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Jewish Rugelach Recipe

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Rugelach on plate with Hanukah cracker gifts
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This recipe for Jewish rugelach is made with a cream cheese dough like Polish kolaczki, roszke or roski, also known as "little horns," and Hungarian Kifli. Some make rugelach with a sour cream dough, but I prefer this one.

Rugelach are a Hanukkah tradition but, these days, are eaten year-round. Typically, they are spread with apricot jam and filled with raisins and nuts, but I like to use dried cranberries.

Makes about 4 dozen Jewish Rugelach

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Dough:
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) softened cream cheese
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • .
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • .
  • Topping:
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation:

  1. For the Dough: In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add flour and salt all at once. Beat on low until dough holds together. Divide the dough into 4 balls, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

  2. Place rack in center of oven and heat to 350 degrees. Warm apricot preserves until spreadable. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball of dough at a time into a 9-inch circle.

  3. Brush apricot jam over entire circle and then about 2 tablespoons nuts, 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar, and 2 tablespoons cranberries or raisins.

  4. Using a pizza cutter, cut each circle into 8 wedges. Roll each wedge from the wide side to the point. Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes until well browned. Immediately remove to a wire rack to cool completely before serving. Rugelach are typically better the day after they are baked. They store well in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks and can be frozen.
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