In a throwback to our very first Have the Cake, Rena and I had great plans to bake together this month. That was, of course, until she tried to blow us both up with her busted oven. Luckily, we survived! That meant, though, that I was on my own for rugelach this month. In my fantasy life, I'm an impressively accomplished baker. In reality, though, I'm not only a novice but a busy novice and, accordingly, I sometimes take the easy way out. This was one of those months.
I decided to do a derivation on the posted recipe. It looked so easy, and I figured if it came out good I'd have an easy go-to cookie. My variation was to ditch the jam and head straight for the Nutella, because Nutella is basically happiness in a jar.
I made two mistakes. First was to spread the Nutella too thin. What was I thinking!? Obviously, a truth of life is that greater amounts of Nutella always equal greater amounts of deliciousness. But I ignored my instincts and kept the layer thin.
I also left these little guys in the oven a minute or two too long. After setting the timer for 20 minutes, I promptly got absorbed in an episode of True Blood. Todd and I were in the middle of a season 2 marathon, and between the vampires, shape shifters, and Stackhouses I temporarily forgot that I was baking. When the 20 minutes was up, I had slightly over baked rugelach.
These weren't bad. God knows Todd and I certainly enjoyed them. But they aren't a new favorite, either.