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Apple Kolaches

 Apple Kolaches
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
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.