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Polish Kolachki Cookies {Recipe ReDux)

For this month’s Recipe ReDux, members were challenged to share a story of classic cookware – something special passed on to us from the kitchen of a loved friend or favorite relative. Here’s my problem with that: I moved from Chicago to Boston right after college. Although I came home for holidays, the last thing I had room in my suitcase for was cookware. I also got married less than two years out of school, and having absolutely nothing for our house meant we were fortunate to get some great brand new gadgets and essentials for our kitchen. No old spoons or pans for me. I’m really not sure where all of the treasured classics went, but I’ll bet if I checked around in my sisters’ kitchens (they stayed in Chicago near the relatives) I’d find quite a few things :) . My grandmother was an amazing gardener, and a wonderful cook, and in my opinion, the most important things I inherited from her were my love and passion for both cooking and gardening. She gave me one of her crystal vases, which is full of flowers from my garden all summer.

 

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She also gave me a few special serving pieces for my kitchen. One of them is this tray, which I display on my shelf.

 

 

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She made lots of special Polish dishes, but those I remember having most often were pierogi stuffed with either sauerkraut or cheese, and a cookie/pastry-like treat, which I completely forgot about until just now. They’re called kolachki and we had them for every holiday or family gathering. Sometimes they were folded over like this, but more often, she made them round with jam in the middle.

 

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Polish Kolachke Cookies|Craving Something Healthy

 

Polish Kolachki Cookies|Craving Something Healthy

 

They had either apricot or raspberry filling, and I always grabbed the raspberry ones. My grandmother passed away many years ago, and most of my family has moved to San Diego, where I can’t imagine anyone eats kolachki, because they’re pretty full of fat and sugar from butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and preserves, and that’s just not how they eat anymore. My how times have changed, and now that I’m thinking about it, I kind of miss some of those foods. This recipe for Kolachki is the one that my mom wrote out for me a million years ago when I first moved out on my own. I made it just a tiny bit healthier by substituting low fat Greek Cream cheese for regular cream cheese, and using low sugar preserves. I’m so happy to share it with you!

 

Polish Kolachki Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen small pastry cookies

Polish Kolachki Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 8 ounce packages Greek Cream Cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (plus additional for rolling)
  • Fruit preserves
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with a silpat or parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese together on medium-high speed, until fluffy.

Scrape down sides of the bowl, and with the mixer on low, add flour and continue to mix until dough is smooth.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Roll dough out to 1/8-inch thickness, and cut into rounds.

Add about ½ teaspoon of fruit preserves to the center of each cookie.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden on the bottoms. When cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar.

These are best eaten the same day.

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6 Responses to “Polish Kolachki Cookies {Recipe ReDux)”

  1. Love this post! What a beautiful plate and I’ve heard about kolachki cookies but have never had the pleasure of sampling.

    • Anne says:

      Thanks Deanna :) I haven’t even thought about them in forever, and that first bite brought me right back!

  2. Hey there Anne!
    What a sweet story to share about your grandmother! Like you, I moved away right away from home, so I don’t really have any treasured heirlooms. But I do have lots of memories of my grandmother’s cooking and gardening.
    Have you ever been to Poland before? I might have a chance to visit next year. I definitely need to try these kolachki cookies, I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like them before.

    • Anne says:

      Hi Christine – I’ve never been to Poland, but hopefully some day. My mom was born there and finally went back a few years ago. The language thing would be hard for me unless she came with. I know about 3 words even though my mom and grandmother always conversed in Polish. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Terra says:

    My hubby’s family is Russian Polish, so it has been fun learning about Polish recipes. Love your Kolachki Cookies, and love the simplicity of the recipe. You have such beautiful memories of your Grandmother to hold dear, and your kitchen treasures are gorgeous! Take care, Terra

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for visiting Terra! One of my favorite things about food and cooking is the memories you make :)

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