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These Apple Butter Rugelach will be gone before you know it - you can't eat just one! Butter and cream cheese make the rugelach dough super tender and flaky.

Apple Butter Rugelach

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  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 62 minutes
  • Yield: 48 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (slightly softened, cut into small pieces)
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (slightly softened, cut into small pieces)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • ¼ cup pecans (finely chopped)
  • Milk (to brush on top of cookies)
  • Cinnamon sugar (for sprinkling)


  1. In a the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add in the butter and cream cheese and mix on low speed. The dough will get crumbly and then start to come together. Mix until the dough is just combined. Alternately, this can be done in a bowl with a pastry cutter.
  2. Shape the mixture into a large rectangle. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.
  3. When ready to prepare the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Cut dough into 4 equally-sized pieces. On a floured surface (or in between sheets of parchment paper) roll out one piece of dough at a time into a 12-inch by 4-inch rectangle. Spread apple butter evenly over the dough, leaving 1/2” around the edges. Sprinkle evenly with pecans.
  5. Working from the long end, gently roll the dough into a 12-inch long log, making sure seam is at the bottom. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to rechill the dough (this will also help you make cleaner cuts. You can also wrap the dough plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months at this point).
  6. Remove from the freezer. Brush the dough log with milk, and sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar. Cut each log into 12 equal pieces, about 1” each. Place upright on lined baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers, they also freeze really well.