Rugelach Pinwheels

Pastry chef Judy Roll and baker Rebecca Martin make traditional Jewish rugelach with Martha.

  • Yield: Makes about 50 cookies
Rugelach Pinwheels

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September Fall 2007


For the Dough

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups sifted bleached all-purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves, heated and cooled slightly

For the Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Place cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and continue processing until fully incorporated. Add flour and pulse just until dough comes together. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, make filling. In a medium bowl, mix together granulated and brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts; set aside.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 piece of dough into a rectangle about 1/8-inch thick. Spread a thin layer of preserves over dough; sprinkle with filling mixture. Roll dough into a log beginning with one of the long sides; wrap in plastic wrap. Transfer dough log baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining piece of dough. Place dough logs in refrigerator; let chill at least 1 hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping; set aside.

  5. Slice chilled dough logs crosswise, about 1/4 inch thick. Toss each cookie in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place cookies 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Lift parchment paper from baking sheets and transfer to a wire cooling rack; let cool.


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