Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The German Makes a Polish Cookie

Friends of mine whose ancestors are Polish, asked if I could make some Kolackys for them. They were at every bakery in their neighborhood in Chicago but since moving to the prairie, they have been Kolackyless.

At their request I made one recipe with apricot jam and one recipe with cream cheese.
Once baked, they're finished with a shower of powdered sugar. THAT was a must, they said.
They're not a hard cookie and made a nice presentation in some of my silver trays.
When they tasted the first one -- they said I "nailed" it. I felt good.

It truly is an easy cookie to make and often one has all the ingredients on hand. I think they would be a good cookie for afternoon tea.

Prairie Kolackys

6 ounces cream cheese
1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
2 cups flour
Jam of your choice
Cream cheese filling
Powdered sugar

Combine butter, cream cheese and flour. Divide dough in half and chill.

Roll out with rolling pin about 1/4 inch thick.

I cut the cookies out with my 3 inch Ina scone cutter.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Top with 1/2 teaspoon apricot jam and bring sides up and pinch so that the filling is enclosed and the cookies are more of a rectangle.

Bake in a 350 oven for 15 minutes or until jam bubbles and the cookies are very lightly browned on the bottom.

When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Makes about 4 dozen.

NOTE: For the cheese filling, I made a half recipe of Ina's filling for her cheese danish. It was perfect!


Deanna said...

Sounds great.

imjacobsmom said...

Mmmmm! My Gramma used to make these - now I am craving them myself! ~ Robyn

Mary Bergfeld said...

These look wonderful, Martha. Your friend is a fortunate lady. These take time to make.

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

How nice of you to spread your German talent to the Polish people!! They look perfect.

Southerncook said...

A perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea. I must try these little delights very soon.


sharon parquette nimtz said...

Those are gorgeous, and so is your house! sharon

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a nice story and how sweet of you to make your Kolackyless friends such a wonderful treat ;)

Penny said...

These are beautiful cookies! The pictures are wonderful. Love the sun shining through the window.

Cathy said...

I have some wonderful peach jam that would be perfect in these beautiful cookies. I've already printed this one. Thanks.