Rainbow Funfetti Rugelach??? Can you think of a more magically festive way to ring in the New Year? Oh yeah. Maybe Manischewitz Jell-O shots. Good idea.
Happy Jew Year! Y’all know how much I love rugelach. And rainbows. So it was only a matter of time before I combined the two, right? It’s like all my favorite things in one! In my dreams, Hello Kitty comes riding in on a Jewnicorn and hand-delivers a box full of Funfetti Rugelach just for me. A girl can dream.
Let’s talk dessert. Everyone knows funfetti is the best flavor of cake. It’s just science. So I though to myself, Self, wouldn’t that translate to cookies? It did indeed.
Speaking of NYE, are y’all making any resolutions this year? I usually try to stay away from resolutions that are too challenging or depressing. And I really don’t want to give up carbs or drinking or wake up earlier or any of those cliche things. I always have goals, a few of which I hope to achieve in 2015, but I try to keep my resolutions super doable. Like trying a new brand of whiskey every month. Or making more rainbow recipes for you. Look at me already accomplishing that one! Score. Maybe yours can be to keep up with my email newsletter. Just a thought! 😉
So the first time I tried this recipe I mixed those little round sprinkles right into the dough. Things seemed promising!
But things easily went from glorious to muddy. Much like my last year at ACL. Whomp. I think those little round sprinkles bleed more than the longer ones, but I wanted this recipe to work with all sprinkles! So back to the drawing board it was, and back to the supermarket for more sprinkles. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
This time, I made the dough first, A little different than some of my other rugelach recipes, with brown sugar and vanilla bean for extra funfetti flavor. Oh yeah.
Then when I rolled out the dough, I rolled it right into the sprinkles. There are a few ways to do this, but I just sprinkled them on when the circle was nearly as big as I wanted it to be, and rolled it out the rest of the way, and then flipped that sucker like a giant gay pancake.
Then I covered her with a cream cheese filling and more sprinkles! Because nobody stopped me. Mwahaha.
Eek so cute!!! (!!!)
An egg wash and some coarse sugar and these are good to go, perfect rainbow color still intact.
Okay maybe I’m getting carried away, but what if you had a rainbow New Year’s Day brunch with Rainbow Challah French Toast, Rainbow Bagels, Rainbow Funfetti Rugelach and mimosas of course. With an assortment of rainbow juices! Ooh if you do can you invite me over? Thanks.
Have a super fun and safe New Year! To quote my friend Bahama Mama, don’t do anything I would do. And if you do, don’t put it on YouTube.
- For cookies:
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, cut into chunks
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 2 vanilla beans, scraped out. If you can't find vanilla bean you can use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- About ⅓ cup rainbow sprinkles
- For filling:
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- About ⅔ cup rainbow sprinkles
- 1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water for glazing
- ¼ cup granulated sugar for sprinkling
- In a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sour cream until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add in vanilla bean and brown sugar, and mix until combined. Then add in flour. Mix just until all ingredients are combined.
- Divide dough into four equal balls and flatten into disks. Dough may be slightly sticky. Wrap each one with saran wrap and chill for two hours or overnight. Dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
- When ready to bake, combine filling- remaining cream cheese, powdered sugar and salt in a medium bowl with a spoon or hand mixer.
- Roll out each ball one at a time on a lightly floured surface into an 8-inch circle. Make sure circle isn't sticking as you roll it out so you can flip it. The sprinkle evenly with rainbow sprinkles and roll out circle into a 9-inch circle about ⅛ inch thick in order to secure sprinkles into dough. Throw some sprinkles in the air. Trust me, it's fun! Then carefully flip the circle over so sprinkles are on the bottom of the circle.. Keep the other balls refrigerated until you are ready to use them.
- Spread about ¼ of filling onto the circle. Sprinkle evenly with MORE rainbow sprinkles. Heck yes.Cut the circle into 12 even triangles. Roll up each triangle from the wide end and secure the point into the cookie so you have a little spiral.
- Whisk egg with 1 teaspoon water to make egg wash.Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet point side down, glaze with egg wash, sprinkle with granulated sugar and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Repeat with other balls.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake cookies for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cooking racks. Eat!!