pull-apart rugelach Recipes

pull-apart rugelach

The single most frequently asked (possibly rhetorical but I’ve never let that stop me before) question in regards to the sweet recipes on this site is “How do you not eat all of these?” And I finally have an answer: They’re not rugelach. I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, I think snickerdoodles are wildly underrated, but rugelach — those impossibly flaky Central European crescent cookies — are the single item in the category of foods that are just not allowed to be here ever, because there’s something about the glorious harmony of it all (the salty cheese, the tart jam, the cinnamon aroma, the crunch, and if you love your people, the chocolate, gaaah) that it will not be safe with me. Or I will not be safe with it. Which is unfortunate, because I have an avalanche of rugelach in my apartment right now.

60-second rugelach dough get your fillings ready
heavy with fillings, as it should be forming a log

Previously, the only things that prohibited me from an all-rugelach diet were the fact that: they are never as good from a bakery, even a great one*, as they are homemade and that they’re pretty tedious to make. Butter and cream cheese must be softened, which takes forever in the winter. The dough has to be beaten with a mixer, then chilled, then rolled out, one-quarter at a time, then spread with jam and nuts and dried fruit and, because you love your friends, chocolate and then cut into 16 wedges and each rolled individually then arranged on a baking sheet, brushed with egg or cream wash, sprinkled with more sugar, baked and cooled then repeated three more times with the remaining dough and even I don’t love them enough to do that more than once a year.

classic sliced rugelach

This year I set out to prove that they could be made with much less work and much less tedium, and unfortunately (for me, send help) succeeded. Because you don’t obsess over these pastry wonders as much as I do without picking up a few things along the way, first, let me throw down some bossy Rugelach Knowledge:

  1. There’s only one cream cheese dough recipe. You may say you love Ina’s or Martha’s or Maida’s or Rose Levy’s (I do too) but they are all exactly the same: 1/2 pound butter, 1/2 pound cream cheese, just shy of 1/2 pound flour (2 cups) and a little bit of salt. There are versions that use other kinds of tangy dairy — farmer’s, quark, and even sour cream — but the formula is the same. Trust it; it’s perfect.
  2. Many people add sugar to the dough. You should not. The beauty of rugelach is in the contrast between the faintly salty dough and the sweet, nutty, aromatic and lightly tart fillings. Don’t even try to argue with me over this.
  3. All rugelach worth eating leak because the ones that don’t are scant on fillings and that is unacceptable. Shrug off the mess and focus on all the good stuff that stayed inside.
  4. Plus, the two new ones I learned this week:

  5. If you have a food processor, you can make rugleach dough in under 60 seconds. You don’t even need to warm the ingredients up first. [Imagine the praise-hands emoji inserted here.]
  6. Rugelach don’t need to be rolled into painstaking crescents to be amazing; in fact, I had a little too much fun coming up with new, pretty ways to shape them, our favorites are what we are calling the pull-apart rugelach ring. Bonus: It’s the simplest thing since rolled dough.

Here’s your guide:

Classic Sliced Rugelach

classic sliced rugelachclassic sliced rugelach

Ring of Rugelach Spirals

ring of rugelach spirals ring of rugelach spirals

Pull-Apart Rugelach Wreath

notched pull-apart rugelach wreath notched pull-apart rugelach wreath

Pull-Apart Rugelach Log

notched pull-apart rugelach log notched pull-apart rugelach log

Split and Twisted Rugelach Log Flop

split and twisted rugelach split and spiraled rugelach: nope

Now, let’s get to work!

* but I fear Breads is upending that theory and it’s too close to my apartment for me to argue that I “walked it off” on the way home. Hey, are you visiting New York City this winter? Check out my other favorites over here.

Rugelach, previously: As pinwheel cookies and also that one time I went to The Pioneer Woman’s ranch and made her cinnamon rolls with rugelach fillings.

Pull-Apart Rugelach
Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Rugelach fillings are as flexible and creative as you are. Here, we use some jam, cinnamon-sugar, and a mix of chopped nuts, dried fruit and chocolate as the “coarse” mix but you can swap this with 1 cup of whatever you’d prefer. I use an egg wash for shine on top, but if eggs are an issue for you, brushing some cream over the top works too. In regards to the dough, I just want to underline that unlike pie crusts, puffed pastry or croissants, the flakiness here is not something it takes magic and/or advanced skill to create; you don’t need to cut cold butter into flour, envelope, roll, or anything else. No matter how you blend it, the results will be incomparably flaky.

Makes 40 to 48 rugelach

Dough
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
1/2 pound (225 grams) unsalted butter
1/2 pound (1 8-ounce or 225-gram package) cream cheese

Filling
2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips or finely chopped bitter- or semi-sweet chocolate
1/3 cup toasted nuts, chopped small (I used walnuts)
1/3 cup dried fruit, chopped small; (I used tiny dried currants, no chopping needed)
1/2 to 3/4 cup jam (I used seedless raspberry, apricot is more traditional)

Finish
1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water or milk
Remaining cinnamon-sugar from above

Make the dough:

In a food processor: Place flour and salt in work bowl fitted with standard blade. Pulse to combine. Add cream cheese, chopped into large chunks, and run machine until it’s fully dispersed into the flour. Add butter in large chunks and run machine until dough starts to clump. Dump out onto a large piece of plastic wrap and form into a flattish disc.

With a mixer: Let butter and cream cheese soften at room temperature. Beat both together until light and fluffy. Beat in salt. Add flour, beating until it disappears. Scrape dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and form into a flattish disc.

Both methods: Chill dough until totally firm — about 2 hours in the fridge you can hasten this along in the freezer for about 30 minutes. (Dough keeps in fridge for up to a week, and in freezer much longer.)

Form the pastries:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F and line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

Stir cinnamon and sugar together in a small dish. Combine coarse mixture of chocolate, nuts and dried fruit in a second dish.

Divide dough into quarters and roll first quarter out on a floured counter into a rectangle about 12 inches wide and 7 to 8 inches long, with the wider side to you. Thinly spread dough to all but the furthest 1/4 inch from you — which seals better once rolled if bare — with about 2 to 3 tablespoons jam. (I find that with seedless raspberry, 2T covers nicely but with thicker jam, you’ll need 3T to coat it thinly. If your jam is difficult to spread, you can warm it gently in the microwave for a few seconds first.) Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mixture, then 4 tablespoons coarse fruit and nut mixture.

Roll dough from the 12-inch side in front of you into as tight as a log as you can, using your fingers to lightly seal the ends onto the log. Repeat with remaining logs.

Now, choose your final shape:

To make classic, easy sliced cookies: Place log of filled dough in freezer for 10 to 15 minutes; it will cut more cleanly once semi-firm. Trim ends from log so they have a clean shape. Cut log into 10 to 12 even slices. Arrange on prepared baking sheets a couple inches apart from each other.

To make a ring of spirals: Place log of filled dough in freezer for 10 to 15 minutes; it will cut more cleanly once semi-firm. Trim ends from log so they have a clean shape. Cut log into 10 to 12 even slices. Arrange them in a ring formation on prepared baking sheets so that each link touches. Do note: This will be the hardest to lift in one piece from the baking sheet once cool.

To make a pull-apart wreath: Form log into a ring, connecting the ends and smoothing the dough to seal the shape. Place ring in freezer for 10 to 15 minutes; it will cut more cleanly once semi-firm. On prepared baking sheet, cut 10 to 12 evenly spaced apart notches in ring, cutting through all but the last 1/4-inch of log so it stays connected.

To make a pull-apart log: Place log of filled dough in freezer for 10 to 15 minutes; it will cut more cleanly once semi-firm. Trim ends from log so they have a clean shape. On prepared baking sheet, cut 10 to 12 evenly spaced apart notches in log, alternating sides that you cut from, cutting through all but the last 1/4-inch of log so it stays connected.

To make a split log twisted together like a babka: Don’t. It was a flopped-open mess. We couldn’t even eat it. [biggest lie, ever]

For all shapes: Brush top(s) lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with a total of 1 teaspoon of the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown on top. Individual cookies need to cool only a few minutes on baking sheet before they can be transferred to a cooling rack but larger rings, wreaths and logs do best if they cool at least 3/4 of the way to solidify more before attempting to carefully transfer them.

Cooled cookies keep in a container at room temperature for a week, and in the freezer for a month. Just not around here.

More do-ahead tips: Your filled log of rugelach is also easy to freeze until needed (I did this with the two I had left). Wrap well, and you can slice it into cookies straight from the freezer, baking them while still frozen — you’ll just new a few extra minutes in the oven.

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212 comments on pull-apart rugelach

  1. Rachael

    will you please convince everyone i know that it’s finally time to buy me a food processor for christmas this year, if only for this beauty? :)

  2. Cecile

    My grandmother learned to make rugelach from a fellow schoolteacher, who’s husband’s family came from Poland. Her technique was to roll out the dough in confectioners sugar, not flour, and only sprinkle with cinnamon, fruit and nuts, no sugar mixed in. Apricot jam is perfect for the flavor balance. I also use dried currants since they’re smaller and get contained in the crescent better, they don’t burn like raisins. Parchment paper cures all leakage, in fact the burnt leaks are the best parts! I don’t know how my gram did it every Christmas without parchment paper, but for some reason it was not known in our house.

    1. deb

      Barbara — The difference is butterfat. European butters are higher in butterfat, lower in water. They do taste amazing, but here, either will work. (The absurd store in my neighborhood where I do most of my shopping charges SO much for regular butters that getting insanely fancy French stuff makes more sense, is the only reason you’re seeing it here these days.)

  3. Pam

    I on the other hand love making rugelach. I love the process, the taste of each step, dough to flaky goodness. I especially making wedges and rolling. I know, I know…

    But, my body won’t let me eat dairy anymore. The textures can be recreated, but earth balance and fake cream cheese do not provide the flavor that butter and real cream cheese do. So, I don’t make them anymore. Enjoy one for me, please!

  4. Shelley

    Yeeha! Have made the Rugelach from your book and I am so ready to try this speedier version. Pull-apart wreath here I come!!!! Thank you so much!

  5. nzle

    On the topic of butter, WHY is “normal” butter (even the offbrand-looking “Hotel Butter”) so expensive (like $7 or $8/pound expensive) at NYC grocery stores, when it’s so reasonably priced (more like $4 or $5) at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s? I get that the price of milk fluctuates, but when the more generic butters start to approach the price of the organic/European options, I get confused.

  6. Natalie

    Pro tip/lifehack/worth every little calorie and maybe even the absurd price tag: Rugelach from Sadelle’s in Soho. Flakiest little bits of heaven around.

  7. What is it about rugelach, I am so with you: I should not be alone near a whole sheet full of those delicious things ever. I’ve never even looked at another recipe than Ina’s since it was so perfect, good to know that they all are the same. Love the pull apart versions you’ve got here, it so shortens the time from just dough to in my tummy.
    Nicole

  8. deb

    nzle — Don’t even get me started. I blame our lack of store brands. Whole Foods and TJs have them. The Westside by me has been selling Chimay and other fancy French butters for $2.99 for 8.9 ounces, which sounds weird but is kind of awesome because you get a little bit for spreading on toast plus 1/2 pound for baking in each package. What saddens me is that this is considered a good price.

    Natalie — Went, tried, fell in love (mostly with the bagels). Let’s talk about those pastries! I am convinced they’re using a puffed pastry dough across the board. Did you try the cinnamon bun? Evil buttery flaky insanity — but definitely not a brioche/challah-style dough like usually use. The rugelach seemed cut from the same “cloth.” I should also add that we ordered a few rugelach to go and the guy at the counter decided to give us a whole box of goodies. I don’t know why, only that two didn’t even survive the cab ride home.

  9. Anna

    How do you expect to get any work done when you post recipes like this?? Rugelach are my absolute favorite and I love your easy method. Will have to try this weekend. Your daughter is gorgeous!

  10. Susan

    The first Rugelach I ever made was in the cut log form. It wasn’t called rugelach so I didn’t know any better! It was sliced partially through the log prior to baking. I was so intimidated by it needing to be rolled out that I had stared at the recipe for years before I tried it. Pft..it was so easy! The dough is very different from pie dough because it’s so much fattier it’s easier to roll out without those cracked edges. Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy with it. I didn’t consider that the inside of the cookie would be so soft, almost doughy, and it didn’t appeal to me at all. Once I discovered other rugelach recipes, I see where my mistake was; I had too much filling and too low a baking temp and had coated the baked cookie in powdered sugar, which softened the crunch out of it, like it does with a Mexican wedding cookie. Now that I’ve learned from my mistakes, I’m good!

  11. Sarah

    Do you have a recommendation for a non-fruity “wet” filling? I want to make a purely chocolate/ cinnamon (possible with chopped nuts) version. Would the babka filling work? Or any other ideas? Thanks!!

  12. Beth

    I can not believe I never thought of this before.

    I have such wonderful memories of my Bubbie painstakingly rolling rugelach for us every visit, and she always made the cream cheese dough. I can’t wait to try the pull apart version! She would have whole-heartedly approved of this.

  13. Beth

    Sarah (above) you can totally do just straight chocolate. I have made it with something like this:

    1 Tablespoon cinnamon
    1/2 cup sugar
    6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces or shavings
    4 Tablespoons butter, melted

    Brush with melted butter, sprinkle w/cinn and sugar, and then chocolate.

  14. Anne

    You have a baby, right? And an older kiddo, right? Me too. HOW DO YOU DO IT?? Cooking all of your amazing recipes is ALL I want to do (outside of snuggling my babies…oh and the hubby too every now and again.)
    I manage squeeze in about one recipe a week. THIS ONE is definitely my next one. I will enlist the sweet little hands of my four year old.
    Anyway, all of this is to just say, you are awesome and you help feed my family delicious food. Can’t wait to make this one!

  15. Tayd

    Have you tried Lee Lee’s rugelach, up in Harlem? I haven’t had Breads’ version, but Lee Lee’s is delicious. My Jewish father-in-law says it’s his favorite besides his own mother’s (though I suspect if hers were available to try side by side, she might lose out; apostasy, I know). I’m excited to try this version and see what we all think.

  16. Erica

    Thank you for reaffirming my belief that my grandma’s rugelach dough with NO SUGAR is the best. I was almost tempted this year to try a recipe that had a little sugar in it, but now I’m sticking with the tried and true! Happy Hannukah!

  17. erica

    so my sister from another mother….I was so glad to read your complaints about rugelach, because I too find it insanely tedious yet could not imagine my life if I didn’t make it at least once a yr. I flatten the dough into a circle and roll croissant/ crescent shaped yummies, and it’s a crazy lot of work. I use the Joy of Cooking dough recipe, and only fill w/ sugar/cinnamon/chocolate/dried fruit because jam is just too messy (my mom used jam and I tried the recipe from your cookbook and just cannot deal). Rugelach dough freezes beautifully in the freezer forever – as does your galette dough which is a freezer staple. I am famous for both my sweet and savory galettes, thanks to you dear Deb!

  18. Barb56

    First: Reading your blog always makes me smile. I love how you talk to us readers, just as you’d talk to a friend over the phone or across a table.
    Second: I’d love to see a pic of the counter where you roll out dough, as I am sure my counter space is even smaller!
    Third: Did you REALLY go to Pioneer Woman’s home in Okla? I wld so love to watch that entire interaction on TV, from the vantage point of a New Yorker. I can’t imagine her ever calling rugelach by their proper name on TV.
    Fourth: Fave. Hanukkah cutout cookie recipe?
    Thx.

  19. Earlene

    Deb,
    It is a horrible thing to see these and want to make them, but I’m on a no sugar diet, insert frown, thank you very much!!! I may make these anyway for gifts and screw the diet till January!! Insert happy face!!!

  20. Susie

    These cookies have been on my mind for the Christmas holidays. Have you ever filled them with CHESTNUT SPREAD? I just made some the other day for the first time & can’t decide what to do with it. This might be my filling. Any thoughts?????

  21. Robby

    Shoot. We were going to go sans holiday cookies this year because I’m baking so much at work. These appear to have caused a course correction, mostly because I forgot about rugelach. They became Dad’s favorites the first time I served them to him. Off to buy cream cheese. Thanks!

  22. CynthiaLuc

    I AM SO EXCITED! I just decided to try and make a Rugelach this year as part of my holiday baking and I didn’t even know you had a recipe for them, really though I should have checked your site first, because I use all your recipes, along with Ina’s. In any event, I don’t like chocolate and wanted to use raspberry jam, do you have any suggestions for using anything other than chocolate?

  23. deb

    Tayd — No, but I’d be happy to check it out!

    Barb56 — 1. Thank you. 2. I can’t find a full picture right now but it’s basically a kitchen cart. I really want to replace the top with good wood but debating if it’s worth the expense. 3. I did! It was really cool to see it, and honestly how removed the place is from everywhere. Definitely the opposite of NYC in every way. 4. These are our family tradition.

    WrittenPyramids — I am not sure. Hopefully someone who has one can respond.

    Sarah — Great book, I’m a big fan!

    Susie — I think it would be delicious. However, for me, a balance of tart and sweetness and nuttiness is essential in the filling. I would need chestnut + jam or chestnut plus minced dried fruit.

    Anne — 1. I have a babysitter (but still, mostly spend all day eating her belly and getting no work done). 2. Playing around with rugelach has been on my to-do list for FIVE YEARS. Five! I finally cleared a few hours yesterday. It was such a nightmare of a mess we ordered dinner in.

  24. Lauren

    This was perfectly timed – just revisited your rugelach pinwheel recipe this morning in preparation for some weekend baking! The pinwheel recipe calls for 1/4 c sugar in the dough, interested to try it without any sugar!

  25. Gail

    Totally agree about how time consuming rugelach is, but also how wonderful it is. It’s the whole back-in-the-freezer step that kills so many recipes for me. I don’t even bother anymore with pie crust, figuring that any difference in the final product is only going to be noticed by me. Because… who has that much space in their freezer? I mean, I have not yet become my mother, whose freezer is overfull of god-only-knows-what, but when recipes tell me to put whole large trays of things in the freezer, I always wonder what freezer space they are imagining we all have! Anyway, thanks for another great recipe…

  26. Kat

    Your graham cracker dough is my rugelach. I can’t make that dough without eating waaaaay more than I should straight up out of the bowl.

  27. jackie

    I absolutely love Breads, but find their version to be more chocolate croissant than rugelach! These, however, look absolutely perfect and I am now on a mission to make them in time for my Vodka and Latkes party Thursday night.

  28. Jessie

    Ah, Breads Bakery, I miss it terribly! All the rye breads, the babka of course, but mostly the fantastic cheese straws. Still heartbroken over leaving the East Village, Manhattan, and access to all those bakeries :(

  29. Dami

    I’ve never heard of rugelach before, but you’ve just about convinced me that it is an absolute holiday necessity! I can’t eat cream cheese (and hubby won’t), so I might try a combo of sour cream/mascarpone. What do you think?

  30. Emily

    Wow, your timing is impeccable. On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about making my boyfriend some raspberry rugelach. I recalled you had a prior recipe so was thinking about making that, but lo and behold you posted this one today! I’ll be making this tomorrow, thanks! And I know my boyfriend will be thrilled; he loves all of your recipes, even the roasted broccoli one that I falsely attributed to you five years ago but still believe you somehow posted then (notwithstanding it doesn’t appear to have happened…).

  31. Cheryl

    Hi Deb! I just have to share these little tips…. not my invention but Marian Berry says to slice your cold butter up, add some luke warm water to the bowl,and wait for about 5 minutes and then drain off the water and Walahhh! room temp butter! For cream cheese a similar process but leave it in the sealed foil and aprox. 20 minutes. .. might be a little off on the time on this one but I am sure it’s not by much. These have saved me tons of time and frustration… not sure who the author of the cream cheese tip is but it works like a charm. Thanks for the inspiration! … :-) …

  32. Andrianna

    I’ve always been intimidated by rugelach but I think this might be the recipe that convinces me to try my hand at it! Just to clarify – one recipe will make 4 pull-apart rings?

  33. emma

    I just finished making your rugelach pinwheels for a cookie exchange this weekend so the recipe is fresh in my mind – and your recipe for those uses sugar in the dough ;) i still find them absolutely delicious, but it’s funny to see how your rugelach dough recipe has changed over the years! i used apricot jam, toasted finely chopped almonds, and chopped dried cherries. mmmm.

  34. Jennifer

    Looove rugelach, but my husband can’t eat dairy. Any luck finding a non-dairy version? I’ve cooked some before, but the texture is too much like a sugar cookie. I know it must be possible, though, as the pareve ones from the bakery are just as good…

  35. Suzi S.

    Argh! My life is instantly more complicated. I was planning to make the rugelach pinwheels. And now you throw this in the mix. What’s a girl to do?

    But seriously, which one should I make…

  36. Cindee

    I’ve never had rugelach. Could Nutella be used with nuts and dried fruit? My favorite thing to make right now is a braided yeast bread with Nutella.

  37. Pat S

    I just finished making the fabulous pecan sandies which are to die for and now this? I can’t help myself. I guess I have to unearth my Cuisinart food processor. It’s so heavy I hardly ever use it anymore.

  38. lucy

    This looks AMAZING. I love how festive and fun this looks as a recipe, so different from your everyday bake. I wish I could have all of them in my kitchen right now!

  39. Katie

    Well, I’m making these as I type, and I’m afraid they are coming out A MESS! I’m so, so bummed and I don’t know what I’ve done wrong. They are spreading all over the place in the oven. Coming completely uncurled. Am now frantic as I was trying these for an event tonight. Ugh. I hate not measuring up to your beautiful pics!

  40. Jessica

    I make your Rugelach Pinwheels every year for the holidays and they are hands down my family and friends favorite cookies. To not make them would cause a mutiny at this point. Now I will have to be adding to the Rugelach love and make these! Can’t wait to try them out!

  41. Oh man I had my holiday cookie list all trimmed down to only 9 kinds (yeah, I know) and, while I adore rugelach, I haven’t made them in several years because…well, you outlined it pretty well. But that ring is just too great an idea to pass up, especially for a holiday party.

    (side note–one cookie that is also on my list is coffee shortbread that I make with your coffee toffee and add cocoa nibs to it. So. Good. Also, your rye pretzel cookies.)

  42. Ha! Just made 3 batches of the original version from your cookbook for our Chanukah party on Sunday. Well, 2 and 1/3. The other 2 packets of dough are still in the fridge.

    I am glad I am not the only one who bakes so much she then doesn’t have the time/clean space/energy to cook dinner!

  43. Not a word stalker, I promise. But I read your post just as I was hoping online to see where I should eat since I’m in new york this weekend for my aunt’s birthday.

    Bread is lovely! They make their hot chocolate from real chocolate! And I’m enjoying their cauliflower fritters.

    On my way out I might have to make do with the chocolate rugelach, since they seem pretty much sold out of the other options. I’m looking forward to making that sacrifice.

    Thanks.

  44. NOLA girl

    Makes Ng this now- never made before but love to eat it! The dough clumped almost immediately after adding the first “chunk”- 2 tbsp- of butter in my cuisinart.now all the butter is in, but the dough is quite “wet” even after mixing for several minutes – is this normal??? Going to move forward- I trust you Deb…. Will keep you posted. Baking tomorrow…

  45. I love this, and happy to have found a fellow rugelah lover! I found a place near me in LA that has really good ones and have one before many of my workouts. Yes, just one…somehow. I might just have to try to make my own now. Thank you!

  46. Lauren

    Love that you included the “flop” at the end. I’m with you, I’d have scarfed it up too. Maybe even faster because all the yummy filling is right there for all to see. Great cookies, always loved them. That “Peak Baby” you have there is a winner recipe too!

  47. Lynn in Tucson

    I just returned from Israel and the chocolate rugelach from Marzipan in Jerusalem are as good as people would have you believe. But these…. These look amazing. And I can’t believe the recipe has been sitting on my cookbook shelf!

  48. Staci

    That’s the same dough recipe that our favorite Christmas cookie uses. We call them Kiffles and they are also a labor of love. Dough chilled, quartered, rolled, cut into 2″ squares and topped with a tiny bit of jam before being folded over and baked. Then rolled in sugar. This is a recipe passed down from my dad’s German ancestors and it’s my job to make them every year. I never realized rugelach used the same recipe. I’m so trying this.

  49. Kristen

    This looks amazing! I have a technical question that applies to all your rolled dough recipes (just made your orange cranberry buns for thanksgiving – delish!). Question is, how do you roll your dough into that freakishly perfect rectangle?! I’m more of a sloppy rectangle-ish roller & I’d love to know the secret as the end result would be soooo much neater! Thanks :)

  50. Kathy

    Hi Deb, love your recipes and comments. Thank you for creating such a wonderful site! Would love to try the rugelach recipe, I also grew up on kiffles and rugelach from an extended family member but my daughter has a tree nut allergy(she feels so left out of great culinary experiences at times). Any ideas to replace the nuts but still have a similar result? I think using peanuts would change the taste too much.

  51. MJ

    Oy, Deb, I have been on a gluten-free (silly-ack!) diet for ten years, and while it has changed my life permanently for the better, in all my years of messing around with rice-potato-buckwheat-corn flours i have never managed to come close to creating anything resembling the rugelach of my youth. Thank you for nailing the description of rugelach to the wall; they really are wonderful and perfect and proof that the universe wants us to be happy. I have to go re-evalaute my life now.

  52. Beth

    I would like to add Sarabeth Levine’s dough recipe to Deb’s list of stellar formulas: 1/2 pound each butter and cream cheese, vanilla, salt, 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour, and 2 tablespoons superfine sugar. It’s easy to work with without being tough and browns nicely, I’m guessing both of those due to the small sugar addition? My household relishes most deeply a citrus-infused poppyseed rugelach filling. Happy holidays to all of you fabulous baking mavens!

  53. I was so psyched to see this post! I’ve been making rugelach every Hannukah for years, but always kind of dread it because it is such a big job and mess. I can’t wait to try some of your tips and these shapes for tomorrow night’s Hannukah party. Thanks, Deb! And Happy Hannukah!

  54. Sara

    So my cousin invited us over for the first night of Hanukkah, and I said we’d bring dessert. The thing is that they live an hour away, so I needed a recipe that would travel well and not have to be heated right before serving. I checked this website and BAM! This was the first thing that came up.

    The only possible interpretation is that this rugelach recipe needs to be made (and eaten) in my house as soon as possible and all the time. I’ll just have to take one for the team–who am I to argue with fate?

  55. Sara

    RE Renée’s comment above about savory rugelach: A good friend of mine makes savory hamentaschen every year. They are AMAZING. My favorite is the spinach and feta.

  56. JoAnna

    I worked in an NJ bakery when I was young and the rugelach there was my favorite – and a perk of being on the staff was you got to eat all you wanted:-D I’m SO excited to try this for the holidays! Question though – I’m allergic to nuts. I know I could make them without, but I do love the crunch and texture nuts add. Is there something else anyone could recommend as a replacement? Would peanuts be tasty, or pine nuts? Oh man, I may have just answered my own question… any other suggestions?

  57. Mimi Wan

    I’m making these this Sunday, looks like a highly do-able project and we love rugelach even though we 1. do not live in NYC but would love to 2. dream about Zabar rugelach and buy every time we are in Manhattan 3. cannot find reasonably priced and delicious rugelach in the Boston area 4. feel so sophisticated and east coast-y when we do have it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  58. Cheryl

    Hi Deb – do you have a recommendation to do this nut free? I’ve always wanted to try these but haven’t because of nuts. My son can’t eat them so I have to steer clear of them completely. Any suggestions for replacement?

  59. SallyT

    Have you ever made Ina Garten’s rugelach? It’s one of the first complicated things that I ever made – 16 years ago! – and I agree that rugelach is pretty foolproof. Her dough is identical to yours, except she adds 1 t vanilla and 1/4 cup sugar.

  60. ELCookie

    Your posting is somewhat kismet. I hosted a pre-Hanukkah Book Group last night and made rugelach on Thursday to serve. One golden rule I have found over the years is that there is no substitute for Philadelphia Cream Cream (although you can use the ⅓ less fat version) all others taste off to me. Sitting down this morning to cherry rugelach w/dried cherries and coffee was heaven. Going to try your recipe for Friday night Hanukkah wit my husband’s family. PS: Made your broccoli cheddar soup, delicious!, almost everyone had seconds. Thank you!

  61. ELCookie

    PS: Also made your Potato Kugel (never made one before). None left since everyone had to take some home. My husband snuck in to have two pieces with homemade apple sauce and a little sour cream. Your are the best!

  62. Susan

    Deb, excuse my lack of knowledge on rugelach… is this similar to delcos? A bakery near me sells delcos and I’ve wanted to recreate it (or find recipe) without much luck. Thanks.

  63. Pam

    I love to make rugelach, mixing and matching the filling ingredients.Sometimes I’ll do one batch of crescents if I am in a traditional sort of mood. Usually I roll and slice them. I like to keep the cut rugelach in the freezer and bake it as needed. There is nothing in the world better than rugelach fresh from the oven. I like to roll the dough out on floured wax paper. It makes clean up easy. I have also found that rugelach is one of the easiest cookies to adapt for family members who can not eat sugar. I just use Splenda (or one of the others) sugar free jams, nuts and sugar free chocolate chips. You don’t get that same stickyness but the cookies are better than any sugar free one you can buy and my family members love being able to indulge in the rare homemade treat.

  64. Mrs. Fifi La Singe

    You nyc folks need to find an Aldi right now. This week butter is on sale for around 3 per lb and never goes over too far away from that to begin with. Maybe in the city the prices are different – I can’t say. So if you have one in your neighborhood or even a subway ride away, get thee over there and bake bake bake. And their cream cheese is about a buck per 1/2 lb slab. They’re owned by Trader Joes so you’ll find the quality is (mostly) stellar. Just sayin’.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Faster than ever rugalah!! Crunchy oozes…oddball ends with too much of everything. overdoing all of it and making a lot of chewy crunchy mess. Oh heavens. My hips really needed this. Honestly because they weren’t round enough.

    My processor is in storage but I kept the handydandy ninja monster so I can make protein smoothies which I’m going to need like crazy when I have to starve myself for a while after all this holiday cooking and baking is done. I hope this doesn’t blow it out because I will need to drink my way to (relative) slimness and health when all is said and done.

  65. Linda

    Deb, You are insane! And thank you for being so! I feel the same way about rugelach that you do. I am taking your bossy comments to heart and getting to work in the kitchen immediately.

  66. Kathryn

    It’s rainy here in the Pacific Northwest and the forecast is for at least 6 more days of it. I will make a rugelach ring and nothing else will matter. Thank you for the rescue…I mean recipe.

  67. Sarahb1313

    Favorite dough recipe. I keep trying different jams to see if they will not leak out so much.
    Love love being able to easily make mini pastries. Thanks!

  68. Lindsay

    Deb, I have got to tell you, this post really hit home! For about as long as I can remember my siblings and I have forfeited any other holiday cookie in an effort to sway my mom into making her rugelach (she does red currant jelly+nut crescents). That poor woman though haha, each year you can see the look of resignation on her face as she agrees to the sometimes two-day, 182636 step process. However, I think you just inspired me to add my own batch to the mix…I mean a rugelach pull apart log? Say whaaaat?? (insert heart eyed emoji here)

  69. Deb K

    I had a frustrating massive rugelach fail (it was summertime, hot and humid). I gave up and made it into one big, very rustic tart by just rolling, filling and folding edges over toward center, then putting on topping. Looked great and everyone loved it:)

  70. This looks really good, but I’d have to go for a tree-nut-free version. I don’t think peanuts would be the same, what about sunflower seeds? (my go to for pesto), or should I just add in extra fruit?

  71. Deb; my favorite modern artist is Al Hirshfeld and the best part of the Sunday Times for me was to look for the Ninas. Now, when your blog appears, what is the 1st thing I look for?? It took me awhile to figure it out, but I have the hang of it now. Thanks for sharing in your own special way. I have never made rugelach but it will be great to make them with my grandchildren; maybe a new tradition for Hanukkah. Your recipe, along with all the notes, should make it a breeze.
    ism

  72. Allison

    I made the dough, filled it, rolled it up and made it into a pull apart wreath, which looked gorgeous until I popped it in the oven and the butter started to melt out. Any thoughts on how to prevent it?

  73. Arleen

    Wonder what you think about using a prune filling – such as Solo? I love Kolacki (probably not the correct spelling), but they also are tedious to make. Do you think it might work? I may just give it a whirl!

  74. Vidya

    Finally! I’ve been waiting for you to post a classic rugelach recipe since the rugelach pinwheels post. I’m not even remotely Jewish but I make rugelach a lot. Like, at least once a month. Often more. My Jewish friends think it’s hilarious but never seem to have any issues with accepting my rugelach gifts.

    I mostly agree with you on the dough – no sugar and all recipes are the same – but I have also tried yeasted rugelach recipes – especially this one. https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/guest-recipe-oma-and-bellas-rugelach
    They’re a completely different animal but delicious in their own way. And I may get a lot of hate for saying this but I don’t really like the rugelach at Marzipan Bakery in Jerusalem – they’re basically mini chocolate croissants. No.

    Also agreed on the leaking but my jam always leaks out and burns and causes me so much distress, but I’ve gotten better at dealing with it. Deep breathing helps. As does wine. Sometimes I like to chop or grind extra nuts and dip the cookies in wash and then into the nuts for a super delicious nutty topping. I learned that here: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/192753/my-grandmothers-rugelach

    But I digress! Your pull-apart ring has made me almost cry with joy, I’m off to get some cream cheese right now.

  75. Sarah

    Oh my goodness, Deb. I had never made rugelach before, but the recipe in your book has been dog-eared since 2013, and WOW. It’s midnight here and I just ate the first six (heh, I regret nothing) that came out of my oven. THE FLAKINESS!!!!

    So the big question here is, what else can we do with an awesome dough like this?! Does it have other uses?

  76. Thank you for having a knack for such perfect timing! (last year it was the babka I had been wanting to try from the Jerusalem cookbook…) I was planning on making batches of several kinds of gourmet cookies for gifts but I wasn’t excited about it for some reason – and then you posted this recipe and I knew this was IT. Now I am excited! And the rugelach ring idea is truly fantastic, especially for gifts and presentation. Exactly why you are a pro with a capital P.

  77. Lynda Barack

    I just made these and even though my technique is lacking and they aren’t pretty, they are delicious! I have a question, though. I used the food processor method to make the dough and I ended up really only having enough dough for 3 logs… It took quite a bit of pulsing to get the ingredients combined and I was afraid to overwork it. Was I doing something wrong, I wonder? There were pretty big pieces of butter left in the dough as well. Thanks for another winner!

  78. We have been following your blog, since we started blogging ourselves and we were just fascinated by this post. We are all for baking shortcuts! We tried the recipe today, the dough came together beautifully and the rugelach were just fabulous. What a wonderful recipe! I sent some to my mother in law who is an excellent baker and comes from a family of wonderful ashkenazi bakers, she loved them!
    The hardest part was to roll the dough into a rectangle, any tips on that?

  79. keepkalm

    I’m another one who is looking for a tree nut substitute due to allergies in the family. I’m wondering if chopped sunflower seeds would provide the most similar flavour?

  80. Mercedes Fleischman

    Deb-I have been making Ina’s version for years-and they are always a hit. She uses a quarter cup of sugar, but I am going to try your version as well. Yes, making them can be tedious and messy, but everyone loves them-and it does get easier as you go. I make a large batch as part of teacher gifts and for family and friends. This post comes just in time, as I am getting ready to start baking-and my sister just sent me a request. Happy baking everyone!!

  81. Maria L

    These are amazing!Better than any other recipe I’ve tried and pretty much any store-bought rugelach I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to make them again!

  82. Katie

    I find rugelach dough very easy to work with (after it sits in the fridge for an appropriate time), Rather than roll in a rectangle, I usually divide the dough into quarters, cut in wedges, and roll each up from outside to in. To me, this is much easier that trying to roll the log and then cut (but I do like the way that looks). I have long wanted to try using the dough to make a savory appetizer, with a cheezy filling but have yet to try. I LOVE your posts!

  83. Sorcha

    The best rogelach are Marzipan bakery’s from the Machane Yehuda Shuk in Jerusalem. These do look good though – I’m not sure that if I had the time I wouldn’t just go and buy from Marzipan though – it’s a good thing for my waistline that I don’t live that close.

  84. Polish Princess

    Wowza, I’ve been toying around whether to make these or not, & I think this just sealed the deal. I have homemade apple butter in the fridge just begging to be used:) To “WrittenPyramids”, I have 2 ninjas (1 older, 1 newer) & I have used both to make pie crusts & tart crusts. My only suggestion to pay close attention & to not over process the dough, because if you do, there’s no coming back to save it :(
    Happy Holidays!!!

  85. Sandy Kay

    I have wanted to make rugelach because I love them so much but the fussiness of rolling up the individual crescents always puts me off. This blog post came at the perfect time — just as I was deciding what to bring to a cookie exchange this past weekend. I made a double batch of these in the easy sliced version — yes yes yes!!!

    Rugelach will now be part of my cookie repertoire.

  86. Ruth

    I made this over the weekend. The dough was a little tricky at first but with the right amount of flour on the counter, by the time I rolled out the third piece I had it right. Instead of raspberry jam, I used Smuckers Natural Orange Marmalade. I don’t like all the dried fruits so I simply used more chocolate chips and walnuts and the cinnamon and sugar. The combination of the orange marmalade, chocolate, walnuts, cinnamon and sugar all wrapped in that amazing pastry crust was so delicious. While raspberry may be traditional, im going with the orange marmalade from now on.

  87. rockyrd

    great discussions on rugelach and i loved all of your ideas on using wonderful cream cheese dough to make different shapes.
    re: the savory version
    i just wanted you to know i am making your beautiful wreath but with a slightly smaller log filled with mushroom duxelles for an appetizer to bring to a house party this weekend. its a pot luck and it has to feed about 25 guests.

    as far as the butcher block topped baking cart goes. i made one years ago and used aluminum angled metal between the four legs. and it holds about 8 half sheet pans between the legs. or they can be adjusted to have more space between for larger higher items like cakes.
    its held up great, rolls around to be hidden away and the feet lock. it can easily be made with a purchased piece too.

    1. deb

      Amy — Super-behind on comments this month, but catching up: they’re traditionally a Jewish cookie, but don’t have more to do with Hanukah than any other Jewish holiday. However, we always make them in December because Hanukah all the other holidays have more specific traditional desserts (flourless or honey cakes or something dairy, etc.)

  88. Lucy

    The recipe looks fantastic, but I’ve got to ask – one and a half TABLESPOONS of cinnamon to 135g sugar? Really? Is that a typo for teaspoons, or is it just that being English, I’m miserly with the cinnamon?

  89. Theresa

    I have made two batches of these delicious desserts, of which I actually ate one whole batch myself. Each time, while baking in the oven, the rugalach emits tons of grease and I have to turn the fan on to clear out all the smoke. Is this normal?

  90. Lisa

    I’ve made rugelach a couple times, including once using Dorie G’s recipe, but any recipe you offer is bound to be wonderful, so I’m gonna give these a try, too. Thanks!

  91. Jen

    Thanks for the post, Deb – I’m inspired! So, what is it about Rugelach? For me it’s all in the bite – the soft, the doughy, the sticky, the crisp outer tap on the teeth … and how this bite sensation combines with whatever concoction is in the folds! Simply magical. Happy Holidays!

  92. amy

    Hi deb, Just made this recipe to take to a party this past weekend. Here’s my question. Your photos look like they were made with half the dough (or more). My quarter of the dough roll out came out with a much smaller ring of rugelach–for example. Yours looks so much more appealing because it is larger. Did you use more dough? Also made your spicy tangy brisket for a Hanukah party. And it was a big hit.

  93. SuzyMcQ

    I’m getting the cream cheese tomorrow. I can’t think of a better sweet to make tomorrow and eat most of, tomorrow night.

    On our local tv station today someone made rugelach dough using vanilla ice cream! I was in absolute shock. My dear Bubby, looking down from Heaven, would be appalled.

  94. Karen

    I love your idea of ‘pull apart’ rugelach!!! I have stooped over my cutting board while painstakingly making my rugelach, but chile— it is worth it. I will try your method post haste!

  95. Jan

    Been making ruglach for over 40 years….this is by far the best recipe I’ve ever made!
    Made the pull apart wreath….beautiful!
    Also made the traditional sliced version….lovely!
    Thanks, Deb, for your beautiful, delicious recipe!

  96. Cara

    I made these for my mom as soon as I saw the post — rugelach is one of her favorite desserts, and she said the ones I made from your recipe were the best she ever had, and even better on day 2. I did one log with raspberry jam and walnuts and another with apricot jam and walnuts, and I added a bit more sugar to the filling than you suggested (and probably used more jam than you did, though a lot of it seeped out and turned into fruity caramel on the parchment paper). Thank you for another great recipe that I will certainly be using again and again!

  97. My son is teaching his son about other faiths this year so maybe this will be part of our Christmas dinner this year. I love involved recipes that take forever (I’m weird), and I love that my son is such a good father and takes the time to help his little guy think for himself.

  98. Sue

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Like many of you I can’t stop eating these, if they are in my house but my grandchildren deserve them, right? Of late, I have been using Cup4Cup gluten free flour and have had lots of luck with substituting it for regular flour in my regular recipes. I’m going to try it with this recipe and see how it comes out.

  99. Leah

    The pull-apart version is basically marrying monkey bread and your rugelach, which means I must make it immediately.

    If you’re up for it, maybe you can experiment with a croissant recipe one day? Once I was introduced to a chocolate-almond option (and stopped having to make the hideous and cruel choice between the two) I never went back…until we moved away from the neighborhood in Brooklyn that had the best ones. I’m wondering if it’s worth it to take on croissants at home.

    Loved hearing you on Leonard Lopate yesterday; great tips for latkes!

  100. Elizabeth

    Hi Deb,

    I just made this and it seems that the jam/sugar mixture has leaked out causing a carmel mess covering the parchment paper. Did you ever have this problem, or do you know why this may have happened?

    Thank you,

    Elizabeth

  101. AE

    I am not sure what went wrong but I ended up with all the butter leaking out of the pastries while baking and underbaked Rugelach. I had to increase the temp to 375 for the second batch which seemed to help but they were still not cooked thru. They taste good so we are eating them. I used the food processor method, maybe I’ll use the mixer next time.

  102. Tara

    Made these today and – man, are they delicious – but I made the traditional sliced ones, straight out of the freezer, and they really unrolled and leaked all over. I knew to expect some leakage, but I really have to pry these off the parchment because they’re pretty glued on. I’m wondering if I should try a different shape (wreath?) with the last three rolls? What’s the best shape to get them to keep their insides and not unroll?

  103. SallyO

    Deb, oh Deb. I love rugelach so much. I live in the DC area and it’s impossible to find a decent bakery rugelach here. I’m so jealous of all the comments from all you New Yorkers comparing bakeries. I’m so glad you mention the leaking. It’s really the best part. The way it caramelizes on the bottom, kinda like an inverted brulee from a crème brulee. I’m dying here craving great rugelach now. I always though making rugelach was incredibly difficult and yielded hu hum results, but your posts and all the comments make me want to try this now. Thank you Deb.

  104. Julie

    Made these on Sunday and still getting major praise from colleagues and friends. Really delicious recipe. I left out the chocolate chips, seemed a bit much to me but I do want to try a chocolate chip version, sans the other ingredients.
    Make these! They’re easy too!

  105. Mary Beth

    Nice recipe! I made them with pecans, since that’s what I had. I used apricot jam (strained), then plum when I ran out of apricot. Yes, they do leak onto the parchment as they bake, especially if you are not sparing with the jam. However, it’s easy to use a knife to scrape up the leakage and kind of paste it back onto the pastries as they cool. The dough is exceptionally easy to work with.

  106. deb

    AE — I definitely always have butter leak (though I wouldn’t say all leaks out; also, the fat could equally be from the cream cheese). Ignore it. As you said, they taste good. For underbaking, of course, just needs more time next time.

    Tara — How did you sit them on the tray — seam side down, laying cut sides/spirals-down, etc?

    Elizabeth — Yes, as I mention above, the filling always leaks. Less jam = less leakage so you can always keep it as thin as possible. But the jam is also part of the flavor.

    Delcos — I had never heard of them! But, the one recipe I found online looks quite similar in dough… maybe had a little more flour, so more sturdy.

    Leah — Thanks, re: Lopate. I have never been able to muster the enthusiasm to make croissants when there are such amazing ones available freshly baked around here. I’m spoiled! And, if I’m going to eat all that butter, I want it to be exceptional and most first attempts I see are not. I leave it to the pros.

    amy — I made a double-batch of dough and divided into 1/8th by weight so fairly exactly the same size per log as instructed above. I do have some zoomed-in photos, however. This might be why it seems bigger. I do roll the dough quite thin to get it 12″ wide and 8″ long.

    Lucy — Yes, 1.5 tablespoons. Most cinnamon-sugar is 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup sugar so this is actually on the lower end.

    Amy — Only that they’re a traditional Jewish cookie/pastry thus are often revisited this time of year. … That said, I am always hesitant to call foods that are really just Central or Eastern European Jewish because if you look around those areas, there are many many crescent-shaped cookies made with similar formulas, just other dairy products (quark, farmer’s cheese, etc. all mentioned above) for the cream cheese, which is much more of an American product.

    Mil, re cran/orange relish — Yes, it would work. Definitely go for the thickest (least watery) jam or relish that you can, however. The wetter it is, the more leakage.

    in irma’s kitchen — Thank you for the bit about the cartoons! I never knew and reading the backstory (well-described here) was a delight.

    Nancy — The cinnamon or almost any other ingredient that’s not in the dough can be nixed or adjusted; the fillings are flexible.

    Kim — All will bake for between 20 and 25 minutes.

  107. cookiemonster

    OK, the pans in your pictures must be quarter, not the standard half sheet pans. I made this and was shocked by how small my wreath was.

  108. Mindy

    The dough is the same one I have made for years. I have always made the log. Didn’t know the log could be frozen prior to baking, thank you so much for that tip. What do you recommend wrapping the log in prior to freezing? I am thinking will freeze on a baking sheet and wrap after frozen, your thoughts?

  109. Jennifer

    Made this on Sunday and they’re already gone. Making them again today. Can’t believe how easy this is AND delicious! My Jewish mother-in-law who is not impressed by anything I do, LOVED them. My only issue was I had a really hard time rolling up my logs. My dough kept breaking but hopefully this time will be easier.

  110. deb

    Jan — Nothing at all. You can: cut them wider, squish them down to more oval-shaped so they tip less or use a little less jam in the filling (which tends to make them more slippery) to get them to stand up. You can also bake them cut side-down.

  111. Jake

    mmmm, rugelach! The last time I was in NYC I stayed a few blocks from Zabar’s.

    I made a test batch yesterday, old school crescent shape. nice! A few just got homemade raspberry jam and sliced almonds – nice, but too tangy, the traditional filling is better.

    Could these go savory? say fig jam, stilton, walnuts? or dried tomatoes/pesto/pine nuts/nutty cheese (gruyere, or part-skim mozza – I like it better than fresh, I’m weird)?

    I think your knish will be a weekend project.

    cheers,
    Jake.

  112. Kara

    I divided the dough only into 2 and so probably didn’t roll it thin enough….but I got huge puddle of something. Butter? Has this happened to you?

  113. Tara

    Hi Deb! Answering your response from above… I stood them up, seams down. Is laying them down better? Mine seemed a little thinner than yours – maybe if I cut them wider (like 10 pieces instead of 12?)

  114. Lily

    I have the roll of dough in my freezer – should I wait for it to defrost a bit before I do the egg wash and cinnamon sugar? It also looks like you put the sliced ones with the seam side down. Do you think that helps keep them from unrolling?

  115. Allison

    First, the rugelach. The recipe is amazing. Easy to follow, even with two four-year- olds running around (bonus that they LOVE to push the food processor button). We used nutella rather than jam, planning them for our upcoming Hanukkah party. We will need to make a second batch, as the first batch somehow didn’t stick around until party time.

    Second, a long time coming thank you. Deb, your recipes perfectly tap into my desire to cook and therefore, feed my family. Thank you so very much for what you do. (Case in point: knishes from your recipe are my husband’s Hanukkah present).

    Lastly, if anyone needs to know how to adapt a Smitten recipe to make it egg-free, you can ask me! My son is allergic and I’ve successfully (I think) converted many of these loved recipes.

  116. Eliza

    These were called “the best rugelach” ever! I made them with my own goat cream cheese and we like to keep our flavors separate, so we had 5 rolls with various flavor combos. SOO good and so easy, I cant wait to make them again. Thanks!

  117. Deb,

    My fav Holiday cookie hands down. And THANK YOU so much for replying upthread about how you manage to “do it al”. That simple response, “i have a babysitter” instead of so many people who answer, “well it takes extra organization, and my husband is really helpful”. makes me feel approximately 100% better about my attempts with my 4yr old and 2yr old home. Thank you.

  118. I went to NYC for the first time this summer and went to Breads, it was AMAZING. I walked there from where we were staying, and if we had bumped into each other I would have absolutely fan-girled. I can’t want to make these. Can you eat these for breakfast? (of course you can, right?) Thanks for another great recipe!

  119. Ellen K

    Made these this weekend and they were a huge hit! They are dangerous to have around – people can’t stop eating them once they start. Thank you for the great recipe. Will definitely be making them again.

  120. Joy in DC

    I made the classic sliced version – so delicious! I used almonds and currants — no chocolate — and I think a tad more raspberry jam than suggested. Tip to others: make sure you follow the instructions when slicing so you don’t get too thin rugelach. I was slicing-happy, and made some of mine too thin, causing them to tip over in the oven and become somewhat wacky spirals (but they still tasted good!).

  121. Tamara

    Made these the other day (standard cut rugelach) and they came out great! HUGE amount of leakage which resulted in me tearing a bunch of the cookies because the jam dried into a hard sticky sheet. DEFINITELY using less jam next time but otherwise, perfect. Thank you!

  122. Lindsay

    Made these over the weekend. I tried the cookies and stood them up but they all fell and the jam oozed out in the oven. The pull apart wreath worked better but it was still sitting in a jammy buttery mess.

  123. My husband Jeremy is the baker in the family and I requested he make this a recipe to bring to a Chanukah party we were invited to. He photographed the finished product and posted it on Facebook where it proceeded to do our small version of ” going viral”. The rugelach was a huge hit at the party. I personally are large quantities of it because something stressful happened at the party and I proceeded to eat my feelings. Jeremy made his with apricot jam, nuts and currants. His did not come out messy at all, but then again Jeremy is a freak of nature when it comes to making food look as good as it tastes. This was literally one of the best things I have ever eaten and Jeremy will be making it again and again.

  124. Jim

    Apologies if I missed a discussion of same in the eleventy bajillion comments above, but for the pull-apart wreaths am I really supposed to cut the dough in quarters and make a wreath out of each piece? The resulting logs were so small I almost couldn’t bend them into rings without breaking. With a mighty exercise of will (plus a lot of eating of spillage–yum) I managed it. And they baked fine. But I was wondering if maybe there was a typo and I should have rolled the whole batch into one big delicious Circle of Stuff? Either way, I’m a happy camper: this recipe is transplendent.

  125. Leah

    Just made these for an Xmas party because i’m ornery like that and i’ve already eaten a half dozen. i’m not much of a baker especially of desserts and these came out great. they did come out a bit messy, but pretty, except that the fillings and sugar melted on the bottom of the pan which made transferring them from pan to rack to container messy and about half of them broke or crumbled a bit. NO MATTER, when it’s in the belly you don’t think about what it looked like…

  126. Cindy

    You must have been reading my mind about the mess of rugelach! I love making and eating these but mess of rolling those triangles and chilling, ack! I made your version this morning and it was quite satisfying. There was a lot of ooze but I pushed them back onto the cookies. And, some pieces fell over just like your picture. Oh, and the food processor tips about not having to bring the cream cheese and butter to room temperature? Genius!

  127. Marianne

    Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in…I made these for a holiday party at work and they did not disappoint! My husband was a huge fan! So glad I read the comments about the “run-off”, because some of the inside filling did leak out, but it definitely did not affect the cookie. I made the dough in my food processor and had it in the fridge for 4 days…and honestly this was no harder than any other roll-out cookie. Amazing!!!

  128. deb

    Jim — The rings are very small! My baking sheet is 9×13 so I realize (as someone else noted) that this makes the wreath seem longer than they are. You can play around — make a double-long log into a wreath, for example — all shapes should work.

  129. Leslie

    So disappointed with the dough. Made this twice and had the same issue with the dough each time. Chilled in the refrigerator over night but both times got so soft as soon as I put the rolling pin to it. Expected it to roll out like pie dough but it was a complete mess instead! Taste was terrific but ended up baking a messy cookie instead of beautiful Rugelach. Have made other recipes with no issues! HELP!

  130. Noemi

    These were fantastic! I sliced them on the thinner side and sat them cut side down on the cookie trays. Wonderful, and the dough was so simple to make with my food processor. The dough was a dream to work with, rolled out so easily, and was tender and a bit flaky after baking. I will absolutely make this again!

  131. Sasha

    Oh thank you for this. My mom just pulled them out of the oven and they are the most perfect ruggelech ever- flaky, perfect dough. We did the partially sliced, pull-apart version. Thank you for always having such infallible, special recipes.

  132. Erika

    My mom made rugelach every year for Christmas. She had gotten the recipe from some Jewish neighbor years before and decided that it was perfect for the holidays. I remember as a little kid watching her name the dough, chill it and then roll it out. She always had extra for us to create our concoctions. My favorite (that I made) was cinnamon and sugar, but it couldn’t compare to her raspberry, coconut and chopped walnut mixture (she also used apricot preserves and nuts). My mom never cut the logs before making- she would always bake them whole and then slice them as soon as they came out of the oven. The insides would be so tender and flaky, and utterly delicious. I’ve tried many rugelach but have never found any like hers because they are all cut and baked, and therefore crispy. After she passed away I searched and searched for her recipe but never found it. I’m going to make these with my kids today- can’t wait to try them hot from the oven!

  133. GreenNote

    For those with 250 g blocks of cream cheese, the flour weight is about 290 g (289 g actually, but heck, no-one’ll notice the 1 g difference).

    We’re about to embark on the rugelach and so looking forward to it. I’ll get the kids to think of flavours to put in. I’m going to do some chestnut and maybe apricot jam and nuts! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  134. Renee

    This is the second time I’ve made these, and they turn out delicious. BUT … the dough! It’s not pretty and neat as in your pictures. Every roll has multiple places where it’s stuck to the floured surface, and breaks open. I refrigerate and followed your instructions to a “t”. Any ideas? They’re tasty and great for my family, but not pretty …

  135. Christine

    Hey Deb! I always read through the comments before asking questions, but I have to ask for one clarification on this. If we choose to use the food processor, should the butter and cream cheese be closer to cold than room temp? I read a comment or two about the dough being difficult and was wondering if throwing room temp butter/cream cheese in a food processor would make a sticky dough instead of cold fat being cut into the flour like a pie dough. I did see the note saying with food processor, ingredients don’t need to be warmed up, but the directions don’t really specify whether or not you’re processing cold butter/cream cheese. Thanks for any insight or clarification! Can’t wait to try these out.

    1. deb

      Christine — No need to warm the butter or cream cheese for the FP method; straight from the fridge is fine. I assumed we would all use these ingredients cold from the fridge where they’re kept (unless a recipe says they need to be at room temperature) but can add this detail. We’re not really cutting cold fat in like a pie dough, however. This is a fully blended dough and it’s flakier than any pie crust (where we’ve carefully not overly blended the fat!).

  136. Stacy

    Okay, I’m a convert. The sliced cookie method is a total game changer and the ratio of filling to cookie is (gasp!) actually better than when I lovingly and painstakingly roll each little crescent, since I use a dry walnut-chocolate-cinnamon-sugar mix that always falls out the sides. For the dough, though, I’m loyal to Mollie Katzen’s. Same ratios but a cup of cottage cheese for the tangy dairy. Delicious.

  137. Janae

    Made two batches of these and they are THE BEST. The dough is a dream to work with. I did the classic sliced cookies and it was so much faster than rolling crescents; I will never go back. I followed the recipe for the first batch but for the second I added a little more salt to the dough, as well as very small amounts of salt to the nuts and cinnamon/sugar mixture. Thanks for such an awesome recipe!!

  138. Jennifer F

    And a new holiday tradition has been born to our family of 6. Thank you!!!! I’ve made two batches this week (knocked the socks off of everyone who tasted it) and I am now looking into alternative fillings to experiment with. This is one of those recipes that I want to make over and over until I “understand” it and know it like the back of my hand. My family and friends are totally okay with this. :-D Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and for helping to make this traditional treat totally accessible to novice bakers like myself. xo

  139. susan

    Thanks! You set off a rugelach binge at my house. After trying several times, I decided I like Claudia Roden’s dough recipe better ( Book of Jewish Food), but you inspired me to experiment with fillings. A very elderly friend (and New Yorker) is very doubtful about chocolate in rugelach. It turns out that rhubarb jam, thinned with brandy is a great underpinning to the cinnamon sugar and nuts. Long chilling of the dough (like 6 hours) really helps. And, I found I had a tendency to overfill them, so I worked on under filling them a bit and they turned out better — crisper. After a couple of batches, these became super-easy to make. No matter which filling I tried there were raves all around.

  140. Sandy Kay

    This post came out just in time for my friend’s cookie exchange in early December. I made the classic sliced shape with seedless raspberry jam and chopped chocolate and they were fabulous. I’ve always wanted to make rugelach but the bother of rolling them into shape kept me from it. Love this recipe and I especially love the easy peasy shapes.

  141. Jill Cohen

    Ottolenghi’s “Jerusalem” has a recipe for Israeli kranz cake that is just like your twisted rugelach flop but baked in a loaf pan instead of on a sheet pan.

  142. Ok. I’m going in. I made the dough. It’s resting in the fridge overnight. I’m making them for NYE. FWiw, I grew up in “The Valley” in Calif and the best bakery for rugelach is Bea’s in Tarzana. OMG. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven at 15 (didn’t I?).

    I’ll let you know how they came out.

    Thanks for so many great recipes over the years. You’ve never failed me.

    Happy New Year!

    Jules

  143. Karen

    Happy New Year. Been following (and recommending) your brilliant blog for years but never commented. But, Rugelach have been a traditional part of my Christmas here in the UK for 20 years and they are very close to my heart so am coming out of the shadows!

    I prefer my Rugelach to be a little less sweet so have always brushed the dough with egg wash, sprinkled on my filling of choice, laid a sheet of cling film (saran wrap) over the surface and very gently rolled over it with a rolling pin. This ensures the filling ‘beds down’ a little into the dough and compensates for the lack of ’stickiness’ in the abscence of jam.

    In closing, your writing and the inclusiveness of your style has kept me happily occupied during a few too many sleepless nights. Thank you x

  144. Renee

    I was very impressed by myself for making these cookies! I’m pretty sure i won the annual neighborhood cookie exchange! I made them as pull apart rings, and they looked very impressive! Much more “hard to make” looking than they actually were. I used mini chocolate chips, apricot jam, almonds and dried wild blueberries as the filling. I had to make the dough in 3 batches (blame the small food processor) but even that worked out great! Thanks so much for the tips!

  145. Renee

    I tried both the classic and the sliced log… I have been using the organic flour at WF and I’m wondering if it’s the different gluten content? Do you notice a difference in flours and have to adjust accordingly? But they were delicious despite the dough not being easy to work with and not being as pretty as yours, and we were all impressed by the shelf life, they tasted great several days later!

  146. Abby

    my bubbe used to use the same dough for all of her cookies, including rugelach, but she used CRISCO because of non dairy (for kosher reasons) and, I imagine, weird health fads that excluded butter. Thank you for this buttery cream cheesy version! She also used to add a splash of orange juice to the dough, which somehow brings out the cream cheese sourness in this version (in a good way). Also FYI I did this 1/2 whole wheat and it worked really well.

  147. Eric

    I finally got around to making these after bookmarking this recipe around Christmas.

    Wow :O

    I used a mix of black cheery jam, prunes, pawpaw, and cashews. A quarter of it was gone before I got to bed! I don’t know whether to thank you or curse you (thanks though really.)