Chocolate Spiced Rugelach Cookies

Chocolate Spiced Rugelach Cookies
Anita Schecter
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Refrigerate dough: 15 mins
  • Yield: 16 Cookies (serves 4)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
934 Calories
74g Fat
61g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 Cookies (serves 4)
Amount per serving
Calories 934
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 74g 95%
Saturated Fat 43g 216%
Cholesterol 201mg 67%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 9g
Calcium 143mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There's a gourmet market on the upper west side of Manhattan that's a staple of New York deliciousness. It's a Sunday morning bagels and lox temple as well as a purveyor of gourmet coffee, baked goods, fresh pastries and all the prepared foods you could ever want to stock your fridge with. And they make what is, arguably, one of the finest rugelach cookies anywhere.

Someone I know loves those cookies very much. And I love him. The store, once a frequent weekend destination for us, is no longer so convenient. And while they do ship those cookies, too much freshness is lost in transit. Fortunately, I know how to bake and I'm a pretty good internet sleuth as well. Most rugelach recipes use cream cheese in the dough but they don't taste like the beloved cookies. My sleuthing skills, though, discovered that the desired rugelach are baked with sour cream instead.

And did I nail the recipe? The man I love, who loves the cookies, said I definitely did. Enjoy!


  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 Cup sour cream
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 1/2 Cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cardamom
  • For the Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together the egg yolk and sugar until lightened in color. Beat in the butter, sour cream and vanilla. Mix in the salt and all purpose flour until the mixture forms a thick dough. Cut into two pieces, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

  3. On a well floured surface, roll out each dough piece to approximately a 12" round. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly on both rounds.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cardamom. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over both dough rounds.

  5. Using a knife or pizza cutter, divide each dough round into 8 pieces. Starting with the wider end, roll each piece up toward the center, to make the crescent shape, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  6. Sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon sugar and bake for 12 - 15 minutes until the chocolate melts and the dough is a light golden brown.

  7. Note that you can also roll out the dough to a rectangular shape instead of rounds, roll into a log and cut pieces with a knife.