I want to show you how to make an easy Vegan Rugelach recipe with no cream cheese in 30 mins using puff pastry that’s rolled into a crescent shape around a filling instead of making a cream cheese dough by hand (which takes so much longer)!
I wanted to show you a way to make an easy & accessible recipe for vegan rugelach that anyone can make at home with ease.
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Easy Vegan Rugelach
What is Rugelach? Rugelach are crescent-like shaped desserts filled with different types of fillings based on traditions. Common fillings are chocolate, fruit jams, poppy seeds, nuts, raisins and many more. No matter the combination you might make from ingredients you have at home, this vegan rugelach recipe helps make it easy to make.
This version of vegan rugelach skips over most of the tough steps of making these Hanukkah crescent desserts from scratch using ready to use puff pastry (many are vegan!), chocolate, fruit jam and a simple nut crumble to make bite-sized holiday treats.
INGREDIENTS FOR EASY VEGAN RUGELACH:
- Puff Pastry (many store-bought ones are vegan!)
- Nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds will work)
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (many are vegan!)
- Raisins or Dried Currants
- White Sugar
- Jam (I used apricot jam)
- Aquafaba (liquid from can of chickpeas – great vegan option for egg replacement)
- Olive Oil
- Coarse sugar (If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use regular sugar)
FULL RECIPE DOWN BELOW
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT I USED:
- Baking Sheet
- Food Processor
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Utensils
- Rolling Pin or Pizza Cutter
- Wire Cooling Rack
I want to share my twist to make easy vegan Rugelach that will take some of the pressure off this holiday season. In only 30 minutes, you can turn easily accessible ingredients into this holiday treat.
You can add any nuts or jams you have around the house and try out different flavour combinations to appeal to the taste buds of your household.
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- 1 package frozen puff pastry, room temperature (many are vegan!)
- ½ cup chopped nuts of your choice, (pecans, walnuts or almonds will work)
- ½ cup raisins or dried currants
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup jam (I like apricot jam)
- 3 tbsp aquafaba
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- coarse sugar as needed (for sprinkling)
- Preheat oven to 350F & line 2 baking sheets with parchment or a baking mat.
- In a small pot over low-medium heat, heat jam & sugar together to make the liquid spreadable.
- Once your jam mixture becomes a syrup, set aside to cool.
- In the meantime, pulse in a food processor: chopped nuts of choice, dried fruit of choice, chocolate chips, and cinnamon until combined into chunks.
- On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll one of your puff pastry until it's about ⅛ inch thick (in a circle or square shape).
- With a spatula, spread half of the jam mixture evenly over the pastry and sprinkle half of the nut mixture on top (use the other halfs if you have another puff pastry). Evely spread and press down on the nut mixture (this ensures that when you roll the douch, the crumble styas put instead of fall all over the place).
- Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutting wheel (my prefered tool), cut the dough as though you are slicing a cake or pizza.
- Starting at the longer end, roll up each triangle ensuring they are quite tight.
- Place them on the lined baking sheets seam side down. Repeat with the second puff pastry sheet.
- For the vegan egg wash, whisk aquafaba and oil (you can increase or decrease amounts of each as long as it's 50/50 ratio) in a small bowl and brush onto each rugelach.
- Top each rugelach with a touch of coarse sugar.
- For best results, chill the rugelach in the fridge for 30 mins before baking. Or proceed with baking.
- Bake rolls for 15 to 20 mins, until golden brown.
- Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool.
- Serve with tea or with other Hanukkah desserts.
Hey I’m Candice aka The Edgy Veg – I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or their by-products. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!
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