Kolaczki is a delicious soft delicate pastry made with cream cheese and filled with your favorite lekvar filling of apricot, prune or any other FIRM fruit filling. Sometimes called Polish fold-overs or crescents exist, in most of the Eastern European Slavic cuisines.
Doing my normal research looking for the histories and beginning of the many recipes here, there is a lot of debate as to who invented kolaczki (plural for kolaczek) or where it originated. The Polish claim it but so do the Slovaks, Croatians, Czechs and others.
Kolaczki can be round like a thumb-print style, square or diamond- shaped, or like the traditional crescent filled. The dough can be flaky or yeast-risen, and the spelling even varies widely even within the same languages.
Polish Kolaczki Lekvar filled
made with Cream Cheese
Growing up, my family mostly used apricot and prune lekvar and some even used apple and raspberry preserves to fill their cookies. Whatever you do use, just make sure the filling is thick enough to prevent oozing out and burning. You can thicken the preserves by re-cooking or by adding some corn starch before adding to the cookies.
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup any flavor fruit lekvar or thick jam
- Sugar (granulated) and additional flour for rolling dough
- confectioners' sugar for decoration
- In a mixer bowl, mix at medium speed the cream cheese and butter until smooth,
- Turn mixer to a lower speed slowly add flour until well blended and forms a soft dough,
- Shape into 2 equal balls and chill overnight or for at least 4 hours,
- Preheat oven to 375° F,
- On a floured surface combine about 75% granulated sugar with about 25% flour and roll dough out to about ⅛" thick ,
- Cut into 2" - 2 ½" SQUARES and place ½ tsp (approx) of any flavor lekvar,
- Brush opposite corners with egg wash and pinch together,
- Place on ungreased cookie sheets (for better results, line with parchment paper),
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until a light golden color,
- Cool completely
- Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar before placing out for your guests.
- Store in a DRY and cool location placed over a layer of paper towels to collect any unexpected moisture.
Originally published on: Nov 8, 2013 @ 03:16