Cottage Cheese Rugelach

    3 hours 10 min

    Rugelach, a Jewish pastry, is made extremely light and delicious with the addition of cottage cheese to the pastry dough. Filled with a mixture of butter, pecans, cinnamon and raisins, these small pastries are addictive and moreish!

    13 people made this

    Serves: 48 

    • 225g cottage cheese
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 250g plain flour
    • 50g butter, softened
    • 170g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 90g chopped pecans
    • 75g raisins
    • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
    • 1 egg white
    • 2 tablespoons water

    Prep:50min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:3hr10min 

    1. Combine cottage cheese and 225g of butter in a bowl. Mix thoroughly, then gradually stir in the flour. Dough will be sticky. Divide dough into thirds and wrap with greaseproof paper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
    2. Preheat an oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Lightly grease a baking tray.
    3. Combine the remaining butter with the dark brown soft sugar, cinnamon, pecans and raisins. Set aside. Roll one ball of dough at a time to a 23cm (9 in) circle on a floured surface, while keeping the remaining dough chilled. Spread 1 tablespoon of the optional orange marmalade over the circle. Gently press 1/3 of the nut mixture into the dough. Cut the circle into 16 wedges. Roll each wedge tightly, starting with the wide end. Place the pastry point-side down on the prepared baking tray. Repeat with the remaining dough. Beat the egg white with the water in a small bowl, then brush the mixture onto each pastry.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

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    Absolutely incredible! Takes a little time but wow! So worth the results. I took it to a party and it was the hit. 4 people asked for the recipe. Its definitelymy new favorite and a keeper for the recipe box. Enjoy. You won't be disappointed.  -  27 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made these for a party and there was an empty plate by the end. Everyone loved these and I wish I had doubled the recipe. Unbelievable easy to make and delicous and they freeze very well. The only change I would make would be to add a little more filling to each rugelach. This recipe is definitely a keeper.....and I passed it along to all those who were at the party.  -  17 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was afraid these were going to be too sweet, but they were perfect!! I make the recipe exactly as written but without the orange marmalade. These are more like a pastry than a cookie. My daughter who normally doesn't like nuts or raisins loved them!! She suggested I try making them using chocolate chips...This might work with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts...hummm??? Thank you for a great recipe, Sandy!!  -  09 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)