Tuesdays With Dorie: Rugelach

November 4, 2008

This is my first Tuesdays With Dorie (TWD) post, and I’m excited to be part of this group! You can read more about TWD here.  In brief, it’s a group of bakers who bake together (remotely) and blog about it.  One recipe from the book Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours is assigned each week; we bake when we want and post a report to our blogs on Tuesdays.  In the meantime, we can check in with the TWD site to read comments and questions from other bakers.  Already with the first recipe, I got some good suggestions and interesting ideas for modifications by reading the comments on the site.  I think baking with a group of others in the blogosphere will be much more fun than baking alone!

On to the rugelach…

What I did: I cut the recipe in half and used low-fat cream cheese.  The original recipe called for filling them with jam, nuts, raisins, and chocolate; I omitted the nuts and raisins and used apricot jam and chocolate.

How it went: I was excited that the recipe called for making the dough in a food processor, because I recently got one.  In the past, I would try to work around recipes calling for food processors, with mixed results.  The dough was pretty dry and a little hard to work with, but I got it rolled out and rolled up (though due to my difficult dough, the some of the rugelach aren’t all that attractive).  There was an unfortunate incident with the jam exploding in the microwave, but no major problems.

How it tasted: I like the tangy cream cheese dough combined with the chocolate – an excellent combination of flavors.  I’m glad I had decorating sugar on hand, because the large sugar crystals add a nice crunch.

Would I make this again?: Yes; these are very addictive!  Next time I’ll process the dough longer in the food processor.


  1. I’m so glad you liked these! They look wonderful. And welcome to TWD…it’s a lot of fun.

  2. Welcome to TWD! What sweet cookies. I’m going to have to try to make these.

  3. They are good, aren’t they? Welcome to TWD!

  4. They are very addictive! I don’t even know how many I ate but I do know it was a lot.

  5. Hi Jill! Found your blog from reading your comment in Melissa Morris’ May December! I was thinking about dogs being allowed in retail establishments… this past Sunday when my friends and I were having bagels, there was a sweet lab puppy nearby who was allowed to sit quietly by his human. That was so nice to see. Have a lovely day!

  6. I like the muffin pan version! Sorry I’m one of those that had to leave out the raisins.

  7. Yours look good! Glad you liked them. Welcome to TWD!

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