Classic Fruit Kolaches Recipe
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Classic Fruit Kolaches Recipe

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We love making these melt-in-your-mouth goodies. For extra fun, use Christmas cookie cutters instead of a biscuit cutter. —Glen & Sue Ellen Borkholder, Sturgis, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) raspberry and/or apricot cake and pastry filling
  • ICING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 245 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 259mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a large saucepan, heat milk, cubed butter and water to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg yolks; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Using the back of a spoon, make an indentation in the center of each roll. Spoon a heaping teaspoonful of raspberry and/or apricot filling into each indentation. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  4. Combine confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over rolls. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Solo brand cake and pastry filling. Look for it in the baking aisle.
Originally published as Classic Fruit Kolaches in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p31

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"These are very tasty but do not keep well. Very easy to make but when I try again I will only make half as many. I tried to make them to have for Christmas morning and didn't have a plastic on trainer to store them in at the time."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Would it of raised the first time if I killed the Yeast?"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I would like to try it again. The dough raised the first time, but after i rolled it out and cut it it would not raise. I tried opening the oven for heat, boiling water to warm the room. I am not sure what happened?"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I will rerated after I finish baking but have a question for those of you who did make... Isn't that a heck of a lot of icing?? I made it.. it tastes great but WOW~~ so much!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"One of the best things I've ever baked (so says one of my daughters). EVERYONE loved them."

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