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Polish kołaczki cookies with jam

Kołaczki: Polish Christmas Cookies

Polish name: Kołaczki Also known as: Polish christmas cookies, kolacky, kolachki, kolachkys, kolachy

Course Dessert
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Time in fridge 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Polonist


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F / 180°C

  2. Sift the flour on the work board and chop the butter in (like you would do for a shortcrust pastry). 

  3. 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.

  4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm (1/8 inch), cut out squares or circles. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.