Cinnamon Raisin Nazook

Cinnamon Raisin Nazook Recipe | Barbara Bakes

Nazook is a flaky, crisp, buttery, sweet, but not too sweet, Armenian pastry. It looks like the filling is soft and oozing out of the pastry, but the filling is crumbly. A delicious contrast to the light, flaky layers of pastry.

Earlier this year I posted a Citrus Cranberry Nazook recipe. I took the Nazook to a party of food bloggers and everyone loved it. So when I asked if I could bring something to a luncheon my dear friend was having after her son’s mission farewell, and she said yes because she knew I would “bring something special”, this Nazook came to mind.

I also thought it would be a great addition to my 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats posts. I changed it up with cinnamon and raisins so it’s perfect for the holiday season. It tastes a little bit similar to Rugelach. The dough is easy to roll out, and other than a long wait in the fridge, comes together easily.

Cinnamon Raisin Nazook
Yield: 32 Pastries
Pastry dough:
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (room temperature)
Cinnamon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup softened butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup raisins, optional
Egg Wash:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
Pastry Dough:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Mix in sour cream and softened butter to form a shaggy dough.
  2. Switch to the dough hook and mix in the remaining flour if needed to make a soft dough that’s not sticky to the touch. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 3-5 hours, or overnight.
Cinnamon Sugar:
  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, mix well.
  1. Mix flour, 1 1/2 cups cinnamon sugar and softened butter in a medium bowl. (Reserve 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar to use later.) Mix the filling until it looks like clumpy, damp sand. Set aside.
Make the Nazook:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Divide the refrigerated dough into four equal pieces.
  2. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into a large rectangle (approximately 12"x10"). The dough should be thin, but not transparent. Spread 1/4 of the filling (about 1 cup) across the rolled-out dough in an even layer. Spread the filling to the edges on the short sides, keeping 1 inch of pastry dough uncovered along the long edges. Sprinkle raisin evenly over the top, if using. Pat filling lightly into dough to make it easier to roll.
  3. Start at the long edge and slowly rolling the dough in to a log. Making sure the filling stays evenly distributed. Pinch the edge closed.
  4. Make egg wash by whisking egg until well blended, then whisk in water. Apply egg wash with a pastry brush. Sprinkle on a tablespoon of cinnamon sugar.
  5. Use a bench scraper to cut the the log into 8 equally-sized pieces. Put pieces onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat with remaining dough. You can bake 16 pieces on each baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool complete.

Today’s post is part of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Brenda, Meal Planning Magic. Be sure and check out all of the fabulous treats the other 12 weeks of Christmas Treats bakers baked up for this week.