This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is one I was dreading a little, to be honest. Once I read the recipe for Friendship Cookies, I realised that these were just Rugelach with another name and, well, I remember the last time I tried to make those. Such an ordeal! (you really must click through to read that post, it’s a doozy!). The soft cream cheese and butter dough was really challenging to work with and I was worried about this time around but I didn’t overthink it and it really was much easier than the last time!
Of these and their name change, Dorie says “no matter whom I serve these to, the recipients want to follow me home and be my best friend.” Dorie’s filling in this version is raisins, jam, chopped nuts and chocolate but she encourages us to change it up too. “Try using dried cherries or bits of dried apricots in place of the raisins. And, if you’d like, soak the fruit in tea or something stronger (cherries are great in kirsch or port, apricots in rum, Grand Marnier or amaretto). Of course you can change the nuts as well as the cinnamon and jam. You could even forget the jam . . . as long as you’re not making rugelach for my husband.”
Now, since I know how challenging these are to roll up with chunks of anything in there, I went simple. I used strawberry jam (that’s what we had open), chopped almonds and chocolate (that I chopped VERY finely as these are small and any large chunks of anything will make the rolling part super difficult) and left our any additional dried fruit.
And, surprisingly, these came together very easily. I made, rolled and chilled the dough. I filled, cut and rolled the rugelach. No mess, no fuss. No multiple chill times. Hmm. Not sure what was going on the last time I made these (7 years ago now!) but it seems I might just have figured them out!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Friendship Cookies on p 270 of Dorie’s Cookies!
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