Kolatki/Kolacki (Ukrainian Christmas Cookies via Czechoslovakia)

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“This is an old recipe from my Mom's dad's side, the origins of which we are unsure. All we know is, they are addictive! Unlike traditional Polish and Czech pastries by the same name, these are tiny open-ended jam cookies. They are traditionally eaten at Christmastime. This is my mom's version of the recipe, so I must warn you from experience that if you double it, you will actually have more of a quadruple recipe!”
1hr 45mins
50-75 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks and lemon zest.
  3. Stir in flour, creating stiff dough.
  4. Mold dough into hamburger-size patties and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  5. Roll patty out 1/8-1/4 inch thick, preferably on chilled marble or glass cutting board.
  6. Cut dough into 2 1/2 inch squares.
  7. Place squares on cookie sheet (ungreased is OK).
  8. In each square, dab about 1/3 teaspoon pastry filling.
  9. Fold one corner halfway over pastry so that it points to opposite corner.
  10. With pastry brush, dab egg white onto folded corner.
  11. Fold opposite corner onto folded corner.
  12. Press lightly to fix with egg white.
  13. Optional: Brush egg white over top of cookie and dust with confectioners' sugar.
  14. Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.

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