Sunday, December 20, 2009

Strawberry Cream Cheese Kolacky

As Christmas week draws in, I felt the urge to bake some kolacky for the family. I went with the strawberry cream cheese variety this weekend. This kolacky recipe is similar to the other kolacky recipe on this site as the dough consists of simply cream cheese, butter, and flour producing a light flaky puff pastry when baked. The pastry will end up light in color (almost white)when baked. I do not mind the light cream cheese flour tone so I do not add anything to create a golden or yellowing effect such as egg or extra vanilla.

Give this recipe a try and remember to pinch the edges shut to avoid the pastry from unraveling. If strawberry cream cheese does not sound like the filling of your choice, you can opt for just about any fruit or nut based pie filling or jam whether apricot, plum, poppy seed or almond.

Merry Christmas to all.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Kolacky

Kolacky Dough

1 cup all purpose flour
3/8 cup cream cheese
1 stick butter

Kolacky Filling

1 small jar strawberry jam
4 ounces of cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ egg, beaten
¼ teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Kolacky Preparation

1. Cream softened butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl.
2. Slowly add flour.
3. Thoroughly mix dough until well blended and moist.
4. Refrigerate dough for a few hours.
5. Roll out dough to about ¼ inch.
6. Cut dough into squares.
7. Place squares on greased cookie sheet.
To make filling: beat together cream cheese, sugar, flour and salt in mixing bowl for a few minutes at a high speed. Add lemon zest or a drop of lemon juice along with egg and vanilla. Continue mixing for another minute.

8. Spoon a small amount of cheese filling on top of each dough square.
9. Spoon a small amount of strawberry jam on top of the cheese of each dough square.
10. Fold opposite corners into center and pinch together. (This will prevent unraveling or opening during baking).
11. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
12. Cool and Serve.

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