Cherry and Pistachio Rugelach

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Cherry and Pistachio RugelachRecipe

Photo: Linda Pugliese; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross Walker

You can switch out the cherry preserves and dried cherries for another fruit that comes in both spread and dried form, such as apricot, currant, or blueberry.

Serves 20 (serving size: 1 cookie)


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2.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
2.25 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup roasted, salted pistachios, finely ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cherry fruit spread (such as Simply Fruit), divided
1/3 cup dried tart cherries, finely chopped and divided
2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
1 1/2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

1. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, ground pistachios, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk.

2. Place butter, sugar, and cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined (5 minutes). Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Turn dough out onto a work surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a disk; wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°.

4. Place 1 dough disk on a lightly floured work surface. Roll dough into a 10-inch circle. Spread 1/4 cup fruit spread over dough. Sprinkle half of cherries over top. Cut circle into 10 wedges, as you would a pizza. Beginning with long side, roll up each wedge. Place rolls, point sides down, 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk, fruit spread, and chopped cherries.

5. Brush dough with milk; sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake at 350° for 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

Bake a Second Batch

You can easily accommodate a double batch of dough in a large bowl. Divide into fourths, shaping each into a disk. Work with one portion at a time as you shape the cookies, and keep the rest chilled until you're ready for them.

Created date

October 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 120
Fat 6.2 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 1.6 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 66 mg
Calcium 16 mg