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Fig Rugalech

Fig Rugelach are made of creamy and buttery cream cheese dough filled with home made fig paste.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword fig paste, fig recipe, fig rugelach
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Dough rest 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 36 Cookies
Author Mindy Segal


Cream Cheese dough

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, soften (225 g / 8 oz)
  • 1 pkg Cream Cheese, soften (225 g / 8 oz)
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 TBS Sugar (80 g / 3 oz)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups AP flour (240 g / 9 oz)
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt

FIg Filling

  • 4 Cups Dried Figs (672 g / 24 oz)
  • 3 Cups Port or red wine
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla bean paste


  1. In a medium bowl mix the flour and salts, set a side.

  2. In a bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for about 10 seconds, add the cream cheese and beat to incorporate with the butter for additional 10 seconds.

  3. Add the sugar and mix for 3 more minutes, until fluffy.

  4. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and add the vanilla. 

  5. Add the flour mixture on low speed and mix until you get a sticky looking dough. Do not over mix. 

  6. Stop the mixer, scrape the dough and finish mixing with your hands.

  7. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a rectangle and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours and up to 1 week.

To make the fig paste

  1. Remove the stems from the figs and cut each in half. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and allow the figs to rehydrate at room temperature for min of 1 hour or over night.

  2. In a medium pan, cook the figs and the liquid over medium heat while occasionally stirring until the liquid had become syrupy. 15 to 18 minutes.

  3. When the figs are soft when pressed with a wooden spoon, remove from heat and let sit covered with the lid for 20 minutes.

  4. Puree the figs in a food processor with any of the liquids until a paste is form.

To Assemble

  1. Remove one part of dough and roll it on a floured smooth surface into a 1/4" thick rectangle 

  2. Cut the rectangle into three equal rectangles and spared and even layer of fig paste on each piece. 

  3. Fold each piece like an envelope (top end to the center and bottom end on top) and cut each log into 1.5" cookies.

  4. Place each cookie sim down on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper and bake for 15 minutes, in a preheated oven set on 350 F then rotate the pan and bake for additional 6-8 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.