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Cherry Rugelach recipe

Cherry Rugelach.

These classic cookies boast a sweet cherryfilling in a rich cream cheese pastry—ideal at the centerof any dessert table! Tip: When you stock your freezer with sweetfrozen cherries, these delicious, indulgent rugelach cookiesare just a few baking steps away from impressing family or holidayguests.

Recipe: Cherry Rugelach

1 cup butter or margarine, softened1/3 cup (1/3 of an 8-ounce package) creamcheese, softened2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup granulated sugarFilling:
1 (16-ounce) package (about 13/4 cups) frozen sweet cherries1/2 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon cornstarch1/2 cup chopped walnutsEgg Wash:
1 egg whisked with 2 tablespoons cold milk or water
Additional granulated sugar

  • For Pastry: Beat butter and cream cheesewith electric mixer until smooth. Add flour and sugar; beat onlow speed until crumbly. Turn mixture onto floured board; kneaduntil dough forms. Cover and set aside while preparing filling.
  • For Filling: Coarsely chop frozen cherries.Combine sugar and cornstarch; mix well.
  • Combine chopped cherries and sugar mixturein a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduceheat; simmer, uncovered 5 minutes, or until thickened, stirring
    occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts. Let cool inrefrigerator 30 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll one-thirdof dough into a 10-inch circle. Spread dough with about 1/2 cupcherry filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Cut circle into 8wedgeshape pieces. Roll up dough, beginning at wide end of eachwedge.
  • Place cookies, tip side down, about 2inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Repeat with remainingdough and filling. Brush each cookie lightly with egg wash andsprinkle with granulated sugar.
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C)oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to wireracks to cool.

    Makes 24 cookies.

    Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation, throughECES, Inc., Electronic Color Editorial Services.

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