Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rugelach Pastries

These little pastries/cookies are fantastic, but not for those who are watching their diets.

Pastry Dough:  8 ounces cream cheese (1 brick), 2 sticks of butter, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 cups all purpose flour.

Cream the butter and cream cheese together.  Add the sugar & vanilla.  Blend in the flour until it just comes together.  This will be really sticky dough.  Form the dough into a large round on a very well floured surface.  Divide into four equal portions.  Wrap each one in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for AT LEAST ONE HOUR.  If you do not do this you won't be able to form the pastries.

Fillings:  I like a very traditional apricot jam topped with a brown sugar and walnut mixture.  Nuttella is also awesome.  You can also add in raisins or any other jam combo you can think of.

Take one of your chilled dough balls and roll it out into an 8-9 inch round.  Spread a thin layer (about 2 tablespoons) of jam or Nutella  all over.  Top gooey layer with some nuts or sugar and nut mixture.  Then cut the round into quarters and then cut each quarter in half.  Now you should have long triangles.  Roll the triangles up from base to tip.  Place on a parchment paper lined cookies sheet.  Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350.  Bake the cookies for about 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.

I like mine with coffee.  He likes his with a glass of cold milk.

Happy Eating!

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