Rugelach The Perfect Chocolate Pastry
Cook Tools and Details
- You will also need: plastic wrap, parchment paper, rolling pin and surface, 9-inch cake pan (optional)
For the Dough
- Chop cold butter and cream cheese into smaller pieces. Put pieces into your food processor along with sour cream, flour, salt, and sugar. Pulse together ingredients until a crumbly dough forms and begins to fall away from the sides of the processor. Don't overprocess; the dough should look crumbly, like cottage cheese.
- If you don't have a food processor: let the butter and cream cheese come to room temperature. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together with the sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and sugar. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, mixing constantly, until dough holds together and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Don't overmix. Pour dough onto a lightly floured rolling surface...
- and form into a rough ball shape.
- Divide the ball into four equal pieces and form those pieces into rough balls. Cover each ball with plastic and place it in the refrigerator. Refrigerate dough balls for at least 1/2 hour.
For the Filling
- Mix all ingredients to a paste-like texture
Prepare Your Rugelach
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly flour your rolling surface and rolling pin. Take one portion of the dough out of the refrigerator (keep the rest of the dough cold until ready to use). Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. You may need to use the rolling pin to pound out the dough a bit at the beginning; the dough will be very firm and cold, but will become more pliable as it starts to warm. Just keep rolling with the firm, even pressure.
- Lift the dough gently from the rolling surface (it may stick a bit) and re-flour your surface beneath the dough.
- Replace the dough onto the newly refloured surface. Use a round 9" cake pan as a guide to make a nice, smooth imprint of a circle in the dough.
- Cut the dough into a large circle, following the shape of the cake pan. If you don't have a cake pan, just guesstimate the size of the circle and cut it as smoothly as you can. Form the trimmed excess dough into a small ball. Wrap it in plastic and reserve it in the refrigerator, adding to the ball with each batch that is made.
- Take about 1/5 of the filling and place it in the center of the circle. Spread it very thinly across the surface of the dough; a thick layer of filling will make your pastry expand and burst. You can use your fingers to make the spreading easier; I like to use my palm to flatten and even out the filling. Leave about an inch around the edges of the circle.
- Cut the circle into 8 equal triangles by first cutting the circle in half, then quarters, then halve the quarters to make eighths. If you prefer to make smaller bite-sized cookies, divide each quarter into three to make 12 equal triangles.
- Roll each triangle, starting from the wide flat end and rolling towards the narrow point. Keep rolling until the entire triangle is neatly and firmly rolled.
- Press the endpoint into the pastry to secure it. Place the rolled pastries onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, endpoint down. Leave an inch between the cookies, as they will expand slightly during baking.
- Place pastries in the oven and let them back for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Roll out your next batch of cookies while this batch is baking. When the cookies are golden brown, remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. When you're finished making cookies from the four dough balls, make a smooth ball from the leftover dough trimmings you've reserved and roll it out to make your fifth batch.
For the Dipping
- Boil the sugar and water together for 10 minutes on a low flame. Add lemon juice and boil for another 3 minutes.
- As soon as the pastries come out of the oven, dip them in the hot syrup for a good few seconds and place them on baking paper to dry.
For the Dough
- 1 cup unsalted butter for 10 servings - 2 sticks
- 8 ounce block cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
For the Filling
- 3 ounce cocoa for 10 servings - 80
- 5 1/2 ounce dark brown sugar for 10 servings - 150
- 5 1/2 ounce unsalted butter melted, for 10 servings - 150
- 1 dash cinnamon
For the Dipping
- 1 1/2 cup sugar for 10 servings - 300 gram
- 2/3 cup water for 10 servings - 150 ml
- 1/2 lemon Juiced
Cooking Tools RequiredBaking sheet, Food Processor, Measuring cups and spoons, Mixing bowls, Mixing spoon, Rolling Pin, Saucepan, Spatula, Stand Mixer
These cookies taste amazing served warm and fresh from the oven. They will stay fresh for a few days in a tightly sealed container. You can rewarm them in the oven or microwave. You can freeze your leg and spend half an hour before you want to eat, there is no need to even heat.
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