Make Ahead


November  9, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6
What You'll Need
  • 1 sheet ready-made puff pastry
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry/raspberry jam your choice
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons orgainc sugar or sugar in the raw
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  1. Thaw pastry to room temperature.
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a bowl mix together all ingredients except for the cream cheese jam, and egg/water.
  4. On a cookie sheet, place a piece of parchment paper and place puff pastry opened on top of paper.
  5. Spread the cream cheese down the center of the pastry then the jam on top of the cream cheese.
  6. Sprinkle mixture evenly on top of cream cheese & jam.
  7. With a scissor or knife, cut the dough on each side of the mixture on an angle about ½ inch apart.
  8. Braid it starting with the first strip and overlapping side to side on top of the mixture.
  9. Turn the ends under or press together with a fork to seal.
  10. Brush the pastry with the egg/water mixture.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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7 Reviews

Smaug January 20, 2023
I'm not sure what this has to do with rugelach; it's basically a Danish braid, except it's made with puff pastry instead of Danish pastry. Which by the way is close (Danish pastry, that is) to the original pastry used for rugelach; the cream cheese type pastry is evidently a later American invention.
helenj. April 11, 2022
This easy and wonderful idea/recipe is just what rugelach lovers were waiting for. THANK YOU!
Jeannette K. March 19, 2020
I made this with cherries, almonds and dark chocolate. It was a hit.
Also, made with homemade puff pastry, had to look up the size and weight of store-bought sheets. Thanks for a great recipe.
drbabs November 9, 2010
This takes rugelach to a whole new place!
Addie C. November 9, 2010
You will not believe how this tastes! It will be a favorite for sure!
monkeymom November 9, 2010
Addie C. November 9, 2010
Thank you!