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Kolache Cookie Recipe from the '60s Inspired by Harriet Nelson

Updated on September 19, 2015
Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson
Kolache Cookies
Kolache Cookies


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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

Harriet's Procedure

  1. Mix butter and cheese
  2. Gradually work in flour
  3. Roll dough very thin
  4. Cut with 2 inch round
  5. Dot center with jam
  6. Fold two edges to center and pinch
  7. Bake in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes

Aunt Fran's Procedure Note: I generally double or quadruple the ingredients

  1. Place butter and cream cheese in large bowl and microwave 10 seconds at a time until the ingredients are soft, not melted. Cream together.
  2. Gradually work in flour, if you used salted butter you are good, if not then add a pinch of salt at this point.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the log(s) in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours or until hard.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Cut the cold hard log into thin slices and place the slices on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Dot each round with a quarter teaspoon of jam. (I like raspberry or strawberry)
  8. When the dough warms up a bit, you may easily fold two sides together and pinch.
  9. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  10. When cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Hope you enjoy these festive cookies a much as my family does!


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      Frannie Dee 6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      RdElf... Thanks for you comment I don't have any photos but I'll take some next time I make the cookies and add later.

      Reynold Jay... Thanks for the encouragement!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      nice recipe and I thought Ricky was a great singer and watched the show all the time. Welcome to HUB writing. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      These sound wonderful - do you have any photos of them?