Cherry Almond Rugelach
40 min
2 hrs



1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, softened

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg  

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour


1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cherry jam or preserves

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg  

1/3 cup finely chopped toasted slivered almonds

1/3 cup finely chopped dried cherries


Powdered sugar, if desired


 *Substitute 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. **Substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, cream cheese, almond flavoring, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and salt in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add flour; beat at low speed until mixture forms dough.

  2. STEP 2

    Shape dough into ball; flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375ºF. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  4. STEP 4

    Place sugar, jam and 1 teaspoon nutmeg in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade; pulse until smooth.

  5. STEP 5

    Roll out dough, on lightly floured surface, to 13-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Spread jam mixture evenly over dough, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges. Sprinkle chopped almonds and dried cherries over jam.

  6. STEP 6

    Cut circle into 16 wedges. Roll up each wedge, beginning at wide end. Place cookies onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges of cookies just begin to brown. Cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Tip #1

- A pizza cutter works well for cutting dough into sections.

Tip #2

- A mini-food processor makes quick work of chopping nuts.


9Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
55Sodium (mg)
15Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  January 01, 2017

Been making these for years. THE BEST! Dough freezes very well. Add some chopped chocolate or mini chips. That's the NJ way! Enjoy Also if you leave out the sugar you can make it with a savory filling!

— says Gail
  December 18, 2016

Really delicious! My husband is from New York, and said these are exactly how he remembers them.

— says Michelle
  December 12, 2014

Looks to be a great recipe. Just wish the material was more compact, so the print out would all be on one side of the page. and the other side could be used for a different recipe. Waste not want not.

— says Kay
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