Make it. Eat it. Love it.
Something happens between Thanksgiving and New Years in the human mind where we throw caution to the wind and indulge in the most glutinous behavior possible. Well, that time of year is upon us. As soon as the leftover turkey and pumpkin pie have left our refrigerators, the holiday baking, cooking and consuming begins with no rest for the weary. Breads, candy, cookies, pies, meats, latkes, jelly donuts, eggnog start replacing our regular meals and snacks and the sweatpants are broken out to accommodate our growing waist lines. But, it’s all good. This is what New Years resolutions are for, right? It’s the time of year to be jolly and lets face it, who can be jolly when they’re on a diet? So, go ahead, indulge.
With so many wonderful holiday cookies floating around it’s hard to pick just one (or two) to enjoy so, one of greatest ways to be carelessly indulgent is to take part in a one of the many holiday cookie swaps, cookie giving and cookie eating. Because, lets face it, as much as you want to eat the entire plate of delicious sugar cookies you just took out of the oven, wouldn’t it be more fun to eat a plate of sugar cookies and an array of other delicious bites of goodness? Go on, share.
For anyone who has ever eaten rugelach, I don’t have to tell you how delicious and addicting they are. With a flaky cream cheese dough rolled in a crescent shape with delicious fillings like jams, nuts and raisins, these Hanukkah cookies are the would be love child of a pastry and a cookie. The perfect mix of each.
First brought over to America from Eastern European Jews, there are many ways to pronounce rugelach and even more ways to enjoy them. With the traditional fillings like, apricot, walnut with cinnamon and sugar, raisin, and chocolate, you can spice up these little cookies with any filling you can dream of.
I absolutely adore rugelach and cannot believe it has taken me this long to make my own. I have heard they are difficult and time consuming. With the latter being true, they are anything but difficult. I made a filling with fig preserves, walnuts and chocolate chips. They were made to bring to a Hanukkah party but somehow were eaten before then. Whoops. If you can keep from eating them all, rugelach freeze perfectly. Put them in an air tight container and store in your freezer for small snack whenever a craving hits.