rug·​e·​lach ˈrü-gə-ləḵ How to pronounce rugelach (audio)
variants or less commonly rugalach
plural 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 The latter contains recipes and tips for making holiday cookies that are L.A. in spirit: citrusy gingerbread palm trees, rosy-pink rugelach and creme pies with a golden spin. L.a. Times Food Staff, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 An egg wash and a dusting of sparkling sugar before baking really make the rugelach shine. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Oct. 2023 Other elements of the installation that, well, felt real include an antique cash register, a traditional Greek diner coffee cup and the pickles in a jar atop the counter next to the rugelach. John Carucci, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2023 The rugelach from Just Like Nana’s is a traditional recipe that uses healthier ingredients. Alexa Gagosz,, 5 Sep. 2022 As for food, prices will range from $2 for chocolate rugelach to $22 for the Aug. 31 special of glazed beef ribs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2020 For other sweet possibilities, cranberry sauce can go inside thumbprint cookies, rugelach or even a riff on sticky buns. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2020 The crowd loved the spread: a D-Luxe Smoked Fish Platter for 12, with 8 oz shmears, smoked salmon, smoked trout salad, bubbe-worthy fixins, a chocolate babka loaf and a dozen assorted rugelach. David Hochman, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The menu features the Israeli falafel and shwarma, pastrami and turkey sandwiches, matzah ball soup, stuffed cabbage rolls, knish and kugel, with a dessert menu of sweet pastries with European origins, such as babka, turnovers and a chocolate rugelach. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rugelach was in 1941

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“Rugelach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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