Kołaczki

Long time have past since I posted anything new but finally I found some time and I think you’ll like what you see.  I have for you kołaczki (or kolacky) which are Eastern European cookies made with cream cheese dough and stuffed with jam. They are heavenly moist and buttery but also light and flaky at the same time, complimented beautifully by fruity filling. You can stuff them with any jam or food preserve you like- I’ve tried raspberry, apricot, strawberry, lemon and sweet farmer cheese and honestly all of them taste divine.

Kołaczki are usually served for Christmas, Easter and other special occasions but they go just as well with a cup of your afternoon tea or coffee. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t recall my family making them when I was growing up for some reason, while my other Polish friends claimed to have had them all the time. I think it’s a regional thing because if you knew about kołaczki why else wouldn’t you want to make them all the time? Either way, I tried them a few years ago, fell in love with them, got a really good recipe and made them for the first time, together with my sous chef aka my husband and they turned amazing! 

I took out butter and cream cheese out of the fridge to soften it. We want it at room temperature, not melted.

I sifted the flour in a big bowl, added the egg yolk, soften and chopped butter and cream cheese, a pinch of salt, powdered sugar and baking powder and kneaded the dough until smooth.

Then I wrapped it with aluminum foil and placed in a fridge for about 30 minutes. If you want to save yourself some time for the next time you can freeze some of the dough or even formed, unbaked cookies and just pop them in the oven.

After the dough was chilled I rolled it out and cut into squares. You can do that with a knife, however, I used a square container to cut them to make sure that they’re all even, super professional, I know.

I placed about 1 teaspoon of jam on each kołaczek and gently pressed two ends together just like in the picture. You want to use the least liquid jam you can because if you put to much it will start boiling and oozing out of the cookies. I would lie if I said it didn’t happen to us a little. As to the flavor, possibilities are endless, go crazy. We chose raspberry and apricot preserves.

I baked kołaczki at 350 F for about 15-20 minutes. They should be very slightly golden. Finally,  after they cooled a little bit, I sprinkled them with powdered sugar.

And done!

 

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If you tried this recipe and posted a pic or comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 6 oz of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar + some extra to sprinkle on top
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of a food preserve of your choice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift the flour and chop softened butter and cream cheese. Mix all of the ingredients (but jam) together and knead the dough until smooth.
  3. Wrap the dough with aluminum foil and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough and cut into squares. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of fruit jam in the middle of each and press two ends together to form kołaczki.
  5. Bake them at 350 F for about 15-20 minutes until slightly golden. Let them cool for a few minutes and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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Kristen
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Delicious , my mom made them for Christmas

Joanna
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Beautiful, colorful and very tasty.

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