Recipe by Sarah Phillips;; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2008 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
Variation: Chocolate Filled Rugelah
There are many recipes for this delicious and tender cookie! In the Middle Ages it was traditional to eat cheesecakes at Hanukkah in commemoration of the cheesecakes or pancakes Judith gave to General Holofernes. After eating these cakes, the general became thirsty for wine, which Judith also served him. Soon he swooned, Judith slew him, and the Jews were saved. Today many people serve sour-cream pancakes at Hanukkah in memory of Judith. Others serve Rugelah, a half-moon cream-cheese cookie, which may be a far cry from the original cheesecake but is nevertheless a melt-in-the-mouth delicacy perfect for the fanciest party.
Probably the most popular of American Jewish cookies, this horn-shaped treat was made in Europe with butter; cream cheese was added in this country. This is my favorite recipe.
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KELLY SAYS: "These are SO GOOD! The tastiest rugelach EVER! Buttery, tender and just the right amount of spice!"
barbbaby, Premium Member, Says: "Hi Sarah, Sorry I took so long to get back to you but I did want you to know that I made the Rugalech last week and they were absolutely delish. The dough and the chocolate filling came out perfect. My brother-in-law said they were better than any he has ever bought. It was a lot of work but since this was my first attempt at something like this I wanted it to be right. I really appreciate all the patience you have. I was really proud of myself and now I will be less hesitant to attempt some of the other things I was afraid to try before. Thanks for your great instructions and the many tutorials that you and Kelly put together."