Cookies How to Make Classic Rugelach 4.78 from 35 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe My Classic Rugelach recipe is way better than anything you can buy at the store during the holidays, filled with luscious jam, nuts, and raisins. By Gemma Stafford | December 15, 2020 | 64 Last updated on November 29, 2022 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Rugelach is a bakery staple, but this delicious cookie is actually super simple to make! And my homemade rugelach recipe beats store-bought any day of the week. If you look at a Classic Rugelach, you may feel a bit intimidated. It looks fancy! Spoiler alert: they’re a cinch. My classic homemade rugelach is a treasure trove of flavors and textures: flaky cream cheese pastry rolled with sweet, tart apricot jam, raisins, and chopped walnuts. But the beautiful thing about this cookie recipe is that you get to decide what filling you’d like! Try it with chocolate, or Nutella, cinnamon sugar, or your favorite jam. This pastry compliments all those wonderful flavors. Looking for more holiday cookies from around the world? Try my Spanish Almond Cookies, Danish Butter Cookies, or my German Spritz Cookies! For more recipes from across the globe, check out my Bold Baking Worldwide section in my Holiday Headquarters. What Is Rugelach? Rugelach is a filled pastry that originated in Poland’s Jewish communities that traveled and became popular in Israel and beyond. The name itself, rugelach, comes from the Yiddish word for “twist.” Rugelach is put out at many events, but especially Jewish holidays like Hanukkah. The tiny little cookies hold a special place for many people who have been eating them since childhood. My rugelach recipe is yeast-free, which means it’s a faster dough. You don’t have to go through the process of proofing; it just needs to chill in the refrigerator for one hour! What You Need To Make Rugelach Measuring Cups and Spoons Baking sheet Parchment paper Plastic wrap Food processor or large bowl Mixing bowl How To Make Rugelach These cookies are so fun to make, and the cutting and rolling of the rugelach is a great way to get kids in the kitchen! Here’s how you make rugelach (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor or large bowl. Then, pulse or cut in the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until the mixture is damp and crumbly. Press the mixture together to form the dough. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it chill in a refrigerator for at least an hour (or until firm.) To make the fruit and nut filling, combine the raisins, chopped walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Start assembling the rugalach! Working with one disc at a time, roll the dough on a floured surface into a rectangle that is about 1/8-1/4-inch (3-6mm) thick. Spread the dough with half of the jam and then sprinkle all over the dough with half of the raisin and walnut mix. Starting with the rectangle’s long side, roll the dough with the filling into a log and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the second half of dough and filling. Place next to the first log on the baking sheet. Refrigerator the logs until they are firm enough to slice. This will take around 30 minutes. While the logs chill, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Once firm, brush the logs with the egg wash. Cut the log into slices about halfway down at 1-inch (2 1/2cm) intervals. Be sure not to cut all the way through. Bake the rugelach for 25-30 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let the logs cool for 5 minutes, then cut the slices all the way through and let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar! Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Rugelach Treat this dough like you would with any pastry. Work quickly and handle it as little as possible to get the flakiest results! The dough is very soft and delicate, so you want to make sure it is thoroughly chilled before rolling. Check for sticking while you roll, and add more flour if needed. Prefer chocolate? Try this filling in place of the jam for one of the rolls: mix 1 cup (6oz/170g) of finely chopped chocolate, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Sprinkle onto the rolled-out dough and proceed according to the directions above. Can’t decide between jam and chocolate? You don’t have to! Use the jam and nut filling and add a sprinkle of 1/3 cup (2oz/57g) finely chopped chocolate on top of the filling before you roll up the logs! Try filling them with homemade Nutella! Prefer a different flavor of jam? Go ahead and use it in place of the apricot jam! They will be delicious! These cookies can be a bit time consuming to make, but you can make the dough up to three days in advance. Wrap well and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and bake. How Do I Store Rugelach You can store any leftover rugelach in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze rugelach for up to 2 months. Just be sure to defrost at room temperature for an hour or two before serving. Make More Holiday Recipes! Festive Danish Butter Cookies Iconic Speculaas Cookies Best-Ever Sugar Cookies And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! Your Cookie Baking Questions Answered! (Ask Gemma)Easy Homemade Pocky Sticks RecipeChocolate Cookie Cups RecipeOne-Bowl Breakfast Cookies Recipe How to Make Classic Rugelach Recipe 4.78 from 35 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My Classic Rugelach recipe is way better than anything you can buy at the store during the holidays, filled with luscious jam, nuts, and raisins. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 18 cookies Dessert Fruit Hannukah Baking Pans Oven Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 30 minutes minsChill the Dough 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins My Classic Rugelach recipe is way better than anything you can buy at the store during the holidays, filled with luscious jam, nuts, and raisins. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 18 cookies Ingredients Rugalach Dough1 ⅔ cups (8⅓oz/236g) all-purpose flour3 tablespoons granulated sugar½ teaspoon salt¾ cup (6oz/170g) cold cream cheese diced¾ cup (6oz/170g) cold butter diced1 teaspoon vanilla extractFruit and Nut Filling1 cup (5oz/142g) raisins1 cup (5oz/142g) walnuts finely chopped2 tablespoons dark brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon1 cup (10oz/283g) apricot jamEgg washpowdered sugar for sprinkling Instructions Rugelach Dough:Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.In a food processor or large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt, then pulse or cut in the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until the mixture is damp and crumbly. Press the mixture together to form a dough.Divide the dough in half, flatten each half into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (until firm).Fruit and Nut Filling:Combine the raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside. Assembling the Rugelach: Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll the dough out on a floured surface into a rectangle about 1/8-1/4 (3-6mm) inch thick.Spread the dough with half of the jam and then sprinkle all over with half of the raisin walnut mix.Starting with a long side, roll the dough with the filling into a log and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling, and place next to the first log on the baking sheet.Refrigerate the logs until they are firm enough to slice, about 30 minutes.While the logs are chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).Once both filled logs are firm enough to slice, brush with the egg wash.Cut slices in the logs about halfway down at 1-inch (2 ½cm) intervals taking care not to cut all the way through.Bake the rugelach for 25-30 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let the logs cool for 5 minutes, then cut the slices all the way through and let cool completely.Store rugelach in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or in the refrigerator for up to one week. For longer storage, they can be frozen for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature for an hour or two.