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Chocolate Rugelach

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 94kcal
Author uglyducklingbakery

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

Rugelach pastry dough

  • 1 cup (125 grams/4.4 ounces) bleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting the countertop
  • 1 cup (125 grams/4.4 ounces) cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 9 tablespoons (128 grams/4.5 ounces) cold cream cheese, roughly cut into four parts
  • 12 tablespoons (170 grams/6 ounces) cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Chocolate filling

  • 4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons (113 grams/4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons (30 grams/1 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons (30 grams/1 ounce) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • pinch salt

Assembly and finishing

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

Pastry dough

  • Add the flours, sugar, salt, and baking powder to the food processor and process to combine.
    1 cup (125 grams/4.4 ounces) bleached all-purpose flour, 1 cup (125 grams/4.4 ounces) cake flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Add the cream cheese and pulse 10 times.
    9 tablespoons (128 grams/4.5 ounces) cold cream cheese, roughly cut into four parts
  • Add the butter cubes and pulse 20 times. You should not be able to see any large cubes of butter.
    12 tablespoons (170 grams/6 ounces) cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Add the cream and water and pulse another 10 times. You should be able to pinch the mixture together between your fingers.
    1 tablespoon cold water, 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Divide the mixture evenly into two plastic kitchen bags. Keeping your hands on the outside of the bag, knead the mixture for a minute or two, pulling the bag away from the dough as needed, until the dough forms a smooth ball. Divide this first bag into two balls, flatten them slightly into disks, and place them in the refrigerator to rest. Repeat with the other half of the dough in the other bag. To freeze the dough at this point, wrap the disk in two layers of plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag for 3 to 6 months.

Chocolate filling

  • While the dough is resting, melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or heatproof bowl over a pot of barely simmering water.
    4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate, 8 tablespoons (113 grams/4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • When the chocolate has nearly completely melted, remove the bowl from the pot (dry off the bottom) and stir in the cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar, orange zest, and salt. Let cool briefly.
    5 tablespoons (30 grams/1 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder, 5 tablespoons (30 grams/1 ounce) confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon orange zest, pinch salt

Assembly and finishing

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Lightly dust your countertop with flour. Remove a ball of dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to a thin circle about 9 inches in diameter.
  • Add 1/4 cup of chocolate filling to the dough circle and spread it with a knife or offset spatula to about 1/2" from the edge.
  • Use a bench scraper or knife (being careful of your countertop) to cut the circle into quarters and then cut each quarter circle into three wedges (i.e. each wedge will represent about 30° of the circle).
  • Take one wedge. Starting at the outside edge, roll tightly towards the center of the circle.
  • Place the cookie so that the final tip of the wedge is face down on a baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the 12 wedges and then the next dough circle. Rugelach will not spread significantly, but do not crowd them on the baking sheet.
  • When you have filled one cookie sheet, put it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes prior to baking.
  • Remove the rugelach from the freezer and brush them lightly with the beaten egg wash.
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes, until the rugelach are a golden brown.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and then move to a cooling rack. Once cool, rugelach can be stored at room temperature for a week or two or frozen for 3 to 6 months.

Notes

  • The rugelach dough can also be made in a stand mixer or by hand, but I find that the food processor gives the most consistent results.
  • You can use only all-purpose flour if you don't have cake flour. Using the cake flour reduces the protein content and makes the dough slightly more tender.
  • If you want this to be sweeter, you can sub semi-sweet or milk chocolate for the bittersweet chocolate in the filling. Or sprinkle some granulated sugar on over the egg wash before baking.
  • The time stated here is the amount of time it takes me to make this recipe. The first time or two you make rugelach, please allow for a longer amount of time. You'll get the hang of it by the time you finish your first batch!

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg