Cherry-Pistachio Rugelach {Video}

I have been holding on to this recipe for weeks and finally I can now share it with the world!
I am so excited to be a part of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! Two amazing women and bloggers teamed up together and created such a planned out event
Some quick statistics:
-Over 22,000 cookies were sent over the world!
-Over 600 bloggers participated in the cookie swap!
Now that is a lot of happy cookie-people!
I was on the hunt for the perfect cookie to send out! I really wanted to make something that represented me. Something traditional with a twist. Something that melted in your mouth and had layers of texture and  flavor. Something that had sweetness and acid, a slight crunch and that buttery-creamy feel we all indulge for in a cookie.
Rugelach! Perfect! A cookie I grew up with, the traditional cream cheese dough melts on your tongue and there’s nothing like it. The fillings nestled inside are endless-this is where I had fun with the flavors.
Method:
1) Cream butter and cream cheese in stand mixer with a paddle attachment until creamy. Add sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
2) Add flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough onto a well floured surface and roll into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters and wrap each quarter in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes.
3) For the filling: In 1 bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pistachios. In another bowl, stir together the black cherry preserves and orange zest.
4) Take one dough-ball out of fridge (leaving others chilled until ready to use) and on a well-floured surface, roll it out using a floured rolling pin. Roll it out to about 9 inches in diameter.
*It will feel somewhat hard/stiff in the very beginning, but this is such a beautiful soft dough, once you start working it, it gets easier.
5) If you have a round cheese cake pan or any 9-10in pan, use that as a guide to cut a perfect circle for your rolled out dough and save the excess cut-outs to use again.
*It doesn’t have to be perfect ;)
6) Take 2 Tb of preserves and spread a thin layer on the dough. Less is more in this case.
7) Now take 1/4 c of pistachio mixture and spread it evenly on the preserves, lightly pressing down.
8) Using a very sharp knife or even a pizza cutter, but the dough in half, then in quarters.

9) Then cut the quarters in half.

10) Now here’s where to be gentle and take your time! Take one of the wedges and roll from the outside-in.
11) Once all of them are rolled up, place them on cookie sheet, end-side down and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
12) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-18 minutes until lightly golden brown.
How I wrapped the rugelach:
I found how through trial and error how delicate these little guys were. So I decided to wrap each rugelach in plastic wrap individually and then place then in a cute cookie bag tied with a bow!
I then placed them in a colorful-Holiday box packed with tissue paper to absorb shock during travel.
And then tied it with a bow!
So as part of the Cookie Swap…I received cookies too! Don’t you love the spirit of giving? Especially when it comes in the form of sugar?
Shannon from My Place in the Race sent over moist and sweet Pumpkin Snickerdoodles! Thank you so much Shannon!
Chris from Mele Cotte shipped over beautifully packaged glazed-spice cookies! I just couldn’t stop at one!
Want to be a cookie-swapper next year? Sign up here!
Thank you to the lovely ladies of Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen for doing such an AMAZING job!
Enjoy!
Cherry-Pistachio Rugelach

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients

    Dough
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Filling
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 6 Tb sugar
  • 1 c pistachios, chopped finely in food processor
  • 1/2 c black cherry preserves, quickly pulsed in food processor (no lumps)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • orange zest
  • 1/4 c cinnamon sugar (mix together sugar+cinnamon)
  • egg, for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese in stand mixer with a paddle attachment until creamy. Add sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough onto a well floured surface and roll into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters and wrap each quarter in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. For the filling: In 1 bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pistachios. In another bowl, stir together the black cherry preserves and orange zest.
  4. Take one dough-ball out of fridge (leaving others chilled until ready to use) and on a well-floured surface, roll it out using a floured rolling pin. Roll it out to about 9 inches in diameter.
  5. *It will feel somewhat hard/stiff in the very beginning, but this is such a beautiful soft dough, once you start working it, it gets easier.
  6. If you have a round cheese cake pan or any 9-10in pan, use that as a guide to cut a perfect circle for your rolled out dough and save the excess cut-outs to use again.
  7. Take 2 Tb of preserves and spread a thin layer on the dough. Less is more in this case.
  8. Now take 1/4 c of pistachio mixture and spread it evenly on the preserves, lightly pressing down.
  9. Using a very sharp knife or even a pizza cutter, but the dough in half, then in quarters.
  10. Then cut the quarters in half.
  11. Now here's where to be gentle and take your time! Take one of the wedges and roll from the outside-in.
  12. Once all of them are rolled up, place them on cookie sheet, end-side down and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-18 minutes until lightly golden brown.
http://littleferrarokitchen.com/2011/12/cherry-pistachio-rugelach/
Watch how to make it here!

Comments

  1. says

    Cherry-Pistachio Rugelach | The Little Ferraro Kitchen Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  2. says

    Samantha, I just clicked over from the LAT for a closer look at these beauties and to say congratulations for making the Top 10 in this year’s L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Job well done, I’m thrilled for you! Happy Holidays to you & yours from NorCal.
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