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Apricot-Walnut Rugelach

  • prep: 35 mins
    total time: 3 hours 45 mins
  • yield: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
Photography: Johnny Miller




  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Cook's Note

Store in airtight containers, up to 1 week.


  1. Step 1

    In a food processor, process butter, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt until combined. Add flour and pulse until a dough forms. Divide in half, flatten into disks, and tightly wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, 2 hours (or overnight).

  2. Step 2

    In a small pot, bring apricots, brandy, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until most of liquid is absorbed, 7 minutes. Transfer to clean food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Stir in walnuts and remaining 2/3 cup sugar.

  3. Step 3

    Working with 1 disk at a time, on a floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch circle. Spread with half the filling, leaving a 1-inch border. Cut into 16 wedges. Starting from outside edge, tightly roll each wedge up; place on parchment-lined baking sheets, seam side down. Lightly brush with egg. Freeze 30 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely.

Everyday Food, December 2012