Rugalahs

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Rugalahs are one of the most requested Hanukkah cookies, now popular year-round. When the nut and fruit crescents bake, they ooze ever so slightly, and this rich filling gets crisp and caramel-like around the crescents.

  • Portion size 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
Filling:
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecan toasted
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups apricot jam
Topping:
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coarse or granulated sugar

Method

In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in sugar. Stir in flour in 2 additions. Form into ball; cut into quarters and shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Filling: In bowl, stir together pecans, raisins (if using), granulated and brown sugars and cinnamon. In separate bowl, stir jam with 1 tsp (5 mL) water.

On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disc into 11-inch (28 cm) circle. Spread 3 tbsp (50 mL) of the jam evenly over top; sprinkle with one-quarter of the nut mixture. Cut into 12 pie-shaped wedges. Starting from wide end, roll up each wedge to form crescent; place, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper- or foil-lined rimless baking sheets. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Topping: Brush egg over crescents. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake in centre of 350 F (180 C) oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool completely.

Nutritional facts <b>Per cookie:</b> about

  • Sodium 58 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 113.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 21 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 11 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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