Cream Cheese Kunafa Rolls

Cream Cheese Kunafa Rolls

Peace greetings to all of you! I am so excited to share this recipe that I can't wait to share with you guys! Basically these are cream cheese cubes that are wrapped with Kunafa dough and relished with a simple sugar syrup. Sounds too simple yea? But the flavors are intricate, I guarantee! 

I am so glad that I could come up with such a lovely sweet recipe for Ramadan. This is exactly how I want Kunafa. To be frank this is better than Kunafa! Not exaggerating or bragging but I couldn't believe how well this turned out. This is one recipe I really hope anyone who loves cooking with my recipes should try! It is worth it 😍 Takes only little bit of your time and requires very few ingredients. I can't stress enough how good these are. Drooling already while typing about it. 

I can proudly say this is better than Kunafa because, these are bite sized with a perfect crunch (which means no more fighting for a spoon to attack a Kunafa). And wayyy delicious with the Kiri cream cheese cubes. You can be sure that this cheese doesn't melt, by safely wrapping it with the Kunafa dough! The flavor of the ghee smeared Kunafa dough with that cream cheese filling with a drizzle of the simple sugar syrup is so humble yet fulfilling, and these rolls, ups the Kunafa game.

Haters might say that it is a copy from the famous Kunafa Queen Cleobuttera. But once I had sketched the recipe plan in my mind and I simply searched on Google ( just to make sure no one else had attempted this so that people wouldn't say I copied the recipe, to my surprise I see the exact same picture that I had in my mind, but of course her pictures are more drool worthy than anyone and so much of perfection.) She had posted the recipe with ricotta cheese, also she used fresh Kunafa dough, but I couldn't get my hands on them. Looked super delish and when I saw the video I got the idea to roll the Kunafa rolls. Forever grateful to her for the rolling method.

Now back to my Kunafa rolls.. I was telling my mom and brother that I wanted to try with Mozzarella the next time for the perfect cheese pull. But they were both of the opinion that this tasted so good simply because I used cream cheese here. And I couldn't agree more.

Also I only made a few of these rolls as I wasn't quite sure how much of a success would this be. But to my surprise it was too good. Everyone was fighting over it. And I couldn't be happier to see what a success it was. Just imagine my happiness amidst my siblings fighting for the last piece 😂 It was hilarious! My brother who is a big time foodie and the biggest critic in my fam was all praises, he couldn't stop saying how good these were. So now you know how much you need these rolls in your life 😍

Please don't mind the bad picture quality, it was almost time for the magrib azaan and I couldn't capture like how I wanted. Anywhooo please do give this recipe a try, I am that excited for you guys, that I don't want to delay until I get a chance to click again! Might update the pic later though! ❤️ 

So without further a-do let's get started! 

Ingredients :

For the kunafa rolls:

  • Kunafa dough, frozen (preferably fresh) 
  • 3 Kiri cream cheese cubes, cut lengthwise into 3 portions 
  • 4 tbsp pure Ghee
  • Water, to seal

Sugar syrup : (double the quantity if you want more) 

  • 1 cup Sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • A squeeze of lemon

Instructions :

To make the simple sugar syrup :
  1. In a deep sauce pan add the ingredients and allow to boil, once it comes to a rolling boil, allow to boil in Sim for exactly 10 minutes, and then switch off the flame. 
  2. Do not stir, you may swirl the pan or give a light mix if the sugar doesn't dissolve at all.

To make the kunafa rolls:
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Onto a thin strand of kunafa dough place the 1 long piece of cream cheese cubes and fold from the sides so that the sides are sealed properly.
  3. Next place this Kunafa wrapped cream cheese onto the sheet of kunafa dough and roll and trim, once a layer of rolling is done. Now seal the edges of the strand using water and gently squeeze inside your palms. (Check my YouTube video for the exact tutorial) 
  4. Now onto a Parchment lined baking tray, dip or smear the ghee generously onto the rolls and place them Seam side down.

  5. Now allow to bake for 30-35 or until golden and crisps. Turning the roll occasionally once or twice so that they brown evenly.
  6. Once cooled down for 5 minutes, dip the ends of the rolls in sugar syrup and coat them in ground pistachio.
  7. Drizzle the simple sugar syrup and enjoy! 

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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  1. This just looks amazing, Hasna, I had to come and comment! I have a big Kunafa loving family here, who fight for it, but even though I like it, I feel what is the big deal! Maybe because I am not a cheese lover. :D This recipe sounds super easy to make, and especially since you say it is baked, gives me a bigger reason to try it. I haven't bought Kunafa dough at all but maybe with so many ideas floating, buying one box won't hurt. :) Keep coming up with such droolicious recipes, and those clicks are still so good!

  2. Aww Rafeedatha! I am so overwhelmed to see this coming from someone like you! Really made my day :)
    Also I bet your girls will love it! And these ares super simple to make, but I guarantee you can't have just one, do try and let me know how you liked it! :D
    Thank you so much for you kind words. Really means a lot to me!