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Rugelach

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Yields about 40 cookies.

  • To learn more, read:
    A Cookie for Every Occasion
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 89

These buttery, flaky cookies feature a jewel-like filling of jam and a dusting of chopped pistachios.

For the dough:
  • 10-1/2 oz. (2-1/3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces
  • 8 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 10 pieces
Tip:
For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4-1/2 oz.) If you don’t have a scale, be sure to use the proper technique when filling your measuring cups.
For the filling:
  • 6 Tbs. raspberry or apricot jam
For the topping:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped salted pistachios (1-1/4 oz.)
Make the dough:

Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a large (11-cup or larger) food processor. Pulse briefly to blend the ingredients. Scatter the butter and cream cheese pieces over the dry ingredients. Pulse until the dough begins to come together in large (about 1-inch) clumps.

Divide the dough into four pieces and on a lightly floured surface, knead each until smooth. Shape each into a flat 6x3-inch rectangle and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 1-1/2 hours. (The dough may be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for 1 month before proceeding with the recipe.)

Shape and fill the cookies:

Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll the dough on a piece of lightly floured plastic wrap into a rectangle slightly larger than 5 x13 inches (if refrigerated overnight, let sit at room temperature until pliable enough to roll). Dust with additional flour as needed. Using a sharp knife, trim off the ragged edges to make a 5x13-inch rectangle. Position the dough with one long edge facing you. Using a metal spatula (offset is best), spread evenly with 1-1/2 Tbs. of the jam. Using the plastic wrap as an aid, roll up the dough jelly roll-style beginning with one long side. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Repeat with remaining dough and jam.

Top and bake the cookies:
Tip:
Make a half-batch of dough if your food processor is small.

Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 350ºF. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners. In a small bowl, mix the egg and water with a fork until blended.

Unwrap one roll and set on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife and a ruler, cut the roll into 1-1/4-inch-wide pieces. Arrange cookies seam side down 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets. Repeat with the remaining rolls. Lightly brush the tops with the egg mixture (you won’t need it all) and sprinkle with the chopped pistachios. Bake until the rugelach are golden brown, 28 to 30 minutes, swapping the cookie sheets’ positions about halfway through. Let cool on the sheets for about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead Tips

The filled dough logs can be wrapped well and frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding with the recipe.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per cookie; Calories (kcal): 100; Fat (g): fat g 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 9; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 50; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 20; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Rugelach is my favorite cookie. I love all varieties, fruit, nut, chocolate.... 1. I prefer my rugelach rolled into crescents. 2. I would put most of the nuts INTO the cookie, and save more nuts to top it. I hate losing nuts onto my lap or napkin, when they should be in my mouth! Very small adjustments indeed to a fabulous recipe.

Excellent recipe - easy and delicious. BUT such a shame that as a magazine subscriber I can't print out the recipe from on-line site for my own notebook without paying even more money to Taunton. Most magazines offer you a code with your subscription that gives you full access to the web-site. It's basically not worth getting the paper sent to me if I don't have full access to the web. Next year I'll just do the online subscription and read the current issues in the bookstore for free. The page in the current issue won't copy because it's reversed on a pink background.

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