Chocolate Rugelach

Chocolate Rugelach from #recipe

The cookie craze continues, with this week’s recipe starring bittersweet chocolate chunks rolled into flaky cream cheese dough. Being in the second week of December, I seem to be hitting my yearly quota of white flour and sugar on an almost daily basis. And this recipe for Chocolate Rugelach, or “little twists,” takes the indulgence a step further by cutting cream cheese into a buttery dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and rich chocolate chunks.

I splurged on a higher end chocolate simply because it’s the centerfold of this dessert. Scharffen Berger makes incredible baking bars and baking chunks with a quality and taste that’s hard to match. And if you’re looking to save a little time, you can freeze the unbaked regulach then defrost them and bake off batches as needed.

Chocolate Rugelach from #recipe

Chocolate Rugelach from #recipe

Chocolate Rugelach

Yield: 4 dozen

Prep Time: 40 min

Cook Time: 20 min


For the cream cheese dough:
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, cold and cubed
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed
2 1/2 cups flour, plus additional for rolling out the dough
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the chocolate filling:
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces or shavings
4 Tablespoons butter, melted


Make the dough by combining the cream cheese, butter, flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the ingredients together until the fat becomes evenly dispersed within the flour (the dough will be crumbly but still stick together).

Shape the dough into a ball, place it into a bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for one hour or up to one day.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it into 4 pieces. Place 3 pieces back into the refrigerator.

Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, and using a rolling pin, roll it into a circle that's about 1/8-inch thick. The dough will be very hard, so it's best to first beat it down with a rolling pin (as if you were making puff pastry). It will loosen up as it comes to room temperature.

Immediately brush the rolled out dough with one-fourth of the melted butter and sprinkle it with one-fourth of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Sprinkle one-fourth of the chocolate onto the dough, pressing it lightly into the dough.

Cut the dough into 12 wedges.

Roll each wedge up, starting from the thickest end, until you form a crescent shape.

Repeat the rolling, topping and shaping process with the other three pieces of dough.

Place the rugelach on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. (You can also freeze the rugelach at this point for later use.)

Bake the rugelach in a 350ºF oven for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the rugelach to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Recipe adapted from BellaOnline.


13 Responses to “Chocolate Rugelach”

  1. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — December 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    these look amazing! how many days do they last in an air-tight container? want to make them a few days ahead of serving if possible…

  2. #
    Kelly Senyei — December 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Natalie! Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve kept my latest batch of Chocolate Rugelach in an airtight container for four days now, and they are just as fresh as day one. My guess is they’ll last a week, if stored properly.

    This is really one of the best chocolate dessert recipes I’ve ever made, so I hope you enjoy it (and be patient with the cream cheese dough, it takes a bit of warming up)!

    - Kelly Senyei

  3. #
    Kim-Liv Life — December 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Saw these on FPD, beautiful pic! I have never actually made these lovely little cookies, but the flavors you have are our favorites. Nicely done!!

  4. #
    Miss Wisabus — December 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, these look delicious! Going to give them a try the next time I do some weekend baking. Thanks for sharing!

  5. #
    Amy — January 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    these look so amazing. i should not be browsing these things while attempting a diet! delish!

  6. #
    Amelia from Z Tasty Life — May 24, 2011 at 3:31 am

    yes!!! can’t wait to use some of those delicious Scharffen Berger bars: rugelach sounds perfect …

  7. #
    Hayley Mann — June 6, 2011 at 12:29 am

    My mouth is watering!!!! Yum!!

    • Kelly replied: — June 6th, 2011 @ 12:38 am

      Hi Hay! These were so delicious. Then again, cream cheese dough stuffed with anything is delicious. Hope all is well!

  8. #
    Eve — July 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    If you decide to freeze them, can they be baked from frozen, or to they need to thaw first? If so, any idea about how long?


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