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The crisp texture of these crescent-shaped cookies makes them a terrific treat to serve alongside a steaming mug of hot chocolate or coffee.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to cream cheese mixture and mix well. Divide dough into fourths. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll out each portion between two sheets of waxed paper into a 12-in. circle. Remove top sheet of waxed paper. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush each circle with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar and 2 tablespoons pecans. Cut each into 12 wedges.
  • Roll up wedges from the wide end; place pointed side down 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Curve ends to form a crescent shape.
  • Bake at 350° for 24-26 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush warm cookies with remaining butter; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 pastry: 111 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • PatriciaAnn1944
    Dec 22, 2013

    They are soooo good and so easy to make. They are going into gift bags for some of my friends as gifts, ........If there are any left.......:-)

  • usjanrdms
    Dec 9, 2012

    These are excellent. I used walnuts instead of pecans and used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into wedges. Also did not brush them with butter or sprinkle with the sugar after they baked

  • rubydoo008
    Nov 26, 2012

    Love it my Grandma who was Hungarian made something similar

  • enjoynature
    Oct 28, 2009

    Can these be frozen? How long can they be frozen? Could you make them and freeze them and bake the later? And would they stay crisp if made, baked and frozen? 

  • Hydes
    Oct 28, 2009

    I always wanted to make rugalach... Thisrecipe was perfect. The family loved them!I will be making them again...