I love to bake cookies, it is no secret. I fill up extra hours with cookie making and even sell them on Etsy as a side hobby. I really thought I understood cookies. I did until I came across this recipe for Rugelach which was one of the two recipes for Tuesdays with Dori this month.
I thought I could read a recipe, until I saw the other results from different bakers all using the same recipe, recipes can obviously be interpreted differently. Regardless of the outcome, these cookies won me with complex flavors and possessed exquisite texture. The pastry dough was noticeably flaky with a tender tang that was well appreciated.
These cookies are involved, it is the filling that consumes all the time. From the apricot levkar that gets slathered onto the dough, mixed fruit filling, chopped nut filling, sugar filling, and then a spiced sugar with ground nuts to roll the cooike in once they have been assembled, these cookies take some elbow grease and ingredients.
All this being said I ran across Food52's manifesto. I can't help but agree and share their intent that food made at home can change our lives for the better. These cookies were a pain but int the end completely worth it.
The FOOD52 Manifesto
If you cook, your family will eat dinner together.
If you cook, you will naturally have a more sustainable household.
If you cook, you'll set a lifelong example for your children.
If you cook, you'll understand what goes into food and will eat more healthily.
If you cook, you'll make your home an important place in your life.
If you cook, you'll make others happy.
If you cook, people will remember you.
This week’s hosts – Jessica of My Baking Heart and Margaret of The Urban Hiker visit their pages for recipes.