Do you see this giant mess of a kitchen?? That would be my kitchen…..after my first attempt at making this week’s TWD recipe.  What a MESS I am when I get in a hurry!!! Yikes!

Ok so anyway, this week’s TWD recipe is one I have been waiting for for quite some time. I had never even heard of Rugelach until I saw Ina making it one day on the Barefoot Contessa – you know, that adorable episode where she makes Jeffery a big ‘ol traditional Jewish meal? So cute! – anyway, I decided right then I would try my hand at making these cute little crescents myself. Its a shame I waited this long…but whatever – now I can cross them off my “Dying To Try” list!

So, now I have Piggy of Piggy’s Cooking Journal to thank for choosing these tasty little cookies and forcing me to finally try them!  For those of you who don’t know, Rugelach (or “Little Twists”) is a traditional Jewish cookie that starts with a cream cheese dough topped with things like raspberry jam, apricot jam (which is what I used), chocolate, raisins, walnuts or pecans, sugar and cinnamon, etc, then cut into wedges and rolled up crescent-style. Very tasty. Dorie’s recipe calls for a thin layer of jam, a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar, pecans, chopped chocolate and raisins – I, however, omitted the raisins (duh!) and used walnuts instead of pecans. I have to say, these were the biggest MESS to make, but in my opinion, worth all the effort (and clean-up).

I really enjoyed these – hubby hasn’t tried any yet, but I’m sure he enjoy them too!

If you would like the recipe, head on over to Piggy’s blog and she’ll fix you up!



  1. Definitely well worth the effort – it destroyed my kitchen too 🙂 Yours look wonderful.


    Comment by Caitlin — November 4, 2008 @ 5:44 AM

  2. I heart your plate.

    Your rugelach looks wonderful too.


    Comment by chocolatechic — November 4, 2008 @ 6:47 AM

  3. Just seeing all these rugulach makes me want more!


    Comment by HoneyB — November 4, 2008 @ 7:47 AM

  4. Gorgeous! 🙂 And yes… it was quite the mess. But so yummy!


    Comment by hornedfroggy — November 4, 2008 @ 8:25 AM

  5. Yeah, that kitchen scene looks all too familiar! I love the way your rugelach look, and the flavor combination sound yummy!



    Comment by Nancy (n.o.e.) — November 4, 2008 @ 9:21 AM

  6. I’m glad that you like the recipe as much as I do. Thanks for baking with me!

    btw, I messed up a countertop and a side table after making rugelach, my kitchen looked far worse than yours. LOL!


    Comment by Piggy — November 4, 2008 @ 9:44 AM

  7. So messy to make but so delicious to eat and yours look great!!! The photos are gorgeous, too!


    Comment by Teanna — November 4, 2008 @ 9:50 AM

  8. Oh, I do love it when Ina dotes on Jeffrey. Glad that these lived up to your expecations; I agree that they are SO WORTH the price you pay in the form of a messy kitchen. Your pictures are beautiful!


    Comment by Cathy — November 4, 2008 @ 10:01 AM

  9. hehe, i love the messy kitchen pic, i am with you there 😉 they look delicious!!


    Comment by kim — November 4, 2008 @ 10:07 AM

  10. I always make a mess with rugelach!


    Comment by Spike — November 4, 2008 @ 11:26 AM

  11. Glad I wasn’t the only one with a flour covered kitchen. But, u r right – well worth the effort. Yours look really nice and flaky. Yummy!


    Comment by Margaret — November 4, 2008 @ 12:00 PM

  12. LOL @ kitchen mess. Your kitchen looked like my kitchen! There was flour on my floor, my counter, my shirt… But I always say the best bakers are the messiest right? Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

    Clara @ iheartfood4thought


    Comment by CB — November 4, 2008 @ 1:10 PM

  13. They look great! I’m a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure 🙂 Let me know!


    Comment by Beth — November 4, 2008 @ 1:21 PM

  14. Gorgeous pictures! Your rugelach look delicious. Yum!


    Comment by pinkstripes — November 4, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

  15. I so agree with you on they were worth the mess..I loved the taste of these wonderful crisy sweet morsels! I only wish they were bigger!


    Comment by Michelle — November 4, 2008 @ 3:33 PM

  16. Absolutely LOVELY and delicious no doubt!!!


    Comment by Jennifer — November 5, 2008 @ 1:01 PM

  17. Dear Amy:

    I have finals coming up. That means I starve unless people mail me food. Do you need my address? 😉

    haha. They look delicious!



    Comment by Susan — November 9, 2008 @ 2:36 PM

  18. My kitchen gets way messier than that! 🙂 Your rugelach turned out fabulous.


    Comment by LyB — November 9, 2008 @ 5:26 PM

  19. Truly good cooks have really messy kitchens!!


    Comment by Mother — November 22, 2008 @ 4:51 PM

  20. I use to make something very similar to this years ago. Thank you for posting these!!! I have to get them back on my “Must Bake” list again!


    Comment by Kelly lamb aka HonestNiceWoman — December 11, 2010 @ 8:50 PM

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