Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Continuing in my Jewish theme....My dear pal PamLa shared this recipe with me, since my search was failing. The ones I have had are Cinnamon, and they were wonderful!! They hold a special place in my heart, as I bought these and took them to my dad when he was dying. We had removed all treatment, except pain control, and my diabetic dad had the BEST time, having all those treats with no one yelling at him! ;o) He thought these were wonderful, and they will forever more remind me of dad.

So here you go....

The Jewish Holiday Baker, by Joan Nathan, Random House, 1997
Yield: 64 servings

8 ounces cream cheese - at room temperature
1 cup unsalted butter - at room temperature
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Confectioners' sugar

1 cup thick apricot preserves3/4 cup walnuts - roughly chopped

1 cup shaved bittersweet chocolate - preferable imported1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter - melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

The dough:
1. Place the cream cheese and the butter in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle. Cream at a low speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix until a very soft dough is formed, about 2 more minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Filling and baking the rugelach:
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 cookie sheets with baking parchment.
3. Mix the ingredients for the apricot or chocolate filling and divide the dough into 4 balls. Roll the balls out into 4 circles about 1/8 inch thick and 9 inches in diameter. Spread the apricot or chocolate filling over the dough. If using the cinnamon-sugar filling, brush the melted butter on first, then the combined cinnamon and sugar.
4. Using a dull knife, cut each circle of dough into 16 pie-shaped pieces about 2 inches wide at the circumference. Roll up from the wide side to the center. Place the rugelach on the parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake in the oven on the middle and lower racks, switching after 12 minutes, also switching back to front. Continue baking about 13 more minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the rugelach to racks to cool. Sprinkle the apricot and chocolate rugelach with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Note: Probably the most popular of American Jewish cookies, this horn-shaped treat was made in Europe with butter; cream cheese was added in this country. I love Ann's version: it has no sugar in the dough but a sprinkling on top of the finished cookie. She also uses this dough to make hamantashen.

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