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Kolachke (Kolacky) filled pastries

apricot and blackberry kolachke pastry on plate
These tender little filled and folded pastries were made by my grandmothers, both of whom were immigrants of Czech heritage. We make them every year for ourselves and family, and no cookie tray is complete without them. While beloved by those of a variety of Eastern European heritage, I don't know anyone who tries kolacky and doesn't want another! They are traditional for holidays, especially Christmas, and often can be found on the traditional sweets table at weddings.
Kolachke (also kolacky) are made from a simple cream cheese and butter dough which is rolled, cut into squares, and filled with jams, nuts or cheese. My grandmas always made apricot, cheese and prune versions. For authentic, babi-approved fillings, you must buy Solo brand canned pie/pastry fillings in apricot and plum/prune. 
Our batches are smaller now, so we typically use thick jams that we can use other ways (Smucker's natural is the one we used this year). We've made lots of varieties over the years, including a delicious lemon curd kolachke. We've pictured apricot and black raspberry as well as cheese and pecan fillings here. 
The dough requires chilling plus several other steps, so this is not a quickie recipe. But it's pretty, tasty and looks great on your holiday treats table.
You MUST sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving for authenticity.
Kolacky are best fresh, but will keep for up to a week in a tightly sealed container. They also freeze well for up to a month or so. Do not store with other cookies, as they will pick up the other flavors. In fact, we recommend you store each kind of cookie you bake in a separate container. Otherwise, they all end up tasting the same.
kolacky fruit pastry on plate from above


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2-inch square cookie cutter
  • rolling pin
  • offset spatula
  • 1 or more small jars of store-bought or homemade jam
  • powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for washing pastry
  • Coarse sugar or streusel for sprinkling (optional)
  • 2-inch square cookie cutter (or rolling pastry cutter)
  • small bowl of water for sealing pastry
  • rolling pin
  • parchment or pie dough rolling mat


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with SideSwipe, mix the butter on medium for 10-20 seconds. Add the cream cheese and beat on medium speed until combined, 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes with SideSwipe, 3 minutes with a standard paddle.
  3. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, flexible measuring cup or onto a parchment, whisk together the flour and salts.
  5. Add the flour mixture all at once to the wet ingredients in the mixer and mix on lowest speed until the dough just comes together and still looks shaggy ( about 30 seconds). You don't want to overmix as this will make the pastry tough.
  6. Remove dough from the mixer and fold together to complete the mixing and to form a dough ball.
  7. Divide the dough in half and place the two portions on two large sheets of plastic wrap. (each will weigh approximately 14 ounces). Pat the dough into rectangles and wrap tightly. Refrigerate until fully chilled, about 2 hours or up to 1 week.
  8. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line several sheet pans with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray or silicone liners.

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  1. Remove refrigerated dough and place on a sheet of parchment about the size of a baking sheet (13 x 18 inches) that has been dusted lightly with powdered sugar or flour. Roll each potion of dough out about 1/8 inch thick, approximately filling the sheet of parchment. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar/flour and cover with another sheet of parchment. Flip over and remove the bottom parchment sheet. The dough should be less than 1/4 of an inch, around 1/8 inch thick, but still thick enough to work with without tearing.
  2. Using your 2-inch cutter, cut squares out of the dough. Alternatively, you can cut the dough into 2-inch squares using a rolling cutter. Remove the scraps and chill for at least 20 minutes before rolling and recutting.
  3. Using an offset spatula dusted with flour, separate a square of dough from the rest. Fill diagonally with a teaspoon of filling across the center of the square. You should fill them from point to point, leaving the other two corners bare.
  4. Wet the corners to be pinched/overlapped where they will connect.
  5. You have two choices for sealing the kolachke: Fold the empty corners over the top so they overlap and pinch them closed.  Or, pinch the two sides together above the filling.
  6. Place on the prepared pans and repeat with the remaining squares. Leave 1 -2 inches between pastries. The dough expands and puffs, but does not spread a great deal.
  7. Beat a large egg with a dash of water in a small bowl. Brush the tops and where dough is showing with beaten egg. Sprinkle the tops with sugar or streusel if desired.
  8. Bake one pan at a time until the pastries are just starting to turn golden on the edges, 11-13 minutes, rotating the pan about halfway through for even baking. Allow the kolacky to cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. When ready to serve, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.


CHEESE MIXTURE (enough for full batch of dough)

  • 8 ounces of full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg, separated into yolk and white
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

NUT MIXTURE(enough for full batch of dough)

Mix together in a medium bowl:

  • 2 cups coarsely ground walnuts or pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whip 2 egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold nut and sugar mixture into the egg whites.


You can use this dough and filling for making rugelach, as well. For our favorite flattened swirl style: roll the dough 1/8 thick, then spread with a thin layer of your chosen filling, leaving a border on the long the edges of your dough. Using a rolling cutter or a sharp knife, cut into 1.5" x 6" strips. Roll the edges to form a swirl, then transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Push the rugelach down to flatten a little, then sprinkle with coarse sugar. You can also cut into long triangles and roll up like a crescent roll. Bake about 15 minutes at 350°F.

apricot strawberry rugelach fresh from the oven on baking tray