One of my kids (and my) favorite German side dish are dumplings made out of rolls. We had them yesterday and I thought I would share the recipe with you. If you like bread and doughy food, you will like this.

Ingredients: (first measurements makes about 5 dumplings, second listing makes around 16)

  • 150 grams of flour (2/3 cup according to conversion chart)  –  400 grams of flour (1 3/4 cups)
  • 2 eggs                                                                                              –  4 eggs
  • backing powder, tip of a knife full                                               – 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 rolls cut up in 1/2″ cubes                                                          – 7 rolls cut up in 1/2″ cubes
  • milk
  • club soda
  • Salt, nutmeg, parsley, chives and Maggi (German seasoning, if you have it) to season
  • unseasoned bread crumbs to thicken dough


Mix flour eggs and seasoning. Add a bit of club soda. It helps for the dumplings not to be too dense. Add milk until the dough is thick liquid. I use a hand whisk.

-Add bread cubes and mix with your dough.


Each bread cube should be covered in dough. If dough is very sticky, add breadcrumbs.

– Wet your hands with cold water. Form dumplings. Make sure you press dough together well or it will come apart when boiling it in salt water.


– Bring water to boil. Add about 1 tbs of salt. Add your dumplings into boiling water.


Bring water to boil again. Then let simmer with lid on for 20 minutes. Take dumplings out after and serve….or if you like them a bit dryer, put them in the warm oven for about 5 minutes to dry.

– Serve with a dish that has lots of gravy!


Almost forgot to take that picture….so some of the food has already been eaten. LOL

I made roast with the dumplings yesterday. I also like to make them when I make Chicken with creamy Paprika Sauce.

Have a wonderful day! I need to get breakfast now. This post made me hungry.


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

11 Responses to “Semmelknoedel – German dumplings made out of rolls”

  1. OMHeck! I haven’t been able to blog hop much lately and my first day back I knew I would find something wonderful here….and not only do I find beautiful projects but another yummy recipe! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this one. I think my dinner plans may be changing! 😉 Hope you are doing well! Miss you! Hugs!

  2. Oh, was sehe ich denn da leckeres. Semmelknödel hab ich noch nie selbst gemacht.

  3. love German food and anything with hot paprika. Ohhhh-goulash. Ok it must be luch time.

  4. This looks pretty yummy, Beate! Thanks for making my stomach growl….lol!

  5. oh man…these would be soooo good made with good german bread!! Gotta hit the bakery!!

  6. Please – no Maggi for Semmelknödel:)))

    Ingrid from Germany

  7. WOW, Beate, sieht so aus als ob Du Deine Familie verwoehnst? Semmelknoedel (ich bin aus der Pfalz und wir sagen Weckknoedel ;D)und die sehen super lecker aus!!! Ich mache auch Maggie and mein deutsches Essen. Kaufst Du Dein Maggie auch in der Commissary? Unsere hat jede Menge Artikel aus Deutschland und es erlaubt mir mehr und mehr deusches Essen zu kochen ohne dass man das Gefuehl hat etwas fehlt :D:D. Dein Rinderbraten sieht auch super lecker aus. Hugs, Sabrina

  8. Beate,

    I’ve been searching and searching for someone that has or knows how to tell me how to make “Gruppa”. My uncle who has been bed ridden since his replacement knee failed, collapsed lung, and heart troubles preventing him from surgery to fix his knee talks about how his mother and grandmother would make “Gruppa” a german homemade receipe for donuts, but nobody in the family has a written receipe nor can duplicate them. Can you help me?

  9. Beate,
    Do you have any good german roast recipes? I hate making plain old roast because it is so bland, but a german version might make it more interesting.

  10. this is great! i dated a guy who’s mom was german for many years and she used to make these. i tried once but mine fell apart when they hit the water…your post and directions look great…i’m inspired to try again.
    they also used to make a dish that was thin strip steak rolled with a slice of pickle, carrot and mustard on the inside of the roll. there was a piece of bacon wrapped around the outside…roll-lad-da! (typing it phonetically since i have no idea how it’s spelled?) do you make that? it was so delish!

  11. Hi Beate,
    those look really delicious! Now I was wondering if you have an easy recipe on how to make any of the other bavarian (Rohe Kloesse or halb/halb order gekochte Kloesse) potato balls from scratch and not the box…

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