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Lemon Kolaches

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.

Makes

2 dozen

I love to bake and try new recipes. These soft rolls are a favorite. I like to experiment by adding different flavors to the creamy filling. —Eileen Weitnauer, Aitkin, Minnesota
Lemon Kolaches Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add sugar, butter, salt, lemon zest, eggs and 2 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Divide in half; shape each half into 12 balls. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten each ball to a 3-in. circle. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, beat all filling ingredients until smooth. Make a depression in the center of each roll; add filling. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 194 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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