Easy Kolacky Recipe – Polish Christmas Cookies You Need To Try!

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You may be surprised that the most famous Polish cookies, kolacky, are… not that famous in Poland. I was shocked by how popular are kolacky among Poles living abroad (especially Americans). Being born and raised in Poland, I’ve tried these cookies several times, however, they definitely weren’t the most popular among my family and friends.

When I tried to bake kolacky for the first time, I quickly understood why so many people love these cookies. The dough is easy to make, you can use any fruits or cheese for the filling. You don’t need to spend a lot of time forming the cookies, just take the opposite corners and pinch together.

Tips For Baking Kolacky

Use ONLY Solid Jam.

Make sure your filling is not watery, otherwise the cookies may fall apart in the oven.

Add An Egg If You Want.

You can add one egg yolk to the dough and use the egg white to brush kolacky before baking (they will have a slightly better color).

Pinch The Opposite Corners Of The Square REALLY Tight.

The first time I was baking kolacky, they opened up in the oven. Even though the taste was still great, they didn’t look good. Make sure you pinch the opposite corners of the square really tight.

Easy Kolacky Recipe

Easy Kolacky Recipe - Polish Christmas Cookies You Need To Try!

Easy Kolacky Recipe - Polish Christmas Cookies You Need To Try!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

Kolacky Dough

  • 2 cups of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tbsps of sugar (optionally)

Kolacky Filling

  • 2 small jars of jam (20 oz)

Optionally

  • Egg
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix the butter with cream cheese.
  2. Gradually, add flour. Form the dough using a hand or food processor.
  3. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour (may be overnight).
  4. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  5. Roll dough out (it should be about ⅛'' thick) on a floured pastry board.
  6. Cut into small squares (about 2-3'').
  7. Place the jam in the center of each square (½ teaspoon for each).
  8. Pinch the opposite corners of the squares to form the cookie.
  9. Place kolackys on the pan lined with baking paper.
  10. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Cool off. If you want the cookies to be sweeter, sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Notes

  1. Be sure to pinch the opposite corners of the squares REALLY tight, otherwise, the cookies may open up in the oven.
  2. Kolacky are sweet enough without the powdered sugar, I didn't use it at all.

How To Make Kolacky When You Are In A Hurry?

The process of making kolacky is really time-consuming. You need to make a dough, wait until it’s cold, then roll it out, cut and form the cookies.

If you don’t have time (or you don’t want to clean up the entire kitchen), you can make lazy kolacky. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Make dough according to the kolacky recipe above.
  2. Tear off a piece of dough and form a small ball (it should be the size of a walnut).

3. Place the ball into the muffin/cupcake form.

4. Press the ball with your fingers to form a small dimple.

5. Place the jam inside.

6. Repeat the process with the entire dough.

7. The baking time should be about 20-25 minutes.

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