Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Rugelach



8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 9 Tbsps. (divided)
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup apricot preserves, pureed in a food processor
1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. milk (for egg wash)

Cream the cream 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 (or counter top) and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour.

To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins, and walnuts in a small bowl.

On a well-floured board (or counter top), roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons pureed 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 - cut 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 (or Silpat). Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brush each cookie with the egg wash. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to wire rack and let cool.

Note: Make the whole recipe and freeze them unbaked. Defrost completely before baking. Also delicious with raspberry jam instead of apricot preserves.

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook.

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6 Comments:

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Wonderful picture!! I think I could adapt this for my diet somehow!!

Heather
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At 4:21 AM, Blogger Les said...

Heather - These are so addictive! Delicious with a cup of coffee or tea. I'm planning to make another batch this weekend (some for friends and some for me & Rod!).

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Oh these look delicious! I've never had Rugelach before. May have to try it sometime.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Les said...

Heather - These are very good! A little involved, but worth the effort.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Care said...

Yum yum!

 
At 3:59 AM, Blogger Les said...

Care - I'm so busy this time of year, but these are so delicious, I'll make time to bake a batch or two.

 

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