Jam-Filled Cream Cheese Cookies

These traditional Polish kolache cookies are easy to customize with your favorite jam.

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Jam-Filled Cream Cheese Cookies
Makes about 20
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup raspberry jam
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, beating until combined. Add flour, beating until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough ¼ inch thick. Using a 2½-inch square cutter, cut dough. Repeat with remaining dough. Spread ½ teaspoon jam or preserves on each square, leaving a ¼-inch border. Fold 2 corners of dough over jam, and press together lightly to seal. (Use a small amount of water to adhere, if necessary.) Place on prepared pan.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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  1. I have a question. I was going to make my mothers cookies but here in Florida I cant find Solo anymore and especially the berry of any kind. Well I don’t know what else to use. I have tried Jams, Preserves and everything else but it is just to runny. Does anyone use a substitute for Solo pastery filling and if you do what is it. My mother has passed so I cant ask her and I make these in her memory.

    Thank you in advance for your help,
    Missing mom

  2. Solo is a name brand of a canned assorted flavored pastry filling. Sold at grocery stores and big box stores like WalMart.
    Hope this was helpful.

  3. 3 questions;
    1-I have a very difficult time getting to roll these out. First they are too cold and sticky. I need a lot of flour and kneading to get them to roll, but then they don’t roll thin enough.
    2-Even with water or egg wash, I can’t get them to stay closed while baking, they open up!
    3-How long will they keep in the refrigerator, sealed?

    • Try rolling the dough out between two pieces of lightly floured parchment. Hopefully that helps with the stickiness! We tested this recipe using a standard butter brand from the grocery store, so if you’re using a European-style butter with higher fat content, that could make a difference.

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