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Jul 5, 2013 05:47 AM

marzipan rugalach

places to buy in jerusalem and locations? Cost per kilo?

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  1. I only know of the Marzipan location loccated on Aggripas street close to the shuk.

    It's been a while since I've purchased (and am willing to be proven very wrong) - but my guess is that a kilo is in the vacinity of 20-30 shekels. If you're traveling with them, it's a good idea to take the time and purchase some more substantial tupperware to take them back. But my friends in the States who I've given them to claim that they do last for a few weeks if kept in the frigde.

    1. There's also one on Rachel Imeinu just up from Emek Refaim.
      Wait a minute -- do you mean rugelach from the Marzipan bakery or marzipan filled rugelach?
      For the latter you might try Giveret Bourekas in Machane Yehuda, next to Aroma. Not sure if they have marzipan, but they do have halvah filling as well as lots of others - tasty with a real homemade flavor. (Also excellent ice cafe, much much better than Aroma's.)

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      1. re: almond tree

        Good catch on rugelach from Marzipan bakery vs rugelach filled with marzipan.

        1. re: cresyd

          I meant to say marzipan bakery rugalach. marzipan bakery is the name of the bakery that sells the rugalach. I shortened it while writing quickly I have not heard of marzipan filled rugalach


          On our way to Mahane Yehuda market in central Jerusalem, a friend raved on and on about the rugelach at nearby Marzipan Bakery. These chocolatey, fudgy cookies have a cultish following among Israelis and Americans alike.

          Marzipan is not a typical bakery. The sweets aren't displayed behind glass panes; there's no swinging door. Rather, enormous trays of freshly-baked—and I mean piping-hot, still-melty, really-freshly-baked—rugelach surround the cashier at waist level. About a dozen customers are grabbing and bagging their own cookies at any given moment, waving shekels at the unhurried, almost bemused cashier. In one corner of the narrow shop is an extremely hot oven; keep your head down or risk getting bonked by a baker running with a steaming tray of cookies out to hungry locals.

          Marzipan rugelach are shamelessly rich, practically oozing a chocolate filling

          These are very different from any rugelach I've ever tried. Many American Jews tend towards cinnamon-sprinkled, raisin-dotted rugelach with a crispy, flaky exterior. Marzipan rugelach are shamelessly rich, practically oozing a chocolate filling. The dough is still tender and somewhat flaky but certainly not crisp. A single bite of these two-inch treats nearly sent me into a sugar coma.

          Going to Marzipan is an experience. I have never before been so overwhelmed, exhilarated, and amused while purchasing cookies. The rugelach themselves are a little too mushy and sweet for me, but it's tough to wholeheartedly complain about a cookie that's just a little too chocolatey.

          1. re: koshergourmetmart

            I have to warn you that I have tried Marzipan's cinnamon and chocolate rugelach and am not a fan by any means. The cinnamon is ok, but not outstanding among similar products produced by many other Israeli bakeries. And the scene of bakers rushing and customers grabbing is pretty typical of lots of local places ... perhaps the writer was new to Israel.
            I found the chocolate rugelach actually repulsive -- with a thick, hard block of low grade chocolate in the middle of a blob of overly sweet dough. For me to repulsed by a rugeleh is saying a lot!
            Sample one or two and see what you think.
            And you might want to try a croissant shkedim (yes, you must pronounce the "t" in Hebrew) at Lechem Shel Tomer, which is pretty darn close to a marzipan filled rugeleh. LST **is** an outsanding bakery, with branches on Azza, Halamed Hei, Leib Yaffe, in the AACI building & 1 or 2 other places. My neighborhood cafe -- their coffee is excellent and just about everything there is exceptionally good.

            1. re: almond tree

              Lechem Shel Tomer is absolutely lovely - but nothing beats a Marzipan rugelach. They're a huge hit when I bring them back to the states - but in terms of something I eat regularly. I've now lived here for a while, and it's been a few years since I last had a Marzipan rugelach.

              It's a place I'd still recommend to tourists, but personally I'm definitely more inclined to eat at Lechem Shel Tomer. They also have lovely macarons.

            2. re: koshergourmetmart

              While Marzipan is popular, when I got there on a recent trip, I did not think their wares were any better than similar items from other bakeries. The pastries and bourekas are pretty standard in that type of bakery, and you see them all over, including being made fresh in almost every supermarket, especially erev shabbat. I tend to buy these same items at the numerous branches of Cafe Ne'eman and Sambooki, which are all over the city; in my experience, it is just as likely you'll find them coming hot out of the oven at a Ne'eman as at Marzipan. The branches of Ne'eman at the Central Bus Station and the Malcha Mall are especially busy (makes sense with all the people that flow through these places), and it's always a good bet you'll get fresh, just out-of-the-oven stuff.

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                You forgot to mention the swarm of bees you need to get through to get to the rugelach. Way worth it.

                Also, don't dare ask about the nutritional information. They used to package them for sale in the US with the nutritional info. Lets just say there is enough fat in one of them to take care of you for the rest of the day.