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Rugelach dough - egg yolks or no t?

JanRan Dec 4, 2012 05:13 PM

I haven't made rugelach in a few years, but always mad the dough with just butter, cream cheese, a little sugar and flour. I came across a few recipes that include egg yolks in the dough, including this one from Martha Stewart.
Any opinions on what the difference would be in taste and texture?

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  1. iluvcookies RE: JanRan Dec 4, 2012 05:32 PM

    I don't use egg yolks in my rugelach recipe either... I suspect the dough will be a bit harder/cookie-like with them, from the bit of added liquid in the yolk. Like a very "short" sugar cookie.
    She also uses the "cream fat and sugar method" instead of cutting the fat into the flour, which makes me think it will be less crumbly.

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      lcool RE: JanRan Dec 4, 2012 05:36 PM

      50 years into made at home.I've tried with yolks just enough to say not for me.Me and all here prefer the original without yolks.

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        sandylc RE: JanRan Dec 4, 2012 05:42 PM

        No yolks. I stopped using Martha's recipes because they never seem to work. She is, however, an excellent source for ideas.

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          janeh RE: sandylc Dec 4, 2012 06:18 PM

          No Yolks!

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            magiesmom RE: janeh Dec 4, 2012 06:16 PM

            no yolks! MArtha Stewart does not know from rugelach.

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              petitgateau RE: magiesmom Dec 4, 2012 08:44 PM

              No yolks! Anyone use sour cream? I use cream cheese and butter in my dough, but have seen versions with sour cream, some use yeast ( which I do not).

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                iluvcookies RE: petitgateau Dec 5, 2012 04:06 AM

                Yes to a bit of sour cream!

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          JanRan RE: JanRan Dec 4, 2012 09:27 PM

          No yolks it is! Thanks!

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            nadiam1000 RE: JanRan Dec 5, 2012 02:06 AM

            No yolks. Best rugelach ever - Lora Brody, in Cooking with Memories which is also in Rose Levy Berenbaum's Christmas Cookie book. Barefoot Contessa has a great recipe too. I will be making some rugelach for a cookie exchange in a couple of weeks. I make these every year and I sear, I cannot be left alone with these things, crazy good and I will eat them until they are gone.

            1. Musie RE: JanRan Dec 5, 2012 04:17 AM

              It doesn't really need the egg yolks. so I'm going to go with the majority and also say no yolks.

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