Ah, the holiday season has hit Trader Joe's. And there are so many sweets hitting shelves. So many maple things to try, a few pumpkin things to try, some apple things to try. And then in the frozen section are Trader Joe's Cinnamon Rugelach.
Review and taste
I love rugelach. It's a really nice treat at any time of year. But for the most part, the times I've tried these little pastries, they've reminded me more of pie dough with a sweet filling rolled in.
What comes in this little box seems a lot more like puff pastry (minus the butter) that has been filled very generously with a date and cinnamon sugar.
The directions are spot on in terms of time. And there is enough filling that it oozes out to let you know the yummy deliciousness you are about to experience.
But while mine was baking, I noticed the bottom of the pan was filling with liquid. I assumed it was sugar that had leeched out.
These little guys were almost frying in the liquid.
Once they were cool enough to sample, I realized that they were 1) sort of delicious hot and 2) really oily.
Even in a 450F oven, these did not stay crisp. And no matter how delicious the filling is, the greasiness was hard to overlook.
Despite the directions recommending a sugar glaze, I couldn't imagine adding any more liquid (or sugar for that matter) as the rugelach would lack any texture at all.
So if you remember last year's Donut Bites which were pulled from shelves due to quality issues. These should go back to the drawing board as well.
Don't get me wrong, fix the cookie, and then the product would be outstanding. Also, it should be noted that I baked mine in the tin per the directions. If you do put these on a cookie sheet, be absolutely certain your sheet has a lip to it as these do have enough oil that comes right out. Safety first.
And yes, they eat like a croissant, but it is the oiliest croissant you'll ever consume.
For $3.99, I'd pass on this one until someone can get the oily nature of these in check.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Cinnamon Rugelach :
Ingredients and directions
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Cinnamon Rugelach
Product Name: Trader Joe's Cinnamon Rugelach
Product Description: Trader Joe's Cinnamon Rugelach is a new but seasonal product.
Trader Joe's Cinnamon Rugelach is new but is also seasonally available.
- The filling was very flavorful and delicious
- Tastes more like something you would get at a carnival
- The oily nature takes away from these bites that had so much potential