Today’s Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking Chez Moi recipe, the Rugelach that Won over France, is a soft cookie filled with a mixture of nuts, cherries, and semi sweet chocolate. While the main ingredient in Dorie’s original recipe is coconut, I had plenty of nuts that needed to be used. My version combines the chocolate and cherries with walnuts, pecans, and a bit of coconut oil for a nuttier version.
When I decided to participate in the TwD group, I thought I could complete all the recipes with plenty of time. If there was something I wanted, it was to have enough time for do overs. That did not happen this time around. I ended up mixing the cream cheese and butter dough on Monday before leaving for work and wrapped up the recipe today.
My rugelach slices were thinner than what I would have liked. I went by the minimum half-inch guideline. While the cookies stayed upright for a few minutes, they toppled in the oven. They ended up looking more like mini cinnamon rolls than like rugelach!
My family enjoyed the rugelach, however, they noted that the dough itself was bland/not sweet enough. It probably didn’t help that I swapped the sweeter coconut for walnuts without replacing some of the sugar. Next time I’d use a sweeter filling like jam or roll the dough with powdered sugar instead of flour.
Tuesdays with Dorie is an online baking group where home bakers from all over the world work through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and Baking with Julia. To see how the rest of the group fared with their rugelach, click here.