Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cream Cheese Rugelach Cookies

Cream Cheese Rugelach Cookies

Rugelach, traditional Jewish cookies, and I go way back. They're pretty much a staple at every Jewish family gathering and certain people who are very close to me are positively obsessed with them. So much so that many pilgrimages were undertaken to find the best bakery version. The winner, I was informed, was Zabar's. You might have noticed that I'm a pretty capable baker so why, you ask, didn't I just bake them myself? I don't like them. Horrors! A Jewish girl who doesn't like rugelach.

Cream Cheese Rugelach Cookies
I do believe, however, that I can't really say I don't like a baked good until I've tried to make it from scratch. But it's hard to muster the will to make something you don't like. Much to the disappointment of the aforementioned rugelach obsesser. Enter my friend Miriam Pascal and her newly released cookbook, Something Sweet, which she was kind enough to give me. Oh, look. A recipe for rugelach. Oy vey.

Miriam did request that I test some of her recipes and share with my readers so it was obviously meant to be. And I have good news. Not only is her recipe easy to make but it worked perfectly and I ate way more than my share of the delicious rugelach. Wait. Maybe that's not such good news.

Miriam is the author of Overtime Cook, a kosher blog, and her cookbook gives both regular and kosher, dairy free (pareve) versions of the recipes. Everything is beautifully photographed by Miriam and all the recipes look delicious so I'm going to be busy for a while. You can order your own copy of the book through the link below and here is the recipe that made me like rugelach. Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Rugelach Cookies
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 18 Minutes
Ingredients (4 Dozen)
(Recipe from Something Sweet cookbook, reprinted with permission)
  • 2 Sticks butter or trans-fat free margarine
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese or soy cream cheese
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1/2 Cup oil

  • Filling:
  • 1/2 Cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
Cream Cheese Rugelach Cookies
In the bowl of an electric mixer, on medium speed, beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Add sugar, egg yolks, salt and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour, half at a time, beat after each addition until combined and a smooth dough forms. Place dough into the refrigerator for a couple of hours, until firm enough to roll.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

Prepare the filling: Combine nuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.

Divide the dough into thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough into a large circle, about 15 inches in diameter. Brush the surface of the entire circle with one third of the oil, then sprinkle one third of the nut mixture over the entire surface.

Cut the circle into 16 equal wedges. Working with one wedge at a time, roll it up (as tightly as possible), starting from the wider end and ending at the point. Place seam side down onto prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Bake for 16 - 18 minutes, until the rugelach are just starting to turn golden in color.

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  1. My husband is allergic to walnuts - what do you recommend I could use as a substitute?

    1. Hi Meredith - You can totally leave the walnuts out and just use the cinnamon sugar. It will still taste great.

  2. these cookies look so great! I'm not sure if I've tried rugelach before but I can tell that I'd love it-I mean...what's not to like?!

  3. Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

  4. These cookies look so delicious!! I am glad that you shared the recipe too. I am going to make these cookies for my birthday party. It will be a small lunch party and in evening we would visit the best NYC venues for family dinner party.

  5. What Oil? ... to brush on the pastry.

    1. Hi Jenni - I just consulted Miriam Pascal's cookbook to see where the discrepancy was and the mistake is mine. There should be a 1/2 cup of oil in the ingredients. I just updated the post and thank you for bringing this to my attention.


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