Kolacky Cookies

Do you want a treat that's sweet, fluffy, and filled with yummy stuff like jam or sweet cheese? Kolacky cookies are what you need! They are little pastries from Eastern Europe, but people all over the world love them.

Think of a soft, pillow-like cookie holding a scoop of your favorite fruit jam. They're perfect for holidays, parties, or just a simple snack. Plus, they look fancy but are easy to make. Roll up your sleeves, gather some basic ingredients, and let's get baking!

 Why This Recipe Works

First off, this recipe is easy. You don't need to be a pro baker to make kolacky cookies that taste amazing. The dough is simple to make and easy to roll out. Even the filling can be as basic as a spoonful of store-bought jam. You just mix, roll, fill, and bake. That’s it! No fancy techniques or weird ingredients. You can also make a big batch in no time, so it's great if you're in a hurry but want something tasty.

Second, these cookies are super versatile. You can fill them with all sorts of things—fruit jam, sweet cheese, even chocolate! This means you can make a batch that has something for everyone. Plus, they look so cute and fancy, people will think you spent hours making them when it only took you a short time. They’re perfect for impressing guests or just making your regular day a bit more special.

Ingredients

Flour - Makes the dough. Can use all-purpose or bread flour. Substitute: Gluten-free flour

Butter - Gives the cookies a rich flavor. Should be softened. Substitute: Margarine or vegan butter

Cream Cheese - Makes the dough creamy and tangy.Substitute: Ricotta cheese or soft tofu for dairy-free

Sugar - Sweetens the cookies. Substitute: Stevia or coconut sugar

Fruit Preserves or Jam - Filling for the cookies. Can be any flavor you like. Substitute: Nutella or custard

Tips

  • Keep your butter and cream cheese at room temperature for easier mixing.
  • Chill the dough before rolling to make it easier to handle.
  • Dust your rolling surface and pin with flour to prevent sticking.
  • Use a small spoon or a piping bag for consistent filling.
  • Don't overfill; a little jam goes a long way!

How to Serve

Kolacky cookies are perfect for various occasions. Whether it's a holiday gathering or just a regular afternoon snack, these cookies never disappoint. They are best served at room temperature and can be garnished with a little powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.

  • Holiday Platter: Add kolacky cookies to a holiday cookie platter along with other favorites like gingerbread and sugar cookies.
  • Tea Time: Serve with a variety of teas for a councesy afternoon break.
  • Gift Bags: Wrap a few in cellophane and tie with a ribbon for a sweet, homemade gift.

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Kolacky Cookies

Make delicious kolacky cookies filled with your favorite jam or preserves. Easy to bake and perfect for holidays or afternoon tea.
3 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Eastern European
Keyword: butter, cream cheese, flour
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fruit preserves or jam

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and cream cheese. Mix until smooth.
  • Add in the flour and mix until you get a smooth dough.
  • Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about ¼-inch thickness.
  • Cut out circles using a cookie cutter or a glass rim.
  • Place a small spoonful of your chosen filling in the center of each circle.
  • Fold the dough over the filling, creating a half-moon shape.
  • Place the cookies on the prepared sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  • Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 2474kcal Carbohydrates: 402g Protein: 40g Fat: 81g Saturated Fat: 46g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 229mg Sodium: 719mg Potassium: 571mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 209g Vitamin A: 3046IU Calcium: 259mg Iron: 12mg

Notes

  • Keep your butter and cream cheese at room temperature for easier mixing.
  • Chill the dough before rolling to make it easier to handle.
  • Dust your rolling surface and pin with flour to prevent sticking.
  • Use a small spoon or a piping bag for consistent filling.
  • Don't overfill; a little jam goes a long way!
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