This is my grandma's (Sophie) kolacky recipe, and it probably came from her grandmother in Poland. My family can't get enough of these at Christmas.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.

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  • Using a pastry blender or food processor, cut butter into cream cheese.

  • In a small bowl, sift dry ingredients together except for confectioners' sugar.

  • Work dry ingredients into butter/cream cheese mixture until you have an even, mealy texture.

  • Knead to form a stiff dough. If the dough gets too soft, refrigerate for about five minutes before continuing.

  • Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

  • Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut into about 3 inch diameter cookies. Keep re-rolling dough until you have used it all. Use your thumb to make a depression in each cookie. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the depression.

  • Bake for about 20 minutes (until lightly golden). Let cool on a cookie rack. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

216.4 calories; 2.3 g protein; 21.9 g carbohydrates; 37.5 mg cholesterol; 185.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2005
you simply cannot improve upon eastern pastry. Being Polish, I would give this 10 stars if I could..However, I have a few changes and suggestions. Pie filling is not thick enough or have strong enough taste for kolachy, so I use paste. It comes in many flavors and would make a big difference for those who didn't like this recipe. Almond, raspberry, cherry and apricot paste are favorites at my house. I also wonder if they used margerine instead of butter which make a big difference. I also did not use the baking powder as I don't want them to rise. I don't lightly dust with powdered sugar-I sift it on heavily as there is little sugar in the recipe. The recipe says it serves 18 but keep it away from the other 17 as you will want them all for yourself. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2007
I've been searching for a recipe that compares to the holiday cookies that my great grandmother made every year for our family's Christmas. Unfortunately this was not even a close approximation. And these cookies are a bit of work so to make a bad batch isn't fun. The only thing I can think (because I tried 3 other recipes) is that this one has TOO MUCH baking powder. If you want a flaky pastry that's going to rise then this may be the recipe for you. I cut the cookies into squares and pinch two opposing corners together and for that the amount of rising in this recipe amounted to sheer disaster. I gave two stars because the flavor of the dough wasn't bad just not what I was looking for. I'll keep trying! Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2005
you simply cannot improve upon eastern pastry. Being Polish, I would give this 10 stars if I could..However, I have a few changes and suggestions. Pie filling is not thick enough or have strong enough taste for kolachy, so I use paste. It comes in many flavors and would make a big difference for those who didn't like this recipe. Almond, raspberry, cherry and apricot paste are favorites at my house. I also wonder if they used margerine instead of butter which make a big difference. I also did not use the baking powder as I don't want them to rise. I don't lightly dust with powdered sugar-I sift it on heavily as there is little sugar in the recipe. The recipe says it serves 18 but keep it away from the other 17 as you will want them all for yourself. Read More
(108)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2005
you simply cannot improve upon eastern pastry. Being Polish, I would give this 10 stars if I could..However, I have a few changes and suggestions. Pie filling is not thick enough or have strong enough taste for kolachy, so I use paste. It comes in many flavors and would make a big difference for those who didn't like this recipe. Almond, raspberry, cherry and apricot paste are favorites at my house. I also wonder if they used margerine instead of butter which make a big difference. I also did not use the baking powder as I don't want them to rise. I don't lightly dust with powdered sugar-I sift it on heavily as there is little sugar in the recipe. The recipe says it serves 18 but keep it away from the other 17 as you will want them all for yourself. Read More
(108)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2009
Great cookies! I cut the recipe in half and used strawberry and peach preserves. I let the dough chill for an hour before rolling and I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2 inch squares which worked out perfectly. Parchment paper also came in handy here. I now have a recipe I can use to make these at Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2002
Thank you so much for this recipe! This was a recipe that my mom and my uncle grew up with! We sent these for a perfect gift to my uncle for Christmas. The dough is delicious! We used plum and poppyseed filling in the kolacky like my grandma used to. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2002
You are a life saver! I have been looking all over for this recipe. I lost mine that I had gotten from my grandma (who came from Poland also)and when she was still with us she would make them for Christmas every year. Thank You!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2003
I made this for our Christmas baskets and it was great- rave reviews! I made a couple of changes that I think worked out better; I rolled out the dough to 1/16" and cut into squares. Then I filled w/ the apple and piched into little pockets. At the end I rolled into a cinnamon/sugar mix. YES!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2003
The dough was very easy to work with not sticky or hard like I find with so many other recipes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2003
EVERYONE LOVED THEM...THEY ARE NOT TOO SWEET BUT JUST RIGHT.A TRUE CROWD PLEASER. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
Fast simple light and favorful! I suggest you double the recipe and have a variety of fillings available as these disappear fast. Read More
(9)
Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2007
I've been searching for a recipe that compares to the holiday cookies that my great grandmother made every year for our family's Christmas. Unfortunately this was not even a close approximation. And these cookies are a bit of work so to make a bad batch isn't fun. The only thing I can think (because I tried 3 other recipes) is that this one has TOO MUCH baking powder. If you want a flaky pastry that's going to rise then this may be the recipe for you. I cut the cookies into squares and pinch two opposing corners together and for that the amount of rising in this recipe amounted to sheer disaster. I gave two stars because the flavor of the dough wasn't bad just not what I was looking for. I'll keep trying! Read More
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