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Cookies 1: Rugelach

rugelachRugelach are rolled cookies that are in some ways similar in shape to a croissant.

They are believed to have originated in Eastern Europe and were popularized by Ashkenazic (Polish) Jews. Rugelach means “little twists” Yiddish.

Although this cookie is not fried, it has become a traditional Hanukkah dessert.

There are many mouth-watering rugelach recipes but I thought this one from Allrecipes.com sounded fast and easy for rugelach neophytes.

However, I also checked out a really gorgeous looking rugelach recipe on the blog Sugared Ellipses. Check it out and I bet you will agree!

Happy Hanukah and let me know how you enjoy the cookie!



1/2 pound butter

2 cups cottage cheese

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup raisins

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix butter or margarine, cottage cheese and flour together.
  3. Roll the dough into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into triangular wedges. Sprinkle raisins into the broad end of the wedge along with cinnamon and sugar. Roll from the broad edge toward the pointed edge to form crescents. Sprinkle the crescents with cinnamon and sugar. Arrange the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Edna Weisberger via Allrecipes.com 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com


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Happy Hanukkah

I admit it; I love dreidels.  It all started when one of my sister’s best friends in college invited us to a Hanukkah party.  We sat around listening to music and playing dreidel, which this Atlantic City girl was delighted to discover was actually gambling.  From then on, I was hooked. 

When my son recently came home with a handmade menorah from school, I thought the time was right to introduce him to the dreidel.

Maybe it’s not the best way to get my son interested in Hanukkah and Judaism, but it’s a start.

Dreidel:  the rules of the game

Each player starts the game with an equal number of whatever commodity you’re gambling:  coins, peanuts, gelt, etc. 

Each player puts one piece in the “pot”.  When it’s your turn, spin the dreidel.   

Nun means nothing in Yiddish. The player does nothing.

Gimmel means everything in Yiddish.  The player gets everything in the pot.

Hey means half in Yiddish. The player gets half of the pot.  If there is an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player takes half of the total plus one.

Shin means put in in Yiddish.  

The game is over when one player wins everything!


Below:  the four sides of the dreidel, from right: nun, gimmel, hey, and shin.




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