The recipe for rugelach is an heirloom in many Jewish families. Passed down from one generation to the next, it’s made year after year as a holiday treat. Classic versions are often filled with chocolate or rolled with sticky-sweet strawberry and apricot jam.

This version oozes smooth, creamy dulce de leche, rolled in plump cream cheese-filled dough, with toffee bits for extra crunch. We’re hoping this recipe will start a new tradition for every family looking to make a tasty treat. It’s similar enough to the classic for your grandmother to enjoy, and decadent enough for all your foodie friends to gush over.

Dulce de leche rugelach

Prep: 40 minutes
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes
Makes: 32 rugelach

Ingredients:

Dough:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 oz cold cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla

Filling:
1/3 cup dulce de leche
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp toffee bits (such as Skor)
1 egg yolk

rugelach

Directions:

1. Whirl flour and salt in a food processor. Add in butter and cream cheese, and pulse until mixture is evenly blended and crumbly. Add in egg yolk, vanilla and cinnamon, pulsing until a ball of dough forms in the food processor. Remove dough from food processor and divide into 2 equal portions. Form portions into discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Remove 1 disc of dough from refrigerator. Roll out into a circle about 12-inches wide and about 1/8-inch thick. With a paring knife, cut the dough along the centre into 16 equal triangles as if you were slicing a pizza. Spread 1/2 the dulce de leche over the dough and sprinkle with 1/2 the toffee bits. Separate 1 piece of dough from the circle. Beginning at the wider end of the triangle, roll toward the tip to form a tight roll. Repeat with remaining disc of dough. Arrange on prepared baking sheet about and 1 inch apart from each other.

3. Mix egg yolk with 1 Tbsp of water. Brush mixture over rugelach. Sprinkle remaining toffee bits over rugelach. Bake until rugelach are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Looking for more dulce de leche? Try our 15 Sticky-Sweet Desserts with Dulce de Leche.