Easy Rugelach Recipe | How to Make Delicious Rugelach Cookies

Easy Rugelach Recipe | How to Make Delicious Rugelach Cookies

plate of Rugelach Cookies with Christmas Trees and dreidel ornament in background

Easy Rugelach Recipe

So here we are on the last night of Hannukah and in a few days celebrate Christmas.  We celebrate both holidays in our family and I feel so blessed to be able to do so.  Some years the calendar determines that Hannukah falls right in the middle of Christmas and that’s just fine with us!

Plate full of Rugelach Cookies, sprinkled with powdered sugar, christmas tree in background

 

However even though Mark and I have been married 9 years (where does the time go?) this is the first year I’ve made Rugelach to have at Hannukah.

Had I known they were so easy to make, and had this easy rugelach recipe to use, they would have made a regular appearance!

And while these sweet morsels of goodness are typically served to celebrate during the eight days of Hannukah, I plan to bake a batch for Christmas, since I think they are the perfect Winter Cookie, and go really well with a big mug of hot chocolate.  Know what I mean? 🙂

There are lots of different rugelach fillings.  I chose a traditional filling of apricot jam, walnuts, cinnamon and cocoa.  For my next batch I’m going to use mini chocolate chips!  The possibilities include just about any type of preserves or jam that you love, plus cinnamon and of course chocolate.  Yum! Yum!

 


 

  • Can Rugelach be frozen after baking? You sure can!  There are two ways to freeze Rugelach.  You can freeze the discs of pastry dough before you make it into cookies, or you can freeze the baked cookie (much easier I think!) Both for about three months.
Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Baker! 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Baker! 2017

The Holiday Gift Guide 2017 is here!

Hey everyone! You know that special Baker in your life?  The one that makes those delicious pies, cakes, cookies and tarts?  Yep, that’s the one.  Well here is my hand picked list of some delightful goodies that every Baker will have on his or her list!

This Holiday Gift Guide has Great Gift Ideas for the Baker in your life. You know the one that bakes you all kinds of wonderful sweet things?

 

Who doesn’t love to shop?!  I had so much fun putting this Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers together just for you! There is definitely something for everyone here.  From mixing bowls to jewelry,  rolling pins to tree ornaments!  I’ve also included my favorites!  And just between you and I – many of these are on my list for Santa too! 🙂

NB:  This post contains affiliate links and if you purchase something I will earn a small commission.

SunFrog T-shirt // Christmas Tree Ornament // Baker’s Apron // Pastry Mat // French Rolling Pin // Kitchen Scale // Pastry Lattice Cutter // Cute as Pie Spatula // Glass Mixing Bowls // Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer // Bundt Pan // Coffee Mug // Ceramic Pie Plate // Baker’s Necklace // Pastry Leaf Cutouts // Measuring Cups & Spoons Set // Baker’s Bracelet // The Art of Pie // Sally’s Cookie Addiction

 

My Top Five Faves!

  1. I Just Freaking Love Baking, OK Tshirt Isn’t this adorable?  These tshirts are by SunFrog, of excellent quality and come in a variety of styles of Tees and Hoodies for Guys and Gals.
  2. The Baker’s Christmas Ornament – So sweet, and perfect for that special Baker in your life!
  3. French Rolling Pin: I just started to use this style of rolling pin last year after over 40 years of making pie crust!  It makes such a difference and really gives you much better control over the thickness of your pastry.  Which we all know is very important?
  4. Pastry Mat: Your Special Baker will thank you profusely for this gift! Pastry mats make rolling out the dough a breeze, and the cleanup is so very easy.  A must have for the Pie Enthusiast!
  5. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer: If you want to really rock someone’s Christmas, then this amazing mixer is the gift that will do it!  Coveted by every Baker I know, I received mine from my sweet Hubby last Christmas.  I absolutely love it and it has its own place of pride in the Kitchen!

 

This is the first Holiday Gift Guide for Pie Lady Bakes, so I would love to hear from you in the comments below – what gift item is your favorite?  Do you have any of these goodies already?

Best xo

Judy

 

Homemade Butter Tarts | Grandma’s Recipe Has Only 3 Ingredients!

Homemade Butter Tarts | Grandma’s Recipe Has Only 3 Ingredients!

Homemade Butter Tarts.

 

 

An awesome family favorite, the Butter Tart is the number 1 tart in our family!   Did you know that Butter Tarts are uniquely Canadian and this gooey confection is often judged by its syrup factor.  If the the syrup runs up your arm as you try to eat it, you know you have a winner!

Why there are even Butter Tart Tours so that you can do a day trip and eat your way through dozens of butter tart bakeries!  Check out the Kawartha Butter Tart Tour , even a Butter Tart Festival! Wowser!

 

Homemade Butter Tarts come with raisin or without, with pecans, walnuts.  I prefer the classics, no fruit or nuts for me!  And you can get them just about anywhere – at the grocer, convenience store, restaurants, diners and now even coffee stores.  I must admit I can rarely resist just having one.  They are quite calorie friendly too – about 300 calories per tart for the regular sized ones – and loaded with – you guessed it! Sugar.

There are lots of great recipes out there and its fun to try new ones, like this one I found on food.com – it’s kind of cool and gives a really good history of the butter tart and its Canadian roots!

Homemade Butter tarts are a Canadian tradition. In my family the Butter Tart is known as a Honey Tart and such a rare treat that it was always coveted and one just wouldn’t do.  My Grandma would always have a dozen or so freshly baked tarts on hand and would laugh out loud at the expressions on our faces.

 The combination of the sweet sticky filling and the melt in your mouth flaky pie crust far surpassed any of the store bought treats consumers load up on today.  All by using a simple pastry recipe and being creative with eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
Yes that’s all it takes.  And the secret ingredient?  Well that’s easy – love.  In the case of my siblings and I – from our Mom and Grandmother – because Mom would make these deliciously sweet mini pies for special occasions too!

So here it is – passed down by four generations….to you!

Homemade Butter Tarts

12 small tart shells using my pastry recipe –Tip:  I grease the tin with shortening, as this will help to ease the tarts out of the tart tin.  (You can use a small muffin tin as well)

  • 1 egg
  • one cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Pour the filling into the tart shells about 2/3 full.  Bake in the bottom third of an oven at 350F for 20 – 30 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!

 

 

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An awesome family favorite, Homemade Butter tarts are the number 1 tart in our family! This recipe is so easy and freezes well so you can double the batch! Only three ingredients to mix up and bake in that delicious buttery pie crust. Yum!
Homemade Butter Tarts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The sweetest and the best homemade butter tart minis.  A family recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 12
Calories: 80 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 12 individual tart shells ready made, or use my pie crust recipe!
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix all 3 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Using a tablespoon, pour into each tart shell, filling 2/3 full.
  3. Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes.
Recipe Notes

prep time includes using frozen ready made tart shells.  If you use my pie crust recipe you will need to add another 60 minutes (which includes 30 minutes to chill the pastry)

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Butter Tarts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Potassium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 17g
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Raspberry Tart & Sugar Cookie Crust

Chocolate Raspberry Tart & Sugar Cookie Crust

Chocolate Raspberry Tart on a Sugar Cookie Crust!

 

I love to bake.  I mean all of those yummy ingredients that come together in something decadent and delicious, well who wouldn’t?

What I love more about baking is how it lets my creative side come out.  You know, that whole left brain/right brain thing?

I’ve been carrying this recipe for a Chocolate Raspberry Tart around for ages.  I clipped it somewhere and it was an ad for Sealtest Dairy products here in Canada.  The recipe called for a regular pie crust as a base in the tart pan.  But you know me….don’tcha!

I love using different pie crusts for classic recipes.

My Vanilla Berry Tart is made on a sugar cookie crust.  I made it last winter when we had just heard we were having a new grandchild, and now it’s December and our Lulu is here!

Making this delicious tart requires a little bit of planning, as you make it in two steps.  First the sugar cookie crust, and then the filling.

An easy and elegant recipe, this Chocolate Raspberry Tart on a Sugar Cookie Crust is a showstopper and only you will know how easy it was to make!

 

I also used a tart pan.  You can use a pie plate too – I just prefer the look of the tart and the ease of getting it out of the pan. However I made this delicious tart for Christmas Eve and I barely had it out of the pan before it was eaten all up!

 

Now I’ve included a recipe for the sugar cookie crust and it’s really easy, I found it online at Baking Bites.    If you want something even easier – you can buy sugar cookie pie crust mixes.  Just add water and stir.  I used one for my Vanilla Berry Tart recipe and it was great – everyone loved it!

Ingredients:

1 prepared sugar cookie pie crust for a 9″ pie

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup sour cream

3 egg yolks

2 cups fresh raspberries

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes

This Chocolate Raspberry Tart recipe is so easy, this will become your go-to when asked to bring an item to a pot-luck!

 

Instructions for Sugar Cookie Pie Crust (Baking Bites)

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp milk (low fat is fine)
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light. Beat in flour, salt, milk and vanilla, until mixture is moist and crumbly (it should clump together if you press it between your fingers).
Pour dough into a 9 or 10-inch tart pan and press it up the sides, making sure the layer on the bottom is even.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crust is set and firm at the edges. Be sure to check your oven at the 15 minute mark so that the crust doesn’t overcook. While your tart crust is cooling, carry on with the instructions below.

An easy and elegant recipe, this Chocolate Raspberry Tart on a Sugar Cookie Crust is a showstopper and only you will know how easy it was to make!

Chocolate Rasperry Tart Prep:

Preheat oven to 350F

Place sugar cookie pie crust in a 9″ tart pan with a removable bottom, Prick with fork

Place a sheet of parchment paper on top and fill with dried beans or pie beads to keep the pie crust from shrinking or slipping down into the pan

Bake for 15 minutes until golden

Reduce temp to 300F

Melt the chocolate and whipping cream in a double boiler or in a pot over low heat, stirring oven until smoothly blended.

Stir in sour cream

Transfer to a large bowl

Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each egg yolk

Fold in 1 cup of raspberries

Pour into the baked tart shell

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until filling is set.

Cool completely

Remove tart from pan.  Scatter remaining raspberries on top.

Garnish with fresh mint.

 

 

 

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars | Dreamy

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars | Dreamy

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars.

My new favourite.

Delicious and dreamy confection of raspberry jam, shortbread cookie base, and nutty cookie top.

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Every holiday Mom made the traditional favourites,  Hello Dolly’s, Honey Tarts and …….

Raspberry Dream Bars. There are some great recipes out there, I like this one from Now You’re Cooking. 

Sweet and crunchy, the raspberry filling in these Raspberry Pie Dream Bars gives a burst of red Christmassy sweetness in every bite.

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars. A classic 13 X 9 pan recipe with a twist. You will love how easy these pie bars are to make with just a few ingredients!

The classic recipe cookie bar base is a combination of sweet pastry and a bit of shortbread I think.   I was feeling adventurous today and decided to make a shortbread cookie base.  What do you think?

And the topping?

A rich and dreamy blend of coconut, walnuts and sugar.  Oh and jam.  Yummy raspberry jam.  You will need a Wilton 13 X 9 pan to make this recipe.  I’ve linked this one at Amazon from Wilton.  I like it  because it’s inexpensive and also it has a plastic cover.

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars. A classic 13 X 9 pan recipe with a twist. You will love how easy these pie bars are to make with just a few ingredients!

Ingredients:
BASE
2 c. soft butter
1 1/4 c. sugar
4 c. flour
FILLING
2/3 c. to 3/4 cup raspberry  jam*
TOPPING
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c. flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 eggs
1 tsp. sugar
Line your pan with parchment paper or tin foil.  If using tin foil, make sure you grease it with butter or shortening.
Make the cookie base and press it into the bottom of the pan.
Spread your favourite raspberry jam on top.  But make sure it isn’t too thick, or the bars won’t set.
In a medium sized bowl, mix up the topping ingredients and spread evenly over the jam carefully, and keep the layers separate as much as you can.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes depending on your oven.
Let the bars cool before taking them out of the pan.
Dreamy.

A Classic dessert, with a shortbread cookie base, smothered in real raspberry jam and covered with a sweet cookie top

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A Delicious Classic Dessert that combines a shortbread cookie base, sweet raspberry filling and a crunchy, nutty topping.  Makes 24 squares. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 24
Calories: 506 kcal
Ingredients
BASE
  • 2 c. butter softened
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 4 c. flour
FILLING
  • 3/4 c. jam raspberry
TOPPING
  • 1/4 c. butter melted
  • 1 1/2 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Line your pan with parchment paper or tin foil.  If using tin foil, make sure you grease it with butter or shortening.

     


  2. Make the cookie base and press it into the bottom of the pan.


  3. Spread your favourite raspberry jam on top. But make sure it isn't too thick, or the bars won't set.


  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix up the topping ingredients and spread evenly over the jam carefully, and keep the layers separate as much as you can.


  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes depending on your oven.

    Let the bars cool before taking them out of the pan.

    Dreamy.

Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Pie Dream Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 159mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 17g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 11.5%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Raspberry Pie Dream Bars. A classic 13 X 9 pan recipe with a twist. You will love how easy these pie bars are to make with just a few ingredients!

 

Maple Fudge Toffee Bars and Sweet Eileen’s

Maple Fudge Toffee Bars and Sweet Eileen’s

Are these homemade Maple Fudge Toffee Bars candy or cookie bars?

 

 

Well that’s up to you to decide!  An easy no-bake recipe that has a delicious chocolaty toffee base, smothered in creamy maple fudge.  Want some?

A chewy chocolate toffee bar smothered in yummy Maple Fudge! An easy no-bake maple fudge recipe that will disappear right before your eyes! Guaranteed!

 

 

I love this simple maple fudge recipe for so many reasons, but I think the biggest reason, besides the out of this world sweetness, is the fact that I can make it on top of the stove and that’s a keeper for trailer life.  If you’ve read my ABOUT page, you will know that my husband Mark and I love the RV life and spend a large part of the year at our trailer in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada.

maple-sugar-toffee-bars-squares-and-pan

 

 

 

In our family, we call this recipe Sweet Eileen’s, after my Mom, Eileen.  Mom was a sweetheart and loved to try out new recipes, just like I do!  I have a huge book full of recipes clippes from newspapers and magazines, some of them go back to the 1950’s.  I am so grateful to have such a legacy.

 

A chewy chocolate toffee bar smothered in yummy Maple Fudge! An easy no-bake maple fudge recipe that will disappear right before your eyes! Guaranteed!

Mom’s favorite recipes were squares or cookie bars, including this special Maple Fudge Toffee Bar recipe.

The ingredients are probably in your pantry right now, and all you need is a 8″ square pan.

Maple Fudge Toffee Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

These no bake Maple Fudge Toffee Bars are just like fudge! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 12
Calories: 426 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Base
    1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup cocoa
    • 1 tbsp water
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 eggs beaten
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    Fudge Icing
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 4 tbsp whole milk
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup real
    • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
    Instructions
    BaseMix butter, cocoa, water, sugar and eggs in a saucepan
    1. Bring to a boil over moderate heat
    2. Boil for one minute
    3. Removed from heat and add remaining ingredients and mix well
    4. Press into an 8 X 8 pan (or 13 X 9 makes a shorter bar), cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate
    Fudge Icing - Melt butter, brown sugar in sauce pan
    1. Boil over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly
    2. Add Milk and Maple Syrup and bring to a boil
    3. Remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm
    4. Stir in icing sugar
    5. Frost the base
    6. Refrigerate until set
    Recipe Notes

    These delicious bars are so sweet I cut them really small, like you would fudge. This recipe is great for hostess gifts, you can double the batch, and it will keep for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

    Nutrition Facts
    Maple Fudge Toffee Bars
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 426 Calories from Fat 135
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 15g 23%
    Saturated Fat 8g 40%
    Cholesterol 48mg 16%
    Sodium 233mg 10%
    Potassium 189mg 5%
    Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 60g
    Protein 3g 6%
    Vitamin A 5.7%
    Calcium 6.6%
    Iron 9.6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.