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Pear, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Rugelach
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chill Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

These sweet and savory rugelach make a great cocktail party appetizer! The pastry is infused with a mild and creamy buttermilk blue Cheese, and it's beautifully balanced with a seasonal pear filling and crunchy walnut topping.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pear blue cheese walnut rugelach
Servings: 48 small pastries
Calories: 108 kcal
  • 4 bartlett pears
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (loosely packed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces buttermilk blue cheese (slightly softened)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon heavy cream, milk, or water)
  • 1 cup walnut pieces finely chopped
To Make the Filling:
  1. Peel and core the pears. Shred with a box grater or food processor.
  2. Heat a small skillet on medium high heat with the butter.
  3. Add the pears, brown sugar, and salt and cook until slightly softened.
  4. Drain off any excess liquid and refrigerate until chilled.
To Make the Dough:
  1. Cream the butter, cheeses, and honey in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the flour and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 equal balls and refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Roll each ball to a thickness of ⅛ inch, and top with an even layer of pear filling.
  5. Cut into quarters, and then cut each quarter into thirds.
  6. Starting at the widest end of each triangle, roll gently towards the point and then shape into a crescent.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes minimum.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Brush the rugelach with egg wash and top with chopped walnuts.
  10. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Can be served warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Pear, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Rugelach
Amount Per Serving (1 pastry)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 203IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.