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Moravian Kolacky

The Moravian Kolacky is a classic cookie that tastes great with any fruit filling!  Try strawberry, raspberry and apricot!
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The Moravian Kolacky is a classic cookie that tastes great with any fruit filling!  Try strawberry, raspberry and apricot!


32 Servings
Prep time
3 hours
Cooking time
15 minutes
Total time
3 hours, 15 minutes


Cheese Filling

12 ounce
dry curd cottage cheese
egg yolk
1 cup
granulated sugar
1⁄2 cup
1 tablespoon
butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract

Crumb Topping

3 tablespoon
all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup
granulated sugar
2 tablespoon
butter or margarine
confectioners' sugar


1 package
active dry yeast
1 teaspoon
1⁄4 cup
warm water
1⁄2 teaspoon
grated lemon peel
3 1⁄2 cup
all-purpose flour
3⁄4 cup
hot milk
1⁄3 cup
granulated sugar
1⁄3 cup
butter or margarine

Egg Wash

egg yolk
1 tablespoon


To bake a moravian kolacky, sprinkle yeast over warm water to soften. In large mixing bowl, combine hot milk, sugar, butter, salt and lemon peel. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in 1 cup of flour and beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Add softened yeast and 2 eggs; beat well. Add enough of the remaining flour to make soft dough. Turn out into floured surface and knead 5 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, kneading in additonal flour as needed. Place in lightly greased bowl, turning to grease surface. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

 Punch dough down; divide in half; cover and let rest 10 minutes. Shape each half into 16 balls. Flatten balls and place about 1 teaspoon of cheese filling in center of dough. Bring edges together to seal filling completely inside, reforming into a ball. Place balls, 3 inches apart, on greased on baking sheets. Cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour. Carefully make depression in center of each roll; fill with Poppy filling.

 Preheat oven to 375° F.

 With pastry brush or pastry feather, pat sides of kolacky with egg wash (1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water). Sprinkle crumb topping together on top and sides of kolacky. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool on wire rack. Dust lightly with confectioners sugar before serving, if desired.

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