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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Strawberry Kolache

As I understand it, this little fruit cookie originated in Czechoslovakia and has become a staple at a festival in Texas which celebrates early Czech immigrants to the state. Regardless, it's a super easy treat to make with just four ingredients!

You'll find this has a taste similar to unfrosted Pop-Tarts. The cookie itself is not sweet but rather has a taste similar to a plain pastry. The flavor tones come from the butter and cream cheese. The sweetness, obviously, comes from the strawberry jam or preserves filling. Therefore, it's best to use a good quality jam when making these. You really do want something people will enjoy eating and that can carry the sweetness and fruitiness of the cookie.

These do not get really brown. It's a very light colored cookie so resist the temptation to overcook them trying to get browned edges or a "golden" tone to them.


3 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Strawberry Jam or preserves (about 1/2 cup total)

Preheat oven to 375°. In an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment combine the butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Add the flour and mix until well combined and dough comes together.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8" thickness. Cut with 2-inch round cookie cutters. Spoon 1/4 tsp. strawberry jam into center of each cookie and gently fold over two edges to the center. Press center lightly and transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat.

Bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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