Rugelach with a twist

loves2cook4sixDecember 8, 2011

Cleaning out the fridge and came across an extra wheel of rugelach dough (which inspired the fridge cleanup cause I KNEW I had put 6 in yesterday but could only find 5 this morning) and cranberry jezebel sauce from Thanksgiving (HOT! with fresh horseradish)

So what did I do....

Made Cranberry Jezebel and toasted pecan Rugelach and can I just say YUMMMMMM!..........

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Those look so good.
Can I have your rugelach recipe?


    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 4:53PM
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The dough was Maida Heatter's which I made up twice to get the 6 rounds. I baked off the others with Apricot preserves, cinnamon sugar and golden raisins.

I also used white sugar crystals on the top.

Maida Heatter's Rugelach (Walnut Horns)


1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 pound cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour


1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, granulated sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup currants or raisins
1 1/4 cups walnuts, finely chopped


1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water


Prepare the pastry the night before you are ready to cook.

To make the pastry, put the butter, cream cheese and salt into the large bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium, then high speed, until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Then beat on low speed while gradually adding the flour. If the dough starts to overly coat the beaters, scrape the dough off the beaters and continue adding flour, stirring it in with the hands until thoroughly and evenly blended. The dough will be extremely sticky.

Scrape the dough off the hands and fingers. Rinse, wash and dry the hands. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board. Flour the hands and gather the dough into a short sausage shape. Cut this into three pieces of equal size. Flatten each piece slightly and wrap each piece in clear plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with aluminum foil and set aside.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the filling and set aside.

Place one ball of dough on a floured pastry cloth. Hammer the dough firmly to soften it slightly. Do not let it become warm. Quickly roll out the dough, turning it occasionally, with a floured rolling pin into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Don't worry about a slighly uneven edge.

Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with a tablespoon of the melted butter. Sprinkle the dough all over with one-third of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Sprinkle with one-third of the currants or raisins and one-third of the walnuts. Roll the rolling pin lightly over the top to press the filling slightly into the dough.

Using a long, sharp knife, cut the circle into 12 pie-shaped wedges. Roll each wedge jellyroll fashion, rolling from the outside toward the point. Do not be dismayed if some of the filling falls out. Place each roll, point side down, about one inch apart on one foil-covered cookie sheet. Repeat with a second ball of dough and then a third, filling and rolling each as indicated.

For the glaze, beat the egg yolk with the water. Brush the top of each walnut horn lightly and evenly with the mixture.
Place each sheet on a rack in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Preferably at mid-point during the baking, you should reverse the sheets top to bottom and front to back, to insure even browning. When the horns are cooked, remove them with a metal spatula and transfer them to racks to cool.

YIELD: 36 cookies

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 5:14PM
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Ilana, I never would have thought of the cranberry jezebel in a cookie. Hmmmm. Now you have me thinking about what else could be used...

those look delicious, although I still ike the cinnamon and sugar ones the best.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 3:01PM
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Annie, They were inhaled and loved. One friend even called it a savory cookie.

I love rugelach because you can literally fill them with anything.

Another favorite is apricot preserves, cinnamon sugar and raisins and the kid likes blackberry jam and choc chips.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 3:07PM
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Thanks for the recipe....Will make them soon.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 5:51PM
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My standard is with apricot jam, mini chocolate chips, and chopped almonds. I sometimes make them gluten free. Either way - delish!


    Bookmark   December 11, 2011 at 1:23AM
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