Nearly-Slovak Kolache

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all -purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces cold cream cheese (cubed)
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk (Save the whites for the egg wash.)
  • Confectioners sugar for dusting

Filling:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 melted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dough Instructions (to be completed 4-8 hours beforehand):

  1. To the bowl of a full-size food processor add the flour and salt. Pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add the cutes of cream cheese and butter, pulse until coarse crumbs form. Do not over blend.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla and egg yolk. Add it to the processor
  4. Lightly dust the counter with powdered sugar, turn out the dough and gather it into a ball. Divide the ball into 4 equal portions and flatten into 1″ disks.
  5. Wrap each disc separately and refrigerate overnight.

Filling & Construction:

  1. Add walnuts to the food processor and pulse into tiny crumbs. Add them to a bowl and combine with sugar, butter, honey and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  3. Sprinkle the work surface & dough disc with powdered sugar and roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch thick.
  4. Cut into rectangles approximately 2″x 1.5″ and form the trimmed edges into a disc & put it back into the fridge.
  5. Cut 4 slits along one long side, approximately 1/3 the depth.
  6. Take 1 teaspoon scoop of walnut filling and form it into a log and lay it along the other long side of the rectangle, opposite from the slits.
  7. Roll the dough around the filling and pinch the ends closed. Set on the cookie sheet and curve the ends to form a crescent shape. The slits will be on the outside of the curve.
  8. REFRIDGERATE on the baking sheet for 20-30 minutes.

Baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add a splash of water to the egg white and whisk. Brush on the top of the cold cookies. Sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.
  3. Bake until golden-brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 min, then transfer to a wire rack.
  5. Try to save some in a Lock-N-Lock to share with others.
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2 thoughts on “Nearly-Slovak Kolache

  1. Franklin Smith December 24, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Bringing Christmas Day?

    Sent from my iPad

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    • adriennesip December 24, 2015 / 4:09 am

      Unlikely… they are a gift for dad. We’ll see if he feels like sharing. 😉

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