In the book Florence Adler Swims Forever, Florence’s parents, Esther and Joseph, owned a successful bakery in Atlantic City. There is a scene where Mr. and Mrs. Adler give their son-in-law, Isaac, some rugelach to take to his father. As soon as I read that, I knew I wanted to make rugelach as my companion recipe. I turned to my favorite celebrity chef, Ina Garten, to find her recipe and watch her instructional video. Ina makes the traditional recipe with apricot preserves, walnuts, and raisins which makes 48 cookies.
My version is based on Ina’s recipe, but with blueberry preserves and pecans, no raisins, and makes 24 cookies. These Blueberry Pecan Rugelach are delicious triangles of cream cheese and butter dough wrapped around a filling of blueberries and pecans, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.