Apricot-Gouda Rugelach

Wisconsin Cheese Apricot-Gouda Rugelach  Recipe
Active Time
50 Minutes
4 Dozen


Apricot-Gouda Filling:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Gouda can be used in this recipe.


  1. Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt in a bowl; gradually add to butter mixture just until combined.
  2. Divide dough into quarters. Shape into four disks; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Apricot-Gouda Filling:

  1. Bring dried apricots and bourbon to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until bourbon is absorbed. Remove from the heat. Stir in pecans and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Roll out one disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Spread 1 tablespoon apricot jam over dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup gouda and about 1/3 cup apricot-bourbon mixture, pressing down lightly. Cut dough into four quadrants; cut each quadrant into three triangles.
  3. Roll up each from the wide end. Place rugelach point side down 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat steps with remaining dough and filling. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 375°F.
  5. Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush rugelach with egg wash; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Indulge in this raw milk, farmstead gouda that’s handcrafted and aged. The flavors are rich and buttery with warm notes of cinnamon and spice reminiscent of the holidays.

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