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Cranberry Orange and Walnut Rugelach

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Ingredients

Cookie Dough
2 cups ( 240 g) All purpose flour
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1 cup (2 sticks cold) Butter unsalted
8 oz (cold) Cream Cheese
1 Egg yolk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Filling
1 jar Orange marmalade
2 cups (8 oz) Dried cranberries
1/2 cup Chopped walnuts
1 cup for sprinkling Powdered sugar

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Cranberry Orange and Walnut Rugelach

The time does not include the 2 hours to refrigerate the cookie dough before you bake the cookies. The baking time is only for two of the four cookie dough discs. I froze the other two disks so I can make a different filling later. You should get 20-24 cookies from the two discs.

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    Well, I have been dying to make rugelach from a mixture of recipes. I see rugelach being made on the cooking shows and wanted to see how I would do making the rugelach cookie. Most people make these cookies with brown sugar and nuts. I wanted fruit and nuts, so I thought I would try my combination. First, I didn’t care for a lot of sugar in this cookie, so I did not add any sugar to the marmalade, cookie dough, or the cranberry nut mixture. I did, however, need to add some sweetness, so I opted for powdered sugar that I could add myself. Since this orange marmalade comes from bitter oranges, the powdered sugar helped the orange taste a little sweeter.

    Cranberry orange walnut rugelach

    Cranberries, some call a superfood because they are highly nutritious berries. For the orange marmalade, there are different types, so you can pick whichever one you want to use. The sticky marmalade help keep the cranberry walnut mix to stay in place as you roll the triangles up to the crescent shape.

    I used a pastry mat so I can see the size of the pie-shaped dough after I rolled it out. My concern was that the pizza cutter might cut through to the pastry mat, which it did a little. You might want to cut the cookie dough on a hard surface.

    If you fill the dough too much, it will be hard to roll and stay together. But I love cranberries so that I may have overdone it just a tad.

    I will be making a different filling rugelach in the coming weeks, so stop by and see what will be coming next.

     

     

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    Steps

    1
    Done

    Cookie Dough

    Weigh or measure the flour, salt and add to a food processor. Pulse 1 or 2 times. Next, cut up the butter and cream cheese and add to the flour. Pulse till it looks like small little balls. Take the egg yolk and the vanilla and mix it with a fork before adding it to the flour, butter, cream cheese mixture. Pulse till it looks like large balls starting to come together. Dump onto a pastry mat or just a clean counter and mold it to a flattened rectangle shape.

    2
    Done

    Cut the flatten ball into four parts. I find it easier to mold the quarters into a disk shape after I flatten it to about a 1" thick and wrap it with plastic wrap. You want them to be as round as you can make it, so it is easier to roll out. The disks need to refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. I put 2 in the refrigerator, and I froze the other two disk to make later. The frozen cookie dough disks will last for three months, but I will be using mine sooner than that.

    3
    Done

    Filling

    Take the two cookie dough disks (or four if you are doing them all) out of the refrigerator and let them warm up. In a food processor, add the dried cranberries and walnuts and pulse till they are small pieces and transfer to a bowl. Take the jar of orange marmalade and put it into a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir it around till it is smooth. Preheat the oven to 350° while you finish making the cookies. Since I did not add sugar to the cranberry mix, I used powdered sugar instead of flour to coat my working station for rolling out the dough. You can use as much powdered sugar as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.

    4
    Done

    Roll out the cookie dough till you have a circle about 12" across and taking a pastry brush, spread a layer of orange marmalade. I leave about half an inch of the outside rim without the marmalade. Sprinkle the cranberry walnut mixture on top of the marmalade. The more you add, the harder it will be to roll the triangle shape into a crescent. I also press down lightly on the cranberry mixture, so it sticks to the marmalade. I then sprinkle powdered sugar on the cranberry mixture. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter (which I find more manageable), cut it up like a pizza. Start at the outside edge of one of the triangles and roll towards the middle. Pick it up and put the cookie on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. You can easily get 12 on a pan. Put the whole pan into the refrigerator so the cookie dough firms up then—Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°. My cookies baked for about 23 minutes. Move to a cooling rack after you pull the pan from the oven.

    Barbara

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