Rugelach Help
August 27, 2012 2:06 PM   Subscribe

Baked too many rugelach...can I freeze them?

Help, bakers of mefi!

I baked a batch of rugelach but realized (too late!) I should have saved half of it to freeze & bake later due to number of cookies I would end up with. If I freeze the already-cooled rugelach now, will it ruin its texture after I defrost?
posted by honey badger to Food & Drink (15 answers total)
Two weeks ago, I took a rugelach baking class and the instructor was asked about freezing them -- she actually recommended they be baked and then frozen (rather than freezing the non-baked dough), so I think you'll be fine.
posted by EggplantPizza at 2:15 PM on August 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

These people think its okay.
posted by griphus at 2:15 PM on August 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

I don't see a problem. I've successfully frozen all kinds of tasty treats.

I'd eat 'em.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 2:18 PM on August 27, 2012

(Also, if the "help my pet" threads necessitate pictures of the pets for cuteness purposes, I'd like to formally request a picture of the baked goods.)
posted by griphus at 2:19 PM on August 27, 2012 [5 favorites]

Yeah, you're good.
posted by trip and a half at 2:20 PM on August 27, 2012

Let me just say that not only are frozen baked rugelach delicious once they come to room temperature again, they are absolutely divine when incorporated into ice cream.
posted by batmonkey at 2:23 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

My grandma used to make the Czech version of these, and she would freeze extras after baking.
posted by rtha at 2:26 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

My grandma used to make rugelach (and a bunch of other jew-ish baked goods) in large quantities and would defrost batches at each holiday. They always tasted delicious. So go ahead and freeze!
posted by Kololo at 2:28 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

i think you should be fine. and that you should post your recipe. heh.
posted by koroshiya at 2:39 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yeah, we freeze my mother-in-law's rugelach each year. I would make sure to wrap them up well since they do have a tendency to absorb unwanted freezer odors.
posted by photovox at 2:40 PM on August 27, 2012

They freeze just fine, no worries. You can also send any surplus directly to me.
posted by elizardbits at 2:41 PM on August 27, 2012

I have successfully frozen rugelach many a time. But it's probably my magical freezer. I'll be happy to, uh, store yours for you.
posted by jeather at 2:44 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yes! Flash freeze on a cookie sheet, then put into a ziplock. This will decrease freezer burn and issues of sticking together.
posted by cat_link at 5:17 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I MIGHT be worried if your filling was jammy? But even then-I've shipped rugelach thousands of miles and then frozen it, and defrosted it just a few at a time over a year. The last ones left were still totally awesome.
posted by atomicstone at 5:48 PM on August 27, 2012

Thanks for the answers, everybody! And it was an easy & basic recipe found here from epicurious. Though I didn't roll it out and slice as suggested...I divided the dough up into quarters, roughly rolled them into circles, and sliced with a pizza cutter.

Here's a pic, and I agree that these threads need more photos of porn food.
posted by honey badger at 5:59 PM on August 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

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