rugelachThis classic cookie makes a festive Hanukkah treat or a sweet gift. It’s more than just a cookie, it has an extra dose of antioxidants from the prunes and chocolate. The wheat germ adds fiber to the flaky topping.

Makes about 4 dozen


Rating: 51

Prep Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 101 calories

Fat per serving: 4 g fat (1 g saturated)



  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups "white" whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup low sugar raspberry preserves
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped prunes
  • 1/2 cup bitter sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3 tablespoons skim, non-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ


  • Whisk flour and salt in a bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture and mix to form a soft dough. Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 6 hours (up to overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Whisk sugar and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Divide dough into quarters. Working 1 piece at a time, roll out to a 12-by-8-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. With long side facing you, spread with 3 tablespoons preserves, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the walnuts, prunes, and chocolate morsels, plus 2 tablespoons sugar mixture. Tightly roll dough into a log; place, seam side down, on a parchment or aluminum-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Brush each log with milk; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar mixture and sprinkle with wheat germ. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool 15 minutes. Cut into 1-inch-thick slices. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 cookie): 101 calories. 2 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat (2 g saturated), 2 mg cholesterol, .5 g fiber, 114 mg sodium.

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 2

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