Kolaczki: Christmas Eve Wigilia Cookies

This year (Christmas Eve, 2017) was the second time I hosted a traditional Wigilia dinner for my family and my husband’s family.  I will probably post about the Wigilia another time; for now, I am simply sharing about baking kolaczki.  My…kids…love…these!!!

I found this recipe online, but without step-by-step pictures.  If you’re like me, cooking in the kitchen can be a bit intimidating, so trying to make something sight unseen is a bit unnerving.  So, I thought I would share a few pictures to show just how easy this delicious treat is to make for your family.

What you need:

  1. 8oz package room-temperature cream cheese
  2. 3 sticks (12oz each) room temperature butter
  3. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 2 cans (14oz each) pastry filling or preserves
  5. powdered sugar & regular sugar

Step One: Prep Dough

*This needs to be done AT LEAST an hour before you roll out and cut the dough.  You can also freeze this dough*

  1. beat the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy
  2. add in flour, one cup at a time, until well mixed
  3. wrap in plastic wrap; fridge one hour or more

Step Two: Roll & Fill

After your dough has been in the refrigerator for at least an hour, it is ready.  I have to say, this is by far the neatest dough I have ever handled: it is light and fluffy, and up until this point, is sugar-free.  Before rolling the dough, you will want to mix together half and half powdered and regular sugar and place this in a small bowl.  This mix will keep your dough from sticking to your counter surface, add a bit of sweetness, and the regular sugar will help with the rolling process.

  1. sprinkle half and half powdered and regular sugar mix on counter and roll dough to 1/4″ thickness; cut 2″ squares with a pizza cutter
  2. place 0.5-1 tsp of filling on each square.  You can use pastry filling if you can find it; I use preserves and they have worked just fine.  I make one batch of apricot and one of blackberry, but there are other options: raspberry, prune, sweet cheese, poppyseed, and crushed almonds.
  3. pick up your square and pinch the corners.  Now, I have learned that the trick is to really pinch a bit up of dough, then sort of roll it down; pinching alone didn’t seem to stay together as well for me.

Step Three: Bake at 350F

  1. You have to give the kolaczki 5 minutes to settle before baking, or the corners will not stay together
  2. BAKE 15 minutes (longer if using frozen dough) or until the corners brown
  3. cool completely; store in air-tight container until ready to serve

Step Four: Eat!

  1. When ready to serve, sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
  2. Enjoy!

By far, this was the item on the Wigilia menu that my kids were most excited for.  I make them after they go to bed on December 23 so that they are nice and fresh for dinner on the 24th.

Wesolych swiat bozego narodzenia!