New York State's rugelach
No matter how you spell it, this Jewish pastry has its roots in Poland and Israel. The crescent-shaped cookies are usually made out of a cream cheese or sour cream dough and served as a treat during Hanukkah. Stuff them with nuts and/or fruit, and don't worry about rolling them perfectly; "Rugelach cookies should look rustic and need not be perfectly uniform," says chef Kate Cavotti, a lecturing instructor at the Culinary Institute of America.
Get the recipe here.