RUGELACH

 

  • Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 64
  • Preparation Time:

Ingredients

  • 1 Package cream cheese softened
  • 1 Cup butter softened
  • 2 1/4 Cups flour
  • 1 Cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons Apricot jam

Directions

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add flour, mixing until blended. (Dough will be very soft.)
  • Divide dough into 4 portions; place each on sheet of plastic wrap. Pat each portion into 1-inch-thick circle, using floured hands. Wrap plastic wrap around each circle to enclose. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Cover baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.
  • Mix walnuts, 1/2 cup of the sugar and 2 tsp. of the cinnamon; set aside.
  • Roll each portion of dough to 11-inch circle on lightly floured surface, lifting dough occasionally to add more flour to work surface as necessary.
  • Spread each circle evenly with 1 Tbsp. of the jam; sprinkle with nut mixture.
  • Cut each circle into 16 wedges(I use a pizza cutter for quick work of it).
  • Roll up each wedge, starting from short end.
  • Place, point sides down, on prepared baking sheets; shape into crescents.
  • Sprinkle with combined remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon and 2 Tbsp. sugar.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Immediately remove from baking sheets and cool on wire rack.
  • Makes 64 cookies(if you want larger cookies cut into 8 slices instead of 16 per sheet of dough).
  • You can omit the walnut sugar mix in the cookie or make it just walnut sugar mix. I have done this and added a few sultana raisins to each cookie before rolling. Try using a good plum jam by itself as filling.
  • Note: Most store bought jams will get very "watery" and melt out of cookies so best to use a good quality jam, that is nice and thick.

Notes

These are delicious crescent cookies that are rich and flaky. You can fill them with either a walnut and sugar mix or a good thick homemade jam or combination of both.

Categories: Cookies  Dessert 

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