Bourbon Cherry Walnut Rugelach

These traditional Christmas cookies have received a fall time makeover! Their warm flavor is positively addicting, you will eat them all before you know it. 

Dish Count :: 1 Food Processor, 1 Baking Sheet, Pizza Cutter, Mixer

Bourbon Cherry Walnut Rugelach - It's fall time packed into a flakey cookie!

Today is the day – the day of the Move! *Dun duh DUNNNN* And really I could use a whole ‘nother batch of cookies to get me through this move. The apartment can’t hold any more boxes and Ben and I can’t create any more paths and passages through the boxes to sit on the couch let alone pack more things away.

Huck is ready for this move to be over with, too. His face wrinkles are in rare form and in a constant state of worry. Mostly I think he’s worried we are leaving him and all his toys behind. But how could we ever do that?! He’s the furbaby!

And don’t worry – he got a cookie just because. 
Bourbon Cherry Walnut Rugelach - It's fall time packed into a flakey cookie!

The move will be a good thing, a short move, but none the less a good one. We need a little extra space, and another bedroom for Ben to study in will be a blessed relief for me to not stare in to the wicked eye of a work lamp at all hours of the night.

And let’s not pretend Ben isn’t excited either when he can close the door behind me as I am banging away in the kitchen. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Bourbon Cherry Walnut Rugelach - It's fall time packed into a flakey cookie!

So send prayers a smooth move, no hurt backs and if you can conjure up a slew of Icy Hot back patches just in case, that would be a dream.

And pray that the mattress delivery guy doesn’t get lost! Now that would be a REAL tragedy!

Bourbon Cherry Walnut Rugelach - It's fall time packed into a flakey cookie!

Yield: 36

Bourbon Cherry Walnut Rugelach

Ingredients:

2 sticks Butter, chilled and cubed

8 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature

2/3 cup Sugar, plust 1/4 cup divided

1/4 tsp Salt

2 cups Flour

1 cup Dried Cherries

1/4 cup Bourbon

1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 Egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tbsp Water

Directions:

In a food processor, combine butter, cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt until combined. Add flour and pulse until a dough forms. Divide the dough in half, flatten into disks, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate the dough until firm, at least 2 hours - or overnight if possible.

In a small saucepan, bring dried cherries, bourbon, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until most of liquid is absorbed, about 5-7 minutes. Pour the warm cherry mixture into a clean food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Stir in walnuts and the remaining 2/3 cup sugar.

Working with 1 disk of dough at a time, on a floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch circle. Spread with half the filling, leaving a 1-inch border. Cut into 16 wedges using a pizza cutter - it was the fastest and easiest way. Starting from outside edge, tightly roll each wedge up, like a croissant. Place each cookie on a silicone mat or parchment-lined baking sheets, seam side down. Lightly brush with an egg wash made of one egg and a tablespoon of water beaten together. Freeze the cookies for 30 minutes before baking.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake one sheet of cookies at a time 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely and then devour.

Adapted from Martha Stewart's Apricot Walnut Rugelach