California Walnut & Apricot Rugelach

California Walnut & Apricot Rugelach

These tasty crescent shaped treats are made with California walnuts, a cream cheese pastry and filled with marmalade and spices. Rugelach are a regular at Hanukkah and New Year celebrations. 

Ingredients

For the Pastry:

  • 1 package (8 ounces/250 grams) light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped California walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and cardamom
  • 3/4 cup apricot marmalade

For the Topping:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Directions

For the Pastry:

  1. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy; beat in sugar. Stir in flour until well combined. Form into a ball; cut into 4 pieces and shape into disks. Wrap individually in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling.

For the Filling:

  1. In small bowl, stir together walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom.

For Assembly:

  1. On lightly floured surface, roll each disk into an 11-inch circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Spread 3 tablespoons marmalade over top; sprinkle with 1/4 of the walnut mixture. Cut into 12 wedges. Starting from the wide end, roll up each wedge to form a crescent roll. Place each crescent two inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  3. Beat egg lightly; brush over each crescent and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake in 350°F oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to rack to cool completely.