COOKIE OF THE WEEK: Kolachki

May 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

I believe this popular pastry/cookie is Polish in origin but I have seen references to similar cookies in other cultures. From what I have read, it’s a popular Christmas holiday pastry but the incredible crust, made with egg yolks, heavy cream and yeast, is a treat any time of year.

Cookie dough:
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pkg. dry yeast
4 cups flour
1 cup butter
1 cup shortening
Pinch salt

Filling:
1 lb. walnuts, ground fine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar or 3/4 cup honey
4 egg whites

To make cookie:
Blend yolks, vanilla and unwhipped cream in one bowl.
Blend flour, yeast, butter and shortening in second bowl.
Mix all ingredients together and knead for 8-10 minutes.

To fill cookie:
Sprinkle board with powdered sugar.
Roll out dough and cut into 2” diamonds.
Place filling in center. Pinch center to seal.
Bake 10-15 minutes at 350°F -375°F

Tips:
Roll out dough with powdered sugar, not flour.
Dough is best after being refrigerated.
An inexpensive diamond cutter works well. See sample below.
Sealing/crimping center of cookie dough can be difficult once filled but you need a few “mistakes” anyway for testing!
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