Nutella Rugelach

Not just any rugelach- Nutella rugelach! Like a perfect little Jewish chocolate filled croissant.

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Happy Sunday! We have a pot luck lunch this week at work, and I wanted to make a tasty Jewish treat for my contribution. That way, my coworkers could revel in kosher deliciousness and I have a new recipe for you. Double duty! While perusing my recipes, one jumped out at me- rugelach. You may be asking, what in the name of Elijah is a rugelach? Well I am glad you asked! Rugelach is like a mini Jewish croissant, filled with goodness. Not get get sappy on you, bloggies, but I have many fond memories of making rugelach with my Mom growing up. We would mix the dough, roll it out, and fill our rugelach with cinnamon, sugar and nuts, and spread the rugelach love to friends and family. Lucky them! This is one tasty cookie; I am not going to lie to you. However, I thought I could improve on it. But how? And then, the answer came to me. I would simply add the world’s most perfect food. No, not bacon, though certainly that wouldn’t have hurt. I bring you, Nutella rugelach.

Oh yeah. I went there.

Here is all you need for rugelach success! I decided to substitute Greek yogurt for the traditional sour cream, as surely that healthy change negates the calories in two sticks of butter. Mmm butter.

You are so beautiful….to me!

First up, cut up your cold butter and cream cheese into bits. Make sure your butter is cold- that will make your rugelach flaky and delicious!


Add your butter. cream cheese and yogurt together; blend until you have a crumbly dough.

Then, add your flour, sugar and vanilla. Finish mixing that sucker up, and form the dough into four balls. You dough will be a little sticky.

And then we wait. Chill your balls (hehe) for 2 hours or overnight.

After two grueling hours, take one ball out of the fridge, leaving the others to chill. Roll out your ball into a circle on a floured surface.

Eat a spoonful of Nutella. This step is not optional.

Spread a thin layer of Nutella onto your circle. Avoid temptation to eat more Nutella. Or don’t.

Sprinkle a bit of sugar and hazelnuts on top of the Nutella.

Then, slice your circle into 12 triangles.

Roll your triangles up starting on the wide end, and secure your point into the cookie. Place on cookie sheets and, just for the hell of it, sprinkle with even more sugar. Repeat with the other balls.

Bake your cookies for 25 minutes at 350 and prepare to be all sorts of impressed.

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Sweet sassy molassey! Feel free to try this recipe with preserves, or the traditional sugar, cinnamon, raisin and nut mixture. You just can’t go wrong!

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Nutella Rugelach
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Classic rugelach with Nutella- what could be better?!?!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 48 cookies
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup of sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 1 can Nutella
  1. Cream together butter, cream cheese and yogurt with a stand mixer or food processor.
  2. Add in sugar, flour and vanilla. Mix it up again to form a sticky dough and all ingredients are combined.
  3. Divide the dough into four balls and flatten. Wrap in saran wrap and chill for two hours or overnight.
  4. Pre heat oven to 350 F.
  5. Roll out each ball on a floured surface into a circle, keeping the other balls in the fridge until you are ready for them. Make sure to use enough flour to prevent sticking.
  6. Eat a spoonful of Nutella.
  7. Spread a thin layer of Nutella on the circle, sprinkle with sugar and hazelnuts.
  8. Cut the circle into 12 triangles. Roll up each triangle from the wide end, and secure the tip into the cookie so you have a little spiral. Place cookies on a sheet, sprinkle with more sugar and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
Also, you will need to chill the dough for at least two hours.




    • says

      Thanks, Jenn! I have never been a rugelach fan either, but nutella makes everything better. One of my coworkers even proclaimed these are the best cookies she has ever had!

  1. Will the real Bubbe please stand up? says

    Where can I order two dozen of each treat; the sweet potato pancakes and the nutella rugelah (these were not around in my day). I think you give The Barefoot Contessa a run for her money or gelt! I am so proud I am just kvelling! I must start now for it will take me a year to duplicate these treats by next Chanukah!
    Love you, #1Bubbe

    • says

      Thanks a lot! That’s funny, I just “liked” your Scrabble photo on Facebook. I may be addicted. Tell Andrew hi, and game on!

  2. says

    Yum- your rugelach looks delish. I made a similar recipe this year as well. It was my first time making rugelach so I went the traditional route and made apricot and then made a nutella version. Everyone love them!

    • says

      Thanks, Brittany! The possibilities are endless with rugelach- I’d love to try one with peanut butter and chocolate chips next. Yum!

  3. molly l. says

    these look just like my mother-in-laws! the homemade ones are always 110% better than the ones you find in stores, etc.

    when i was on my last deployment, my MIL sent a box of these EVERY.SINGLE.MONTH. everyone in my squadron became obsessed and kept asking when she was going to send “more of the cinnamon roll-tasting jewish cookies”.

    i am lovin’ your blog, amy!

  4. says

    Thanks, Amy! Great vid! Both of my grandmothers were masters of rugelach..I only wish mine turned out as well as theirs did! Close, but there was a certain something…….

    Anyway…love nutella…these are winners!

  5. says

    Just made rugelach out of curiosity and I love it. My family love it too! Nutella? Hmmm…. I will try this bcos it’s my favourite spread! And yours are too tempting not to make!

  6. Nat says

    Hi Amy,
    Yum I really want to make this, looks delicious!
    Do you know how many grams are 2 sticks of butter? The butter I buy is in grams.

  7. Annika says

    Mmmmmm! But I have a question: You divide the dough into 4 balls, and each ball yields 12 pieces of rugalach, but it says on the recipe that it serves 36 cookies…Hmmmm…do I get to eat 12 before the offical cookie count? :^)

  8. says

    Is there anyway to make this recipe by substituting the butter for grape seed oil? I have a no butter policy for my cooking because otherwise I’d blow up like a blimp.

    Either way this looks delish! Great blog.

    • says

      Thanks, Yelena! I haven’t tried this particular cookie with oil in place of butter before, but based on past experiments with other cookies I think it should work. Let me know how it turns out!


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