5 Holiday Recipes To Cook Together

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Cook together this holiday season! Five recipes you can make as a team.

Cherry-Orange-Walnut Rugelach
Makes 32 cookies.

For the dough:
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
Zest of ½ orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
Generous pinch salt

For the filling:
½ cup orange juice
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
1/3 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Cointreau
1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt and 2 tsp milk, for egg wash
Demerara sugar

Partner 1:

1. Cream the cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.

2. Using your fingers, rub orange zest together with sugar then add to the cheese/butter mixture.

3. Mix in vanilla.

Meanwhile, Partner 2:

1. Sift together flour and salt.

2. Add flour mixture just till combined.

3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, shape into a ball and divide into quarters.

Then together:

1. Gently shape each quarter into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.

2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

After refrigerating dough

Partner 1:

1. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.

2. Combine sugar, spices and walnuts.

Meanwhile, Partner 2:

1. Bring orange juice to a boil and simmer until reduced to 1/8 cup.

2. Toss chopped cherries with Cointreau.

Then, together:

1. Roll each ball of dough into a 8-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

2. Brush circle with orange juice.

3. Sprinkle with the walnut mixture and cherries.

4. Cut the circle into 8 equal triangles. Starting at the wide end, roll up each triangle and place on baking sheet with the points tucked under. Refrigerate for one hour.

Partner 1: Preheat oven to 350° F. Brush each cookie with the egg wash.

Meanwhile, Partner 2: Sprinkle each cookie with demerara sugar.

Together: Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets midway through, until lightly golden. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

















Photo: Rebekah Peppler

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