Kolaches are a type of Polish cookies. The dough itself isn’t sweetened, so all the sugar comes from the jam and the powdered sugar dustings on top. The cream cheese will give the kolaches a scone-like taste, whereas the butter will make them feel just a bit like a biscuit (or so claims my friend. I think the scone taste is more prevalent). All in all, I do believe this was a worthwhile first dessert recipe to add to this blog…
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3oz (1 small package) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of various jams
1/4 cup of sifted powdered sugar (or confectioner’s sugar)
1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Beat the butter and cream cheese in a bowl on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the flour in small amounts to the mixture, beating on low speed after each addition to ensure that the flour is well incorporated.
3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Using a pin, roll the dough into a circle of approximately 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch square or circle pieces. Spoon about 1/4 tsp of jam into the center of each piece. Fold opposite edges together, slightly overlapping the edges, and pinch the edges to make them stick together.
4. Place the kolaches 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375F (190C) for about 15 minutes, until the bottom is slightly browned. The top will be be slightly golden.
5. Cool the cookies on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.