TWD: The Rugelach that Won Over France

RugelachThe first December recipe from Baking Chez Moi was the Rugelach that Won Over France (check out the link to see how everyone did!). Not going to lie, when I heard that the rugelach was selected for baking I became very hesitant and considered skipping it. The rugelach recipe in Baking From My Home to Yours was one of the first recipes I made for the TWD group (November, 2008) and it didn’t turn out anything nearly like I was expecting and was a borderline disaster:

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 5.34.58 PMYikes. At least it tasted better than it looked! That sugar was really not a good idea. What was I thinking 6 years ago? 🙂 

Back to the current recipe- I tend to enjoy rugelach that is jam based so this was a new filling for me and I really enjoyed it! I was able to fill the dough with little problems until the 4th roll. I tried to stuff it with all the leftover mix which caused the dough to split/spill on several occasions.


Wrapped, I let the dough stay frozen for about 24 hours. I ended up slicing 2 of the logs to bake and left the other 2 frozen to bake for another time. I decided to bake the last log that I rolled and that became quite the adventure since the filling didn’t want to cooperate in the oven.

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After about 13 minutes of baking, the smoke detectors went off. Half of the rugelach was getting burned and the filling was starting to leak out. It always amuses me that I remember to turn the fan on after the smoke detector starts going off. Long story short, the rugelach were very, very tasty. I’m looking forward to baking the cookies in the freezer I’ll just need to keep a better eye on them so they don’t burn. The batch that turned out well had a delicious pastry. The batch that burned, well you could tell that they would have tasted well if they hadn’t burned!


8 thoughts on “TWD: The Rugelach that Won Over France

  1. I’m running late on my blog and thought while mine were in the oven I would pop over and see how everyone else faired. This is my first time making Rugelach. I am thankful for your photos because now I think I didn’t roll my dough thin enough and that’s why I only have one curl. Good to know! I’ll do it differently on my second batch from the recipe.

  2. So cute that you posted your other TWD photo from all those years ago…I am going to have to go back and find mine and see what they looked like as well. 🙂 The whole reason I do TWD is to learn, and sometimes I “learn” more than others…it is always fun and nice to learn along with others and know we all make the same mistakes and have the same successes. Thanks for sharing, your cookies look tasty!

  3. Your cookies look delicious! I had quite a bit of filling leakage that burned also; fortunately, it stayed stuck to the silpat while the cookies came free.

  4. Thank goodness some of them turned out so great. I live in fear of the smoke detector, living in the hot desert sometimes opening a window isn’t really feasible. Glad it turned out so great in the end.

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