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

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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 Come in for whitefish on a bialy, leave with a pound of rugelach, a briny carton of half-sour pickles, and some black and whites for good measure. The Bon Appétit Staff, Bon Appetit, "The 13 Most Iconic New York City Bars and Restaurants," 13 Dec. 2017 The Cinnamon-Sugar Pastry Dough is perfect for rugelach and other sweets. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easiest Ever Pastry Dough," 30 Oct. 2017 The humans gathered for coffee and chocolate rugelach at the check-in table near the 67th Street and Fifth Avenue entrance of Central Park. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "In Central Park, Teaching Dogs to Sit (in Yiddish)," 20 Sep. 2017 The rugelach ice cream is available for $10 a pint at the Upper East Side locations of both Quality Eats and Orwashers. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Quality Eats Opens Upper East Side Location; Try the Rugelach Ice Cream," 17 July 2017 There’s Moishe’s Kosher Bakery with its windows full of hamantaschen and rugelach. Jeremiah Moss, Longreads, "Mourning the Low-Rent, Weirdo-Filled East Village of Old," 24 July 2017 Guests dined on borscht, cabbage leaves stuffed with Georgian walnut sauce, chicken with citrus and olives, a cauliflower-leek kugel and orange marmalade-chocolate rugelach. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Film-to-table dinners in Berkeley," 27 Mar. 2017 The daytime menu used to offer a basket of some of Ms. Weller’s finest work, including a slice of chocolate babka, some unusually tender rugelach and one of the best oatmeal cookies in existence. Pete Wells, New York Times, "What a Difference Daytime Makes at Sadelle’s in SoHo," 5 Jan. 2016

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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

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