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Rugalach Recipe

Rugalach Recipe

The crisp texture of these crescent-shaped cookies makes them a terrific treat to serve alongside a steaming mug of hot chocolate or coffee.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min./batch YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to cream cheese mixture and mix well. Divide dough into fourths. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a 12-in. circle. Remove top sheet of waxed paper. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush each circle with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar and 2 tablespoons pecans. Cut each into 12 wedges.
  • 3. Roll up wedges from the wide end; place pointed side down 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Curve ends to form a crescent shape.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 24-26 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush warm cookies with remaining butter; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 cookie equals 222 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 193 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.