Kolacky Cookies and a Christmas Cookie Party

I know I’ve said it before, but one of my favorite things about being a part of the blogging community is the amazing friends I’ve made along the way. So, what better way to celebrate during the holiday season than a little cookie-making party? Last week, Steph from Steph Chows and Sarah from A Dash and a Pinch headed over to casa de Sugarcrafter to bake up some delicious treats!

We also consumed copious amounts of other food – exhibit A, meats and cheeses:

Exhibit B, Steph’s delicious rosemary bread:

And Sarah’s hot chocolate with marshmallow vodka, my newest addiction, although I don’t have a photo of that deliciousness. While I worked on making Polish kolacky cookies, Sarah worked on making her adorable Chanukah Oreo truffles (which my hubby inhaled later, by the way):

And Steph worked on her Cinnamon Roll Cookies, which you should go and get the recipe for right now, seriously.

We had SO much fun, and you know you’re in a room with other food bloggers when stopping to take photos of every step is perfectly acceptable, if not mandatory, haha!

Now, be sure to follow Steph and Sarah for some more cookie-related goodness – and have a happy Tuesday!

Recipe adapted from here.

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

For the filling: Poppy seed filling (recipe below), and/or thick jam of choice (I used homemade blackcurrant jam)

Poppy Seed filling:

  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dates

To make the poppy seed filling, process the poppy seeds in a food processor several minutes. Then, combine all of the filling ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool. (I know, it kind of looks like poo. But it’s tasty!)

To make the kolacky dough, in a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until pale and light, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and gradually bet in the flour.

Work together with your hands, and then divide the dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour or until firm. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the halves of dough to 1/8″ thickness. Cut unto 2.5″ squares.

Drop a tablespoon of filling into the center of each square.

Pull two opposite corners into the middle, pinching the edges together. Place the cookies on the prepared sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Let cool on the sheet for a minute or so before removing to a rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar while still warm.

Enjoy!

8 Responses to “Kolacky Cookies and a Christmas Cookie Party”

  1. 1 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    First of all, all of these treats look amazing! And secondly, how FUN! Looks like a wonderful time spent together. :)

  2. 2 Stephchows Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Had such a wonderful time! And delicious cookies made by all! :)

  3. 3 Becca- Cookie Jar Treats Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Oh my, these look scrumptious! And the cookie part looks like so much fun :) It’s great people from the blogging community can get together like this :)

  4. 4 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of or seen these cookies before, but they look intriguing! The poppy seed filling is very interesting.

    I’m jealous of your little blogger cookie baking party, that sounds so fun! And I’ve got to check out those cinnamon roll cookies…

  5. 5 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This looks like a blast! The only problem would be loads of dishes, but at least you’d have help!

  6. 6 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    What a great post. Loved the pictures of you all at work! The cookies look delicious. Come and visit us this week. We are having a wonderful giveaway from a talented Southern author.

  7. 7 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Growing up in western PA, I certainly ate my share of kolacky cookies – I love that you love them too!

  8. 8 Beth Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Ah, kolaczkis! As part of a Polish family, these have always been one of our staple cookies at holiday times, along with cruellers/crushikis. :D Nice to see them on display.

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