Simple Christmas Cookies – only 4 ingredients!

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Every year, at my parents house, we make Christmas cookies. Actually, my dad is the one who leads the way – he does all the Christmas baking! This year, I decided to try this simple recipe. I meant to post this last night, but I will admit that I messed up the oh so simple dough – I used whole wheat flour in an attempt to be healthier and the dough was like a brick, and tasted like well… wheat. I guess you need to put 3/4 cup whole wheat to every 1 cup of regular all-purpose flour…

Regardless, I re-made the dough with regular old-fashioned white flour and the cookies WERE AMAZING. We can’t stop eating them and I was trying to keep some to share on Christmas for our family party but it looks like I have to make another batch now that they are almost gone.

These cream-cheese cookies originated in Central Europe and are called “Kolachy” — a Kolach is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit, rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. All you need for the dough: butter, cream-cheese, flour (& baking powder)
I used my hands to mix it all together until a dough formed.Split the dough into two round shapes, cover in saran wrap and place in fridge overnight (or just a few hours)

I only had whole wheat flour at my house so when I brought the dough home this morning,(I made it at my parents last night!)  I had to use some to dust my working area — that is why there are darker areas on the dough. Yours will be one color if you just stick with the all-purpose white flour! I ran out of Apricot jam so I used Strawberry for the rest..yummm!
The dough is light and fluffy and just melts in your mouth. Putting these pictures up is making me want another one (or 2 or 3!)

Kolacky
Easy cream-cheese cookies with jam filling
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz cream cheese
  2. 1 cup butter
  3. 2 cups all purpose flour (if you plan on using whole wheat, please look up the conversions!)
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. jar of any flavor jam (I used apricot & strawberry)
  6. 1/3 confectioners' powdered sugar for decor
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add flour (mixed with the baking powder) slowly until well blended. Shape into a ball and chill overnight or for several hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick on a floured pastry board. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares and place 1/2 tsp (approx) of jam or preserves. Overlap opposite corners and pinch together. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar.
Notes
  1. *Most popular fillings are peach, apricot, raspberry and date.
  2. *I whisked an egg white and brushed some on for a nice glaze and to help seal the overlapped corners together
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