Kolaches Recipe | East European Recipes | PBS Food

Kolaches are stuffed pastries with cream cheese that originated in Central Europe as wedding dessert. They are popular in Texas bakeries as breakfast pastries.


Cook time: 20 Minutes


  • 2 pkg. yeast
  • 1/4 c. warm water
  • 1 Tblsp. sugar
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. shortening + 1 Tblsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg yolks (3 or 4 may be used)
  • 6 to 6 1/2 c. flour
  • Cream cheese filling mix well together:
  • 2 — 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
  • 1 Tblsp. of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. sugar


  1. Heat milk, add shortening and butter to dissolve. Let cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl, mix yeast, water and 1 Tbsp. sugar. Let set.
  2. Add salt, egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar to milk mixture and mix well. Add yeast mixture. Add flour a little at a time.
  3. Work dough until glossy. Brush with margarine or butter. Cover and let rise until double (about 1 hour).
  4. Cut off small pieces with a spoon and shape into round balls. The dough can also be rolled out like you would for biscuits and cut with a biscuit cutter.
  5. Place rounds of dough on a greased baking sheet. Butter each well. Make an indentation with fingers in each round and fill with filling of your choice.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees F.


Brush with margarine or butter after baking.