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Polish Cream Cheese Kolaczki

Polish Cream Cheese Kolaczki

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 12 ounces (3 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fillings of choice (apricot, prune, raspberry, etc.)
  • Confectioners' sugar

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

15 minutes

Serves:

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Rolek/About.com.

There is some debate as to who invented kolaczki (plural for kolaczek). Poles claim it but so do Croatians, Czechs and others. Kolaczki can be round, square or diamond shaped, and the dough can be flaky or yeast-risen, and the spelling varies widely.

My family always preferred the flaky kind made with a cream cheese dough, and apricot, raspberry, prune and sweet cheese were our fillings of choice. Nowadays, anything goes — almond, poppyseed, strawberry, blueberry, even pineapple. This is a great kids project.

Makes about 5 dozen.

Preparation

  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add flour 1 cup at a time and mix well. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/4-inch on a surface that has been dusted with equal parts confectioners' and granulated sugars (not flour). Cut into 2-inch squares. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon filling on center of each square. Overlap opposite corners of dough to the center over filling.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or when corners start to brown. Cool and dust with confectioners' sugar. These tend to become soggy if held for several days, so store them tightly covered (or freeze) without the confectioners' sugar. Dust with confectioners' sugar just prior to service.