Various Central European countries have their own variations on these popular filled cookies, sometimes spelled kolache or kolace. Some are made with a yeast dough, others with cream cheese or even ice cream. The cream cheese dough is the most popular for the Polish version of these rich cookies.
1 (8 ounce) package cream ceese, softened
1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (12.5 ounce) can apricot fruit filling (such as Solo(R))
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Place the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl; beat with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar into the butter mixture. Slowly beat in the flour; mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight.
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
On a well floured board, roll out chilled dough to 1/8 inch. Use a pizza wheel to cut dough into 2 1/2 inch squares. Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each square; do not overfill. Fold opposite corners of each square into the middle to encase dough, pinching dough together in center. Filling should peek out a little at each end. Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake the kolacky in the preheated oven until set but not brown, about 12 minutes. Remove to racks to cool. Dust cooled kolacky with remaining powdered sugar.
Cookie Exchange Tip:
The sweet fillings of kolacky peek through the golden dough and resemble beautiful stained glass windows in a cathedral. Play up this resemblance by using different fillings and arranging the cookies on a tray in a starburst pattern.
Source : mamamiarecipes.com