rug·​e·​lach | \ ˈrü-gə-ləḵ How to pronounce rugelach (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rugalach
plural rugelach

Definition of rugelach

: a pastry made with cream-cheese dough that is rolled around a filling (such as nuts, jam, or chocolate) and baked

Examples of rugelach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each element, once uncovered, seemed like a treasure: buttery linzer cookies with jam, flaky rugelach, biscotti, sesame date chews. Soleil Ho,, "Dear Inga will take you home," 19 Dec. 2019 After the rugelach are rolled, they can be frozen on a baking sheet. Olga Massov, Washington Post, "Our Platonic ideal of a rugelach is this cherry-and-pecan number," 2 Dec. 2019 For other sweet possibilities, cranberry sauce can go inside thumbprint cookies, rugelach or even a riff on sticky buns. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to use Thanksgiving leftovers," 22 Nov. 2019 Stuff your pockets with Soom tahini and chocolate rugelach. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Usually there will be bagels and lox, tuna salad, egg salad or hard-cooked or deviled eggs, noodle kugel, some sort of vegetable like cole slaw or cucumber salad, fruit, and then small pastries like rugelach or mandel bread or the like for dessert. Stacey Ballis,, "Break the fast for Yom Kippur with mini noodle kugels and everything bagel salad," 2 Oct. 2019 Even within that mind-set, their cases burst with more than 60 desserts at a time: red velvet cake, key lime pie, salted caramel fudge cake, peanut butter cookies, rugelach, cupcakes, mini cupcakes — and carrot cake, always. Janelle Bitker,, "Carrot cake keeps bakery Sweet Things going for more than 40 years," 30 July 2019 The chain is also known for its bakery case, with fresh-baked cakes, cookies and pastries such as chocolate rugelach. Michael Mayo,, "TooJay’s Deli opens July 9 at Dania Pointe; tacos and barbecue next," 21 June 2019 That was the best place to get fresh bread and rugelach and sweets. New York Times, "New Yorkers and Their ’80s Routines — Block by Block," 17 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rugelach.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rugelach

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rugelach

Yiddish rugelekh, rogelekh, plural of rugele, rogele, diminutive of rog corner, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish róg horn, corner

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rugelach

Time Traveler for rugelach

Time Traveler

The first known use of rugelach was in 1941

See more words from the same year

Statistics for rugelach

Last Updated

31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rugelach.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

Comments on rugelach

What made you want to look up rugelach? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


out of the ordinary or unreasonable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!