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.


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    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

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    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!

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    Eve says

    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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    E says

    What happens if you freeze them after they’re baked and cooled?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — December 10th, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

      Hello – I’ve never tried freezing these so I can’t say with certainty if they’d still have the same texture/taste after defrosting.

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    Anonymous says

    Hi, I made these once after refrigerating the dough for 24 hrs and they are super delicious! Flaky and all you could dream of in homemade rugelach! I made them vegan with earth balance and tofutti cream cheese and it worked just as well. I want to make them again and I was wondering if you think I could fully prepare the rugelach for the oven and then leave them in the fridge and bake them the next day?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 21st, 2015 @ 9:34 am

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! I’ve never tried baking them the next day but it should work. Let me know if you give it a shot!

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    sam says

    I’ve refrigerated the dough over night and it feels really hard would it still work?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 27th, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

      Yes, definitely! Just let it thaw out slightly at room temp.

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    Erin says

    Hey! I just made the dough for these and for some reason it was so crumbly and wouldn’t stick :/ I think I over mixed it! So I ended up adding about a 1/2 of cup of water to the dough and it finally stuck together. It is in the fridge right now chilling, do you think I ruined it by adding water?? Thanks!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — August 22nd, 2015 @ 9:18 am

      Hi Erin! I’ve never tried adding more water so I’m not sure what the resulting dough would be like. Hopefully it turned out!


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