There’s nothing like homemade rugelach. This recipe enriches the dough with cream cheese for a pie-like flake, perfect for housing swirls of gooey chocolate. Top with sprinkles for a pop of color or turbinado sugar for crunch and a rich molasses hit.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed and cold
- 8 ounces cream cheese, straight from the fridge
- 2 large egg yolks plus 1 large whole egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- optional: 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (I prefer milk but any type will do!)
- flaky salt, for sprinkling
- sprinkles, sanding sugar, or turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
- Combine the flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the cubed butter, distributing it over the top of the dry ingredients, then dollop in the cream cheese (1-inch dollops should do it, but it doesn’t need to be perfect). Turn the mixer on low speed and mix until the mixture is mostly mealy and there are still some larger clumps of butter and cream cheese intact. With the mixer still running, add the egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract (if using). Continue mixing until the dough comes together.
- Divide the dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to two days.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly, or in a microwaveable bowl in 30-second increments, stirring after each. Set aside to cool briefly while you roll out the dough.
- Beat the remaining whole egg with a splash of water for an egg wash.
- Roll out a dough disc on a lightly floured surface, dusting with flour as needed to prevent it from sticking, until it is a wide rectangle, 18-by-9-inches. Use an offset spatula to spread half of the chocolate over the dough in a thin, even layer, leaving a 1-inch border along the long edge that’s farthest from you. (Try to work kind of quickly so the chocolate doesn’t harden.)
- Brush the border with a thin layer of egg wash. Starting on the long end closest to you, roll the dough into a long, tight log, then place it seam-side down on a cutting board or baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and chocolate. Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to two days (depending on fridge space, you might want to cut the log in half so you’re dealing with four shorter logs instead of two really long ones; wrap in plastic if refrigerating for longer than one hour).
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Brush the logs with a thin layer of egg wash, then sprinkle with a few pinches of flaky salt and a ton of sprinkles or sanding sugar. Cut into 1 1/2-inch slices and transfer to the baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown on top, about 24 minutes. (You might notice that the cookies seem to sweat and leak out some fat while in the oven; this is completely normal.)
- Let cool on the baking sheets for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, or enjoy them warm! Fully cooled cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.