Checking the newest King Arthur Flour Bakealong recipe has become one of the things I most look forward to at the start of each month. I love the challenge of trying something new (especially because none of the recipes have failed me yet) and knowing that I only have a month to get it done is a great motivation.
No month has disappointed me, but this month’s recipe made me especially excited. October’s bakealong challenge was rugelach cookies. My mother-in-law makes rugelach as one of her standard Christmas cookies and Brian loves them. I, however, had never made them.
One of the things that excited me most about this recipe was the inclusion of 4 different filling suggestions: cranberry and walnut, dark chocolate, double apricot, and apple-cinnamon. All of those options sounded equally good to me, but some were slightly more complicated than others to make. For this round, I went with the cranberry and walnut and the dark chocolate, in part because I already had the ingredients on hand.
Rugelach cookies have a flaky, crispy crust and I was thrilled to discover that King Arthur Flour’s dough recipe is assembled in the food processor. It’s almost no work at all! The dough does have to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or more, but that’s never been a problem for me on the occasions when I’ve remembered to read the recipe first (which, miraculously, I did in this case).
The fillings I tried were equally easy to assemble. The only slight stumble I had was figuring out how to divide the dough into 12 equal wedges. The obvious answer – and the one I finally went with – is to cut the circle of dough like a pizza. Getting the slices even was still a little tricky, but at least there were 12 pieces and they were all wedges. Rolling them up and brushing them with milk was no problem.
The cookies came out of the oven crispy and delicious. Unsurprisingly, I especially loved the chocolate filled ones. Rugelach were always a cookie I thought were complicated to make, but they’re actually simple. Maybe this year I’ll make some for Christmas!
Each month, the folks at King Arthur Flour post a recipe and tips for the #Bakealong challenge. Anyone is invited to make the recipe and share their creations on social media. It’s a really fun way to try new things and be part of a community. If baking interests you at all, you should join in next month. Let me know if you do!
Just a reminder, by way of full disclosure: I have no affiliation with King Arthur Flour and received no compensation for writing about Bakealong. I’m just participating because I love to bake!