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 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 Wake and Late, which serves burritos and coffee from a blue walk-up window downtown, is now Sundays the Bakery, teasing what’s to come with a new line of chocolate rugelach. Stephanie Breijostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2023 The Jewish Student Union was serving rugelach at a school club night, and a passerby took a bite of the dish, before spitting it back out onto the table. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 There are pumpkin and sweet potato pies, rugelach and babka, bûche de Noël and figgy pudding, and cookies left for Santa. Casey Barber, CNN, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Rugelach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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