The Twelve Days Of Christmas Cookies: Day 12 Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach

-In honor of this year’s shared holiday

Happy Hanukkah      Merry Christmas
25 Kislev 5777        25 December 2016


• 1/2 cup plus 1 TBSP white granulated sugar
• 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
• 2 tsp sea salt
• 2 sticks/8 ounces unsalted butter, room temp
• One 8 oz pkg cream cheese, room temp
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Nonstick spray
• 1 cup raspberry jam
• 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
• 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
• 1/2-3/4 cup coarse clear sugar, for sprinkling on cookie tops


In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and sea salt.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed for 5 to 10 seconds. Beat in cream cheese. Beat in the 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in vanilla.
With mixer on low speed, beat in flour/salt mixture until dough comes together but still looks shaggy, about 30 seconds.
Dump all the dough onto a clean countertop and use your just washed hands to bring dough together into a mass. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and pat into rectangles. Chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 week.
Lightly dust an 11-by-17-inch piece of parchment paper with flour. Place 1 dough rectangle onto the parchment, dust with flour, cover with another piece of parchment, and roll dough out into a rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border between edge of parchment and dough. If dough sticks, peel back parchment, dust with more flour, replace parchment. Repeat with second dough half, then chill for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray.  Working with one sheet at a time, move rolled-out dough to work surface. Peel one layer of parchment off to unstick it from the dough, replace it lightly on top of the dough, then flip and peel other side off. Spread 1/2 cup jam in a thin, even layer on dough. Evenly scatter 1/2 cup chocolate chips over the raspberry jam. With a sharp un-serrated knife, trim edges and divide dough in half lengthwise into two long strips. Working with one strip at a time and moving crosswise, cut diagonal lines to form evenly sized triangles with flat tipped edge rather than a point (approx. 2 inches wide and each tip about 1/4 inch wide). There should be about 12 triangles per strip.  Using an icing spatula, separate a triangle away from rest of dough. Starting from the wide base, roll dough up and place tip-side down on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining triangles, spacing them 1 inch apart.
Brush tops of rugelach with egg white and sprinkle with coarse clear sugar. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden, 22 to 28 minutes. Cool on sheet pans for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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