2012/03/06

In which I try very hard not to whine... (TWD: BWJ: Rugelach)

Rugelach, oh rugelach. It's been a long time.

The last time I rolled your little cookie selves...well, let's just say its been a while...




The hosts for this week's installment of TWD: BWJ are Margaret and Jessica. The rugelach recipe will be posted over on their site.  Stop by & say "hi".



Anyhoo, I made sure I expunged all of my whining anxiety about the cookie making process ahead of time to leave me better prepared to focus on the task at hand.

A half batch of prune and apricot lekvars were the fillings du jour.



A half batch of dough was made.

Assembly instructions were (sort of) followed.


Shaping. Let's talk about the shaping... Shaping cookies is SO not my friend (or idea of fun).

Traditionally, rugelach involve triangles and rolling and all sorts of convolutions. Imagine my happy surprise that these were roll and slice. Thank you, cookie sprites.

Despite the roll & slice bonus, I still managed to screw this part up a little.


Here's the verdict: Loved the lekvars - they are spread on bread good. The cookies were tasty enough, but frankly, cookie-making leaves me grumpy. The Dude and the girls loved the cookies (the girls even took some to school to share with their friends).


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. Be sure to check out this week's Leave Your Link section to see the tasty creations of all the other (happier) bakers.

48 comments:

  1. Your cookies are oozing with yumminess. I had a hard time getting into the mood for these...too fussy for cookies, but I buckled down and got them done by the loads...made zillions... and they are good. But now I need a quicker baking project...something I can just slice into bars after it bakes all in one pan?

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    1. hehe, at least the next recipe falls well within the quicker baking category!

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  2. It's funny how some recipes do that to us, isn't it?!
    Some leave us feeling calm and satisfied, almost glowing with a sense of achievement. And others leave us cranky and frazzled! I felt kinda frazzled myself at end of these, but for other reasons! I think yours turned out great!

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  3. As a bread-baker, I'm sure you know exactly what I mean when I say, bread recipes that span multiple book pages are not daunting at all. They're just not, ya know? So, I didn't think twice about this 2-page recipe. Until I got started, the second day, on the assembly. To sum up, I honestly can't imagine the dreaded wedding cake being much worse (except for its sheer size). I didn't refrigerate the rolled dough because I just. had. to get. through it. Cookie trauma, I'm telling you. Cookie trauma. :)

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    1. I feel your pain. Love that phrase, cookie trauma. I think I'm stealing it.

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  4. They look amazing to me! I wouldn't have the patience to make triangles, either, but I can roll and slice things. Anything apricot is okay in my book.

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  5. These look so delish--you make them look and sound "good"! I just didn't have the stamina for these! My second TWD/BWJ in which I opted "out". I just wasn't feeling it. Was it the picture in the book, the name, the chill, the roll, fill, slice, blah, blah, blah? I have no idea.

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  6. Your cookies look delicious. Glad the girls got to bring some to their friends.

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  7. "but frankly, cookie-making leaves me grumpy" I am *so* with you on this one!!!

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  8. Since our kids are grown and gone from home I don't make cookies very often anymore. Sometimes I miss them, but mostly NOT! I mean the cookie making not the kids. I often miss the kids:)

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  9. They look tasty! I'llhave to try the lekvars one day.

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  10. Even though a pain to make, they look wonderful! It was very hard to roll the thing into a log because of all the stuff inside, but I was lucky in that I got my hubby to roll it for me:)

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  11. These little babies were a lot of work but oh so good! I would say these are more of a Christmas baking project, not your everyday garden variety cookie, that's for sure! I'm making the onion biscuits today, see you on FFWD:-)

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  12. Hey, yours look like mine! I don't like finicky food either, but I was pleasantly surprised that the hubby liked these :)

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  13. You're so sweet, Cher! we need to figure out a way to get our group of Doristas together somehow...maybe at the grand finale!

    Truthfully, I prefer the other Dorie method that we use at Christmastime - it's far less messy & wasteful. It's all worth it when your family enjoys what you make!

    Until FFWD!

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  14. These were a bit fussy - OK, more than a bit fussy. I thought they were pretty tasty though!

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  15. I think your rugelach looks wonderful, Cher. I really like that you made them with more filling and I agree that the filling and the lekvar are the real stars in this recipe. I can't wait to try the lekvar and the filling in other desserts.

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  16. Great work, Cher! Props for making the filling as well. I understand the grump factor of certain baked goods--these made me grumpy as well. Glad we ccan shake it off and move on to bread. :)

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  17. I love the first pic, where the cookie looks like Pacman! Great job :-)

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  18. The shaping may not have been pretty, but at least the writing was! Thanks for a good read.

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  19. It doesn't look like you screwed up anything with shaping and cutting those cookies. They look terrific. Agree completely on how nice it is to have a little lekvar left over as something tasty to spread on bread.

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  20. They sure look delicious! Did you make the lekvar yourself? I felt so lazy that I just used store-bought apricot jam hehe.

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  21. Your rugelach look great though, despite the excessive work these were. (well, they look like mine, and I'm calling them perfect!)

    It took me three days. I have that anti-cookie feeling too. My favorite kind of dessert to bake is a simple cake, almond, and a berry coulis for serving. Simple, tasty , and not fussy.

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  22. usually..i don't mind making cookies.. but these took such a long time.. really tested my patience levels!! but yours look good!!

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  23. They look great! I'm usually okay with cookie making, it's the fiddly pastries that drive me to drink. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and try these lekvars, though!

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  24. making cookies is not among my favorite activities either ;)

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  25. Yours look great. I have discovered that the lekvars are amazing over cream cheese on whole wheat bread.

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  26. glad your girls enjoyed them enough to share them with friends at school. that's great, right? :)

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  27. Oh my goodness, I'd pay for one of these right now. They look just PERFECT.

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  28. Time consuming, but worth it!

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  29. Your rugelach look wonderful! Thanks for baking along with me this week! :)

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  30. I wish I made the lekvar...next time. Your rugelach look yummy...


    ~Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

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  31. I agree with you about shaping cookies. I much prefer bar cookies! Glad you enjoyed the lekvar.

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  32. Cookie Trauma. Love it!

    I felt a little frazzled through these too. They took so long, with so much waiting in between, I found myself finishing my blog post at 11:00pm Monday night. Did I mention I get up at 4:30am? Sigh. At least they were really good. I love apricot and nuts.

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  33. I enjoyed reading about your adventures and all the comments. It was fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog at www.praycookblog.com See you in two weeks.. Irish Soda Bread!

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  34. definitely time consuming!But kinda yummy.

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  35. These look great! and that filling - yum.

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  36. Oh, my, those levkars do look tasty. Sorry these gave you a case of the grumps. They were quite fussy, I agree.

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  37. I was not excited about rugelach...but I did it! Loved the prune levkar, can't wait to make the apricot--it's prettier!
    Great pastry but next time I think I will use less dried fruit so the pastry can shine!
    Fun TWD recipe. Your photos are great!

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  38. Yours turned out great. Haha, I appreciate your "whining/anxiety" comments. I was about the same way. I think I am going to try your method of spreading the contents on the dough. We went to the edges which helped make our filling decide it liked the counter better than being inside the roll.

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  39. Cher, Although I ordered and received the prune levkar and made my own apricot version of levkar, I just couldn't put both FFWD's biscuits and regalach on my hips this week. So, I'll read through all the TWD comments and try soon. Good job. Looks yummy Mary

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  40. Cher, I was sorry to still be on the road for this recipe! I love rugelach...and yours came out beautiful!

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  41. I think I should have tried to make the lekvar, looks great!

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  42. I want to try the prune lekvar some time - the apricot was such a big hit that one of my nieces made another batch after they were done with the cookies. Speaking of shaping, my nieces rolled the cookies up the length instead of across, so ended up with enormous rugelach pinwheels. They were a (ahem) huge hit.

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  43. I like that you admitted to not following all of the instructions perfectly :) Great job!

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  44. OMG you put some crazy effort into this one...! :)

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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