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Apple Kolaches Recipe
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Apple Kolaches Recipe

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A fellow home economist shared this recipe for a sweet, fruit-filled pastry. My son, who isn’t a dessert fan, was disappointed when he came home to find his dad had polished off the last kolache in the batch.—Ann Johnson, Evansville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped peeled apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 kolache equals 129 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 66 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Divide dough into two portions; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, combine apples and cinnamon. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough into a 15x9-in. rectangle; cut into 3-in. squares. Place a teaspoonful of apple mixture in center of each square. Overlap two opposite corners of dough over filling; pinch tightly to seal.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough and apple mixture. Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over warm kolaches. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Kolaches in Country Woman August/September 2010, p39

Nutritional Facts

1 kolache equals 129 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 66 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"I Come from a long line of Bohemian Bakers. This recipe is missing very little from my grandmothers handed down recipe but it is a new twist for me with the apples. The dough is simple and quick to make, and you can use all flavors of filing. I prefer this dough as opposed to dough's using yeast. It is not an overly sweet treat, so if you were not raised eating Czech foods, initially you may not like these. I prefer to just cut circles or bells or stars to make a Kolache as well as dusting with powdered sugar instead of an icing. However I still give this 5 stars."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"I made kolache cookies for the first time last night. This dough is a bit flakier than the traditional dough, which I don't mind but some might. A few tips for the recipe:

-The trick to prevent the cookies from opening while baking is to roll the dough super thin. My first batch I didn't roll it thin enough, and about half opened up. The second batch I rolled almost paper thin and they came out perfect. The dough is pliable, so it won't tear or rip when rolled thin.
-Don't overdo it on the filling. I used about a half teaspoon per cookie. If you fill them up too much, the seam will pop open.
-I used a little water to seal each of the cookies. Just dip your finger in water and slide it across one edge of the cookie, fold and pinch together to seal.
I skipped the glaze and just topped with confectioner's sugar. These can be made with lots of different fillings too!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"After seeing all the great reviews for this recipe, and having all the ingredients in the house, I decided to make them. They were just okay. They were not even special enough to share with coworkers or neighbors. I ended up throwing most of them away."

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"I have made other recipes for kolaches but this dough is my favorite. I filled my dough with various fruit and pecan fillings from Solo...very good. Also I flash froze them and then packaged them in a freezer proof container with wax paper separating the layers so that the fruit filling did not stick to each other. No problem making these ahead of time and freezing them."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"This is AWESOME. Made it as a "trial" tonight for Thanksgiving, and it will be on the menu for sure! One question I have is: How far in advance can I make it? Can I make it Sunday night and freeze it til Thur? Thanks for any feedback, and thanks for the recipe!!"

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