A Little Piece of Germany – A variation on Apple Pockets

One of my favorite baked goods growing up in Germany was Apfeltaschen or in translation, “apple pockets”. German bakeries sell them in the morning. They are quite different from American breakfast goodies such as donuts. They don’t have much sweetness except for the natural sweetness from the apples.

Apples by Jes Anthonis

I never knew how they were made until I started missing them. I had to do some research on recipes that were doable since I live at high altitude in Colorado where baking can sometimes be a bit of challenge.  I recently published on of my recipes on my personal blog.  Here is a variation on this recipe. Instead of using a yeasty dough, I made a more biscuit-like variation of this delicious German breakfast goody. I hope you will enjoy either version of it! For more pictures and directions, please visit my blog.

For the filling

  • 1-2 cups of applesauce (you can also use chopped sauteed apples with raisins)

For the dough:

  • 500 grams of flour
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 150 grams of butter
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package of vanilla sugar ( if not available where you live add a bit of liquid vanilla)

The process of making them is the same as described on my blog. The only difference being that you must use a knife to make holes into your pockets for the air to escape. If you fail to do so the apple pockets will explode in your oven. Ours did explode because I forgot to make holes. Still, they disappeared very quickly…


Ulla Seckler  is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned.  Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.


  • Julie Hunter

    I’ve got two bags full of apple in the fridg, have been trying to decide what to do with them. I think this will certainly do!

  • Holly Shabtai

    Wow!! Sounds so yummy! I will try to make them withe the kiddos today. Thanks

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