Rugelach Recipe

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This recipe was prepared by Sandy Miller for the November 2015 Tea Party meeting with the Curious Cuisiners.

There is an inactive time of 1 hour 30 minutes to be factored into preparing these cookies.

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten.


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approx. 144 cookies
10 Min


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  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 lb
    unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c
    granulated sugar, plus 9 tablespoons
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 c
    light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 c
    walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    apricot preserves, pureed in a food processor
  • 1
    egg, beaten with 1tab milk, for egg wash

How to Make RUGELACH


  1. Cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light. Add 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the salt and the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, and the flour and mix until just combined.
  2. 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 one hour.
  3. To make the filling: combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins and the walnuts.
  4. 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 each wedge.
  5. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    Brush each cookie with 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.

Printable Recipe Card


Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Eastern European

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