I’ve recently been given two recipes for kolacky by friends of mine. Kolacky (or kolache or kolace) are Polish/Lithuanian/Czech cookies or pastries filled with fruity jam filling and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
I started with the easy recipe, since I rarely manage anything “difficult” with the Munchkin around these days. The only real difficulty here was keeping the dough cool enough to work with — as soon as it got the least bit warm, it started sticking to the wax paper and the rolling pin. Well, that and using the proper attachment for the KitchenAid. You really don’t want to use the whipping tool for a thick dough like this, since all it will do is eat up the sticks of butter.
Traditionally, kolacky filled with apricot, but apricots aren’t in season right now, and apricot pastry filling costs an arm and a leg. So, I went with cherry and apple instead — sort of a celebration of America meets Eastern Europe. Or an attempt to make something my coworkers would enjoy. (The first one just sounds fancier. :P)
Then, once you’ve baked them, you give ’em a good dousing with powdered sugar — don’t be stingy! — and enjoy. They’re not supplanting snickerdoodles as my absolute favoritest cookies ever, but damn they’re good!
I don’t have permission to share the original recipe, but I went looking for a close approximation. This one from bug over at Food.com is really close: http://www.food.com/recipe/grandpas-hungarian-kolacky-76441 I highly recommend incorporating these into your Christmas cookie rotation, because they’re great.