I fully acknowledge that I have one of the best jobs in the world. I stay home, bake desserts, and get paid for it. I really have no right to complain one iota. But, every job has its little frustrations. A small one that I have is that I hardly ever get a chance to bake my favorite recipes more than once because I spend all of my baking time developing new recipes. So, when I find a way to repurpose a recipe that I love in order to create a new/just-as-good recipe, I get really excited at the excuse to dust the flour off of an old friend.
My mini cherry turnover cookies are just that – a favorite in a new form. Let me explain…
The Cooky Book wasn’t on my list, but you can bet that I added it immediately. Juli didn’t lead me astray. It’s a great book filled with loads of classic cookies. I love that it has both illustrations and color photos for many of the recipes. Plus, in some cases, it offers several variations of a single recipe. It was one of these variations that inspired me.
I was reading the recipe for Filled Cookies (“Tender, creamy-white… with luscious filling”) when I noticed a variation for a filled cookie turnover. It’s such an obvious variation, but somehow I had never seen it before (keep in mind that I have a stack of cookie cookbooks a mile high!). Being thus inspired, I then ditched the cookbook entirely and decided that the perfect cookie dough for a turnover would be the rugelach dough that I fell head over heels for when I made chocolate cheesecake rugelach (shown below).
Rugelach dough is made with butter and cream cheese and produces a rich, dense, decidedly-not-delicate golden brown cookie that can nicely support a filling. I made a batch of rugelach dough, cut it into two inch squares, filled the squares with cherry pie filling, and folded them into triangles to create these mini cherry turnover cookies. They are just as good as rugelach (it’s the same dough, after all), but folding the cookies into turnovers breathes new life into the classic Jewish recipe, making it fit for any holiday table.
Mini Cherry Turnover Cookie Recipe
I’m including her recipe below in my own words, along with my my cherry pie filling recipe and assembly instructions.