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Rugelach, Cranberry-Pecan (D, TNT)
Source: Wayne Harley Brachman
Yield: 3 dozen

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cups all purpose or pastry flour

1/2 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1 cup lightly toasted, chopped pecans
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg mixed with 2 tablespoons water to make a wash

With an electric mixer (beater), cream together butter and cream cheese. With mixer on low, gradually add in flour. Form into 3 flattish disks. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small saucepan, cover the cranberries with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Drain.

In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll dough into a 10" circles. Paint with the melted butter. Sprinkle with the sugar/nut mixture and cranberries. With a pizza wheel, cut into 12 wedges. Roll up the wedges and line them up on a parchment lined or nonstick cookie sheet. Paint the rugelach with the egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes or set and light golden.

Poster's Notes: Wayne Harley Brachman has come up with a new twist on an old favorite. I have never tried dried cranberries but I have used cherry preserves, dried cherries, grated chocolate and toasted and ground hazelnuts.

Posted by Susan Greene

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A