Day 10 of my 12 days of Christmas Cookies/Treats! Rugelach is a popular cookie from Israel, and the dough is made with cream cheese and butter, and may be filled with chocolate, nuts, jam, etc. During my jamming days, I used to make these cookies often, to try out my jams in the cookies and how different jams would taste in these cookies. What I like about this cookie is that it is not too sweet, and can be quite versatile with the fillings in it.
I have used middle-eastern flavors in this particular rugelach, and I love how the filling tastes in this cookie! The dough is flavored with ground star anise and cinnamon. The filling is one of my favorite jams, Apricot and Rosemary Jam(that I make every summer, and is one of my most popular jams!), halvah, finely chopped walnuts, more cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey.Roll it all up, brush it with an egg wash, sprinkle some demerara sugar or sanding sugar(to make it look pretty), on the top and bake these little gems. I love the filling flavor, and it all works well together! I had shared my recipe for the Apricot and Rosemary Jam on the Sunset website, and you can get the recipe here.
These cookies travel well too, and would be perfect additions to a cookie box!
Day 11 is tomorrow, and it is one of my absolute favorite Christmas treats, converted to a cookie! Also, this cookie is part of a Virtual Cookie Party, hosted by the lovely Cosette from Cosette’s Kitchen, and I am so looking forward to all the creations!