Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: It's Time To Vote

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's Time To Vote

Voting has begun for:  Ridiculously Delicious Challenge: Round 2 

Please head over to MarxFoods  and vote for my:

Cherry Chocolate Almond Rugelach Seasoned with Grains of Paradise


4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick of butter at room termperature
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp grains of paradise
1 1/2 Tbs sugar

2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp grains of paradise
1/4 cup chopped tart cherries, plumped
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

egg, beaten

Mix flour, salt, sugar and grains of paradise in the bowl of a food processor. Add the vanilla. Add cream cheese and butter in chunks. Pulse the machine about 8 times. Then process until a crumbly dough forms.

Turn it out on your work surface and gather it into a ball. Divide in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

In the meantime you can make your filling. Pulse all of the filling ingredients together until a thick paste is formed.

When ready remove the dough half from the refrigerator and roll it out into a 12 inch circle. Spread filling over the circle all the way to the edges. Cut the cicle using a pizza cutter into 16 wedges. Starting at the large end of each wedge roll the dough towards the point. Place cookies tip point down on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Slightly curve each cookie into a crescent shape. When finished repeat with other half.

Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until they've turned a nice golden color. Transfer to wire racks for cooling.


  1. What is Grains of Paradise? I've never heard of it! My spice rack is sad now.

  2. Looks delicious..Whatz grains of paradise?Never heard of it..

  3. I'm on my way to vote - good luck!

  4. I've never heard of these 'grains of paradise' either, but whatever it is, it sure makes for some scrumptious cookies.

  5. I never heard of it either, but cherry, chocolate and almond rugelach makes me smile!

  6. Oh my! This just looks incredible! Can't wait to try this!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. Oh those rugelach look so good! I wouldn't ahve thought to put grains of paradise in a sweet dish! But yum.

  8. They look gorgeous! I can imagine how crispy and tasty it must be ..
    PS : I voted..

  9. these look like they came out really nice - I am super curious what the grains of paradise do to this lovely recipe...

  10. These look scrumptious!!

    PS Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  11. Oh yes...these were so tempting! I support could I not? :-) Thanks for sharing with me tonight. Enjoy your weekend...take time to rest, laugh and eat some great food!