Today’s the day when more than 600 food bloggers will post about the 22,000 cookies that were baked and shipped around the world as part of the first ever Food Blogger Cookie Swap!
I had such a blast participating in the inaugural swap and want to thank the bloggers at Cooking with Books and The Boys Made Me Do It for satisfying my holiday sweet tooth with double chocolate chip cookies, peppermint marshmallow treats and pecan balls.
My cookie of choice for the swap was Mint Chocolate Rugelach, which feature chopped Frango mints, cinnamon and sugar rolled inside tiny twists of cream cheese-based dough. A quick bake in the oven yields buttery, flaky rugelach flavored with a hint of mint. I made four dozen of the bite-sized treats and shipped them to my new food blog buddies at Hungry Hungry Runner, Foodness Gracious and Cafe Terra.
Mint 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
2½ cups flour, plus additional for rolling out the dough
½ teaspoon salt
For the mint chocolate filling:
½ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1¼ cups chopped mint chocolates (Recommended: Frango Mints)
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Make the dough by combining the cubed cream cheese, cubed 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 sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, and using a rolling pin, shape it into a disc of approximately 1/8-inch thickness. 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 disc with one-fourth of the melted butter and sprinkle it with one-fourth of the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Sprinkle one-fourth of the chocolate onto the disc, pressing the chocolate into the dough.
Cut the disc into 12 wedges.
Roll each wedge up, starting from the thickest end, until you form a crescent shape.
Repeat the process with the other three balls of dough.
Transfer the uncooked rugelach onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking. (You can also freeze them at this point for later use.)
Bake the rugelach for 18-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Recipe adapted from BellaOnline.