Recipe for Cinnamon Quark Rolls

Since I don’t eat much sugar, I let the fruit, cinnamon and vanilla unfold the sweetness, while cutting the amount of refined sugar.
The soft sour and aromatic undertaste of the apples in composition with the curd, makes the roll a perfect snack for a vintage tea- or coffee time.


300 g white flour
200 g curd (quark), cream cheese, or curd cheese / cottage cheese
100 ml coconut oil (warmed up until fluent)
Pulp of a vanilla pod
2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
(optional) 50-80 g sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 pinch of salt
Three medium-sized apples, peeled, pitted and cut into coarse pieces

Pre-heat the oven to 180° C (or 350°F)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. (If the mixture feels too firm, you may want to add about 3-4 tablespoons of milk.)
Form equal rolls that you place on a sheet with baking paper.

Bake them until they‘re light golden brown for about 20 minutes.

I let the coconut oil melt in a pot on low heat; then add it to the mixture.

Bon App├ętit!


  1. Please tell me what "curd" is in this recipe. Is it a thick plain yogurt?
    These sound so good, but I want to use the right ingredients! Thank you!

    1. It's "Quark". I don't know how else to describe it in English.:)
      Hope that helps with finding the ingredient. <3

    2. It's a softer cheese. Like ricotta, mascarpone, or cream cheese. My dad and I like to make quark kuchen together and it is very similar to regular cheese cake. It is also low in lactose so people with lactose intolerance, like my little sister, can eat it with relatively no issues.

    3. Thanks for the help! No "quark" in my neck of the woods, either, so I will need to use something else.

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    1. Sorry, I forgot to list that. :) 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. <3

  3. Another lovely recipe Lily...along with your meat loaf, healthy apple cake, danish rolls, fast becoming my go to recipes! Thank you

  4. Thank you for this recipe, I love that there is no added sugar and it is so simple. I am tempted to try it today for Sunday afternoon tea! I will probably substitute a different fruit as my partner dislikes apple. Is there anything you would recommended? I may try cherries, as I have some in the freezer, or dried fruit. I will also substitute ricotta for the quark as that is what I have. Hope it still works! Thanks again.

    1. As for the sugar, some people complained that the rolls weren’t sweet enough, so I wrote down an optional amount of sugar. To me, everything tastes sweeter already, since I reduced my sugar intake to a minimum. But you might want to add some sugar.
      Ricotta is perfectly fine, you may even skip the added milk, since it should be creamy enough. The cherries are a great idea. If it turns out well, I’d like to try that too! Good luck and enjoy! x

  5. I used the kind of ready, smooth cheesecake cheese I bought in a supermarket. The rolls are great! They have muffin-like texture. I will add raisins or cranberries next time.