Cookies! Apricot Kolaczski, Kolachke, Kolache or Kolacky


Kolaczski, or whatever you call them, 
are a tradition here, 
as they are in many homes at Christmastime.


Forgot to sift the sugar on top!


There’s a plethora of names for this cookie, all with the same basic ingredients, and a plethora of fillings.  Put simply:  they’re a type of pastry, that holds a dollop of fruit, surrounded by supple dough.

This old recipe is from Helen, a friend of my mother’s in Louisville, whose Polish grandmother made these great cookies. 

I particularly like this recipe because it has a healthy dose of cream cheese, more than most kolaczski recipes.  The dough is what makes them exceptional!




Kolaczski come in many shapes ~ I cut the dough into squares, fold the opposing corners together and pinch the dough to seal the cookie.


Fill these delicious little morsels with a nut filling, pastry filling, jam filling or a cream cheese filling; I use apricot jam.




Dust a little powdered sugar over the cookies when cooled…

They’re perfect tasty little gems!


Apricot Kolaczski

Ingredients:

4 packages (3 ounces each, totaling 12 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
4 sticks (2 cups) butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
1½ cups apricot jam, more or less
Confectioner’s sugar

Method:

Beat together butter and cream cheese in bowl of electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add flour, 1 cup at a time, until well combined.
Divide dough into thirds; wrap each third in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Heat oven to 350°.
Remove 1 dough packet from refrigerator, roll to ⅛” to ¼” thickness on a floured surface.
Cut into 2” squares with a pizza cutter or knife.
Fill scantily, ½ teaspoon or less, with jam.  (If you use too much filling, it will run out onto the baking sheet.)
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Repeat with remaining refrigerated dough.
Generously sprinkle with sifted confectioner’s sugar.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
Printable recipe


Enjoy!
  



Comments

  1. Looking good, Pam. I grew up with a Hungarian cookie that's very, very similar, only with three flavours and no cream cheese. Cookies are so fun. Happy Eating!

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    1. Sounds good to me, Ivy! Happy Eating to you to!

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  2. Pam, Wow...memories for sure. We have friends who live in our old neighborhood in Chicago who are Polish. Every year she'd make me a batch of Apricot Kolaczski...my favorite Christmas cookie that's for sure. Now that we've retired down here to a much warmer climate, I don't get those terrific treats. However, I do think that its a fair trade off! Keep Warm and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Ha David! Yes, I'd say it's a fair trade off! :-) It's 15 degrees this afternoon, and supposed to be below zero tonight. I've been making scads of cookies with this one of my faves. Take care and enjoy your warmer climate!

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  3. They look amazingly delicious prepared with cream cheese dough and apricot jam.

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    1. Thanks Angie! Love the cream cheese dough. Take care

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  4. I've never had them nor made them but I would love some! They look wonderful, Pam!

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    1. Oh Susan, they're great! They're very popular here and my hairdresser was just telling me this morning how she made a batch yesterday. And then I gave her more, plus a variety of others! Thanks for the visit, and I hope you try this!

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  5. I'm of east european descent (romanian) and I'm familiar with these kind of cookies. Apricot jam and Blueberry jam are my favorites. So, any cookie with one of the above fillings is considered delicious. Of course, butter and cream cheese render the supple dough which makes these cookies really terrific.

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    1. Right on, Duta! They'd be great with blueberry jam, I'd love them and will try that next time. Yes, it's all about the butter and cream making that tender dough. Have a great rest of the week!

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  6. I want to pick one right off the screen!! Haven't had any in years!!

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    1. Wish I could pass the plate, Tango! Thanks for the visit!

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  7. I've had these cookies before and they are absolutely tender and delicious so I'm happy to have the recipe…I'm pinning it. I grew up in a small Texas town that at the time had a large Bohemian and Czech population. They made what they called Kolache but instead of being a cookie, it was a pastry with an indention filled with a fruit, cheese or poppyseed filling.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I love the poppyseed filling and forgot about it so am making a note for next year. Take care

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  8. So glad you posted this recipe Pam, I came across Kolaczski for the first time online not long ago and I was really curious to try them. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Thanks, Evelyne! Hope you like them!

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  9. These cookies look very special and delicious Pam, love cookies with cream cheese in the dough. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks, Cheri, they great! :-) Happy Holidays to you!

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  10. Well, don't those just say Christmas!!! YUM ;)

    M : )

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    1. Ha, thanks Melinda! Never thought of it that way, but you're right!!! Take care

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  11. I love filled cookies didn'tget the time this year but will have to save this one they look marvelous!

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    1. Thanks, Claudia! I love filled cookies too and only make them at Christmastime.

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  12. Oh, I'm so happy to see those beautiful Polish cookies, cos I'm from Poland and I love them:) Looks perfect!:)

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    1. Great Natalia! You know what's good. When our friend in Louisville served them years ago, I thought they were the best!

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  13. while i've never made these myself, i've eaten them often--my boss at my last job had a lot of polish blood running through her veins and she always brought them to work during the holidays! SO GOOD!

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    1. Hi Grace! I loved it at work when someone brought goodies in! Good!!!

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  14. Everything looks wonderful, Pam! And I wanted to mention that you header is such a delight, and so beautiful! :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Not everyone has a food blog with a cat header, but I liked that cherry too. ☺

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  15. I've never made these, but certainly have eaten them before. They're good! I should make my own. :-) BTW, I’m taking off the rest of the year, so I’d like to wish you happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks, John! Hope you have a great time while you're off! Happy Holidays!

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  16. I can imagine what the cream cheese does to the pastry dough! Can I use any flavor of jam or preserves? I would devour these Pam!
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas,
    Roz

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    1. Hi Roz! Yes, any flavor works, use your favorite! They are yummy! Take care

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  17. Dear Pam, My grandmother used to make these cookies by the tins! I love them!
    Her neighbor in her building in the Bronx taught her how to make them. Hope all is well my friend.
    xo Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine! I bet they were delicious! It's a great cookie! And I hope all is well your way. Hugs

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  18. Perfect cookies for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Oh Pam, these cookies look so good...I love the apricot filling...and they sure look so festive!
    I hope you are enjoying your week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! I am enjoying my week and you have a great weekend!

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  20. Every year I say i am going to make these..and I forget..Pinning this and thank you..and all the best for the holidays and in 2017 Pam:)

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    1. Thanks, Monique! Hope you like them! Merry Christmas and the best in 2017 to you!

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  21. These look fantastic! Bill would love them filled with raspberry jam :) I'd love your apricot version. Merry, merry Christmas!!!

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