Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies)

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Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies) are traditional cookies made with a cream cheese cookie base and filled with sweet jam. They are beautiful to look at, have delicious fillings are seriously addictive.

Kolacki {Polish Kolacky Cookies) are traditional Polish cookies made with a cream cheese cookie base and filled with sweet jam.

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More about Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies)

The Kolacki cookies (pronounced coal-atch-kee) are traditional Polish cookies made with a cream cheese cookie dough and filled with a variety of sweet jams. You can use any flavor jam that you prefer – apricot, raspberry, prune, strawberry. The combinations are endless.

Moreover, you can use poppy seed, cheese or other fillings. There is some debate as to the origins of these delicate, cookies – find out more about these flaky Christmas cookies.

Why This Kolacky Recipe is a Keeper

These cream cheese cookies are a staple across eastern Europe., especially among the czech and polish. While some use a yeast dough most use this tender cream cheese dough.

  • Less Than 20 Minutes: These cookies come together so quick, simply make sure you have time to chill.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 5 ingredient. What could be easier. Never miss a recipe like this, it is so easy.
  • Family Friendly: Since you can fill with their favorite jams, kids will love these tender cookies.
  • Adaptable: Just use a cookie scoop and make a thumbprint in the middle and fill with jam. No need to roll out, cut, and shape. Fill with all kinds of fruit or nuts or even a cream cheese filling just like Polish woman have been doing for centuries.

If you’re looking for more cookies like these, try these Italian Pizzelle Cookies, Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.

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What is the meaning of Kolaczki?

A side view of the kolaczki.

Is plural for pieces and it’s origins are Eastern European. Chech, Polish or German’s all have a version of this decorative pastry.

Ingredient Notes for Polish Kolaczki Recipe

Cream cheese, butter and jam.

This one of my favorite cookies that I make every Christmas because they are beautiful and delicious cookie.

  • Cream Cheese: Make sure that it is at room temperature so it incorporates well.
  • Butter: Use a good quality butter. Unsalted is best so you can control the salt.
  • Jam: Make your own or use a jam from the store for the filling. Or try Solo Brand filling.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Love this Recipe for Polish Cookies

This traditional cookie with fruit filling is easy to adapt. Try this recipe for kolaczki cookies with a few of these variations.

  • Nuts: Change the flavor by using a nut filling the cookies with different nuts such as almond paste or poppyseed etc.
  • Substitute: Use a sugar substitute such as Swerve in place of the granulated sugar.
  • Salt: Stir a little salt to counter the sweet try 1/4 teaspoon to the cream cheese and butter mixture.
  • Pie Filling: In place of jam or jelly you can use a fruity pie filling for an absolutely delicious, tasty cookie.

Special Equipment Needed to Make Polish Kolaczki Cookies

Step up the presentation of these cookies with a beautiful edge.

  • Try using a flutter wheel for cutting the cookies. Cookies look so pretty with a fluted edge.

How to Make Kolaczki Polish Cookies

These are the basic steps for making kolachkes. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions. You do not have to have polish heritage to love these cookies.

Mixing the cookies.

STEP 1: Combine the Cream Cheese Pastry / Chill the Dough in the Refrigerator

First, in a bowl beat the butter and cream cheese together in a stand mixer or electric mixer. Then slowly add in three cups of flour. Mix well until a dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill dough for at least one hour.

STEP 2: Roll out the dough /Work with a little dough at a time

Next, place a quarter of the dough on a dough board and roll the dough out with a rolling pin to a thin layer on a lightly floured surface. Keep the remaining dough in plastic wrap in the fridge. Cut into 1 1/2 inch to 2-inch squares or use a cookie cutter. Then place pastry filling or jam filling in the center of each square and pinch together one corner with the opposite corners to seal. Rub a little water on the place where you pinched together in order to keep kolache together when baking.

STEP 3: Bake the Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Transfer the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove cookies to a wire racks. Finally, dust the cooled cookies with powdered sugar. Transfer the filled cookies to an airtight container after cookies are completely cool.

Recipe FAQs for Polish Cream Cheese Cookies

Really you can use what you have, try using a pizza cutter or even a sharp paring knife to cut the dough for this classic polish cookies. Spray with a little non stick spray to keep the dough from sticking.

Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Add a slice of bread so the cookies to help the cookies to stay fresh.

 Always read the recipe through (at least) once before you start baking. It will ensure you have all of the ingredients you need and enough time allotted to make the cookies.
>Use the best ingredients you can, such as pure vanilla extract, rather than imitation vanilla.  Your cookies will only taste as good as the ingredients you use to make them.
>Use butter, not margarine.  The higher fat content helps cookies maintain the proper texture and consistency.
> Measure your ingredients with care. If you use the wrong type of measuring cup for your ingredients, your measurements will be inaccurate.  Check out my YouTube channel for a quick video on which measuring cups to use.
>Always preheat the oven the proper temperature before baking.  And, you should rotate the cookie sheet halfway through baking to ensure even heating.
For more great cookie baking tips, check out this cookie making 101 post.

Absolutely, you can freeze the pastry dough in a freezer bag and thaw it in the refrigerator for a day or two prior to use. Then just follow the directions as listed below in the recipe card. or you can freeze these Kolaczki cookies in an airtight container for up to a month.

Seal this cream cheese kolache recipe dough together with a bit of water to the corner of the pastry square. Do not overfill or the filling will leak out of the cookie.

Finished plate of the Polish Kolacky Cookies.

Expert Tips for Making This Great Recipe for Filled Cookies

Make this recipe with a few of these changes so your family will love this recipe.

  • Nuts: Feel free to add some crushed nuts to your cookies.
  • Dust: Dust the cookies with a fine layer of powdered sugar.
  • Sugar Free: A low sugar or sugar free jam is great in this cookie recipe.
  • Brush: Use a little cream instead of the water on one corner of the pastry to seal the cookies and brush a little on top.
  • Keep it Cool: Especially a cream cheese dough like this, remember to work in small batches keeping the rest chilled in the fridge.

What to Serve with Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies)

Kolacky {Polish Kolaczki Cookies) stacked on a dish.
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Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies)

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 18 minutes
Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies) are traditional Polish cookies made with a cream cheese cookie base and filled with sweet jam. They are beautiful to look at, have delicious fillings are seriously addictive.
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter
  • 3 cups flour, plus more for rolling cookies
  • 1 cup apricot jam or raspberry jam
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  • Mix cream cheese and softened unsalted butter in a stand mixer. Add in three cups of flour. Mix well. Wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Place a quarter of the dough on a dough board and roll out to a thin layer. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares. Place jam in the center and pinch together opposite sides. Rub a little water on the place where you pinched together in order to keep them together when baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Store in airtight container.

Expert Tips

  • Nuts: Feel free to add some crushed nuts to your cookies.
  • Dust: Dust with a fine layer of powdered sugar.
  • Sugar Free: A low sugar or sugar free jam is great in this cookie recipe.
  • Fruit it up: In this recipe, I use Apricot filling but use a variety such as blueberry, cherry, peach, raspberry or prune to make a great display and also to appeal to everyone’s taste.
  • Keep it Cool: Especially a cream cheese dough like this, remember to work in small batches keeping the rest chilled in the fridge.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 602IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Polish

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic-inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients, and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible to the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

16 thoughts on “Kolaczki {Polish Kolacky Cookies)”

  1. So I use gluten-free flour for these… and left them in the fridge for almost an hour to chill first. They spread out a lot and feel underbaked. Any tips?

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  2. 5 stars
    The jam in these cookies is a winner! It tasted so amazing and delightful. Kids can’t get enough of it. Can’t wait to make them again for after-school snack.

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  3. 5 stars
    These are one of my favorite cookies at the holidays. I love the idea of trying different fillings, the raspberry was truly delicious.

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  4. 5 stars
    Super loved the taste of this amazing cookies recipe! Thanks a bunch for sharing this recipe, will surely have this again! Well done!

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  5. 5 stars
    Love! Love! Love! These cookies are scrumptious and I’m excited about trying different fillings for pretty holiday trays.

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    • They do not need to be refrigerated. And, it would depend on how you package them to mail and how long the mailing process takes (ie. international vs local).

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