Friday, December 28, 2012


I hope this finds you that you all survived the holidays!!  Mine were quiet, to quiet, but nice.  Oh wait, you didn't ask how mine were.  Well, now you don't have to ask, see how accommodating I am?

Kolaches were a special occasion treat.  I mean, a REALLY special occasion treat.  Someone was coming to visit, Christmas, Easter, days like that.  And where there were kolaches, there were cinnamon rolls too.  And my mom always made a special batch of cinnamon rolls without raisins because I hated them.  Don't judge, I was her perfect baby, she would do anything for me, up to AND including making cinnamon rolls with no dead flies in them.  I am sure others didn't like them but in my mind, it was all for me, ya know, cause that is how babies of the family think. Ok off my cinnamon roll tangent...random.   Anyway I believe these are a Czech/Polish thing.  My grand mom was Czech, and I grew up in a hugely Polish area.  Every woman in town made these I think!  My mom would always let me make the dents in the center.  I loved the sound the dough made when you poked it!

I was never all ga-ga over kolaches because I hate fruit.  Oh, and before I get into that,  let's get the pronunciation correct before we move on.  COAL-AW-CHEE.  Get it?  This is the way everyone in my town pronounced them, and they had to be right.  I have heard everything from "call-achee, coal-achey, coal-awsh" and I could go on and on.  The old scary church ladies in my hometown, were right, just ask them, I dare you.   Anyway, back to why I wasn't a fan.  I don't like fruit.  That is all.  And my mom would fill them with apricots, cherry, PRUNE, poppy seed, and cottage cheese.  She also made this little crumble for the top which I have changed out after 2 solid days of YouTube video's.   I also found this very elderly woman's video, which she was making for her great grandchildren, and she made a sweetened cream cheese filling.  I knew at this very moment, I had a new found love for the kolache! 

This is a recipe passed on from my mom who says she can't remember the cookbook name, but she has been using it for over 50 years!  The cover is gone, the back is gone, half the pages are unreadable, but the kolache recipe remains unscathed!  This takes a little time, but is not at ALL difficult!  I also will include the recipe I used for sweetened cream cheese.  In addition, I used 1 can of apricot pastry filling found with the pie filling.  There are all kinds to choose from.  I used a regular can of blueberry pie filling  as well!  This recipe made 49 kolaches.  I would make them bigger next time, just because.....!

For the dough you will need:
4 1/4 - 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 pkgs yeast
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs

In a bowl (stand mixer bowl if you are using one) add in 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast.  Mix with a spoon until combined.

Heat milk, water, shortening and mashed potatoes until warm. 

This doesn't mean until the potatoes and shortening are melted, just warm,  You don't want a boiling mixture or you will kill the yeast.  Just ask me, I thought I did it!  Get it to about 115 degrees.  Add it to the bowl with the flour mixture.  Mix with an electric mixer or your paddle attachment on your mixer, for 1 minute.  Add in eggs and beat about 30 seconds at a low speed and then 3 minutes at a higher speed.  Add in remaining dough and mix 3 minutes.  Your dough will be soft and sticky!  Cover and let rest for 20 minutes. 

Roll out to 3/8th inch thick, using a 3 inch cookie cutter (or really any size you want 3-4 inches, but you will get fewer kolaches) to cut rounds.  Place on a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Let them rise a second time.  Using your first 3 fingers on each hand, make a indent in the middle almost to the bottom.  You will fill this with your filling of choice,  so make them as little or big as you like, just make sure you have a ledge of roll around the edges. Fill each one with enough to fill your indent (1 to 11/2 tsps depending on size), and bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes. (12 for my size rolls, if you make them bigger 14).

Let them cool completely and drizzle with....
2 tbsp butter (very soft but not melted)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3-4 tbsp milk, cream, half and half, or vanilla creamer which is what I used

Cream Cheese Filling:
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 of a beaten egg

Mix with a hand mixer until completely combined and smooth.  Use to fill Kolaches!

So there they are.  Easy, and delicious.  If you are a person who is freaked out about killing yeast, just use a clean meat thermometer.  If you overheat the mixture, let it sit and cool a couple minutes, it is easy so stop letting it freak you out!!

Enjoy these delicious little pastries that will make you go..."Mmmmmm"!

Your "rediscovered kolaches without fruit filling' chefwannabe


  1. Thank you for posting this recipe! I love these things. I am going to pin this and attempt it soon!

    Cynthia at

  2. I am new to your blog. I have a FB friend who posted your blogs. I have a question about the recipe. Do you use real mashed potatoes or potato flakes?? I don't mean to insult you I love these and I have always wondered how they were made. Like I said I'm new to your blog and I'm just so excited about the recipe. Thank you so very much, Bekie.

    1. No fear of insulting me!! I did use 1 small potato. It turned out just about the perfect amount. I think you could probably use instant potatoes if you wanted. Hmm..... I am so glad you found me, feel free to join the page if you like!! Try these they take a LITTLE time but are very easy!! Let me know if you do! Happy New Year!

  3. Chris,
    I work at knlv in Ord and have the pleasure of working with Walt during games. He is my friend and I consider that an honor. He and I talk quite a bit during game breaks and I told him my love of cooking....of course he swindled me sweetly to make him rice pudding with He also pointed me to your blog! Love it! Can't wait to read the next and the next. Keep it up and Happy New Year!

    1. Welcome! It is a pleasure to have you here! My dad.....and his rice pudding with raisins. I haven't been home much to make it so I am glad he has someone else he can swindle now! Thank you for your compliments and I look forward to hearing from you again! You can also follow me on FB or twitter, instagram or Pinterest if you "do" any of those! Happy New Year and thanks for reading!