Hanukkah Rugelach

A Hanukkah tradition, these crescent-shaped cookies are made with a rich, tender cream cheese dough rolled up with a cinnamon-spiced pistachio-date filling.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 55 min
  • Servings 64

Ingredients

1
cup butter, softened
2
tablespoons granulated sugar
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose or unbleached flour
1/2
cup finely chopped dates
1/2
cup finely chopped shelled pistachios
1/3
cup granulated sugar
2
teaspoons cinnamon
1/4
cup butter, softened
1
tablespoon powdered sugar

  • 1 In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add flour; stir until well blended.
  • 2 Shape dough into ball; divide into 4 pieces. Shape each piece into ball; flatten into 1/2-inch-thick disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  • 3 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 2 cookie sheets with shortening or spray with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix dates, pistachios, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, the cinnamon and 1/4 cup butter until well blended.
  • 4 On floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll out 1 disk of dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness, forming 12-inch round. (Keep remaining disks of dough refrigerated.) Sprinkle 1/4 of date-nut mixture onto round; press into dough slightly. Cut round into 16 wedges. Roll up each wedge from curved edge to point. Place on greased cookie sheets.
  • 5 Bake 13 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Expert Tips

Arrange rugelach evenly on the baking sheets. Avoid crowding, or the middle cookies with not be done when the cookies along the edge are ready.

For a Hanukkah hostess gift, wrap a plate of rugelach with blue cellophane tied with silver and blue ribbons.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
35mg
35%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.