What’s better than rugelach? Chocolate Cherry Almond Rugelach. Crunchy, sweet, tart and chocolatey. I rest my case.
It’s Tu B’Shevat week (February 4th, 2015 to be exact)! You may be thinking, Amy. Am I a bad Jew/wannabe Jew/friend of the Jews??? What the heck is that!!? I thought the next holiday was Purim! I have my boozeface and grogger all ready! Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about Purim! Not even close. We’ll get to you, hamantaschen, soon.
Tu B’Shevat is a minor holiday, but a fun one! It’s a celebration of trees, an honoring of the earth we get to live on. It’s the beginning of the spring growing season in Israel. Oh sort of like Jewish Arbor Day? I can get on board with that! Yes, ma’am! A popular way to celebrate is by planting a tree in Israel, or by eating the seven species mentioned in the torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates OR eating dried fruit. That’s where these rugelach come into play!
I originally developed this recipe for Hanukkah, because I loooove coming up with new versions, but today seemed like the perfect day to share with y’all!
Lots of tart dried cherries, crunchy slivered almonds, and chocolate.
Because I think we can all agree chocolate = celebration. Right? And cocoa grows on trees. Trees = Jewish Arbor Day. See what I did there?