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Sep 14, 2020

Kolaczki - Jam-Filled Polish Cookies

Kolaczki are delicious jam-filled cookies made with a tender cream cheese dough and then sprinkled with confectioners sugar. They are popular in Poland during the holidays.

Kolaczki - Jam-Filled Polish Cookies with confectioners' sugar

Kolaczki are soft and sweet and completely festive! You don't have to wait until Christmas to enjoy them either. These cookies are also super fun to make with kids or friends, kind of like a dumpling or tamale party!

The dough is totally easy to make in your stand mixer. If you don't have a stand mixer, a hand mixer will work well too. You just have to plan ahead a little to allow for the time to chill the dough.

You can make them with different flavors of jams or preserves. I had a few small jars of jam I received in a Christmas basket that I used up to make these Kolaczki.

Kolaczki Polish Jam filled cookies for the holidays

How to make Kolaczki: 

First, cream butter and cream cheese together and then add in sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla.

Next, whisk together flour, ground cardamom, and salt and then slowly incorporate it into the butter and cream cheese mixture. At this point, you will need to chill the dough for at least two hours to firm it up because it's a pretty sticky dough.

After that you will roll out the dough to 1/6 to 1/8 inch thick and cut it into 2 1/2 inch squares. Drop some jam in the middle of the squares and fold two opposite corners toward the middle over the jam.

Be sure to seal the corners together with a bit of water so that the cookies don't open up like this (I only had 4 casualties).

Kolaczki Polish Jam filled cookies that spread open

Bake the cookies for just 12 minutes, until they are very lightly golden. You will have to let them cool on a wire rack.

Once they have cooled, move them back to the baking sheet so that you can sprinkle them with the confectioners' sugar.

Kolaczki Polish Jam filled cookies before dusting

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, dust them with powdered sugar and serve. You can wait to dust them with the sugar right before serving, or sprinkle on the sugar right away.

These cookies will keep well at room temperature in an air tight container for up to four days.

Kolaczki Polish Jam filled cookies

Ideas for filling these kolaczki: 

I filled these cookies with thick jams and preserves.

You can also make a thick filling by cooking dried fruit into a jam-like consistency. Examples of dried fruit fillings include prune lekvar in these hamantaschen cookies or apricot jam from dried apricots in these Danish pastries.

While I've never used this product, I found that many bakers like to use premade fillings from a company called Solo (not an affiliated link) in Kolaczki. I might just have to give it a try.

Tips for success making these Kolaczki: 

To cut the cookies, you can use a 2 1/2 inch square cookie cutter if you have one. All of my square cookie cutters are scalloped, so I used a ruler and a pizza wheel to cut the dough. This method resulted in a lot less scraps to gather up and re-roll.

You can try rolling out the dough on your work surface, but I prefer to roll out sticky dough between two pieces of parchment or wax paper that have been lightly floured. After rolling, I can lift off the top piece, place it back on, flip the whole thing, and lift off the other piece. This makes cutting and moving the squares super easy, and nothing sticks to the rolling pin.

Finally, to get the dough to a uniform thickness, I like to use a rolling pin with measuring rings. My two favorites are the Joseph Joseph and this Adjustable Rolling Pin. (affiliate links). 

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September 2020: Polish Baking

Kolaczki - Jam-Filled Polish Cookies

Kolaczki - Jam-Filled Polish Cookies

Kolaczki - Jam-Filled Polish Cookies
Yield: 22 cookies
Author: Karen Kerr
Kolaczki are delicious jam-filled cookies made with a tender cream cheese dough. They are sprinkled with confectioners sugar. They are popular in Poland during the holidays.


  • 113 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 115 grams (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 40 grams (1/3 cup) confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 156 grams (1 1/4 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup jam or preserves


  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese with the paddle attachment in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 1 minutes, until smooth.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla and beat for another minute on medium speed until smooth. 
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cardamom, and salt. 
  4. Slowly add the flour to the butter and cream cheese mixture and mix on low until combined. 
  5. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a 6 inch square and wrap it in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. 
  6. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  7. Roll the dough out between two floured pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 2 1/2 inch squares and place the squares on the baking sheets. 
  8. Drop 3/4 teaspoon of jam in the middle of each square and fold 2 opposite corners over to the middle and seal with a little bit of water. 
  9. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for about 12 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool on the pan for a minute or two and then transfer to a cooling rack. When the cookies are cooled, dust with confectioners' sugar. 
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  1. Your kolaczki are lovely, even the ones that opened! I always have myriad jam jars open in the fridge so these are going on my to-do list! (BTW, I was curious so I looked up kolaczki in Google Translate. It means earrings! Such fun!)

    1. That is fun! It was definitely nice to use up the tiny jars and gain more real estate in the fridge.

  2. Your kolaczki are beautiful. I always have more then 4 casualties, but luckily they still taste good!

  3. Those look fabulous! I'll have to give those a try soon. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your kolaczki are gorgeous. Mine always look like your casualties LOL.

  5. Beautiful! I've had these on my to-make list for years now and never get around to it. I also have various open jars of jam in the fridge so now I really gotta make them.

    1. They are a lot easier than I thought they'd be!

  6. These cookies are just stunning! I know they wouldn't last long at my house - so pretty with the bright colored jam and powdered sugar dusting!

  7. That cookie base sounds incredible with the cream cheese! Perfect for pairing with the jam filling. So light and tender

  8. there she goes, baking the stuff I have on my list "to bake soon" for 3 years... ;-)

    I really need to make these!

    1. I can't believe I actually scooped you on these!

    2. you do that ALL the time, Karen!!!! (btw I re-read your post now and loved the "only two casualties".... somehow that line escaped me on the first time)

      I might have to borrow the expression when I have my next little boo-boo

    3. Ha ha! It sounds so detached doesn't it?

  9. Beautiful cookies, Karen! I must make these soon!

  10. A friend use to make and bring these to gatherings, and they disappeared quickly. These look so good, I may have to make some, this weekend.

  11. I've made these as well and they really are so tasty (and easy) - you've reminded me I should make again soon!

  12. Thanks for linking up with First Monday Favorites. I still need to try my hand at them, but will need to find someone to share with.


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