Friday, May 21, 2010

Rugelach

   This is an elegant cookie from the Jewish Cuisine, usually made during the time of Hanukkah. When my daughter saw the picture of this in the cook book I lent from the library, she asked me whether I could make it for her. How could I say no when I wanted to try them myself.  I was super glad it came out looking pretty as I expected.  Enjoy your weekend!



Ingredients:

Cream cheese- 8 ounce
Butter- 1 cup
Flour- 2 cups
Sugar- 1/4 cup
Salt- 1/4 tsp

for filling:

Semisweet chocolate squares- one 4 ounce square
Walnuts- 1 1/4 cup
Strawberry/Raspberry jam- 1/2 cup
Brown sugar- 1/4 cup
Cinnamon- 1 tsp



Method:

1.Beat the cream cheese and butter till they become smooth.Throw in the sugar and salt and mix well.
2.Add the flour and beat to mix well. Knead using your hands to make a soft and smooth dough.
3.Make 4 equal balls out of this and keep them covered in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
4.Make the filling ,meanwhile. Throw in the chopped chocolate and walnut into the blender and blend it till they have mixed well, but the nut is only coarsely ground.
5.Mix this and the jam, sugar and cinnamon and keep aside.
6.Preheat the oven at 375 degree F.
7.Take out the dough from the fridge and roll each of the dough ball into ~9 inch rounds using a rolling pin.
8.Spread 1/4th of the filling evenly on it.
9.Cut each round into 4 equal parts and then each 1/4th to 3 equal parts.This will give 12 equal pieces.
10.Now starting from the wide edge roll up each cookie and place them with the end tucked to the bottom.
11.Chill it for 20 minutes before baking.
12.Keep in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or till they start changing to a light brown color.
13.remove to a wire rack and let cool completely before storing in a airtight container.



Notes:

1.The filling is up to your imagination. You could replace the walnut with toasted pecan or almond.
2.Also you could avoid adding chocolate if you wish.
3.Chilling the rolled up cookies before baking helps to prevent them from spreading.
4.I baked them in two batches, using up two balls of dough each time.
5.You could give the cookies an eggwash, that will give a shiny brown color to the cookies. I didn't do it, since my family doesn't like the egg smell on their cookies :-)
6.If you are doing an egg wash, beat an egg with a tablespoon of water and brush it over the cookies before baking.
7.The original recipe calls for Kosher salt an inevitable ingredient of Jewish cooking.

Recipe adapted from: Baking at home, CIA

Contributor: Namitha

73 comments:

  1. I made these too last year, very tasty dessert for kids and adults alike. Looks delicious. You too enjoy the weekend.

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  2. i love all the cookie recipes u two post.. this one also is too good.

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  3. mmm.. mouth watering.. looks perfecttt

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  4. Wow!!! It looks fabulous and simple recipe. Never heard of them before. But your recipe and pics makes me crave for it.

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  5. WOW...thats so pretty n delicious looking cookies...thanks for sharing this Namitha...have a nice weekend..tk care!

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  6. I have been wanting to make this for a while now. This looks absloutly yumm.

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  7. Hi, The cookies look beautiful. You too enjoy the weekend.

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  8. Amazing Gul....:) i love your blog

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  9. Sounds tasty and look very pretty too!

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  10. Wow!!! It looks fabulous and simple recipe. Never heard of them before thanks for sharing......

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  11. Looks perfect!!! nice clicks

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  12. a completely new prep to me, but definitely one i would love to tru

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  13. I too make thse..really yummy treats!!

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  14. I love this..tempting rugelach!!! awesome clicks..

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  15. Yummy recipe...! I love them.

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  16. Namitha,

    Tasty Cookies, Nice one.Beautiful clicks too.

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  17. Fabulous picture, looks soo tempting. Love this recipe.

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  18. I love these but never tried with cream cheese, would be heavenly! Love the first click, very neat!

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  19. Pics make me crave for the cookies..love this recipe..will try this..thanks Namitha.

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  20. looks sensational. i want to make them right away.please let me know if we can substitute cream cheese for anything else. superb set up too.

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  21. WOW!! Wonderful cookies..Picturesnte karyam parayendallo elle :) Bookmarked :)

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  22. mind blowing .... they look awesome. Wonderful click too ... u have a gr8 weekend too

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  23. They look very delicious and I want to grab a few of them off the screen.

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  24. Bookmarked, they look pretty and want to eat them righr now :))

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  25. wow such a nice cookies..now i think ur daughter would be happy because u made such a wonderful cookies right..presentation as always awesome..good one.thanks for this jewish recipe

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  26. lovely cookies. classic photos really amazing

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  27. Yummy rugelach, love them. Had made these a few months ago & they turned out pretty good contrary to my expectations :-)

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  28. They look delicious and what an adaption. Lovely pics :)

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  29. Slurrrppppppppppppppppp!!!! Looks awesome!

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  30. WOW;WOW;WOW,look very delicious,Ciao!!!

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  31. yummy cookies.love the way they r wrapped.

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  32. Wow..Amazing cookies CC..Looks absolutely yummo..Great recipe..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  33. Looks delicious,amazing clicks.
    You have got really a good space in here. Happy to follow you.

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  34. I love these cookies and I want to taste one, right away :)

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  35. pass me on dear..its my teatime and catching an eye on those elegant/divine cookies...awesome awesome clicks..love these

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  36. Simply loved the looks of cookie recip[es . Must have tasted great as well.

    deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  37. Dear Namitha
    How are you? Here after a long time I guess.
    Very nice cookies indeed. I wish Icd make them :-(
    have a nice weekend

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  38. Ur pict make me want to try soon! They look perfect!

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  39. Just so beautiful namitha, lovely looking cookies...i really loved it

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  41. Absolutely yummy and tempting cookies. You have presented very beautifully.

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  42. Dear,,,very nice photography looks proffessional food photography. Cookies looks perfect dear.

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  43. U r so good baker!!!! for some time i have stopd eating fatty food... m putting on some xtra pounds :P.........so will try it once my diet is off... must wait nd watch how long....;D luks awesome :)

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  44. wow these look so wonderful... kidilam dessert!

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  45. The cookies look perfect. Love cookies,can try it out sometime later.

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  46. amazing recipe... turned out too good!

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  47. I love rugelach! That cream cheese dough is the best.

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  48. yum! what a winning combo of ingredients!

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  49. The cookies are really elegant! They're lovely and I love the shape!

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  50. This cookie is a favorite of mine. Your pictures are so beautiful. I wish I had one right now to go with my tea.

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  51. Thanks everyone :-)
    @ Sayantani: I haven't seen a recipe that doesn't use Cream cheese. Sorry :( But in some places I have seen that some of the cream cheese is substituted by sour cream.But I'm sure if you do not use any cream cheese at all, the texture won't be the same.Will let you know if I find any other options :-)
    @ Aps : C'mmon you are putting on...I don't think so :-)

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  52. awesome and delicious cookies.nice clicks

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  53. oh wow, looks so yummy! and a perfect click as always

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  54. wow..looks awesome n yummy..and perfect click too..very coolin..snap!

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  55. puthiya njettipikunna item anallo, nice click also..Awesome!!! i tried fenugreek rice from ur blog yest and came out very well..eniyum etrayoo try cheyyan kidakkunnu!

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  56. You know what Namitha we talked this before, but telling you again..let's be neighbours..:-) Cookies looks devine..pics is graeat..actually I'm posing today one of your dish which I made and sure I'll make this one too...

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  57. Tempting recipe...superb presentation! :)

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  58. hey thats a very nice dish....very innovative thoughts...i loved the shape and love to make it for sure....and those notes given at the end were really useful.. nice baking collection yaar...keep going....

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  59. Beautiful picture, simply love it.

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  60. Wonderful cookies. I really like it.

    www.jiboombaa.com

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  61. wow hats off Namitha for such a lovely presentation...the cookies looks superb :)

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  62. Njan eppol comment vidan eppozhum late analle..eppol daily onum blog nokarilla atha..
    cookie ne kurichu parayan vakukal illa...super duper ayitundu.I wish I was living near you..Edakide veetil vanu njan shalyapeduthiyene :)

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  63. Rugelach sounds very different. Nice clicks and a tempting recipe !

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  64. Cookies look really cute and delicious.

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  65. Looks so good. perfectly baked and it has come out very well. nice shots.

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