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Rugelach Pastry With Cheese And Nuts

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Ingredients
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Packed light brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Egg 1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon milk (For Egg Wash)
  Cream cheese 8 Ounce (At Room Temperature)
  Unsalted butter 1⁄2 Pound (At Room Temperature)
  Granulated sugar 13 Tablespoon (0.25 Cup Plus 9 Tablespoon)
  Kosher salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pure vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  All-purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Light brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Packed)
  Ground cinnamon 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Walnuts 1 Cup (16 tbs), finely chopped
  Apricot preserves 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), pureed in a food processor
  Egg 1 , beaten with tablespoon milk (For Egg Wash)
  Milk 1 Tablespoon (For Egg Wash)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

MAKING
2. Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light.
3. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined.
5. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball.
6. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
7. To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins, and walnuts.
8. On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle.
9. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons apricot preserves and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the filling.
10. Press the filling lightly into the dough.
11. Cut the circle into 12 equal wedges - cutting the whole circle in quarters, then each quarter into thirds.
12. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge.
13. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
14. Chill for 30 minutes.
15. Brush each cookie with the egg wash.
16. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies.
17. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
18. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.

SERVING
19. Store in a cookie jar or dig in.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Occasion: 
Hanukkah
Ingredient: 
White Wheat Flour
Restriction: 
Kosher
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Jewish cuisine has some very rich traditional recipes like this Rugelach Pastry with Cheese and Nuts which are delightful any time of the year. Take a look at this video to learn this age old classic.

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