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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Kolacky With Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry

It wouldn't be Christmas without some homemade Kolacky.  They are a tradition in my husband's family and one that I am glad to keep going. They are a delicious cookie that will be the star of your holiday tray!

powdered sugar dusted apricot and mixed berry kolacky on plate

    These fruit filled pastry like cookies are a Christmas tradition in many Polish families. This recipe comes from my husband's late Aunt Bun. They have quickly become a favorite in my family as well.  You can use whatever fillings you'd like, but we love the apricot and mixed berry varieties. You'll want to make several batches over the course of the holiday season.

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Matt's Godmother, Aunt Bun.  From what I hear, we would have gotten along famously.  We have a lot in common after-all.

   We are both the oldest of six children, we both like to entertain and love to cook.  If her children are any indication, she was a fun loving, family centered, wonderful woman.

plate of berry and apricot kolacky cookies ready to eat

      Aunt Bun is no longer with us but her sister Val, my mother-in-law, has kept the kolacky (a Polish cookie) tradition alive.  For as long as I have been around, there has always been kolacky at Christmas.

   They are usually filled with fruit and dusted with powdered sugar and they are wonderful!  Prior to meeting my husbandever had a kolacky.  Now I can't imagine a Christmas without them.

bits of cream cheese kolacky dough along with some filled and folded on cookie sheet ready to bake

     Aunt Bun usually made the kolacky recipe that is below, but there is a special kolacky dough recipe given to her by a coworker at Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago.  Aunt Bun was very guarded with her recipes, so that "special" dough secret will have to remain within the family.

I am making the standard kolacky recipe as a tribute.  I hope they turn out half as well!

berry filled kolacky

Update:  They did turn out well.  So well in fact, that I now have to make a batch every year for our friend Sam's birthday.  He loves these things and is always happy to help eat them!

Kolaczki, Polish cookies, kolache
American, Polish
Yield: 60 Servings

Kolacky With Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry

Kolacky With Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry

It wouldn't be Christmas without some homemade Kolacky. They are a tradition in my husband's family and one that I am glad to keep going. They are a delicious cookie that will be the star of your holiday tray!
prep time: 1 H & 15 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 1 H & 45 M


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can fruit pastry filling or really thick preserves


How to cook Kolacky With Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and combine
  2. In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Add in fourths into the butter mixture, combining well after each addition.
  3. Chill dough for an hour
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F
  5. Roll dough to approximately 1/8" thick. Cut into 2" squares.
  6. Add filling diagonally down the square.
  7. Fold the two corners without filling over the cookie and press to seal
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks and dust with powdered sugar before eating.
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It wouldn't be Christmas without some homemade Kolacky.  They are a tradition in my husband's family and one that I am glad to keep going. They are a delicious cookie that will be the star of your holiday tray!


  1. Oh my! These sound wonderful. What is your favorite fruit preserve to use as a filling?
    The Liebster Award questions were fun. Thanks, so much Carlee.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

    1. My mother-in-law always makes some berry and some apricot. She uses the pastry filling in the can, and that works great. If she only uses one or the other she hears about it from the kids! This was my first time making them without her. I used some really thick homemade peach preserves. It melted a bit more than the filling does, but it was still really tasty!

  2. I love these, they sort of remind me of something my grandmother used to make, though in hers the dough totally covered the fruit filling.
    Thank you for linking up to the Holidays Celebration Link Party! Your post has been pinned to the party's Pinterest board ( Feel free to link up other posts too, and stay tuned for the features on Friday!

    1. They are definitely a tradition in my husband's family! Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. Yum Carlee these look so simple and tasty. I need to give these a try! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

    1. Thanks Alli! I can't wait to make another batch for Christmas and get better pictures!

  4. This looks wonderful! You brought back a memory for me with the mention Carson Pirie Scott. My Mom always talked about department store.

    1. These are definitely a must try! I love when things bring back good memories.

  5. I'd vote for the one with the home-made preserves! They look gorgeous, Carlee.


    1. I like them too... but they do tend to run a bit more. Either way they are delicious!

  6. We make kiffels which are similar dough but nut or poopyseed filling too! So good!

    1. I am really tempted to go get some of that poppyseed filling!

  7. Kolacky is a special Christmas treat that is required in our family :) My mom cuts hers a different way, but I really like the way you did yours. Also I'm sad you can't share the secret recipe, haha.

    1. Now I am wondering how your mom cuts hers. Maybe someday I'll get permission to share the other one, but this is the one I always make anyway!

  8. Love love love Kolacky, yours sound and look amazing.

  9. I've heard of these, but never thought to make. I am putting this recipe on my to make list!

    1. You definitely should give them a try. They are pretty simple and really delicious!

  10. These look wonderful! Aunt Bun sounds like a wonderful lady! Thanks so much for sharing this delightful recipe! :)

    1. Thank you! From what I hear, she really was!

  11. I've not heard of these before, and am intrigued! They are so pretty... I just may have to see if I can get a batch in this weekend!

    1. They are a must for us! In fact my mother-in-law and I were just talking about them again tonight. We've already each made a batch this season and will likely make another before Christmas!

  12. These look wonderful. The special dough recipe, does it perchance involve ice cream? I ask because I'm the only one I know whose Kolachy recipe calls for ice cream. I think it makes the crust melt in your mouth.

    1. It might just use ice cream....but shhhhh, it's a secret! ;-)

  13. I roll these out in a mixture of powdered sugar and flour, 1/2 and 1/2. I also add orange or lemon zest to them and a couple of drops of orange or lemon food grade oil for a little citrus pop to them. Very good cookie, and an old family favorite from my childhood.

    1. Such great tips! I'll have to give that a try with my next batch!


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