rugelach (ROO-guh-luch) listen
rugelah (RUH-geh-luh) listen


  • n. "Bite-size crescent-shaped pastries, rolled around a variety of fillings, including chopped raisins and walnuts, apple, raspberry, [chocolate] or mun, topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "I can't believe I went to the shuk and forgot to buy rugelach!"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • ראָגעלע rógele (plural ראָגעלעך rógelekh)

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      rugeleh, rogelach, rogelekh, ruggelech, rugalah


  • Singular rugele. See info about ingredients and origin here: source.

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