About 1/2 cup fruit preserves of your choice (thicker is better, I’ve used jam)
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter using an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in the flour until you get a soft and sticky dough. Divide the dough into three parts and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 1 day.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Work with one dough part at a time keeping the remaining dough refrigerated. Dust your working surface with flour and roll out the dough very thin, less than 1/8″ (3mm). Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) squares.
Place a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of the filling in the center of each square. Moisten opposite corners of the square with water and overlap them to the center, gently pushing the dough down to the filling. Repeat with all the dough.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer to wire rack and dust with confectioners’ sugar while still warm. Enjoy!
In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, and coconut oil until well blended. I like to use a wooden spoon. Mix in the flour 1 cup at a time, then the powdered sugar. As the dough becomes stiff, turn it out onto the counter and knead in more powdered sugar or flour until it’s no longer sticky. Continue to knead the dough for 5 more minutes, then place dough in fridge while preparing the filling.
To make the filling, mix cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until blended.
On a well floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut the dough into 3×3 inch squares (you can make the squares smaller or bigger depending on your preference). Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each square. Roll the squares up and seal the edges. These can also be formed into triangles. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Brush with egg white.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. When cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.
Various Central European countries have their own variations on these popular filled cookies, sometimes spelled _kolache_ or _kolace_. Some are made with a yeast dough, others with cream cheese or even ice cream. The cream cheese dough is the most popular for the Polish version of these rich cookies.
Yield: Makes 36 cookies
Nutrition Facts :
6 ounces (about 3/4 cup) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
About 3/4 cup prepared poppy-seed, apricot, or prune filling or thick jam of choice
Sifted confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and sugar on medium speed until light, about 2 minutes. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour just until mixed. The dough will be soft and sticky.
2. Divide the dough in half. Pat each half into a thick disk and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm enough to handle, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or spray cookie sheets.
4. Dust a pastry cloth or board with flour or confectioners’ sugar. Remove 1 dough disk from the refrigerator and place it on the pastry cloth. Keep the remaining dough disk refrigerated. Roll out the dough into a square or rectangle 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares.
5. Place 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center of each square. Pull 2 opposite corners of the square into the middle, and pinch the edges together to seal. Place the cookies on the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
6. Bake in the center of the oven until lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Dust the tops with sifted confectioners’ sugar while still warm, then let cool completely.