This recipe for Chocolate Rugelach is adapted from Giora Shimoni on Kosherfood.com. She calls them Israeli Chocolate Rugelach, because she says Americans tend to fill their chocolate rugelach with mini-chocolate chips, while Israelis make their own filling. Since I always have chocolate around, I make my own filling. This is a go-to recipe. It's easy -- 25 minutes to make and 25 minutes to bake! Be sure to scroll down for Giora's tips on rugelach making. Even if you're not celebrating Rosh Hashana, you'll love these pastries for breakfast or brunch or with morning coffee. Yum!
7 ounces unsalted butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon DARK cocoa
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup grated bitter-sweet chocolate (65-85% cacoa, fair-trade chocolate)
1/8 cup sugar (if you don't add cinnamon, use 1/4 cup sugar)
1/8 cup cinnamon (optional)
In mixing bowl, cream 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 dough into four balls. On floured surface, using floured rolling pin, roll one ball out into circle until about 1/8 inch thick.
In small bowl, mix 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 pastry into pie-shaped wedges. For bite-size and nice looking rugelach, thick end of wedge should be about 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide.
Start at wide edge of wedge and roll dough up toward point.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place each pastry, seam side down, on paper.
Brush each pastry with the egg and sugar/cinnamon.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden.
And here are some great tips from Gloria for making perfect rugelach
Using too much filling leads to messy looking rugelach.
A pizza cutter makes it easier to cut the dough into pie-shaped wedges.
If you don't want to use parchment paper, you can spray the cookie sheets with non-stick spray.
After rolling dough up and placing on parchment paper, you can stick them in the freezer. When you need fresh rugelach, take them right from the freezer into the oven and add a few minutes to the baking time.