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Bear claws are just one of the dozens of baked goods that have kept people coming to Naeglin’s Bakery in New Braunfels since before they had cars.
Like everything in the old 146-year-old bakery, the way they do things has been perfected decades ago.
“Bear claws, definitely,” Derek Granzin with Naeglin’s Bakery said. “Especially our style, they’re a lot thinner, a lot of bear claws you see are nice and fluffy but we take a different route.”
The bear claws are more croissant than doughnut, and the cookies are more German that what you’ll likely find at other bakeries.
“A German cookie is a little bit harder than your toll-house chocolate chip, ooey-gooey cookie, but we do sell that style here as well,” Granzin said.
Derek Granzin grew up in the bakery. His dad and uncle took over the bakery in 1980.
“Born and raised pretty much, I remember running in, just grabbing cookies right out of the oven,” he said. “It was awesome.”
Besides the employees, Granzin has said not much at the bakery has changed over the years.
“We have a very strong German heritage, so we keep a lot of the old German recipes, especially with our cookies,” he said.
Cookies at the bakery come in a rainbow of colors and in the shape of the high school’s mascot.
“I first started falling in love with smiley face cookies as a child, then my taste developed going from apple strudel, German sweet pretzels,” Granzin said. “Right now I really love our apple fritter donuts and our jalapeño sausage cheese kolaches.”
In recent years, the bakery has begun selling its cookies and other items in area store. They also ship their confections. Click here for more information.