Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Rugelach

Rugelach, meaning “little twists” in Yiddish, is a traditional Jewish pastry that originated in Eastern Europe. It is believed to have been created in the 16th century in Poland, and has since become a popular dessert in Jewish communities around the world. Rugelach is typically made with a flaky, buttery dough and filled with a sweet filling, such as jam, chocolate, or nuts. It is often served during holidays, such as Hanukkah and Purim, but is also enjoyed year-round as a delicious treat.

Air Fryer Rugelach

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: DessertCuisine: Jewish
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A delicious twist on traditional rugelach, these pastries are made in an air fryer for a crispy, flaky crust and a gooey, sweet filling. Perfect for a quick and easy dessert or snack.


  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter

  • 4 ounces cream cheese

  • 4 tablespoons apricot preserves

  • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts

  • 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  • Cut in 1/2 cup of cold unsalted butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add in 4 ounces of cream cheese, cut into small pieces, and mix until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and flatten each piece into a disk.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disk into a 6-inch circle.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of apricot preserves on each circle, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips on top of the preserves.
  • Roll up the dough tightly, starting from the edge with the filling, and tucking in the sides as you go.
  • Place the rugelach on a piece of parchment paper and brush the tops with a beaten egg.
  • Place the parchment paper with the rugelach in the air fryer basket and cook for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from the air fryer and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Make sure to use cold butter and cream cheese for the dough to ensure a flaky texture.
  • Feel free to use any type of jam or preserves for the filling, such as raspberry or strawberry.
  • You can also use different types of nuts, such as almonds or pecans, for a different flavor profile.

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