Kołaczki are delicious little cookies (or perhaps pastries?) made with cream cheese and filled with jam. It’s one of those recipes that takes us back to the memories of Christmas with the family.
You can fill them with just about anything. Popular kołaczki fillings include:
- fruit jam (apricot, cherry, strawberry, plum)
- fruit jelly
- poppy seed filling
Kołaczki aren’t solely Polish invention – they’re equally (if not more) popular across Europe, especially in Hungary and the Czech Republic. They’re well liked among Polish communities abroad.
Kołaczki: Polish Christmas Cookies
Polish name: Kołaczki Also known as: Polish christmas cookies, kolacky, kolachki, kolachkys, kolachy
- 1.75 cup plain flour 250g
- 9 oz soft cheese 250g, Philadelphia or minced twaróg
- 2 sticks butter 8 oz, 250g
- 1 egg yolk
- fruit jam
- powdered sugar for sprinkling on top
Preheat the oven to 356°F / 180°C
Sift the flour on the work board and chop the butter in (like you would do for a shortcrust pastry).
Add cream cheese and egg yolk and knead the dough quickly. If necessary – sprinkle with flour. To make it roll out easier, wrap the dough in the foil and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm (1/8 inch), cut out squares or circles.
Put a teaspoon of jam on the centre of each square, and wrap the corners one on top of the other to create an open envelope.
Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for about 20 minutes until they become golden. Sprinkle well with powdered sugar.
How to keep kołaczki closed?
When assembling kołaczki, moisten your fingertip with water and wet one corner of the cookie. Lift it to the center, lift the opposite corner and make sure the wet part is between the layers. Press and seal them together.
WHEN MY grandma used to make this, IT looked completely different!
Don’t mistake them for Polish desserts with a similar name! Kołocz Śląski (Silesian Kołocz) or Kołacz wheel cake (such as Kołacz Jodłownicki or Jurajski) are regional delicacies that are very different from our little kołaczki cookies over here :)
What’s the correct spelling?
Kołaczki are often misspelled as: kolacky, kolachki, kolachkys, kolachy…
Are kołaczki vegan-friendly?
No. The recipe contains cream cheese, other versions use sour cream. Try replacing these with vegan alternatives or make your own.