Caramelized Onion–Cheddar Rugelach

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 16 rugelach
This savory approach to rugelach makes a perfect bite-sized appetizer. Jammy and sweet caramelized onions, shredded sharp cheddar and chopped candied walnuts are rolled up in thin triangles of pie dough and baked until golden brown, resulting in a salty, sweet, crunchy toasty bite.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the butter with 1 tablespoon water in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, sugar and a pinch of salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown and very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in a few grinds of pepper and the thyme. Transfer the caramelized onion to a plate to cool.
  2. Unroll the pie dough on a work surface and scatter the caramelized onion all over. Top with the candied walnuts and cheese. Cut into 16 wedges (a pizza cutter works great here), then roll up each wedge starting at the wide end. Arrange on the baking sheet with the pointed tip face down. Lightly beat the egg yolk with 2 teaspoons water; brush on the dough.
  3. Bake until the rugelach are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet. Serve warm or at room temperature.