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Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach

October 19, 2011
4 Ratings
Photo by sdebrango
  • Makes 4 dozen
Author Notes

During the holidays I make boxes of homemade goodies to give as gifts. One item I always include is my recipe for chocolate hazelnut rugelach. I adapted this from Ina Gartens recipe. I make a cream cheese dough, which is spread with jam (apricot is traditional but any jam of your choice is good) and sprinkled with toasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate. —sdebrango

What You'll Need
  • The Dough and filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar + more for sprinkling on cookies
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam(If you have preserves puree in food processor until smooth
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Making the rugelach
  • Dough
  • Jam
  • hazelnuts
  • chocolate
  • 1 egg beaten with a tsp of water for egg wash
  • sugar to sprinkle on rugelach
  1. The Dough and filling
  2. In stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment cream the cream cheese and butter until light. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla. With mixer on low add the flour and mix just to combine. Dump dough onto work surface form into a ball cut into four quarters and wrap each in plastic wrap, refrigerate for one hour
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, line a sheet pan with parchment and spread hazelnuts on pan. Toast in oven approximately 6-8 minutes take them out when you can smell the nuts. If you want to remove the skins you can do so by rubbing the nuts in a tea towel. I don't do that. Chop the nuts and mix with the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  4. If using preserves add to food processor and puree until smooth, remove and set aside. Chop chocolate into very small pieces, cover and set aside.
  1. Making the rugelach
  2. Take your dough out of the refrigerator working with one quarter at a time. On floured work surface roll dough into a 9 inch circle. (I use a lid from my dutch oven and cut around it making a neat circle) spread jam on dough, sprinkle with hazelnuts and chocolate. Press the nuts and chocolate lightly with your hand. Cut first into quarters and then each quarter into 3 equal wedges, you will have 12 when finished, Roll each wedge starting from the largest end rolling to the smallest end.
  3. Place rugelach on parchment lined sheet. pan Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.Chill in the refrigerator before baking for 15 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Repeat with each quarter of the dough. Dough can be refrigerated for 2-3 days or frozen for later use.

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I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking, I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando. I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.

11 Reviews

SandraM July 7, 2012
I love this recipe! I've made a few batches of rugelach with Ina's original recipe. I didn't even thing to switch out raisin for Chocolate......I will definitely have to try this. Good idea!!
(I saw the link on David Lebovitz's site.)
AntoniaJames December 10, 2011
sdebrango, can you use semisweet chocolate chips? Somehow, I have a lot of chocolate chips on hand, with no plans for them, and no blocks or bars of semisweet. What do you think? These are next on my list!! ;o)
hardlikearmour November 5, 2011
These are delicious! It's close to impossible to eat just one - don't say you haven't been warned.
AntoniaJames November 3, 2011
Oh me, oh my! These are at the top of my holiday baking list. Really looking forward to making these. Yummmm. Love your very helpful instructions, too! ;o)
lorigoldsby October 27, 2011
Yum--I'm excited to try your variation of our "nutella" cookies.
Ms. T. October 26, 2011
Yum! I didn't think anyone could steal my heart from my great aunt Ulla's rugelach with cinnamon, raisins and walnuts...but hazlenuts and chocolate is a dirty (and delicious) trick. Don't tell Aunt U, but I might just have to try these ;)
Niknud October 24, 2011
I love rugelah - just made some two weeks ago! Never thought of using chocolate in them - to die for. Mmmmm....oh if I could do raspberry ram and chocolate (maybe nutella?). You've inspired me!
Bevi October 22, 2011
This is going to make my husband very happy.
boulangere October 19, 2011
I love rugelach! Your chocolate-apricot combination sounds divine. Thank you, I'd been having visions of rugelach dancing in my head lately.
hardlikearmour October 19, 2011
It's a deal!
hardlikearmour October 19, 2011
Yum! Love the fruit jam with the nuts and chocolate. I hope you'll be posting a photo, and sending me a basket this holiday season!!