Golden Rugelach

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Golden Rugelach

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Published prior to 2008

These rich little cookie nuggets feature ultra-tender butter and cream cheese pastry stuffed with chocolate, nuts, jam, or (name your favorite filling). Serve them with coffee (hot or iced); or when days get warmer, a glass of lemonade.

We’ve included three choices of filling here. Pick your favorite, or be creative and do some of each flavor. Each filling recipe below is enough for ALL of the dough, so if you want to mix and match fillings, you’ll need to cut back the ingredient amounts for each.

1 cup (8 ounces, 2 sticks) unsalted butter*
8 ounces cream cheese (low-fat Neufchâtel is fine)
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt*

*If you use salted butter, decrease the salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

Chocolate filling
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate mini chips OR 2 cups (11 ounces) Chocolate Schmear

Jam & nut filling
1 cup (12 ounces) jam, flavor of your choice
1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) nut flour: almond or hazelnut (toasted or plain), or pecan meal are all good choices*

*If desired, substitute 1 cup nuts processed very fine; be sure to stop processing before they turn pasty.

Cinnamon-nut filling
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cinnamon mini chips or Cinnamon Flav-R-Bites® (2 3/4 ounces)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) very finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cinnamon sugar

Topping, optional
milk or cream
coarse white sparkling sugar or cinnamon sugar

To make the dough: Beat the butter and cream cheese together till they’re totally combined. Add the flour, mixing until it’s incorporated and the dough is smooth. Divide the dough into four even pieces, and flatten each piece into a flattened disk. Roll the disks like a wheel along a lightly floured surface, to smooth their edges; this will help prevent cracked and ragged edges when you roll them out. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a couple of baking sheets.

To make the filling(s): The chocolate filling doesn’t need any preparation. Combine the jam and nuts to make that filling. For the cinnamon-nut filling, combine the cinnamon chips and nuts; don’t add the cinnamon sugar.

Remove one piece of dough from the refrigerator, and place it on a lightly floured work surface; a silicone rolling mat works well here. Roll the dough into a 12" circle. Sprinkle or spread with 1/4 of the chocolate chips; the chocolate schmear; or the jam-nut filling. For cinnamon-nut filling, sprinkle with a thin layer of cinnamon sugar, then sprinkle on half the chip-nut mixture. (Don’t like nuts? Make it all chips.)

Using a rolling cutter, or your cutting tool of choice, cut the dough into 16 wedges. If you’re cutting on silicone, use a non-stick-safe cutter. Starting with the wide end, roll up each wedge, as though you were rolling a crescent roll. Place the rolled wedge, tip underneath, onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining wedges, then with the remaining pieces of dough. If desired, brush each rugelach with a bit of milk or cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or coarse sparkling sugar. Bake the rugelach for 27 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool them right on the baking sheet.
Yield: 64 rugelach.


  • star rating 12/18/2009
  • Barb from Chesterfield, VA
  • This was a challenging cookie to assemble, but I came up with a good system: After chilling the dough, roll it out (very thin) between two pieces of waxed paper. Stick rolled dough in waxed paper into the freezer on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes or so. Remove from freezer and carefully peel off the waxed paper from both sides. Placed peeled dough on one sheet of waxed paper apply filling and cut into wedges. Roll dough and bake. Don't let the cookies warm up too much before baking; pop them in the fridge if you need a break!
  • star rating 12/16/2009
  • Susan from Durham, NC
  • This recipe is almost exactly the same one I use. Note to other commentors: I have used Nutella in the past. Try chopping up some raisins to add on top of the Nutella Yum. Secondly, this is a cookie that improves with a little age. This is probably the one cookie that does not taste up to its potential warm from the oven. Try a bite the next day and see if you are still wanting or perhaps just wanting another bite.
  • star rating 12/16/2009
  • Lee from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sorry, made this last night and found wanting. The dough was flavorless and tended to diminish the fillings. For fillings I used the KAF Cinnamon Filling and a local poppyseed filling. Rolling out to 12 inches made the dough paper thin very hard to work with. When baked, the bottoms browned very hard and the tops were a milky white and had no expansion in size. I tested my oven for temperature last week before I started my holiday baking and its bang on. All in all, this was a bomber. First recipe of KAF I ever found....not good.
    Lee - I am sorry this recipe was not a keeper. Very often, rugelach dough will not have much flavor. The fillings are what provide the delicious taste. I cannot determine if a 12" circle would produce a disc that is too thin without trying the recipe myself. When I roll the dough, I roll it to a thickness of 1/8". Elisabeth @ KAF
  • star rating 12/12/2009
  • myrna from West Palm Beach, FK
  • I have not tried this YET but certainly SHALL! Could I use Nutella as a filling? I splurged ($$$ and caloriies) and it is burning a hole in my kitchen closet.
    Nutella might be a little thin to use as filling but give it a try and let us know! Molly @ KAF