Rating: 4.05 stars
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

Jam filled Holiday cookies which have been a tradition for every Polish Christmas Eve I can remember.

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Servings:
24
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Warm milk to just above room temperature. Dissolve the yeast in the milk, set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the shortening until the mixture is mealy. Stir in the egg yolks and milk mixture. Knead the dough together and then refrigerate overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Dust a clean, dry surface with confectioners' sugar. Knead the dough for a few minutes. Carefully roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter. Place a teaspoon of jam on the center of each circle, fold the dough over, and seal the edge with a fork.

  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not store in an airtight container or they will become soggy.

Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 31.8g; fat 20.2g; cholesterol 35mg; sodium 168.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2006
This recipe makes a lot of cookies. I made some apricot and some raspberry. One problem I had was getting mine to stay closed while baking. Perhaps I didn't roll my dough tin enough. I also thought my yeast would never dissolve. But once they baked they were delicious. I would make them again! They were a hit at my pre-schoolers "Polish" celebration. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/25/2003
This recipe is an absolute disaster and mangles a nice, traditional cookie. The dough is all crumbly, and no amount of additional fat can make it pull together. The amount of yeast it calls for is immense - four 1/4 oz. packages!! The dough reeks of yeast, even after baking. A TOTAL waste of time and ingredients. Read More
(39)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
12/25/2003
This recipe is an absolute disaster and mangles a nice, traditional cookie. The dough is all crumbly, and no amount of additional fat can make it pull together. The amount of yeast it calls for is immense - four 1/4 oz. packages!! The dough reeks of yeast, even after baking. A TOTAL waste of time and ingredients. Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2006
This recipe makes a lot of cookies. I made some apricot and some raspberry. One problem I had was getting mine to stay closed while baking. Perhaps I didn't roll my dough tin enough. I also thought my yeast would never dissolve. But once they baked they were delicious. I would make them again! They were a hit at my pre-schoolers "Polish" celebration. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2003
Now one of my favorite cookies! Light and Flaky sweet and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2009
I think this is a great recipe-I've used it twice! Although I think the 24 servings is a bit off; I easily ended up with close to 40. I think the trick is to just roll out a little dough at a time and leave the rest in the fridge. And use plenty of confectioners sugar! Also make sure the dough is very thin. If it's too thick it will not cook right. My favorite fillings are lemon curd blueberry and raspberry. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2006
Great Kolaczki's brought me back to my grandma's house 20 years ago. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
It is a great cookie. I too spent Christmas Eve at my grandmother's house eating these delicious cookies. However she didn't put jam in the center she used a nut mixture in the center. Ground nuts butter sugar milk and vanilla. Try it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/22/2005
Great unique cookie. Fun to make balances out the enormous amount of sugary cookies around the holidays. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2004
This recipe was as much fun to make as it was to make. It takes time and patience. However with a family like mine hanging on to their ethnic routes this was a nice touch for Christmas. I struggled with them a bit and while them mau not have been ready to present at a bake-off I received great reviews. A good cookie to be served with tea and nice conversation. Read More
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