Rugelah (Rugelach)

An easy recipe handed down from a family friend years ago and made gluten-free + every bit as delicious! The simple, 3 ingredient dough filled with a mix of cinnamon sugar, walnuts and raisins and rolled into bite size crescents.

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Rugelah (Rugelach)

Buttery, just the right amount of sweet and so yummy!

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New! I’ve added a cooking video to the website so you can see how we make our Gluten-Free Rugelah (Rugelach).

As with all our recipes, there is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions on the bottom of this page.

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Original post December 2019…

We finally made our family Rugelah recipe gluten-free and it is delish!

By now you know, my family has a long tradition of making lot of holiday cookies each season.

Being over 10 years since my son was diagnosed with celiac disease, we have made nearly all the recipes gluten-free… but never the rugelah (also spelled rugelach)… until now!

I was inspired to try it because last year my son wanted to help my mom make the rugelah and asked if he could roll the dough (while I had a heart attack because of the regular flour)… He had so much fun because it is such a tender and easy dough.

So this year, I was determined to make it gluten -free so he could taste it too!

We made one batch early November to test it out. The dough was beautiful but we struggled rolling it as it stuck to our silicone rolling mat and ultimately, we couldn’t roll the dough thin enough.

So my mom suggested a wooden rolling board (basically just a BIG cutting board) and we made it again to great success!

Pro Tip: While I love my silicone rolling mat for so many dishes, I have learned (the hard way!) that with cookies like this, where you want the dough rolled thin, a wooden cutting board really is the only way.

I’ve since made these cookies many times and we are over the moon with how easy they are to make, to roll, and to eat!

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Back to the Gluten-free Rugelah…

The recipe is from my Aunt’s friend and we’ve been making it for as long as I can remember.

All you’ll need is 7 ingredients…

Gluten-free all purpose flour

cream cheese

butter or dairy-free butter



chopped walnuts


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And the dough is only 3 ingredients!

Cream cheese


and all purpose flour.

There are many ways to make rugelah dough but the way this recipe calls for is to cream the cream cheese and butter, then add in the flour.

It comes together in 5 minutes, then you knead it a few times, and then needs to be refrigerated for 90 minutes, so definitely plan for that!

There are also many filling possibilities but this recipe calls for a mix of cinnamon, sugar, chopped walnuts and raisins.

You can obviously adapt if you have allergies.

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After chilling the dough, it’s time to set up your rolling station and make the cookies!

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Divide the dough into 2, keeping the unused portion in the wax paper to keep from drying out.

Place some flour on the cutting board and roll out the dough thinly.

It is a easy to roll, tender dough because of the cream cheese.

Cut into wedges like a pizza, sprinkle and spread the filling over the dough, then roll from the wide side to the point to create a crescent cookie.

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Each cookie will look slightly different and some of mine don’t even look like crescents but it’s all ok!

But one thing my family always agrees on is that you want the wedges and pieces to be smaller rather than larger, so feel free to cut more wedges or even cut the cookie in half… it’s really your preference.

Sprinkle with sugar and bake until golden brown.

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Once baked, let cool and enjoy!

They will be buttery, just the right amount of sweet and super yummy!

Hope you love this gluten-free rugelah as much as we do!

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Rugelah (Rugelach)

A family recipe made gluten-free and every bit as delicious! It's a simple, 3 ingredient dough filled with a mix of cinnamon sugar, walnuts and raisins and rolled into bite size crescents. Buttery, just the right amount of sweet and yummy! 2 hours prep includes refrigerating dough for 90 minutes. Active time: 30 mins.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time2 hours 18 minutes
Course: Dessert, Holidays, Cookies
Cuisine: Nut-Free optional, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free
Servings: 36 -40 rugelah
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • ½ lb 2 sticks Butter or dairy free butter. softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese softened
  • 2 Cups gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we use GF Jules - affiliate link
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon. cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • NOTE: I find this dough rolls best using a wooden cutting board rather than a silicone mat


Mix Dough

  • In large mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese.
  • Add in flour a little at a time and mix until well combined.
  • Knead the dough a few times.
  • Wrap ball of dough in wax paper and refrigerate 90 min.

Roll cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix filling: in a medium bowl, combine ½ cup sugar, raisins, cinnamon and nuts. Set aside.
  • Divide the dough in half, keeping the unused portion wrapped in wax paper so it doesn't dry out.
  • Place flour on the cutting board and roll into circle 1/16 “ thick. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into 16 or more wedges like a pizza. ( I usually cut into more wedges and my mother cuts each wedge into thirds and Small is better.)
  • Spread filling over wedges.
  • Roll dough wide end to point to create crescents or cookies.
  • Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Store in an air tight container.
  • Freeze well.
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13 thoughts on “Rugelah (Rugelach)

  1. Hi Karen, those rugelachs look awesome! Was reading the recipe and it says 1/2lb. Butter, but 1 stick is 1/4lb. I checked the video recipe and it is 1 stick of butter. Just wanted to let you know.
    Thank you for sharing great recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    Can the filling be apricot or raspberry preserves, with nuts?

    Also, do we need to leave room at the edges (not spread the filling to the edges but leave some room so filling doesnt ooze out)?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi! Great questions! I have only made them with the cinnamon sugar filling but raspberry or apricot preserves should work! As for leaving room on the edges, there is not need with the filling I recommend. With jam, I would be careful not to overfill or it will definitely ooze out a bit!

  3. If you want to reduce the butter can you modify with olive oil? I have to watch cholesterol. Also does the recipe work ok with low-fat cream cheese? Thank you.

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