in the butter and mix the bread dough and it turned out just fine.

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