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Kolaczki Cookie Recipes

Experiment Until You Find the Kolaczki Recipe That Works Best for You

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Sometimes called Polish Foldovers, kołaczki can be square, diamond shaped, round or have all four corners folded toward the middle to make a neat packet. The dough can be made with cream cheese, sour cream, ice cream or yeast. They exist in most Eastern European cuisines and are spelled variously as kołaczki, kolaci, kolache, kolacky, kolachky, and I'm sure a few more. Even though the name is similar, Czech koláče are more like fruit preserve-filled sweet rolls. Fillings run the gamut of apricot to raspberry to prune to nut to sweet cheese. Some truly untraditional flavors like pineapple, passion fruit, persimmon and quince are sneaking into the mix. No worries, there's always room for creativity. As is true with most recipes, variations abound. Here are some to choose from. Except for the yeast-based cookies, kołaczki can be rolled, cut and filled and then frozen. Bake them from the frozen state and then sprinkle with confectioners' sugar just before serving. They don't freeze too well after baking because the dough loses its crispness. But a few minutes in a conventional oven (not a microwave) might restore them, as long as they haven't been frozen with the confectioners' sugar already on!

1. Polish Kołaczki Recipe

Polish Kołaczki
© Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This is my family's favorite recipe. It's made with cream cheese and butter, and it's a little hard to work with. But once you get the knack, the efforts are worth it. Roll the dough on a plastic cutting board (it serves as a ball-bearing kind of surface that prevents sticking) dusted with confectioners' sugar and granulated sugar. The dough is not very sweet so this adds the sweetness they need.

2. Round Eastern European Kolacky Recipe

Round Eastern European Kolacky
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This recipe is also made with cream cheese and butter. The difference from the one above is that milk, an egg yolk and baking powder are added to the dough. And, they are cut with a round cutter. The result is flaky and wonderful.

3. Cottage Cheese Kolacky Recipe

This egg-free kolacky dough calls for just flour, butter and cottage cheese and makes a flaky crust. Just remember to chill it well so you can work with it more easily. Try not to add more flour than you need because that will toughen the pastry dough.

4. Ice Cream Kolacky Recipe

Ice cream, butter and flour are used in this no-egg kolacky dough. It produces a flaky cookie that can be filled with your favorite filling.

5. Sophia's Kolachky Recipe

Sophia's Kolachky
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This recipe calls for yeast, vegetable shortening AND butter, sour cream and egg yolks. Even with the yeast, they stay flaky and unbread-like. This makes a large batch -- perfect for the holidays or anytime of year! Freeze some after filling but before baking. Then bake from the frozen state (add a few more minutes onto the baking time to compensate for the cold dough).

6. Sour Cream Kolacky Recipe

Sour Cream Kolacky
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This kolacky recipe differs in that it is made with flour, butter and sour cream only. This is just another variation that produces a flaky cookie that can be filled with your favorite filling.

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