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Apricot and Walnut Rugelach Cookies

Apricot and Walnut Rugelach Cookies recipe is a perfect treat for the holiday season. These bite-size cookies are packed with apricot jam and chopped walnuts, and are very easy to make.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 72 rugelach cookies
Calories: 89kcal


Ingredients for Rugelach dough:

  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Rugelach Filling:

  • 2 cups apricot jam
  • 2 cups walnuts finely chopped


  • In a mixing bowl sift 2 cups of flour and mix it with active dry yeast. Cut 2 sticks of cold butter in small pieces and add it to the flour. You can use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix butter with the flour and yeast until the crumbles are pea size.
  • In a separate bowl mix 1 cup of sour cream, sugar, 2 egg yolks and vanilla. Add it to the dry ingredients, and mix it again.
  • Add the rest of the flour and knead the dough until it is smooth and doesn’t stick to your hands.
  • Divide the dough into 6 even pieces and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and set aside.
  • When the dough is ready, take one ball and roll it to about 2-3 mm thick. Using a pizza cutter cut it in 12 equal pieces.
  • Spread 1/3 cup of apricot jam over the dough and sprinkle 1/3 cup of finely chopped walnuts. Using a pizza cutter cut it in 12 equal pieces. Roll every piece into a rugelach.
  • Bake at 350°F for 18-20 min, until they have a beautiful golden color.
  • When baked, take them out of the oven and let sit on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • As an option, you can dust them with powdered sugar over the top.


Serving: 1rugelach | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg