Chocolate Chip Rugelach

by Kathy Strahs on December 11, 2009 · 11 comments

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The gratitude on my husband’s face when I brought a small tin of these Chocolate Chip Rugelach up to his office this week was all the validation I needed. They’re among his favorite cookies and this was the first time I’d ever made them. The recipe is a little bit different from many I’ve seen – it uses a prepared chocolate filling rather than nuts, jam or other traditional fillings – but the end result was delightful nonetheless. With tonight being the first night of Hanukkah, I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

I’d never heard of anything called “chocolate filling” until the Love’n Bake company sent me some to try. It came in a can and kind of reminded me of chocolate frosting, but with thicker consistency and more intense chocolate flavor. There was a recipe for Chocolate Rugelach inside the wrapper, so I decided to give it a try for the blog, adding mini chocolate chips to the cream cheese dough as I’d recently seen done at a local bakery. In lieu of glaze, as some rugelach recipes call for, the chocolate chips added a nice amount of sweetness to the otherwise rich, but unsweetened, dough. Once baked, the chocolate filling took on an almost chewy feel which I really liked.

Using the chocolate filling made making these rugelach rather easy – you can find it at Sur La Table stores and on Amazon. For a more traditional approach to making rugelach, you also might take a look at the tips and recipe from Dorie Greenspan (I love everything she bakes!).

Chocolate Chip Rugelach

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Megan December 11, 2009 at 8:25 AM

This looks awesome and is making me sooo hungry!!!!!


Maria December 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I love your chocolate chip version. Bookmarking this recipe!
.-= Maria´s last blog ..The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes =-.


Cookie December 11, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I love Rugelach, especially around the holidays! I don’t think I’ve ever had ths chocolate version but it looks delicious!
.-= Cookie´s last blog ..Early Birthday Dinner for my Honey! =-.


Priscilla December 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Thanks so much. What a wonderful twist on rugelach. We really appreciate that you gave our Chocolate Schmear a “test drive” and you’ve inspired me to add this to my cookie tray. Thanks. Priscilla Martel, Culianry Director fo Love’n Bake


Patricia December 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Hiiii! I found your blog trough “jumbo chocolate chips cookies” from The Sweetest Kitchen and wow! I’m so glad I followed the link 😀 I want to bake all of your recipes hehehe

I have a doubt.. since the cookie dough has cream cheese, I was wondering.. how many days this cookies can stand?

well.. congratulations for this wonderful blog!

a lot of venezuelan kisses 🙂


April Montgomery @ Best Rated Blenders November 2, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I am someone that really likes to cook, so I am constantly trying to find out some new recipes to make with my own hands. These cookies, judging by the pictures, must be delicious, and the recipe doesn’t look complicated at all to follow. I found that chocolate filling pretty interesting and useful.


jen December 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

How well do you think something like Nutella would substitute for the chocolate filling?


Kathy December 16, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Hmmm…interesting thought. It might be worth a try just to see. I’m wondering whether the Nutella might melt down a little too much. Would love to hear how it works if you try it!


Angela May 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Great recipe! Didn’t have a mixer, so I mixed it by hand. Worked out well! Also, used nutella inside, yum!!


Kathy Strahs May 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Nutella sounds like a great idea!


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