Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches Recipe

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I've been baking for 50 years. Since my granddaughter loves cherry cheesecake, I decided to try to put that kind of filling in kolaches— a traditional Czech pastry. It worked great, and now friends and relatives ask me to bring these kolaches to every get-together.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup mashed potatoes (without added butter or milk)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 12 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 290 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, potatoes, egg yolks and salt; beat until smooth. Add enough flour to make a very soft dough. Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out about 1/4 cup of dough into a rope about 8-9 in. long. Tie in a knot; tuck one end on top and the other end under bottom of knot. Repeat with remaining dough. Place in greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Make a deep depression in each roll.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, lemon peel and vanilla. Spoon 1 tablespoon into each roll. Make an indentation in cream cheese filling; top each with 2 to 3 cherries from the pie filling (discard remaining cherry sauce or save for another use). Let rise until almost doubled, about 40 minutes.
  4. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over kolaches. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p18

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Goldammer User ID: 1009625 19574
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"These are awesome! My son-in-law loves them!"

hidecogal User ID: 537730 47697
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2008

"I wish someone would post a picture of this recipe. thanks"

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