Anyway, this week's hosts for TWD: Baking With Julia are Jessica from My Baking Heart and Margaret from The Urban Hiker. Please visit their blogs for the complete recipe and some beautiful photographs of their rugelach! (Rugelachs with a plural s?? Ugh.)
After dividing the dough, rolling, and cutting in half, a homemade apricot jam, called "lekvar" is spread on.
Then a cinnamon-sugar mixture is sprinkled in, followed by dried fruits and nuts. I chose cranberries and pecans. Yes, this seemed to be a tremendous amount of filling for the dough, and I wondered how I would be able to roll them up. A few nuts and fruits escaped, but it worked!
The logs were chilled overnight, then brushed with an egg wash and sliced. I used my electric knife to simplify things.
The cookies are then rolled in a cinnamon-sugar-nut mixture.
Then the cookies are finally ready to bake!
The result is a sweet, delicious, tender yet crunchy yet chewy treat! These will definitely be reserved for Christmas or other fancy-treat occasions, but the recipe is surely a keeper. Next time I think I'll cut them smaller and possibly omit the cinnamon sugar on top. I'll change up the filling, too! It's fun to customize recipes, don't you think?