Homemade Sausage Kolaches

"These are mouthwatering. Make plenty for a weekend breakfast. It's worth the effort! They freeze well, too, and can be heated in the oven at 350 for about 12 - 14 minutes, or in the microwave for a few seconds if thawed (about 1 1/2 minutes if frozen). Very convenient for a grab and go breakfast."
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Ready In:
2hrs 12mins




  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast with the water.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and 1/4 cup sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg yolks, milk, and salt, combining well.
  • Stir in the dissolved yeast and the flour, and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly blended into a soft dough.
  • Cover the dough with a towel, and set the dough aside to rise to about double in size, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Grease a baking sheet.
  • Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of a golf ball, flatten the balls slightly, and transfer them to the baking sheet.
  • Place the balls at least 1 inch apart, and brush them liberally with the melted butter.
  • Set them aside to double in size again, about 45 minutes to one hour.
  • Gently indent the top of the dough with your thumb, fairly deep.
  • Place the little pinky size smoked sausage link (could be a spicy sausage link, or could add cheese and/or jalapeno with the sausage link, too) in the indent and fold the kolache over the sausage and seal.
  • Bake in 425 oven for 10- 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Immediately brush butter on the top.
  • They are best eaten as soon as they are cool enough to handle.

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  1. I made these kolaches this morning and they were not difficult to make but I must admit they were not very good. I'm from texas and I know what sausage kolaches should be like. My main problem was the kolache bread, the bread of this recipe was dense and had the consistency of a biscut kolaches should have a soft, light ,delicate, slightly sweet taste of the bread on the interior and the exterior should have a slight crispy, toasty but buttery outside the sausage and cheese and jalapeno speak for themselves bring their own flavor so I give a one star. at first I thought that yeast didnt activate correctly because my dough didn't rise very much but from the remarks posted on this recipe maybe I wasn't wrong. Well I will try this recipe one more time and If I have the same result back to the drawing board.
  2. I made these according to the exact recipe and I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed. They were OK but not very good. The dough finished dense and a bit tasteless. Sorry I could not give a better review, I won't be making these again.
  3. I made these this morning and after 2-3 hours of waiting to eat what was supposed to be great....I ended up with sausages wrapped in a dense, flavorless bread, versus a kolache.
  4. These are not kolaches :( After spending my afternoon making this recipe, they came out like relatively bland biscuits with sausage in them. I was craving a good Texas kolache...will keep looking. Do NOT recommend :(
  5. I am another Texan who agrees...these were terrible. Like a crunchy biscuit dough. Kolache dough is supposed to be light and airy. We picked out the sausage and threw the bread away. Yuck.


  1. Awful. I substituted butter for the shortening, to avoid the partially hydrogenated oil, and maybe that was my mistake, but other than that, I followed the directions religiously, and these turned out nothing like the kolaches I grew up on in Texas. Longhorn Mama said she made the same substitution, and they turned out like Shipley's, so I'm not sure where I went wrong, but these were terrible. The dough was dense and flaky, not fluffy and soft. Other people seem to have similar complaints, so I think there is something missing in the recipe. I'm a homesick Texan relocated to California, and I'd give anything to have some delicious kolaches... if anyone finds a better recipe, please share!
  2. An excellent kolache recipe. I used breakfast sausages instead of smokies. The dough is quite easily made in the breadmaker.



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