Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rugelach cookies

This is a new one that we tried for Christmas cookies this year, and I'm going to have to make more for our Christmas cookie trays because my family is devouring them.  EVERYONE here gave them rave reviews!

Note:  I found that 16 1/2 minutes bake time was perfect, but it'll depend on your oven.

Note 2:  I didn't have apricot preserves so I used peach.  I imagine plum preserves would work just as well, too.  Oh, and we "chopped" the walnuts in the food processor until they were more ground than chopped.  One of my sons suggested we do the same with the raisins next time, too.



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Prep Time:  10 min
Inactive Prep Time:  1 hr 30 min
Cook Time:  15 min
Level:  Easy
Serves:  4 dozen cookies


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2-pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 9 tablespoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves, pureed in a food processor
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash


Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until light. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins, and walnuts.
On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons apricot preserves and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the filling. Press the filling lightly into the dough. Cut the circle into 12 equal wedges—cutting the whole circle in quarters, then each quarter into thirds. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Brush each cookie with the egg wash. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.

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