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Apple Kolaches

A fellow home cook 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
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Divide dough into 2 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 1 portion of dough into a 15x9-in. rectangle; cut into fifteen 3-in. squares. Place a teaspoonful of apple mixture in center of each square. Overlap 2 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 pastry: 129 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • fhquilting
    Nov 12, 2020

    I used Golden Delicious apples tossed in sugar/cinnamon mix and sprinkled chopped walnuts on top before wrapping them in the dough. Yummy! Yummy

  • lorivk
    Sep 15, 2019

    No comment left

  • evl
    Oct 30, 2018

    These are easy to make and very tasty. My husband loved them. The flaky pastry is wonderful (I added a pinch of salt); I'm already thinking up different ways to use it. If your apples aren't very sweet, you can add ¼-½ cup brown or white sugar to the filling. I know my audience, so I used almost a teaspoon of cinnamon in the filling. I've already had requests to make them with apricot filling.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Dec 22, 2017

    These were good...just not great. I feel like the apple filling could have used some sugar. I have eaten kolaches in the past and was looking for that type of recipe. This wasn't it. With that said, the crust is really good and they grow on you.

  • TraditionalBaker
    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.

  • kmott09
    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!

  • JennatheBaker
    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.

  • Uhlsbakery
    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.

  • Balensiefen
    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!!

  • Carol L. Washeleski
    Oct 22, 2012

    22 Oct 2012: Made this recipe last night. Took my first bite, and I thought I was eating a little piece of Heaven...absolutely delicious. I used "Honeycrisp" apples. You must make this as soon as possible!