This is my family's favorite holiday cookie recipe. It is sure to delight yours!

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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).

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  • In a medium bowl, blend the butter and cream cheese together. Sift together the flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar and baking powder. Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Knead dough by hand for a few turns.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. If dough is too sticky, refrigerate for 1/2 an hour. Cut dough with a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the preserves into the center of each circle. Close cookies by folding circles in half and pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Place cookies onto an unprepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

  • In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar with the cinnamon. Roll cookies in the sugar mixture while they are still warm from the oven.

Nutrition Facts

407.2 calories; 3.5 g protein; 42.8 g carbohydrates; 68.1 mg cholesterol; 221.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (24)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2007
May I make a suggestion? Try filling with SOLO brand fillings instead of jelly. They have poppyseed lecvar apricot nut etc....The absolute best cookie my mom made for Christmas. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/13/2004
These weren't that great. I only made half the recipe and had to add more flour because it was too sticky. I also added more sugar to dough. I filled it with my homemade cherry jam which was the best part of the cookie. They do melt in your mouth - but I don't like that kind of texture in a cookie. Probably won't make again. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2007
May I make a suggestion? Try filling with SOLO brand fillings instead of jelly. They have poppyseed lecvar apricot nut etc....The absolute best cookie my mom made for Christmas. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2007
May I make a suggestion? Try filling with SOLO brand fillings instead of jelly. They have poppyseed lecvar apricot nut etc....The absolute best cookie my mom made for Christmas. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2008
These cookies are great and remind me of my Grandma's recipe. If you're having trouble rolling out the dough be sure to use it cold. If it is refrigerated before rolling out it won't stick to the rolling pin and will be much easier to work with. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2005
Thank you Della these were divine! I rolled them in red and green crystal sugar instead of icing sugar (which I find too messy) and they were very festive for Christmas. Make sure you seal them well before baking so the jam doesn't leak out. I found the dough quite easy to work with. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2002
These cookies are melt in your mouth wonderful!I used seedless black rasberry preserves for the filling and I sprinkled them with powdered sugar before serving. They are like a delicate pastry without all the work! Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2003
Wow these are fantastic! I kinda got obsessed about trying to make sure the jelly didn't leak out during baking--at least at first. Then I realized it didn't matter. If you almost immediately roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture--the mixture "spackles" the leak. These cookies just melt in your mouth. The make a great holiday cookie. I used blackberry and raspberry preserves. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
Everyone loved these. I recommend chilling the dough before rolling out and filling to avoid a sticky mess. I used blackberry jam to fill them and they turned out absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2004
This was worth the time & effort to make these little pastries! Not being sure of how they would turn out (they were added to my annual Christmas cookie list) not having any sugar in the recipe......you'll never miss the sugar (unless you roll them in sugar after baking)! The recipe was what my boyfriend has been trying to explain to me that his grandmother made when he was younger.....I'll be experimenting with different fillings next time (walnut; poppyseed etc.)! This even prompted me to explore the internet on the origin of Kolacky which is quite interesting in itself. Thanks for sharing such a tasty recipe Della! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
I love these cookies! they were simple to make and everyone loved them.I filled them with raspberry and apricot filling that I picked up at my local bakery. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
i love this recipe! i added a bit more flour and it was easier to work with. i filled mine with nut and poppyseed filling. they look beautiful and taste even better. this dough would be great for whole fruit pies. its really yummy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/13/2004
These weren't that great. I only made half the recipe and had to add more flour because it was too sticky. I also added more sugar to dough. I filled it with my homemade cherry jam which was the best part of the cookie. They do melt in your mouth - but I don't like that kind of texture in a cookie. Probably won't make again. Read More
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