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Ice Cream Kolachkes

These sweet pastries have Polish and Czech roots and can also be spelled "kolaches." They are usually filled with poppy seeds, nuts, jam or a mashed fruit mixture. The ice cream is a unique twist on traditional kolachkes, and it's simplest to use a square cookie cutter to cut the dough. —Diane Turner, Brunswick, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    10 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) apricot and/or raspberry cake and pastry filling
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, beat butter and ice cream until blended (mixture will appear curdled). Add flour and sugar; mix well. Divide dough into 4 portions; cover and refrigerate until easy to handle, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 portion of dough into a 12x10-in. rectangle; cut into 2-in. squares. Place 1 teaspoon filling in the center of each square. Overlap 2 opposite corners of dough over filling; pinch tightly to seal. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 11-14 minutes. Cool 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Solo brand cake and pastry filling. Look for it in the baking aisle.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 60 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • KarenKeefe
    Feb 10, 2021

    Very interesting use for ice cream! These are delicious! I used apricot jam!

  • Josephine
    Dec 11, 2020

    I am positive that I will enjoy making these soft buttery cookies. Viewing the recipe, I will make these cookies all year long, I am truly the Cookie Monster.

  • Andrea
    Aug 5, 2020

    My mom would make this more in our Hungarian way with plum jam to add more flavour to it with it's sweet and sourness. But the way you made is good, not saying that I wouldn't recomend, but why ice cream? We would use greaves cream to make it lighter and tastier. The outcome will be very good, you'll see! ;)

  • Patricia
    Jun 15, 2020

    My Grandmother's recipe didn't call for sugar in the dough. But other than that it's exactly the same. I am wondering if mixing the flour and butter first then adding the ice cream would make any difference. I found those directions in an Easter Seal cook book published in 1976. But ,my Grandmother's ingredients were the same without using the sugar.

  • ElfiePoo
    Dec 30, 2019

    Just a note to those are who are having trouble keeping the corners from separating. Don’t use water. When water gets hot, it turns to steam, and the seal expands. Make an egg wash with one egg and 1 Tbs of water as a glue. My normal recipe uses cream cheese, butter, flour. No sugar in the dough . I thought I would try this one after reading reviews, but I didn’t care for it at all. The dough was much sweeter, due to the ice cream, and the filling just pushed it over the top. In my version, the filling is a good complement to pastry because of no sugar in the dough.

  • Patty
    Nov 30, 2019

    To recipe add vanilla extract or vanilla paste, cake flour instead of all purpose flour, a combination mix of thawed Tillamook butterscotch ice cream and cream cheese.

  • joyfl5
    Jan 28, 2019

    The dough is flavorful but not like the old-country texture and flavor just a bit sweeter. I prefer the old less sweet dough. This time I used gluten free baking mix for my day-in-law's gluten sensitivity and she, having never tasted Kochlachkes before, loved them. I also make my filling by boiling down dried apricots and water. The photo shows exceptionally perfect ones. Most don't make it to that perfection in my experience. I do try though ;) To seal I dip my finger in water and just touch the corners if they won't quite hold.

  • binkister
    Oct 16, 2017

    I've made these since the early 70's, but with 1lb of butter,1pt vanilla ice cream and 4cups flour, and your choice of fillings or preserves. Also we made them like the thumbprints instead of rolling them out. Shake powdererd sugar over after taking out of oven and then again after they cool. No need to ad the sugar to the dough.And we called them Lazy Kolachkes.

  • ShaunaJo
    Dec 22, 2014

    Love it! Used raspberry gel and blueberry jam! YUM!

  • KristineChayes
    Jan 8, 2014

    I remember my mother making something similar, but could never find a recipe until now. These are delicious! My family loved them and I wound up making another double batch a few days after baking the first batch. Definitely a keeper!