Hello my friends! Today, I feel like going retro with a Jewish cookie recipe that I made last year. I feel so proud because it was the first time for me working with dough. The result is an easy Rugelach. This Jewish cookie is crumbly, with a sweet cream cheese dough, filled with chopped walnuts and our delicious Black Fig Preserves. Perfect dessert for Hanukkah.
What is Rugelach רוגעלך?
Rugelach is a traditional Jewish cookie made with a sweet cream cheese dough rolled around a filling of nuts, cinnamon, sugar, raisin, poppy seed paste, chocolate or jam. The traditional Rugelach is made in the form of a crescent roll by rolling a triangle of dough around the filling. Other alternative forms are constructed similarly to strudel or nut roll. You can eat Rugelach any time of the year but they are made especially during some Jewish holidays, traditionally during Hanukkah. This cookie descends from an Eastern European pastry known as kipfel.
How to make an Easy Rugelach: Step by Step Tutorial
First, you need to make the dough using a mixer with the paddle attachment. Combine the cream cheese and the butter mix. Add the vanilla and mix until becomes uniform. Add the flour and salt and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball.
Remove from the mixer, wrap in plastic wrap and chilling for two hours. I left it overnight.
The next day divide the dough in three equal parts. Roll each part into an 11-12 inch circle. You can use a cake pan to measure and cut in perfect circle. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick spray.
Cut each circle into 16 wedges.
Spread jam and nuts evenly over the whole circle, leaving a ¼-inch border. (FYI I forgot the border as you will see below.) Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Roll wedges starting with the long edge of the rectangle facing you, roll up the dough. Gently tuck and tighten the roll as you go. Finish with the seam of the dough facing down.
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Place on prepared baking sheet point side down. Sprinkle the top with sugar.
Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
Display these Easy Rugelach on a rustic wooden board.
Or in a bowl:)
Or just look at them like our Katie. Do you think she wants one?
If you are looking for more Jewish traditional dessert recipes for Hanukkah or Passover, check out these recipes.
- Walnut Macaroon Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Preserves
- Lemony Almond Macaroons
- Persian Almond Cardamom Pistachio Cake
- Hazelnut Citrus Torte
Happy Baking! Happy holidays! Happy Hanukkah and Happy Merry Christmas!
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