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Lemon Kolaches

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • 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.
  • Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Briadona
    Jul 15, 2014

    Disappointed! Followed recipe exactly and they looked just like the photo. However they didn't taste good at all. Very little lemon flavor and funny after taste. The filling was not good either. So very time consuming to end up with a big batch in this condition.

  • IslandWife
    May 7, 2014

    Wow! These were so easy and delicious. I added a little lemon extract to the cream cheese. The dough was very easy to work with. I froze some for camping and they were just as yummy - actually, we preferred them heated up after being frozen! Thank you for sharing!!

  • donna34
    May 4, 2014

    too sweet

  • Fernflower
    Apr 25, 2014

    We really enjoyed these! i even froze some. I will be making them again in the near future. I have just sent another recipe to my sister... I sent 2 already and I will be making some more tomorrow for a good friend! Thanks for the recipe!

  • akadebbie
    Apr 19, 2014

    These turned out awesome! I made them for a family gathering and everyone loved them.

  • tcavman15
    Apr 18, 2014

    These turned out great! The lemon is just right. Not too much, not too little. I spaced them a little closer than what it said so they would fit on my baking sheets. I was worried that they would merge together, but they didn't. Mine look a little puffier than the picture. I used parchment paper on the baking sheets instead of greasing them. That worked perfectly.

  • kunzeda
    Apr 16, 2014

    Guess I did something wrong, bad, guess I will say it was a bad thing for me to try.

  • cookiemom6
    Aug 28, 2011

    Loved this recipe. My husband requested this for his work.