“Rugu-what?” you might wonder if you didn’t grow up with this long-loved pastry. Rugelach is a traditional Jewish treat enjoyed throughout the year, including Shabbat and Hanukkah. It has been translated from Yiddish to mean “little twists,” “little corners,” or, some say, “royal.” “There is no other Jewish sweet that has gone more mainstream than rugelach,” Joan Nathan writes in Jewish Cooking in America. “Basically a crescent-shaped cookies…it is also called kipfel, cheese bagelach, and cream-cheese horns of plenty in this country. The yeast-based and often butter or sour cream-based dough in Europe was usually rolled out into circles, cut into pie shapes, covered with nuts, raisins, sugar, and cinnamon and then rolled up like pinwheels.”
Traditional tales claim that the pastry was created to commemorate the expulsion of the Turks from Austria in 1783. The crescent shape of rugelach was meant to evoke the symbol of the Ottoman Empire so that the people could symbolically eat their foe.
Nowadays, devouring a rugelach is more about enjoying the simple, sweet pleasures of life rather than avenging any rivals. “There is no resisting Rugelach,” Emma Christensen, recipe editor at TheKitchn.com, raves. “They’re buttery, flaky and just the right amount of sweet.”
Want to give rugelach a taste? Already in love with this Jewish treat? Then order one of our irresistible gift baskets which features rugelach nestled alongside other favorites like chocolate covered pretzels, truffles, and brownies.
Since we make everything in our own bakery, special orders are no problem. Want just a big basket of rugelach, with no chocolate – no problem. We can even make you a batch with custom flavors or toppings – just call us at (305) 682-1400.
Contact us for help choosing the perfect basket; nothing could be bitter about this winter once your Sweet Tooth package arrives.