I must tell you, these are one of my favorite cookies ever! They are perfect for breakfast with coffee as well as an after dinner treat. You can choose your favorite flavor of jam, you do not have to use apricot, I’ve tried these with raspberry jam, or strawberry jam and they are all delicious. I’ve also made them with nutella, and boy are they good!! These rugelach (cornulete cu gem) are simple perfection. They are easy to make and beyond delicious. When you bite into these, it’s an explosion of flavors in your mouth. This time I added pecans to them to give them a bit of crunch, but it’s optional.
In a bowl, place the flour and cold butter.
With two knives start cutting into the butter until the mixture resembles small peas.
Add sour cream and vanilla extract.
Mix everything until the dough starts sticking together and place onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead the dough a bit until it sticks together.
Divide the dough in 3 pieces and wrap in plastic wrap.
Now you don’t have to refrigerate the dough, but I usually do for about 20 minutes to 30 minutes. I find it easier to work with. In the meantime, I prepare the pecans, like I said these are optional, but I took about 3/4 of a cup of pecans and put them through the food processor.
I had a nice big block of white chocolate which I shaved into small pieces.
The next step is also optional, but I took a bit of sugar and cinnamon and mixed in a small bowl, so that I could sprinkle on top of the cookies.
After 30 minutes, roll out one piece of the dough into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
I used apricot jam for this, because I love it, but you can use any jam you prefer. So spread some apricot jam around the dough, but not in the middle.
Next I sprinkled some white chocolate.
Next, I sprinkled some pecans.
For the next step I used a pastry cutter, but you can use a pizza cutter. Cut the dough in 12 pieces.
Start rolling each cookie starting on the outside, and rolling in. Place them on your cookie sheet and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Continue until done.
Bake for about 25 minutes. They are gorgeous.