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Rugelach – Jewish Filled Cookies

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jewish
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 126kcal


  • 1 cup softened butter softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar plus extra for dusting
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Filling #1

Filling #2

  • 1/3 cup speculoos
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk

Filling #3

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ cup pistacchios finely chopped

Filling #4


  • Using the paddle attachment on a food processor, mix the butter and cream cheese until creamy and well blended.
  • Add vanilla extract, salt and sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add flour and mix until dough comes together.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place parchment paper and spray 3 cookie sheets with non stick spray.
  • Divide chilled dough into 4 equal sized portions.
  • Dust a work surface with powdered sugar.
  • For each portion, roll into a rectangle about 15” x 6”. Sprinkle or brush desired filling on top.
  • For Filling #1, brush cranberry sauce on top of rolled out pastry.
  • For Filling #2, combine speculoos and milk. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Spread on rolled out pastry.
  • For Filling #3, brush butter on top of rolled out pastry.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar on top
  • Toss nuts with cardamom. Sprinkle nuts on top and press into pastry.
  • For Filling #4, brush butter on top of rolled out pastry.
  • Sprinkle peanut crumble on top and press into pastry.
  • Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut pastry into 1” strips. Roll up each strip and place on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Cool for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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