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Lemon Rugelach


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Lemon Rugelach

A classic Jewish food, Rugelach, a rolled pastry gets updated with the fresh flavor of lemon.


  • Prep Time : 1 hour, 15 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 35 min




    Ingredients for the dough:

    • 2 packages yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water (around 100 degrees F)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup margarine
    • 3/4 cup soy milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Lemon Filling:

    • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) margarine, melted
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice from about 1 large lemon
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • zest of ½ lemon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    Sugar Syrup:

    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Lemon Icing:

    • 2 cups confectioners sugar
    • zest of ½ lemon
    • 3 tablespoons water


    Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the yeast with the warm water and tablespoon of sugar and allow to proof for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the margarine and soy milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat until the margarine is just melted.

    Allow to cool. To the yeast mixture, add in 4 cups of flour, melted margarine and soymilk, the sugar, eggs, lemon zest, nutmeg and salt. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together. If the dough is very sticky, add the last ½ cup of flour a little at a time until it is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl. Mix on low for 10 minutes to develop the dough. Then shape the dough into a ball, cover with a little oil or cooking spray and place in a clean bowl to rise. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for an hour.

    Meanwhile, melt the margarine. in a second bowl, squeeze lemon juice. In a third bowl, mix the sugar with the lemon zest, ginger, and nutmeg. After an hour, cut the dough in half. On a floured surface, roll out half the dough into a 14 inch circle. Brush on half the margarine (2 Tbs.) Then brush on half the lemon juice (1/4 cup). Then sprinkle on the sugar mixture. Cut the dough like a pizza pie into 16 sections. Roll each piece starting from the wide end.

    Place each piece at least an inch apart on the parchment lined baking sheet, cover with a towel and allow to rise for 20 minutes. Prepare the second half of the dough in the same way. Bake both trays at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

    While the rugelach are baking prepare the sugar syrup. In a small pot, mix the water with the sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and boil until the sugars dissolve. Then remove from the heat. As soon as the rugelach come out of the oven, brush immediately with the sugar syrup and allow to cool.

    While the rugelach cool, make the lemon icing. In a small bowl, mix the confectioners sugar with the lemon zest. Mix in the cold water a little at a time until smooth. Once the rugelach are cool, drizzle on the icing using a spoon or a pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip. You can also use a ziplock bag, cutting a small corner off.


    About Melissa Kaye Apter


    Melissa is a classically trained pastry chef who uses her expertise to create delicious kosher desserts. She started her baking blog, Lil' Miss Cakes, to share her easy kosher pareve recipes and over the top cookies and cake creations. �Yum!




    2 Responses to Lemon Rugelach

    1. avatar says: Sizzling

      I love lemon rugelech! will have to try this recipe very soon….. great picture!

    2. PLEASE give weight for the quantity of yeast to be used! I use the bottled Fleishman’s yeast…

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