Apple Rugelach

These little crescent-shaped pastries make a stellar Hanukkah gift or a delicious treat to enjoy year-round.

Apple Rugelach
Photo:

Victor Protasio

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs
Servings:
24 rugelach
Yield:
24

To make these swirly cookies, start with a simple dough enriched with cream cheese. You can make it up two days ahead, which makes this a great recipe for prepping a big holiday meal or an array of edible gifts. The filling is a simple mixture of apple butter, honey, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds that elevates these soft and tender pastries with a delicious crunch. Pack them up in a festive kraft box and encourage the lucky recipients to enjoy rughelach for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple butter

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • Sparkling sugar, for garnish

Directions

  1. Beat butter, cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon salt with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth and light, about 2 minutes. Add flour and beat on low speed until just combined.

  2. Divide dough in half and shape into 1/2-inch-thick disks. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

  3. Stir together apple butter, honey, cinnamon, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

  4. Remove 1 piece of dough from refrigerator. Roll dough into an 11-inch round on a lightly floured work surface. Spread half of apple butter mixture over dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Use a pizza cutter or chef’s knife to slice dough into quarters, then slice each quarter into 3 wedges to make 12 wedges.

  5. Sprinkle each wedge with 1/2 tablespoon almonds. Roll wedges into a spiral, starting from wide end. Place dough spirals on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough, apple butter mixture, and almonds.

  6. Preheat oven to 375°F with racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Brush rugelach with egg and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Bake, swapping baking sheets halfway through, until edges are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
7g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 47mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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