Happy Birthday Mom & Apricot Rugelach

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It’s time again for another round of  “Baking With Julia” (from the cookbook of the same name) written by Dorie Greenspan.  My baking buddies are the gang from TWD (Tuesday’s With Dorie).

This week’s recipe for rugelach was chosen and hosted by Margaret of The Urban Hiker and Jessica of My Baking Heart check out their links for the actual recipe.

Apricot Rugelach Recipe

I’ve never made rugelach before and while I found this cookie recipe to be slightly time consuming with many steps, I also found the process to be highly enjoyable and I was excited to see my version of these rolled cookies come to fruition.

I’m not a huge fan of dried fruits or apricots, but my mom is.  Since we were hosting and celebrating her birthday dinner here at my house, I decided I’d tailor these to my mom’s tastes and likings and use the apricot filling along with some dried blueberries, cranberries and additional apricots. 

Some of you will notice that I rolled and cut my cookies in the wrong (if there is a wrong way) direction from what was shown in the book, making mine quite a bit wider and flatter than a traditional rugelach cookie.  I also omitted the egg wash glaze and substituted some brushed melted butter right before baking.  Is that so wrong?

From here I’ll take to you the photo montage of how my rugelach came together with little caption:

Two days in advance of making my rugelach, I made my own apricot lekvar and added a small pinch of salt and a 1/2 t. cinnamon to the mixture.

The next day I prepare my cream cheese pastry dough (page 325) according to the recipe and wrap it to chill in the fridge for several hours.


While the dough gets it’s chill on, I prepare the topping and the dried fruit filling.  To the topping of cinnamon and brown sugar I decide to add a pinch (or two) of cardamom and nutmeg.  I then reconstituted the dried cranberries and blueberries by letting them sit in boiling water for approximately 5 minutes to soften.

When the dough is properly chilled, it’s time to roll, trim, fill and freeze before slicing and baking.

Bake, cool, stack like a birthday cake and serve…

Apricot Rugelach Recipe

                                    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

 I’m SO happy to have my parents back in Illinois, I can hardly tell you!!!  I love them both very much!!!

And so I end this post on a sweet note…

Please visit me again as I travel through the “Baking With Julia” cookbook with the Tuesdays With Dorie (TWD) gang.  Next up we’ll be making Irish Soda Bread (page 214) just in time for St. Patrick’s day!

If you’re interested in joining in on the baking fun, it’s easy to sign up and get started. The more bakers, the merrier!

Until we bake again,


  1. Great photos. Happy Birthday to your Mother, what a special treat for her. I do like your changes. What a fun TWD recipe.

  2. Awww, happy birthday to mom! (My mother's birthday was last Friday).
    Your cookies came out beautifully – love the stacked cake effect 🙂

  3. Great play by play with those photos!

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!

  4. Hi, your Rugelach look fantastic!
    and your blog, too!
    Happy Birthday to your mom.
    Mine was born on the 5th.

    TWD BWJ Group is fantastic and I am really enjoying it!

    All the best
    PS: Do you remember me? I've joined after having read your FB post!

  5. They look great! I feel like I should also try this recipe with apricots!!!

  6. Happy birthday to Mom! Your rugelach look great.

  7. Happy birthday Renee's mom!!! This is gorgeous! I've had rugelach only once but I loved it, of course someone else made it!!!

  8. They look wonderful!

  9. I don't think there can be a 'wrong' way to roll these out, Renee. What a perfect cookie for your mom's birthday! Your photos are great and I especially liked the one of your parents. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  10. What a beautiful photo of your parents. They both look wonderful and I think you really look like your Mom. Hope she had a beautiful birthday. How lovely it was to have them both at your home to celebrate. Your rugelach looks delicious (you had me at the Amaretto!)

  11. What a great post! Rugelach, parents–can't go wrong there! 😉

  12. I must make this! Looks amazing, thanks! I do like apricots, and I'm from Illinois, too (so are my parents)! Happy birthday to your mom!

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