Rugelach Cookies

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My friend hosted an end of Passover celebratory dinner for all of her Jewish and non-Jewish friends alike. Since during Passover, any foods that are leavened (grains risen through a biological fermentation process) are forbidden , she made sure these foods were in abundance at the dinner party, including bagels and noodle kugel, and she couldn’t leave out the brisket! While this was no traditional Passover event, I was excited to experience my first Passover party nonetheless. And since the whole focus of the dinner was essentially on carbs, I jumped at the chance to make my mom’s delicious rugelach cookie recipe. Actually, these cookies are kosher for Passover since they do not contain yeast or any other leavening agent for that matter–score! So feel free to make them for any upcoming Jewish occasions, or if you just feel like a big bite of cinnamon-sugary cream cheese heaven. Ironically, they are a Christmas cookie staple in our house. 🙂 IMAG0729

Rugelach Cookies (Difficulty-Intermediate; Makes 4 dozen cookies)

Cookie Dough:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temp.
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • 2 c. all-purpose unbleached flour

Filling:

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. finely chopped walnuts
Make the dough: Using a stand or handheld mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Lower the speed, and gradually add the flour until a solid dough is formed. Divide the dough into three equal balls, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for an hour or more.
 
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Assemble the cookies: Preheat oven to 350° F. To make the filling, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts in a bowl.
 
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Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a clean surface to roll the dough out. Place one ball of dough on top of the filling mixture and roll dough into a 9″ circle. Sprinkle a generous scoop of filling onto the dough and spread evenly.
 
 
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Using a pastry or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 16 equal parts.  Tightly roll each piece of dough from the outside into the point. Place the cookies point side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes.
 
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