Before I started my Jewish food blog, and developed a love for making lox, brisket and bagels, my passion was baking. I made elaborately decorated cupcakes, chunky chocolate chip cookies and layered birthday cakes. But my rugelach became what I was known for and continues to be my most requested treat. I have had no fewer than two marriage proposals over these cookies.
They are that good! (Still single, sorry Bubbe.) But I’m always looking for ways to switch up the recipe and one up myself. With both all-purpose flour and peanut butter out the week of Passover, this recipe seemed like the perfect way to dive back into chametz. Plus, peanut butter and chocolate is arguably the best flavor combination on earth. Thus, I bring you Peanut Butter & Chocolate Rugelach! Not surprisingly, these totally delicious and totally addictive. I even froze the ones I didn’t give away to hide them from myself, but the suckers are just as good, if not better, straight out of the freezer. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- For dough:
- ½ cup of granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
- 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 8 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into chunks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- For filling:
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 8 ounces bitter sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water for egg wash
- In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, cardamom, salt and flour. Place flour mixture, cold butter and cream cheese in a food processor and pulse just until combined. You should have a crumbly dough. Then add in sour cream and vanilla. Pulse just until combined into a clumpy dough. Do not overmix.
- (If you don't have a food processor, let butter and cream cheese come to room temperature. With a stand or hand mixer with beater attachment, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar just until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Then add in sour cream, and vanilla and combine. Lastly, add in flour and mix just until combined. This method will lead to a chewier, puffier rugelach vs. the flakier cookie with cold ingredients.)
- Lightly flour a clean surface and dump dough onto the surface. Divide the dough into four equal sized balls (I use a scale) and flatten each into a disk. Dough will be slightly sticky. Wrap each disk in saran wrap and chill for two hours or ideally overnight. It also freezes well for up to 2 months.
- In a small bowl, combine finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, granulated sugar and cinnamon.
- With a rolling pin, roll out each disk on a floured surface into a circle, about 9 inches across and ⅛ inch think keeping the other balls in the refrigerator until you are ready for them.
- Spread a thin layer of peanut butter (about ¼ cup) on the circle, sprinkle evenly with chocolate mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the circle into 12 triangles with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. 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 parchment lined sheet, with the tip on the bottom, and freeze for 30 minutes to prevent spreading.
- Whisk together egg yolks and water for egg wash and wash over rugelach. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Cool and enjoy!
This recipe originally appear in The Jewish Week!