Never have I tasted a “real” Rugelach. In reading about these delicate spiral cookies, I learned they are Jewish in history and are typically made without dairy ingredients of any kind. The Rugelach that we made this week included a cream cheese dough as well as chocolate in the filling. They often appear as crescents, but I was delighted to find other versions such as pinwheels.
The dough for these came together easily. The filling seemed simple enough. However, I took some shortcuts. I was not about to buy anything for these and therefore used some things I had on hand. The dough was brushed with strawberry jam and sprinkled with sliced almonds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips. Yes, I am fully aware that chopping up the chocolate chips would have been a great idea, I was just feeling rushed and lazy the day I made these. My laziness creeped over into forgetting about the egg wash and sugar sprinkling to top them off.
As these came out of the oven, truthfully I was disappointed. They seemed to be surrounded by a pool of butter and the jam had leaked out to make a stained glass looking crown around each cookie. Of course, the initial taste (still warm, of course) had me wondering. The jam was sticky and chewy and the cranberries were not much better. After they had cooled, I found myself drawn to them a bit more. And the next morning I woke to find less than 10 still on the plate. Seems they were a hit with my friends.
Rugelach are definitely something I would like to make again. But, I have some other flavor combinations in mind. I would really like to try a orange marmalade with dark chocolate combination. I think it would taste incredible. Someone mentioned Nutella, which has me wondering. Peanut butter & jelly, anyone? One person that tried them mentioned they would prefer them a savory roll ups. Hmmm…I cannot help but wonder, do you have any more ideas for me?
Rugelach are being served up for Tuesdays With Dorie. This weeks TWD recipe was chosen by Piggy of Piggy’s Cooking Journal (where you will find this weeks recipe). Enjoy more Rugelach by visiting the blogroll at the Tuesdays With Dorie website. Or, check out other TWD goodies we have enjoyed on past weeks!