Kolache Cookie Recipe from the '60s Inspired by Harriet Nelson
Ozzie & Harriet Would Approve
As a young teenager in the '60s I had a crush on Ricky Nelson from the Ozzie & Harriet TV show. So when I came across a magazine article back then, by Harriet Nelson, I took note. She was commenting on how much her boys liked her Kolache cookies and she even provided the recipe. Since I knew I would probably marry Ricky Nelson, I saved the recipe.
Well I never did marry Ricky Nelson, but I did learn how to make those Kolaches. In fact over the years I improved the technique and in my family these cookies are called "Aunt Fran's Kolaches".
- 1/2 cup butter or butter substitute
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup jam
- Mix butter and cheese
- Gradually work in flour
- Roll dough very thin
- Cut with 2 inch round
- Dot center with jam
- Fold two edges to center and pinch
- Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes
Aunt Fran's Procedure Note: I generally double or quadruple the ingredients
- Place butter and cream cheese in large bowl and microwave 10 seconds at a time until the ingredients are soft, not melted. Cream together.
- Gradually work in flour, if you used salted butter you are good, if not then add a pinch of salt at this point.
- Roll the dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches thick (like a refrigerator cookie). If you increase the recipe, you will make two to four logs about 12 inches long each.
- Place the log(s) in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours or until hard.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the cold hard log into thin slices and place the slices on a greased cookie sheet.
- Dot each round with a quarter teaspoon of jam. (I like raspberry or strawberry)
- When the dough warms up a bit, you may easily fold two sides together and pinch.
- Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until very lightly browned.
- When cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Hope you enjoy these festive cookies a much as my family does!