Chocolate Apricot Rugalach


Using half butter and half canola oil lowers the saturated fat in these cookies without sacrificing flavor.

  • 64Servings


  • 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 Tbs. butter (1/2 stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 15-oz. jar apricot jam, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


Beat cream cheese, butter, oil, 2 Tbs. sugar, and salt until smooth with electric mixer on medium speed. Reduce speed to low, and add flours, mixing only until dough comes together. Divide into four disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.

Roll one dough disk into 9-inch circle. Spread 3 to 4 Tbs. jam over circle, leaving 1/4-inch border. Sprinkle with 2 Tbs. chocolate. Cut disk into 16 pie-shaped wedges. Roll each wedge into a coil, working from round edge to point. Repeat with remaining dough, jam, and chocolate.

Mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon together. Roll cookies in sugar mixture and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack, and store in airtight container up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 57
  • Carbohydrate Content: 8 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 4 mg
  • Fat Content: 3 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 26 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g