Katz Gluten Free Rugelach: Free of Dairy, Nuts & Soy, too!

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Vanilla
$5.14 per 7-ounce box

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On February 11, 2009
Last modified:July 13, 2016


Technically, our reviewer Amy gave these little cookies a 9 out of 10, but we rounded up for all of their great benefits. Not only are they made in a kosher parve, nut-free facility, their also a pretty darn good replica of traditional rugelach, and mighty tasty in their own right. The texture is neither crunchy nor soft, but has that beloved lightly dry, flaky consistency with a just-sweet-enough taste.

A friend of Go Dairy Free, Amy B., trialed Katz Gluten Free Rugelach, and has the following quick review to share.

Katz Gluten Free Rugelach (Review) - Dairy-free, Kosher Parve and available nationwide

I really wish I could introduce you all to my grandmother. She is literally the epitome of an Italian grandmother. From the cookies to the four course meals on a Monday night to always making sure there is more than 12 pounds of pasta on the shelf and 75 pounds of meat in the freezer. Meatballs? She’s got ’em. Tollhouse cookies? Done. Pizelle’s? What do you mean there are none left??

But one of her favorite recipes to make is rugalech. She has been making these babies for years upon years. Pretty much everyone’s favorite little cookies. They are sweet and nutty at the same time, these decadent little crescent rolls. I love them. We all love them; its become a family tradition to beg for them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had about 8,000 of them at my family’s “fake Thanksgiving”. I think we ate them until New Years.

Katz Gluten Free Rugelach (Review) - Dairy-free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Kosher Parve and available nationwide

I can’t eat these little babies anymore. So sad. I try not to get worked up about it. But sometimes staring at the tables and tables of desserts I wonder about the joke that is being played on me. Will I ever be able to eat a cookie made by someone in my family again? Or wait, one that I did not specifically ask for myself? The answer is a big fat no sometimes! Old-school grandma’s don’t do gluten-free flour.

However, I have found my replacement! Katz sent me two kinds of dairy-free, gluten free rugelech. Chocolate and Cinnamon. I was really excited about it! Conveniently I was just getting home from work and I was starving. Pop open the box and pop in a Cinnamon Rugelech! This one did not disappoint!

Katz Gluten Free Rugelach (Review) - Dairy-free, Kosher Parve and available nationwide

Mild cinnamon flavor immediately caught my attention. This was a sweet little cookie. It was in the shape of a pinwheel, but hey, its gluten-free and dairy-free, I ain’t hatin’ on the shape! Anyone who has tried rugelech knows the texture. It’s not a “soft” cookie but it’s not hard either. These aren’t too moist though (and that’s normal). Almost like a thick pastry. I know. I’m sorry. Bad description. But this cookie was spot on texture wise. The flavor was amazing too. I loved it! I was so happy to finally have a little love in my life in regards to yummy traditional foods I could eat.

Up next I tried the Chocolate Katz Gluten Free Rugelach. Again, the texture was spot on. Firm and flavorful these puppies had a mild chocolate “frosting” that didn’t overpower the whole cookie. Still a pinwheel shape and still okay with me. I’ve never had a chocolate rugelech before, so this was an interesting twist on a favorite cookie!

I did prefer the cinnamon rugelech over the chocolate. Probably because I’m so traditional. But hey, in the grand scheme of things, these little pinwheel cookies have a lot going for them. Sweet. Little. Not too unhealthy. And Katz Gluten-Free has the replication of a very traditional cookie down pat. This one gets a 9 out of 10 stars.

Katz Gluten Free Rugelach (Review) - Dairy-free, Kosher Parve and available nationwide

The Facts on Katz Gluten Free Rugelach

Availability: Katz Gluten Free Rugelach can be purchased direct from their website (they ship nationwide), but it’s also sold in stores in the freezer section.

Certifications: Katz Gluten Free Rugelach is Certified Kosher Parve and Certified Gluten Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Katz Gluten Free Rugelach is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Katz reportedly has a nut-free facility. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Katz Gluten Free website at www.katzglutenfree.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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