Almond Honey Rugelach

Those looking for a break from the doldrums of manufactured dessert products need look no further. This Almond Honey Rugelach recipe breaks from the mold of the traditional baking recipe, and incorporates the smooth, rich taste of natural honey.

Almond Honey Rugelach
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup honey, divided
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Add 3 Tablespoons honey and mix well. Mix in flour until dough holds together.
  3. Form into a ball, wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or longer.
  4. Divide dough in 4 portions; on a floured board roll each portion into a 9-inch circle.
  5. Combine 2 Tablespoons honey and lemon juice; mix well.
  6. Brush dough with honey mixture; sprinkle ¼ teaspoon cinnamon over entire surface.
  7. Combine almonds and dried cherries; drizzle remaining honey over mixture and mix well.
  8. Spread ¼ of almonds mixture onto circle of dough, stopping ½-inch from outer edge.
  9. Cut into 8 triangular pieces.
  10. Roll from wide outer edge toward tip.
  11. Gently bend both ends to form a crescent.
  12. Place on oiled parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate 20 minutes or longer.
  13. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  14. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Cool on racks.

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