Express Cottage Cheese Cocoa Rolls

When one of my colleagues showed me this recipe I was immediately surprised by one ingredient, cottage cheese. It arouse my curiosity to try it out and the facts that no kneading or waiting time were required either, made these rolls the perfect candidate for the other day’s visit to friends.

Express Cottage Cheese Cocoa Rolls

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250g cottage cheese
250g white flour
50ml milk
5 tbsp vegetable oil
pinch of salt
1/2 package (6g) baking powder
100g sugar
2 packages (2x12g) vanilla sugar

For the filling:

1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
powdered cocoa and sugar (or sweetened cocoa)
vanilla sugar

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1. Place the cottage cheese, vanilla sugar and sugar in a bowl and mix until creamy. Add the milk and oil, mix well. Mix the baking powder and the flour and add it to the cottage cheese mix. Work the dough until the flour is fully incorporated.

2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a square and spread 1-2 tbsp of oil on top of your dough.

3. Mix the cocoa powder with the sugar (according to your taste) and the vanilla sugar, and spread it over the dough. Roll up the dough and cut it to about 2cm thick snails.

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4. Place the rolls into a baking sheet lined baking tray and bake for about 20-30 minutes at 180°C/360°F (or until golden brown). When ready, let the rolls cool for a while and sprinkle with sugar before serving, if you wish.

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NOTE: even if you (or those around you lucky enough to enjoy your baking) do not like cottage cheese, it is still worth trying out this recipe because this ingredient – in my opinion – gives the rolls a very nice texture and you cannot at all taste the cottage cheese!

12 Responses to “Express Cottage Cheese Cocoa Rolls”
  1. Nicole says:

    my god… this looks amazing!

  2. No kneading, no wait? I’ll try it. This is the time of year that I make piles of cinnamon rolls for us & for the neighbors but it is very time consuming. So a regular Hershey (or similar) cocoa would work for the filling on this? That will be a nice change from the cinnamon.

    • If you use unsweetened cocoa, you will have to add sugar or it will not melt (experience, haha), but I think any sweetened cocoa would work like a charm in these. I used some plain Nesquik this time! Lucky neighbours 🙂

      • Believe me I have some neighbors who have been so kind that a few dozen cinnamon rolls is the least I can do for them. Thanks for that tip on unsweetened cocoa – never would have thought that.

      • Lucky to have such neighbours! Our neighbor (my sister, by the way!) just gave us a beautifully decorated gingerbread star – soft and delicious!

  3. Vanesther says:

    I’m so intrigued too about the use of cottage cheese in these. They look absolutely delicious, I’m going to have to give them a go. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kumu says:

    Such a lovely recipe and I never would have imagined Cottage cheese being used this way 🙂 But anything to make life simpler and avoid kneading 🙂

  5. Paulette says:

    I have never heard of a packet of baking powder. What is the measurement of the packet? Thanks.

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