My son was invited to attend his first Yom Kippur Celebration at his best friends house on Saturday. Lucky him cause I have never had the honor of attending one…..
Anyway, on Sunday when he walked in through the door, before I could ask how his weekend was and if he enjoyed the Yom Kippur celebration event he said, “Mama guess what? I had the best pastry ever at the Yom Kippur event! You have to try them!”
I managed to figure out that he was referring to the yummy Chocolate Rugelach!
So with that said, I embarked on a mission to make a homemade version of them and show him how they are made.
Here is the recipe I followed and they turned out very good if I may say so myself, my son said a tad more chocolate would make them perfect but that for my first time they were pretty good. He does know how to put a smile of Mamas face!
FOR THE DOUGH
- 7 ounces (200 grams) butter
- 8 ounces (250 grams) cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
FOR THE CHOCOLATE FILLING:
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup grated bitter-sweet chocolate
- butter, melted
FOR THE TOPPING
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sugar
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add sugar and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add flour and mix lightly. Refrigerate dough for an hour or more.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Divide the dough into four balls. On a floured surface, using a floured rolling pin, roll one ball out into a circle until about 1/8 inch thick.
- In a small bowl, mix the first four filling ingredients together (cocoa, cinnamon, sugar, grated chocolate). Spread some melted butter on the center of the circle. Sprinkle the chocolate mixture on top.
- Cut the pastry into pie-shaped wedges. For bite-size and nice looking rugelach, the thick end of the wedge should about an 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide.
- Start at the wide edge of the wedge and roll the dough up toward the point.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place each pastry, seam side down, on the paper.
- Brush each pastry with egg and sugar mixture.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
They are for sure a little piece of heaven!