12 Days of Baking – Day 4: Rugelach

16 Dec

My first attempt at making this delicious Jewish treat was a success! It’s day 4 of my 12 Days of Baking and I decided to make rugelach in honor of Hanukkah. This recipe is from Ina Gartner (my fave) and is so simple to follow. I divided my dough up into 4 sections and made different flavors, cherry, chocolate, walnut and apricot preserves. The cherry was brilliant, a tart-sweet fruity experience wrapped up in a pillowy soft dough. Genius!








8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  1. 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 washDirectionsCream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment 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.

    Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/rugelach-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback

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