in Desserts, Recipes

Kolacki (or kolache or kolaczki) are cookies that originated in central Europe, the most popular of which are made with a cream cheese dough.

3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons cane sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
thick jam or preserves, any flavor
1 egg, beaten
confectioner’s sugar, for sprinkling

  1. Mix the cream cheese, butter, and sugar together in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Add the flour and salt and slowly mix until combined and the dough all comes together. Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. Unwrap the dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 2 1/2 inch squares using a knife or bench scraper.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F. Place a dollop of jam, about 1 teaspoon, in the center of each dough square. Bring 2 corners together and dab some of the beaten egg on one of the corners. Press the other corner over the egg coated corner so it holds together. Reroll the dough scraps to make more cookies.
  4. Place cookies on a parchment covered baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes or until very lightly browned on the edges. Let cool completely and then sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Makes about 20 cookies.