Sugar-and-Spice Rugelach Cookies
Everyone loves homemade cookies during the holidays. These traditional Hanukkah treats are bite-size crescent-shaped cookies that can have any of several fillings including raisins and nuts, poppy seed paste or jam. Like this recipe, rugalach are usually made with a rich cream-cheese dough, which tastes fancy and difficult but is very easy to make. The dough bakes up into a flaky, buttery pastry with a wonderful spice-filled interior. Making this recipe will remind you of making crescent cinnamon rolls as a child and, like those breakfast treats, these cookies will go just as fast. Plan on baking up a batch for a holiday brunch for your overnight guests. Be sure to chill the prepared cookies in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before baking to prevent the filling from leaking out. Homemade food gifts are always a nice idea during the holidays. Package rugelach in a pretty decorative tin and cushion the cookies with colorful tissue paper.