- 3medium beets, greens removed, cleaned well
- 1tablespoon oil (canola, vegetable, or olive oil will work)
- 2sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into chunks
- 8ounces cream cheese, cut into chunks
- ½cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 2 ¼cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 2teaspoons vanilla
- 1tablespoon lemon zest
- ⅔cup granulated sugar
- 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2cups semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- ¼teaspoon salt
- 6tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- ¼cup milk for wash
Yield: Makes 48 cookies
To make the Chocolate Beet Rugelach
- Step 1
First, roast your beets. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Place beets on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with oil. Wrap well and roast in the oven for 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the beets.
- Step 2
When the beets are fork tender, let them cool slightly and then rub off the skin with a paper towel or your hands.
- Step 3
In a food processor, purée beets until then are very fine. Measure out 2/3 cup. If you have more beets, save them for salads or just nosh on them as you bake.
- Step 4
To make the dough, cream together butter, cream cheese, and 2/3 cup puréed beets in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add sugar, flour, vanilla, and lemon zest. Mix it up until all ingredients combine to form a sticky dough.
- Step 5
Divide the dough into four even balls. Flatten them into disks, wrap in Saran Wrap, and chill for two hours or overnight.
- Step 6
To make the filling, combine sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, and salt.
- Step 7
Roll out each ball of dough on a floured surface into a circle, keeping the other balls in the refrigerator until you are ready for them.
- Step 8
Brush a thin layer of cooled, melted butter over the dough and sprinkle with the chocolate mixture.
- Step 9
Cut the circle into 12 triangles. Roll up each triangle from the wide end, and secure the tip into the cookie so you have a little spiral. Place cookies on a foil-lined cookie sheet, wash with milk, sprinkle with more sugar, and refrigerate for one hour.
- Step 10
Preheat oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool on a cooling rack. These freeze well, too.