Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Raspberry and Apricot Rugelach

Good morning! Can you believe that Christmas is 8 days away? Where did the time go? I always try to savor and enjoy this time of year but this year I feel like it is going by too fast. 




The good news is that I have been able to spend a lot of time with family and friends during the season doing what we love, baking and eating.




This week I made some scrumptious rugulach. Although I typically make a cinnamon chocolate  filling (recipe can be found HERE) this year I thought I would make them with apricot and raspberry filling. It could not have been easier, I made the dough a few days ago and simply refrigerated it until I was ready to bake. Then rolled out the dough, added the jam and baked them. 




Rugulach

1 cup butter softened
1 8 oz package cream cheese softened
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
23/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Beat the butter and the cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, slowly add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Then stir in the flour and salt. Now if you are a little lazy like me you add the flour to the mixer being careful not to get flour all over you kitchen. The reason to stir in the flour is so the dough does not get tough, I have been mixing it in for years with the mixer and have not had a problem.

Divide the dough into eight equal portions. Flatten into discs and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Chill at least hours or longer.

Filling:

Assorted seedless jam

To assemble. Roll dough into a rectangle, spread a thin layer of jam over dough then roll into a log. Place on a plate, brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Then slice and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 




These are one of my favorite cookies to bake because the dough is light and flaky and is the perfect compliment to whatever filling you choose. 

Are you baking this week to get ready for Christmas? What are you making? Cookies? Pies? Or something else? I want to find the time to make some sort of Christmas cake, but I have yet to decide what. Any suggestions?

I hope that you have a fabulous day!


10 comments:

  1. Good morning sweet friend! I have never had these, ever! You are amazingly talented in so many ways, but one of your unbelievable skills is managing so many things at one time! You must be exhausted BUT, having a blast while doing it! Sending you many wishes for even more fun....and a little rest! BIG HUGS, Anita

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  2. YUM! You should have a disclaimer on top..saying do not read this blog on an empty stomach:) I am suddenly craving these, I can almost smell them!

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  3. The rugelach looks amazing! It is something I have never made - I wish I had time this year (maybe?). I did peanut butter cookie dough (for cookies with kisses on top) and chocolate chip cookie dough last night, to bake off when everyone is here. Do you have a good spritz cookie recipe?

    Have a wonderful day, Elizabeth! xoxo

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  4. Yummy! Rugulach is one of my favorites:) Between entertaining and work obligations I've had zero amount of time to bake.. do you do mail order? ;)

    xxleslie

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  5. Your house must smell so yummy and cozy, Elizabeth!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, and for all the recipes in 2013. Sending you warm wishes this joyful season :) xo L

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  6. I have not tried these but they certainly look delicious in the festive tin. Thanks for the recipe. I have been baking mince pies ready for Christmas.

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  7. ALWAYS love reading about what is baking in your oven. This Christmas season has really been too short. Tomorrow is my last day of school, I will have two days before my children arrive. I'm just trying to get things wrapped at this point. Enjoy these last days. Hugs!

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  8. Hello Elizabeth
    What a yummy post!!! You are so right its almost here. Wishing you and yours much joy as you count down the days. Merry Christmas to you!! xoxo Kate

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