It wouldn’t be Christmas without some homemade kolacky cookies. They are a tradition in my husband’s family and one that I am glad to keep going. They are a delicious cookie that will be the star of your holiday tray!
These fruit filled pastry like cookies are a Christmas tradition in many Polish families. This recipe comes from my husband’s late Aunt Bun. They have quickly become a favorite in my family as well.
You can use whatever fillings you’d like, but we love the apricot and mixed berry varieties. You’ll want to make several batches over the course of the holiday season.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Matt’s Godmother, Aunt Bun. From what I hear, we would have gotten along famously. We have a lot in common after-all.
We are both the oldest of six children, we both like to entertain and love to cook. If her children are any indication, she was a fun loving, family centered, wonderful woman.
Aunt Bun is no longer with us but her sister Val, my mother-in-law, has kept the kolacky (a Polish cookie) tradition alive. For as long as I have been around, there has always been kolacky at Christmas.
They are usually filled with fruit and dusted with powdered sugar and they are wonderful! Prior to meeting my husbandever had a kolacky. Now I can’t imagine a Christmas without them.
Aunt Bun usually made the kolacky recipe that is below, but there is a special kolacky dough recipe given to her by a coworker at Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago. Aunt Bun was very guarded with her recipes, so that “special” dough secret will have to remain within the family.
I am making the standard kolacky recipe as a tribute. I hope they turn out half as well!
Update: They did turn out well. So well in fact, that I now have to make a batch every year for our friend Sam’s birthday. He loves these things and is always happy to help eat them!
Frequently asked questions
How do you pronounce kolacky?
It sounds something like this – kuh-lotch-key. It seems many Polish recipes have different spellings for the English translation, and these are not different. They are also spelled kolaczki, or kolache which are both pronounced the same way.
What is the best way store kolacky?
Kolacky are best fresh, but they can be stored for a few days at room temperature in an airtight container. For the prettiest presentation, wait to dust them with powdered sugar until you are ready to put them on their serving platter.
Can you freeze kolacky cookies?
Yes, but because of the fruit centers it is best to freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, you can transfer them to a storage container, putting a layer of wax or parchment paper between the layers of cookies. They will last that way for several months.
Can you freeze kolacky dough?
Yes! If you want to do some of the holiday baking prep work ahead of time you can freeze a batch of dough up to a couple of months ahead of time. Just wrap it well. Defrost it in the refrigerator overnight before you plan to use it and roll it out the next day.
More great cookie ideas
Cranberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies are another great addition to your Christmas cookie spread. They will delight adults and kids alike.
If you like fruity centers, you may enjoy peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies. They are a fun twist on the classic flavor combination.
Or for another classic, may no bake corn flake wreaths. They are a really easy but festive and fun treat.
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- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 8 ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 can fruit pastry filling or really thick preserves
- Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and combine
- In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Add in fourths into the butter mixture, combining well after each addition.
- Chill dough for an hour
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Roll dough to approximately 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 2-inch squares.
- Add filling diagonally down the square.
- Fold the two corners without filling over the cookie and press to seal
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks and dust with powdered sugar before eating.
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Serving Size:1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.