Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2012 (II)

Kolachky is, I think, a cookie of Eastern European lineage.  It sounds like it would be fun and challenging to make — cookies that requires brushing with egg white, sealing, and dusting are more involved than your standard cutout Christmas cookie — and I’m willing to give serious consideration to any concoction that is filled with either poppy seed filling or crushed walnuts and honey.

Ingredients:  2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese at room temperature; 2 cups unsalted butter, softened; 4 cups all-purpose flour; 1 pound chopped walnuts; 1 egg; 1/2 cup honey; 1 12-ounce can poppy seed filling;1 egg white; 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and butter until well blended.  Mix in the flour 1 cup at a time. As the dough becomes stiff, turn it out onto the counter and knead in flour until it is no longer sticky. Continue to knead the dough for 5 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Crush the walnuts to a fine consistency in a food processor. Stir in the egg and honey to make one filling mix.

On a well-floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 3×3 inch squares.  Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each square. Use walnut/honey filling for some and poppy seed filling for the rest. Roll the squares up and seal the edges.  Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Brush with egg white.  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. When cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2012

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