My friend Carol and I used to bake rugelach at least once a year. I worked for Carol when I was first married and starting my family. She was not only a great friend, but an amazing boss. My babies came to work with me and when they were fussy, we would pass them back and forth so that we could both get our work done. An incredibly progressive idea for today, but back then it was revolutionary.
Every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we baked for Thanksgiving. We always made the same things: apple pies, chocolate chip cookies and rugelach. Those days were filled with love and laughter and will always be some of my fondest memories.
It was in Carol’s kitchen where I perfected my rugelach recipe. We filled our rugelach with prune or apricot filling, topped with cinnamon sugar and nuts but the filling options are endless. A pastry in a cookie shape, that is beautiful and delicious, rugelach will have you coming back again and again.