Kolaches are Czech pastries. Traditionally they are not cookies, but doughy yeast buns filled with jam or poppy seeds. In my family we always make a cookie version and I have to confess that I’ve eaten a bunch of these prematurely.
My sister-in-law Stacy, who is also of Czech heritage, has a family recipe for the bun version that she’s promised to share with me soon. (hint hint Stacy!) | UPDATE| she shared the recipe and I’ll make them this year for the holidays!
I made this cookie version for a recipe contest on Food52. Of course we ate a few of those, but the rest I froze for Christmas. Let’s hope they last – we tend to sneak them from the freezer. 🙂
When I went to look for them the other day they were “missing.” I’m not making any accusations here, but there is a certain male in my household that is clearly to blame for this incident.
My mom was visiting for Thanksgiving and she also brought a batch since I won’t see her at Christmas. Those were eaten immediately. Thanks Momma!
I think we are done eating these for this holiday season, but there is still time for the rest of you!
A cookie version of a traditional Czech pastry.
- 1/2 pound butter softened slightly (2 sticks)
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened slightly
- 2 cups flour sifted
- 1 cup powdered sugar plus more for sprinkling
- 1 jar preserves not jelly, flavor of your choice
Cream butter and cream cheese.
Mix in flour and powdered sugar to form a smooth dough. If the dough seems too soft and buttery, I often add a 1/4 cup more powdered sugar.
Gather dough into a ball, flatten a round disk, saran wrap and chill for about 1 hour or overnight. This makes it easier to roll out and cut into circles.
Roll dough out to somewhere between a 1/4" and 1/2 " thickness. Using a 3-4" biscuit or round cookie cutter, cut circles, rerolling the scraps until you've used all the dough.
Place circles onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Using your thumb make a deep impression in the center of each cookie. Fill that impression with about 1 tsp of preserve. (too much preserves will cause it to overflow, still yummy, but not pretty)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until just beginning to brown on the bottom edges. 10-12 min. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving.
Cookies can be made ahead of time and frozen. If you freeze them, don't sprinkle with powdered sugar until ready to serve.
Does your family make kolaches? Please share your favorite!!