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

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg  

1 cup all-purpose flour


1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cherry jam or preserves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg  

1/3 cup finely chopped toasted slivered almonds

1/3 cup finely chopped dried cherries


Powdered sugar, if desired

 *Substitute 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg. **Substitute 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, cream cheese, salt, almond flavoring and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 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 granulated sugar, jam and 1/4 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.

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