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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kolacky: 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies (week 2)

When I was little, my mom always took any extra pie crust from pie baking and put it in the oven with a dollop of jam on it.  I had no idea that there were actual cookies, fancy schmancy cookies even, that mimicked those pie scraps.  That's basically what these little cookies are.  You could even make them using store bought pie crust if you don't have the time or inclination to make the crust homemade (though these are very easy!).

Make sure that you really pinch the dough good and hard.  My first batch opened during the baking process.  Not good. Not pretty.  Still tasty.

Kolacky
1 stick butter, softened
1 8 ounce brick cream cheese
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
jam
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until well incorporated.  Add the vanilla and mix.  Add the flour and mix until it forms a smooth dough.  Divide the dough in half form balls,  wrap them with plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll out one half of dough on a floured surface until 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into 3 inch squares.  Put jam diagonally in the middle and fold up two of the corners.  PINCH WELL!!!  Fold the pinch to one side and pinch it against the jam filled part.  Bake for 12 minutes or until nicely golden.  Cool on a wire rack.

31 comments:

Joanne said...

I love the name "kolacky"...I would make these just so I have a chance to say it over and over. And also because they look delicious!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to see these cookies on your blog! My parents LOVE these cookies. Yours look oh so good and I can't wait to try them out.
Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

When I was a little girl and my mother had leftover pie crust she would cut into shapes and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar and bake. They were such a treat for us! I love this recipe! Looks so simple! Thanks for sharing.

Tina said...

Leftover pie crust was the start of some delicious creations in many homes.
Jam surrounded by a flaky pastry crust is a wonderful change of pace from most cookies we eat today. These also make for a great presentation. Thanks for sharing!

Emily Malloy said...

This is a fantastic thing!

Pamela said...

Whatever they're called, they look good to me. :). And very festive, too.

Rosemary said...

We made cinnamon sugar "thingies" with leftover pie dough. I looked forward to them more than the pie! I'll remember these for CHristmas!

laurie said...

These would looks so pretty on a Christmas goodie tray!

Desi said...

Those look scrum-didly-umptious! Never heard that name before though. That IS fancy schmancy! Great contribution to the Christmas challenge :)

Lisa~~ said...

I adore these and grew up eating them with either apricot or raspberry jam...yum!

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Tracy said...

I have heard of these before, but never really knew what they were. They sound amazing, and such a perfect way to use up pie dough scraps! Love this idea!

Barbara Bakes said...

Perfect for a Christmas Cookie. It would be fun to use lots of different jams.

Trisha said...

These are perfect for the holiday season, considering how many pies are baked this time of the year!

Ann said...

They look delicious! My dad would take pie crust scraps and put peanut butter on them and bake them. To this day - whenever i make a pie - he reminds me to put peanut butter on the scraps!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Oh, you have brought back lovely memories for me! My cousin's mother-in-law used to make HUNDREDS of these when she was alive years ago! They were so delicious. Claire used to dust them with powered sugar - you might want to try it, it's yummy! :)
I miss eating them, so thanks for the recipe. I never got it from her, she passed away suddenly, and I never tried the recipe I found on the internet.
Thanks for sharing!
Best,
Gloria

Sue said...

I'll have to try these~delicious and different!

The Cafe Dietitian said...

I like these "fancy schmancy" cookies ;)

Angie's Recipes said...

kolacky...the name sounds really cool. They look delicious too.

Sandi said...

Way to help usher us in to thinking about our 'must-makes' for the upcoming season!

Nicole Humphrey Cook said...

Oh yum! These look so good and what a great way to use up leftover pie crust!!

The Poet Herself said...

Simple, yet delicious! They look fantastic, too! :)

Stefanie said...

Oh my gosh. I am Polish and these are a staple in my parent's house during the holidays. My brothers and I would know to leave my mom alone when she was making them! I love the apricot filling for these the best!

cookingvarieties said...

hi kristen, the cookies look delicious, i am sure they are yummy with the cinnamon added and attractive red color.

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kita said...

These cookies are awesome! I love the name (never heard of a kolacky before) and love the concept!

scrambledhenfruit said...

So simple and so delicious! I love seeing all of the cookie recipes- just in time to get lots of great ideas for holiday baking! :)

Beth said...

I can't believe everyone is starting their Christmas cookies already! Yours look so beautiful with the red jam peeking out.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Oh my!! Is it the holidays already?? OOO - is it bad to get so excited?

Roxana GreenGirl said...

My mom used to make something like that around Christmas. Seeing yours sure brought back good old memories

Eileen said...

Wow! You are right on the ball with this Christmas Cookie thing. I'm so eager to see all you have to share!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

My mom always just sprinkled the scraps with cinnamon sugar and baked them off. This sounds way better!

Anonymous said...

My Czech mother made these during the holidays -- we always looked forward to them! She used various Solo brand fillings, favorites were raspberry, apricot, almond & poppy seed -- and no kolacky was ready to be eaten until it was sprinkled with powdered sugar! Delicious, thank you for sharing :)

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