Rugelach Cookies

This recipe is an adaptation from the Barefoot Contessa's recipe.  These are extremely delicious but also a lot of work to make.  I add lemon zest to the pastry dough and it is a delightful clean fresh taste that helps break up the sweetness! Cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts are also shining stars in this cookie.

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 2 sticks of butter(1/2 pound)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups of raisins
  • 3/4 cups of walnuts(chopped medium)
  • 1/2 jar of apricot preserves

Top off Ingredients:

  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp of sugar combined with 1 tsp of cinnamon

Directions:

With a hand-held mixer or electric mixer with paddle attachment mix together the cream cheese, and butter till light. Add the sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and mix till fluffy.

Add your flour and mix only till combined. DO NOT over mix you will develop gluten in the flour and you will get a tough dough. Plop mixture on a floured surface and divide dough in 1/4's.

You can see the flakes of lemon zest in the picture above...yum

Ok so as you see I store them in plastic wrap and pop them in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.

In the mean time I mix all ingredients together for the filling minus the apricot preserves, I also get my cinnamon sugar ready for the topping of the cookie:

When you are ready to roll the dough out turn your oven on to 350 degrees. On a well floured surface you will spread the dough out as you would for a pie crust.

Next add the apricot preserves approx 2 heaping tbsp and spread over dough with pastry brush. Next sprinkle on your sugar, raisin, nut mixture in even layer. You will divide this circle in 12ths or 16ths depending how big you want your cookie to be.

 

Starting at the large end roll up your cookie and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silpat.

 

Brush the tops of the cookies with your egg wash and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Place in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes till slightly golden.

Enjoy and have a great week :)

PS: I also think these cookies would be great with fig preserves or orange preserves instead of the apricots.

[recipe title="Rugelach Cookies" servings="8" time="2hrs" difficulty="medium"]

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 2 sticks of butter(1/2 pound)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups of raisins
  • 3/4 cups of walnuts(chopped medium)
  • 1/2 jar of apricot preserves

Top off Ingredients:

  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp of sugar combined with 1 tsp of cinnamon

Directions:

With a hand-held mixer or electric mixer with paddle attachment mix together the cream cheese, and butter till light. Add the sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and mix till fluffy.

Add your flour and mix only till combined. DO NOT over mix you will develop gluten in the flour and you will get a tough dough. Plop mixture on a floured surface and divide dough in 1/4's.

I store them in plastic wrap and pop them in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.

In the mean time I mix all ingredients together for the filling minus the apricot preserves, I also get my cinnamon sugar ready for the topping of the cookie.

When you are ready to roll the dough out turn your oven on to 350 degrees. On a well floured surface you will spread the dough out as you would for a pie crust.

Next add the apricot preserves approx 2 heaping tbsp and spread over dough with pastry brush. Next sprinkle on your sugar, raisin, nut mixture in even layer. You will divide this circle in 12ths or 16ths depending how big you want your cookie to be.

Starting at the large end roll up your cookie and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silpat.

Brush the tops of the cookies with your egg wash and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Place in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes till slightly golden.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy :)

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