Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kolatchke Cookies

Sorry for no post yesterday. My daughter has another event for 130 people on Thursday and I have been nonstop cooking and baking. They just named her events as one of the top hot tickets in DC. Way to go my daughter! Her theme is cherry blossoms so I made a lot of things with cherries. I saw these on Martha the other day and though Martha used apricots, I decided to make cherry pie filling and they turned out great. Kolatchkes are traditional Polish breakfast rolls and these are the cookie version of them.


For the recipe I am giving you, you will only need one can of tart cherries.


Drain them and add back 3 T. of the liquid. Place them in a pot with 3/4 C. of sugar, 2 tsp. lemon juice and 3 T. corn starch. Bring to a boil stirring and cook until it thickens. Remove from the heat. Add 1 tsp. of almond extract and 1 T. butter. Add some red food coloring if you want it to be really red.


When you first start to cook it, the liquid will be opaque.


Once they begin to thicken, the liquid will be transparent.


For the pastry, mix 1/4 C. sour cream with 2 1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Add 1 egg to it and beat it a bit. In the bowl of your food processor, add 2 cups of flour. Add 2 sticks of cold butter cut into small cubes. Pulse the processor until the butter cuts into the flour and forms a grainy mix. Add the yeast mixture and pulse just until the dough comes together.


Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into squares. You can cut circles but it just wastes dough. Let the squares sit for 15 minutes. Then press a finger print into the middle of each square.


Place a couple cherries in each finger print. Bake these at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Mine baked for 14 minutes.


Remove them to racks to cool.


Drizzle them with a glaze made from confectioners sugar and milk. If you use a whisk to drizzle the glaze it makes it quite easy. I baked 6 batches of these this morning.

19 comments:

laurie said...

my my my, these look amazing!!!way to go October Farm daughter!!Thats quite a feather in her cap most certainly, they must love your wonderful cooking as well.You two make a wonderful team!!!

Barbara Shores said...

WoW ... Kudos to your daughter. Also, I will be making these cookies for my family. I do not remember my mother talking about these cookies. Both of my grandparents came from Warsaw Poland. I am proud of my heritage and am trying to preserve it for my children and grand children. Thanks so much for sharing.

Warm Regards with much Peace,

Barb

Rue said...

Oh yum! I'd go to any event if you are cooking - lol! Congrats to your daughter, and YOU for all the amazing food!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

These are perfect for cherry blossom time in DC. You and mini-you do a great job. I'll be making these on Friday.

Pricilla said...

She has a secret weapon!

injoyinmylife said...

Congrats to your very talented daughter. I know where she got it from.

edenhills said...

They so look delicious! Congratulations to your daughter! That's quite an accomplishment.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your catering plays a big part in that hot ticket designation, I'm sure!

Kelly said...

Those look wonderful. I wish we had scratch and sniff screens. I bet your kitchen smells like a dream.

Kelly said...

Oh, I forgot to congrat your daughter. I think you can take a big share in that praise too. Thanks for the email. I can't wait till the glace arrives.

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

Gosh octoberfarm! You are simply amazing and obviously your daughter takes after you! I love the look of these! Well done!!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I just love these :-) But I've never had any with cherries, we usually have strawberries or rasp berries on ours. But I like cherries better to be honest so if I make them I'll try that instead :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Robin Larkspur said...

Happy Spring, Joyce, though I know you would prefer me saying Happy Autumn! Anyhoo, these cookies look amazing. How fab for your talented daughter to receive such recognition; you and she are terrific!! Hugs!

Nellie said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! It will definitely be added to my collection.
Also, congratulations to your daughter! It is an honor that has required much hard work and dedication! You have been wonderful support for her.

Guillaume said...

We used to make something like this, but it was a Mr. Pillsbury ready to make recipe.

Ina in Alaska said...

Well, we all lost a few lbs yesterday with no foodie post to drool over. Those cookies look very tasty!!! Happy Tuesday! Congrats to your daughter on her successful event! I like to imagine all the VIPs in attendance!

Barbara F. said...

Happy Spring to you, Jaz! These look so delicious. You make everything look so appetizing and delicious and easy! I would love one of these with a cup of coffee. Congrats to your daughter. xo

The Lazy Peacock said...

they look delicious! i love seeing photos of the events - i hope you get plenty of pictures!!

SharleneT said...

It makes so much more sense to just leave the cookies square, I agree! Waste not; want not. Got a cherry tree ready to perform, this year, along with the apricots, etc. Love the recipe.