Old-Fashioned Kolaches

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins

There is a town in Texas called West. If you are driving down I35 you will pass it and you just have to stop!! They are the very best ever!! OH MY GOD!! This recipe makes enough for your family and friends too but exact amount depends on how big you make them....

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Scald milk. Add sugar and butter and stir to dissolve. Allow it to cool to warm, then add the yeast and let it begin to work. Add eggs.
  2. Put milk mix in a large mixing bowl. Measure the flour and salt into another bowl.
  3. With a mixer slowly work the flour mix into the dough bowl. When the dough becomes too thick for the mixer to handle, start working in the flour by hand.
  4. When dough starts to come together and leave the sides of the bowl, it's just right.
  5. Form the dough into a ball and cover. Let rise in warm place until double its size.
  6. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it comes together and is soft and elastic.
  7. Divide dough into egg-size pieces. Flatten and form into square or round. Make a depression in the center with your floured thumb.
  8. Fill the depression with 1 rounded teaspoon of filling. Let the filled kolaches rise about 20 minutes. Brush tops with beaten egg mixed with a little milk and sugar.
  9. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Sprinkle you fresh out-of-the-oven kolaches with powdered sugar before serving.
  11. FILINGS:
  12. Apricot: Place 1 lb dried apricots in a pan with cool water. Let soak several hours. Bring to slow simmer and add sugar to taste. Cook until very soft. Stir to get a smooth consistency.
  13. Prune: Made the same way as the apricot filling.
  14. Pineapple: Simmer well drained canned, crushed pineapple until it thickens.
  15. Poppy seed: 1/2 lb ground poppy seeds, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla. Add enough milk to make a thick mis. Let stand overnight to absorb the liquid.
  16. Cream cheese: 8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3/4 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp sour cream. Mix together until smooth.
  17. Sausage: Take a small piece of sausage and wrap dough around the piece and bake.
  18. You can use just about any fruit filling in the kolaches, just don't use jam or jelly. They liquefy with the heat in the oven.


Most Helpful

I'm a Texan & these were just like the kolaches I'm used to. I thought the sugar amount was perfect. I used Opa's beef smoked sausage, made in Fredericksburg, TX. I'm about to make them again & will use lil smokies this time. YUMMY!

Tina A May 27, 2009

I have just finished making the recipe for Kolaches submitted by Babygirl65. I strongly agre this is an excelent recipe except that the pastry wasn't as sweet as I remember when I lived in Temple,Texas(about 60 miles south of West. I was raised a Texan and was in the heart(so to speak) of Checz and German culture before I moved to Ohio with the wife. Anyway, I added a 1/4 of a cup of sugar to the recipe and made the doughballs the size of a walnut instead of an egg and they turned out perfect. Hope you don't mind the correction. Try it,I could be wrong,but then again...

bbqchef August 27, 2005

These were gone before I even got one, but DS gives it 5+ stars. Living near West, I couldn't wait to try these. I used Lil Beef Smokies and made them smaller. I am off to make another batch today. DS has requested cheese with the sausages this time. Thanks, babygirl65.

Gadget_Queen August 27, 2005

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