Pistachio-Lemon Rugelach


  • Prep Time35 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 20 mins
  • Makes32 cookies
*PLUS Cooling
Pistachio-Lemon Rugelach

Photo, Erik Putz. Food Styling, Eshun Mott. Prop Styling, Madeline Johari.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Roll flaky storebought pastry around a quick-mix pistachio-sugar-lemon filling for these easy, irresistible rugelach.


  • 1 cup shelled unsalted unroasted pistachios, (140g)

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar, (60g)

  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

  • 1/16 tsp green gel food colouring

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 400g-pkg refrigerated rolls of pie crust, (2 rolls) such as Pillsbury

  • 3 tbsp coarse sugar, divided


  • Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment.

  • Combine pistachios with enough water to cover in a small saucepan. Set over medium-high. Boil for 3 min, then drain and rinse under cold water. Add pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Whirl until very finely chopped. Add icing sugar, lemon zest and food colouring. Whirl until smooth.

  • Beat egg yolk with 2 tbsp water in a bowl. Set aside.

  • Working one roll at a time, unroll pie crust dough on a lightly floured counter. Thinly spread half the filling evenly over the surface, to the edges. (You may need to use your fingers to spread the paste.) Sprinkle 1 tbsp coarse sugar evenly overtop. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut dough like a pizza into 16 wedges.

  • Beginning at wide end of each wedge, tightly roll dough up toward the centre to create a crescent. Arrange crescents on one baking sheet, 1 in. apart. Brush tops of cookies with beaten egg and sprinkle 1⁄2 tbsp coarse sugar overtop.

  • Bake until lightly golden, 20 to 22 min. Repeat with second roll of dough.

  • Transfer baked rugelach to a rack to cool completely. Bake second sheet.

Nutrition (per cookie)

Calories 70, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 9g, Fat 4g, Sodium 65mg.

Storage tip

These pistachio-lemon rugelach cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. (Or freeze up to 1 month.)

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