Cream cheese cookies stuffed with cheesecake. Need I say more? Oh yeah, there’s chocolate too in these Chocolate Cheesecake Rugelach.
It would be the understatement of the year- nay! – decade to say food is an essential part of Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashanah has apples and honey, Hanukkah has latkes, Passover has matzah ball soup (and my killer braised brisket) and Shavuot, which starts today, has dairy.
Why dairy? Great question! One popular reason is in acknowledgment of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai on this day. The chosen people suddenly had commandments to follow, including keeping kosher. But they were not prepared with proper tools to prepare meat. Instead, they chose to eat a dairy meal. Now I doubt that Moses had the popular Shavuot dishes of cheesecake, blintzes or kugel. And he definitely didn’t take the best cookie ever, rugleach, and make a cheesecake version. But I did. Rugelach has a cream cheese filled dough, already making it Shavuot-appropriate. So I did the natural thing and stuffed it with more cream cheese. Eating these are basically a commandment.