Butterhorns Aka Rugelach / Rugulach / Snails / Schnecken

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Karen..

One of my favorite cookies of all time, these are fabulous warm from oven, but also keep well in an airtight container. My Hungarian/Austrian Grandmom called these "Butterhorns", an aunt on the other side called her version "Schnecken" and I have seen versions of this also under "Rugelach" or "Rululach". It really does not matter what they are called, they are AWESOME!!!! (Chill time not included)

Top Review by Dvorak

This is great! I am making this recipe tonight to take to the lounge room at the funeral home tomorrow where my family will be all day for my Aunt who passed away. I wanted something sweet, and easy to eat - finger food but not necessarily chocolate. Lets face it, EVERYONE brings chocolate - I like to be different. ;) This recipe was SO EASY! They TASTE GREAT! Major bonus points for this being so easy to follow that I was able to prep the dough and throw it in the fridge in the morning before work and then come home after a long day and not start filling and rolling until 10:00 p.m. AND THEY STILL TURNED OUT! My brain is fried right now from work, stress and exhaustion and I still managed to make these, and they taste good. It doesn't get better than that!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until soft.
  2. Sift in the flour and mix to make a soft dough.
  3. Divide dough into 4 equal balls, flatten each one and wrap in wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Make the filling by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Preheat oven to 375*.
  7. Working with one disk of dough at a time, roll thinly on a lightly floured surface into a circle, about 9" in diameter.
  8. Brush the surface with the egg white glaze and sprinkle the dough with 1/4 of the filling.
  9. Slice the dough with a sharp knife or pizza cutter into quarters and then each quarter into 4 equal sections, to form 16 triangles.
  10. Starting from the base of each triangle, roll up to form spirals.
  11. You can curve them into crescents if you like.
  12. Continue with the other 3 disks of dough.
  13. Place on baking sheets and brush with egg white glaze.
  14. Sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar.
  15. Bake until just golden, about 10 minutes.
  16. For 32 extra large butterhorns, divide the dough in half instead of fourths and roll each disk into a 12 inch circle and use half the filling.
  17. Continue as above but bake for 15-20 minutes.

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