Recipe by Katya Kurmayev

Poppyseed Rugelach

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Dairy Dairy
Medium Medium
20 Servings
2 Hours, 40 Minutes

I used a simple dough recipe to which I added cream cheese . You will love it because it is SUPER EASY to work with! It’s soft and just works so well with a rolling pin. Probably one of my favorites that I’ve worked with so far. You do need a little time to allow the dough to rest. You can prepare the cookies couple days in advance. They hold up really well and taste amazing even after being stored in an airtight container at room temperate.

I love them with hot tea and they also make great dessert presentation for a large party as one recipe yields about 50 of these delicate little cookies.


Poppyseed Filling

  • 1 cup poppy seeds (available at Whole Foods -bulk foods section)

  • 8–10 ounces sweetened condensed milk


  • 1 (8-ounce) container cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon Gefen Vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • confectioners’ sugar (optional)


Prepare the Poppyseed Filling


Rinse the poppy seeds under cold water in a fine mesh colander; transfer to a medium saucepan with three cups of cold water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Remove from the heat and let sit in the saucepan, covered, for 30 minutes at room temperature. Repeat – return the mixture to a simmer, remove from the heat and let sit for another 30 minutes at room temperature, covered.


Drain poppy seeds thoroughly, using a fine mesh colander or couple layers of cheesecloth. Squeezing as much of the water as possible.


Place the poppy seeds in a food grinder (either coffee grinder or food processor – with grinder option turned on) and grind.


Mix in eight to 10 ounces (I used about 10 ounces) sweetened condensed milk into the ground poppy seeds and mix well; refrigerate until ready to use.


Time Management Tip: prepare the poppyseed filling while the dough is chilling.

Prepare the Dough


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and granulated sugar with a hand held mixer on medium speed. Beat in lemon zest, vanilla, and salt. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until combined.


Divide the dough into four portions and wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour.

Shape and Bake


On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of the dough at a time into a nine-inch circle. Spread one-quarter cup of the poppyseed filling over the circle, leaving a half-inch uncovered edge.


With a sharp knife, cut circle into 12 wedges. Starting at the wide end of each wedge, roll up toward the center. Place each pastry on a parchment-lined baking sheet one inch apart; cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


In a small bowl, whisk the egg with milk. Brush each pastry with egg wash. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Sift powdered sugar over the pastries and serve.


This recipe originally appeared on LittleBroken.com.

Poppyseed Rugelach

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