3.06.2012

Nutella Rugelach [TWD]


Nutella Rugelach

This week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe was Rugelach, a Jewish pastry that's named for its traditionally crescent shape (it translates to "little twist" in Yiddish - thank you wikipedia). Before this I'd never had rugelach (I'd never even heard of it), but now that my eyes have been opened, my baking horizons expanded, my days of rugelach ignorance are over (thank goodness).

The original recipe in Baking With Julia calls for a traditional dried fruit and nut filling, held in place by an apricot or prune butter (a.k.a. Lekvar). I made the rugelach recipe from the book exactly as written (I even made both the prune and apricot lekvar recipes to use for my filling), with the exception of the shape (I rolled the cookies into crescents rather than the rounds that the book calls for) and the amount (I halved the recipe).

It was a long process and when all was said and done, I found that I really didn't care for the fruit rugelach. It was too sweet, too sticky, too much. Mine didn't even come out looking like cookies; between the epic amount of filling and the sugar/nut topping, by the time they came out of the oven they just looked like big mounds of sugary dough. I don't need my dessert to be pretty for me to enjoy it, but these cookies were seriously so unattractive that I couldn't even bring myself to photograph them!

Nutella Rugelach

Onto round 2. When I saw on the TWD page that some people were trying Nutella variations, I knew I had to give these cookies a second chance with this fail-safe filling before I wrote them off completely. I made the same cream cheese pastry dough from the original recipe, but used the Nutella filling recipe from here. HOLY CRAP. These were a completely different breed of cookie. Instead of soft, crumbly and mushy, these were flaky, almost puff-pastry-like, and sweet, but not too sweet. I don't even have the words to describe how good these were. And they were a hundred times easier to make than the fruit ones! Please make these as soon as possible so we can marvel at their deliciousness together.

The original recipe can be found on this week's hosts' blogs, here and here, as well as in the Baking With Julia book.

76 comments:

  1. Good call on the nutella! I like the fruit lekvar in the recipe more on it's own than in the cookies. Next time I'm using nutella and plenty of toasted hazlenuts. Yum!

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    1. I enjoyed the lekvar on its own as well :)

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  2. Those look amazing! I'm not a fan of Nutella, but these might change my mind. ;-)

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    1. I never really cared for Nutella either until I started baking with it, now I try to find a way to incorporate it into everything!

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  3. Good for you for trying them again. Especially with nutella. :) They're gorgeous!

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    1. thank you, I'm really glad I gave it another shot, I was much happier after round 2 :)

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  4. I baked mine with apricot lekvar and loved them, but nutella rugelach sounds soo delicious I have to try it sometime soon.. And I love your photography..

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    1. thank you! I liked the apricot lekvar much better than the prune, but Nutella takes the cake, er....rugelach?

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  5. Thanks, Jen, but I agree with you - they were a bit too much of everything. I prefer Dorie's other recipe from "Baking..." which we make every Christmas & they come out looking great just like your little crescents.

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    1. I actually used that recipe as a guide for rolling mine into crescents, as well as the egg wash recipe. The dough recipe looked pretty much the same, minus the sugar. I'll have to try her filling recipe soon :)

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  6. Hi, your Rugelach crescents look great and so do you pictures!
    I made them with prune lekvar and I definitely will make homemade lekvar again: delicious and "multi-tasking"!

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    1. Thank you :) The lekvar was tasty, I might make it again as well, but probably leave out the nuts!

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  7. I made mine also crescent-shaped!!! But I'll confess the parchment paper was a mess when I pulled them out of the oven (with all the sugar and lekvar oozing out).. luckily.. once i took them off.. they looked a little better!! Yours are lovely!!

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    1. my first attempt looked awful straight out of the oven, there was filling everywhere! Luckily I used silpat mats so sticking wasn't an issue :)

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  8. I love nutella!!!! These look fantastic!

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  9. I am so glad you gave them another try with Nutella. They look so pretty and I am sure so delicious with Nutella. I have to try that.

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  10. I can hardly believe your first attempt was a mess these look so great. I will definitely try the Nutella version. My 16 year old daughter loves it and keeps a jar in her room and eats it with a spoon right out of the container. She'll be in heaven! Maybe I'll even be brave enough to try the crescent shape.

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    1. haha, I'd keep a jar in my room too if my boyfriend would let me get away with it! The crescents were surprisingly easy to make, just be sure to move fast!

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  11. I just love your little Nutella crescents! Not sure I would make the recipe again as written, but these are a different story... :)

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    1. the pastry recipe is actually very good, it was just the fruit filling recipe I didn't care for ;)

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  12. I'm impressed that you would re-do this project and make it work for you. Yum...Nutella. And the crescent shapes are much prettier.

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    1. I wasn't planning on it, but I wasn't ready to accept defeat after only one attempt, lol.

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  13. The do look amazing. Kudos for doing this one twice. And I am glad you enjoyed your final version.

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    1. thanks, I'm glad I gave it a second try. I halved the recipe both times so I guess technically I only made one batch ;)

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  14. You know, I swore I wasn't going to bother with these again, but I think it'd be a whole different story with a much simpler filling like you did. Your photos are stunning!

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    1. the nutella filling makes all the difference! I'd never bother with the fruit filling again, too much work and not enough payoff ;)

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  15. These Nutella Rugalach (Rugalachs?) look amazing! I am totally late on these, hoping to get them done this weekend, maybe I will take your advice and skip the fruit/nut combo, (which looks a little daunting anyways) and go with the yummy Nutella. On another note, I am SO jealous you got to meet Joy the Baker! She's my total Blogger/girl crush :)

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    1. It seems a lot of people were underwhelmed with the fruit filling and I definitely won't be make these with fruit filling again. Joy was super sweet and funny, I'm so happy I got to meet her! I'm sure she'll publish more books in the future, maybe you'll get a chance to meet her too :)

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  16. yes, they look perfect. glad you gave it another go. I agree that you don't need "epic" proportions of filling to make these great. but it's funny how tastes differ. Not being a chocolate lover, our Nutella version was my least favorite of the four we tried. Go figure. Nice writing and lovely pictures.

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    1. haha, that's funny that you didn't like them! At least you made several versions so there'd be something for everyone :)

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  17. Nutella, cool choice. You are so brave preparing this dough twice in a row.

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    1. It was much easier the second time around because I knew what to expect! I'm glad I gave it a second chance, if not I probably never would have made these again - I'm planning to bake them for christmas gifts in the future :)

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  18. Mmmm, Nutella... great choice for filling! Thanks so much for baking along with me this week! :)

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    1. thank you for hosting :) (and posting early - made it a lot easier for me to link you in my post)

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  19. Your rugelach looks delicious! Thanks for using my Nutella filling recipe and for the link love!

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    1. thanks, your recipe served me well! :)

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  20. Yours are the BEST I've seen!!! Perfectly done!

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  21. I'm going to have to try a nutella version, everyone is raving about it. I agree that the crescent shape makes for a prettier cookie.

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    1. The nutella really was delicious!

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  22. I have got to try the Nutella version! They are photo worthy--unlike my Rugelach!

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    1. lol, my fruit rugelach wasn't photogenic at all!

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  23. These came out perfect and look very appealing in the photograph! I prefer the crescent shaped rugelach as well, if I bake these again I'll give your bonne idée a try;-)

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    1. let me know if you do, I'd love to see how they turn out :)

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  24. I love your crescent rugelach! So pretty. I agree, the original recipe is too sweet. I'd make them will less sugar next time, maybe filing with almond cream instead.

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    1. oooo, almond cream filling sounds delicious! :)

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  25. Uhh.....YUM!! Nutella = great idea! I love them rolled up as crescents too. I'm such a follower and didn't veer from the recipe. LOL

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    1. I thought the crescents would be more attractive, but I've been seeing some swirled ones that look pretty good too :)

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  26. The crescents are beautiful! Almost makes me want to try them again... I think I am the only baker from Hawaii. When I first signed up, it was one of the states not represented. I grew up here, moved away for many, many years, and now we've been back for almost 2. We live in Kailua on Oahu.

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    1. nice, I'm from Mililani :) I grew up there as well and just moved here about 3 years ago!

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  27. Your crescent shaped Nutella ones look great! I'm almost tempted to try again... almost :-)

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  28. WOW those are gorgeous! And you are SO right about the other cookies being blobs of dough cause that is exactly what mine looked like!! Good Job! :)

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    1. thanks, mine were really sad looking, lol

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  29. Wow, I'm glad to hear the cookies redeemed themselves. They look fantastic!

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  30. I bet these were really good with Nutella! I used jam and dried fruit, and they were pretty sweet. Loved the cream cheese pastry though.

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    1. me too, and the Nutella really was good :)

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  31. Your rugelach look wonderful! So glad you were able to make a variation that you loved! I'll have to try your version when I get around to buying some Nutella (waiting til it goes on sale). I like the crescent shape better, but when I made them that way before, they are still not very pretty with all the filling ingredients falling out everywhere. The nutella ones definitely sound less messy to make!

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    1. I made them crescent shaped with the regular filling as well and they were hideous! I think the problem was just too much filling and the topping. Can't wait to see how your Nutella ones come out when you try them :)

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  32. Your pictures are gorgeous and I think I see some Nutella Rugelach in my future. I agree completely with your assessment of the original ones. It is so helpful and inspiring to see the variations that others have done. Stimulates my less than creative mind. Thanks for sharing your beautiful crescents.

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    1. thank you, I'm glad to help, lol. You must try the Nutella filling, it's so yummy! :)

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  33. Good to hear you were so plesaed with your second batch. They look lovely in the picture.
    I know I cut way back on the filling & coating for mine and thought they were just right (I can't imagine using everything called for in the recipe)

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    1. I used everything my first try, I didn't know any better! Lesson learned ;) lol

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  34. I am glad that you gave these a second chance and found a filling that you liked. They look perfect!

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  35. They are beautiful and Nutella as filling sounds great!

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  36. Lovely photos of your nutella rugelach! Like you, I like my fillings simple and although I'm sure many would love the fruit and nut filling, I thought it too rich. I had made the rugelach with the chocolate and nuts back when we used Baking From My Home to Yours, so made the easier pinwheel version. Your crescents are perfect!

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  37. thank you, I was surprised at how much easier it was to roll the crescents rather than the jelly-rolled style!

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