Love at first bite rugelach
 
 
Serves: lots
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar plus 9 tablespoons
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 jar cup apricot jam
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash
Instructions
  1. Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light. Add ¼ cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar & ½ teaspoon cinnamon, set aside.
  3. On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons apricot jam and sprinkle with ¼ cup of the filling and ¼ cup of mini chocolate chips. Press the filling lightly into the dough. Cut the circle into 12 equal wedges—cutting the whole circle in quarters, then each quarter into thirds. Note- I made mine really tiny so I cut my circle into 16 pieces. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  4. Brush each cookie with the egg wash. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Optional - I sprinkled mine with golden crystallized sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.....
  5. p.s. nothing in my kitchen ever makes it to the cooling stage because of who I live with.
Recipe by SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL EATING at https://simplybeautifuleating.com/2015/04/27/love-at-first-bite-rugelach/