The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? When Joan and I were the co-hosts of The Food Show we developed a Holiday Cookie Exchange for our audience. You’ve got to remember… this was before the internet and if people wanted to participate, they had to send in their recipes via snail mail! We published a book with all the recipes and each participant received one.
When the recipes were received, they were reviewed by our executive research and development team and turned over to the chefs in the California Kitchen to test bake. It was a fun time in the kitchen for all with Christmas Carols playing and a big tree off in the corner—everyone couldn’t help but get into the holiday spirit.
This recipe is an old family heirloom recipe that was made by my mother. I got this recipe from my brother, Roy, and have rewritten it pretty much the way it was originally received from her old friend, Amy Gollins. I did clean it up a little bit to make it more understandable.
As I kid, I watched my mother make this recipe and I even helped roll them out many times. I seem to remember she sometimes added sour cream to the dough, sometimes cream cheese and on one occasion some soapy dish water! It didn’t make any difference to her, she still baked them.
Mom’s Original Rugelach
As written by Ed’s Mother (1956)
Prep time: 1 hour
Chill/proof time: 8 to 10 hours (or overnight)
Bake time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
1/2 pound butter
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup half and half
2 (.25-ounce) packets of yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of granulated sugar
4 tablespoons cinnamon into a bowl
ChefSecret: Not included in the original recipe… mom would whip up 6 egg whites with a cup of sugar and slather that onto the rolled-out dough before cutting and rolling into cookies. She would let the dough rise for 20 minutes, baking them for 25 minutes until done. Feel free to add nuts, mini chocolate chips, even some jam to your taste.
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “Never make a Mother mad! She can remember stuff that hasn’t even happened yet.”
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