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Apple Kolaches

My mother was a third generation American but a full blooded Czech. Growing up with subtle reminders of your own ethnic subset is common and even endearing as you get older. As a child, it was not uncommon to have Jaternice(Pronounced “ethernitze”) or Klobása and traditional sauerkraut or knedlíky (potato dumplings).

Kolaches are a traditional Bohemian pastry normally made with yeast with a filling made from prune, apricot, or cheese. For simplicity, this recipe is sans yeast and I even cheated by using pre-prepared pie filling.(GASP!) Think of it as a faster way to enjoy the end result.


Apple Kolaches

This is my take on the Czech pastry I remember from my youth.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author Chad Groetsch


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 6 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 can apple pie filling


  • Cream the butter and cream cheese together thoroughly. 5 minutes on a mixer is not out of the question.
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Add the flour and mix well. Take note: the dough should be stiff you if your mixer is not heavy duty, do it by hand.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and then set bowl and all in the refrigerator to cool for 1 hr. This will help solidify it for rolling out later.
  • Well flour a cotton dish towel or cutting board and cut the dough ball in half.
  • Take that half of a dough ball and roll it out on the surface to 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Cut the rolled dough into squares somewhere between 2×2 and 4×4 inches. The larger, the more filling you can fit in each. Some people like them petite and some people like them bigger.
  • Dab a 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp of filling in the center of your squares.
  • Gently gather all 4 corners of the square together at the top and pinch them together. Then push the pinched part down to flare out the 4 slits between the gathered sides.(You’ll be able to see the filling then)
  • Repeat for the 2nd half of your dough ball
  • Put on non-greased cookie sheet and bake at 400° for 15 to 17 minutes.


  • Gather only 2 sides together overlapping leaving the kolache longer and more open.(Your filling might run more so don’t overfill)
  • Once cooled you can drizzle a simple vanilla icing over the top for an extra sweet treat.

Chad Groetsch

To be honest, there's a ton of stuff - not all of it rosy - about me on the internet so there's nothing new to say here. I like food and sharing my recipes.

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