Apricot Pecan Rugelach

Happy Hanukkah! Tomorrow is the last night of this 8-day holiday, and what better way to celebrate than by creating delicious baked goods everyone in your family will love. I recently heard about rugelach while watching the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship series. If you don’t know what show I am talking about, DVR the series ASAP! Each week a group of talented bakers are put to the test to create different baked goods with a specific theme or food involved. In a nutshell, it’s addicting! I’ve become emotionally attached to many of the bakers, it’s fine. A couple weeks ago, the challenge was to bake rugelach with a modern twist. After watching it, I was hooked. I had to try this for myself!

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After culling through the numerous online recipes for rugelach, I found Martha Stewart’s and was inspired. For my rugelach, I decided to incorporate apricot jam, pecans, and cinnamon into her pre-existing dough recipe. 

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WORD TO THE WISE: This dough needs to be chilled for at least an overnight, if not more. Otherwise, you will get extremely doughy rugelach that is sticky and spreads. Take my advice and chill this dough ahead of time so your cookies bake up perfectly! 

The greatest part about rugelach is that you can make it with just about any flavor combinations you want. It’s extremely versatile so you can allow the holidays to inspire your recipe. Make it your own, and see where your creativity takes you. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

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XO, Kitchy Living

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