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Rugelach Cookies

Rugelach, or Rogelach, are rolled cookies. Rugelach, which literally means "little twists" in Yiddish, has Jewish Ashkenazic (Polish) origins. In Europe the dough was made with yeast, but American Jews later introduced a cream cheese based rugelach dough. Rugelach dough is rolled around sweet fillings such as chocolate, raisins and nuts, or preserves.

How to Make Rugelach
I was surprised to find how easy, and fun, it is to make rugelach. It does take time as the dough needs to be refrigerated and then rolled out. But the resulting pastry is well worth the investment in time. Follow these step-by-step instructions, with helpful photos, to learn how to make traditional Jewish rugelach cookies.

Apricot Walnut Rugelach (Dairy)
Rugelach is sold fresh everywhere you turn in Israel, so I never felt the need to make my own. But six months into running a Kosher Food site, the time arrived for me to give it a try. I researched a bunch of recipes, took ideas from each of them, and then compiled this rugelach recipe. I was surprised to find that making rugelach is quite easy, and homemade is so much better than bought rugelach.

Israeli Chocolate Rugelach (Dairy)
While I prefer rugelach filled with preserves and nuts, my kids like chocolate filled rugelach the best. Americans tend to fill their chocolate rugelach simply with mini-chocolate chips, while Israelis tend to make their own chocolate filling. The Israeli version of chocolate rugelach, which usually includes a touch of cinnamon, is more interesting in my opinion.

Raspberry Raisin Rugelach (Dairy)
Raspberry Raisin Rugelach is my favorite kind. If you have never made rugelach before, I suggest you roll up your sleeves and give it a try. It is much easier to make than it looks, and the results are well worth the effort. This rugelach recipe is simple to make and delicious to eat.

AllRecipes.com: Jackie's Rugelach
Jackie submitted this recipe to AllRecipes.com, and wrote "I have many rugelach recipes, but this is truly the best I have ever made." Others agreed because the recipe got five stars.

Epicurious.com: Bubbe Sarah's Rugelach
This recipe comes from a Bubbe who owned a small hotel in the Catskills hotel many years ago. If it made Catskill hotel goers happy and has been passed down for three generations, the recipe must be a winner.

Epicurious.com: Chocolate, Cherry & Walnut Rugelach
This Rugelach recipe got rave reviews from the Epicurious.com crowd.

IChef.com: Spicey Nut Rugelach
The dough is basic cream cheese rugelach dough, and the filling consists of melted butter, walnuts, cinnamon and sugar.

KosherCooking.com: Easy Rugelach
I've never seen a simpler rugelach recipe than this. The dough is made from four ingredients, and the filling is simply sugar and nuts.

MyJewishLearning.com: Joan Nathan's Rugelach Cream Cheese Cookies
This recipe comes from Joan Nathan's The Jewish Holiday Kitchen. The fillings are Strawberry Jam Filling and Raisin Nut.

PBS.org: Joan Nathan's Apricot- or Chocolate-Filled Rugelach
I like this recipe because the dough is especially tasty, and the fillings are simple.

StarChefs.com: Cinnamon-Sugar Rugelach
This recipes comes from The Jewish Holiday Baker. I like the Cinnamon-Sugar filling.

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