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Kolache Cookies – Old School

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Kolache Cookies

A traditional Eastern European Jam-filled Puff Pastry Cookie dusted in Powdered Sugar. A real Holiday Treat for the whole family.
Difficulty: Medium
Cuisine Eastern European
Keyword cookies
Method Oven
Prep Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Fridge Time 1 hour
Total Time 6 hours


  • 1 Electric Mixer
  • Baking Sheets & Parchment Paper
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Medium Mixing Bowl



  • 8 oz Cream Cheese - softened
  • 12 oz. Unsalted Butter - softened (3 sticks)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 ¼ cups AP Flour
  • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar - for dusting


  • ½ Jar Fruit Jam - Approx. 6 oz.
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (optional *) - softened
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  • Add flour and salt and mix until combined.
  • Transfer dough to a work surface and divide in 4 parts. Shape each into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Prepare cream cheese filing by beating cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar in your mixer’s bowl.
  • Take dough out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  • Dust your working surface with powdered sugar and roll out each ball to a 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Cut 3×3 inch squares. Fill centers with 1/2 tsp jam and 1/2 tsp cream cheese filling. (You can use a pastry bag for a nicer presentation). Slightly overlap two opposite corners of dough at the center and press to seal.
  • For pinwheel shape, cut a 1-inch slit diagonally on each corner of the squares. Then bring each corner to the center to form pinwheel.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Transfer pastries to baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space in between. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges are browned. (Baking time may vary, depending on ingredients, baking sheets and oven used).
  • Cool on a wire rack. Generously dust with powdered sugar.


* If you omit Cream Cheese from the Filling, use the entire Jar of Fruit Jam.  
This makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies depending on the size and thickness of the dough.

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