Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kolaczki for #SundaySupper

Kolaczki are one of my favorite cookies, but I pretty much only make them at Christmas. They take a bit of work to make them the traditional way. Well, not a LOT of work, but the rolling, cutting, and folding is time consuming. And with every batch of cookies, there are some that unfold in the oven, so you if you're looking for perfect cookies, you.ll need to make extras.

On the other hand, "lazy kolaczki." as my mother-in-law calls them, are easier to make. They're more like thumbprint cookies, but with the flavor of the traditional cookies.

But wait! There's one more twist!

Way back when, a high school friend gave me a recipe for ice cream kolaczki, where the traditional cream cheese is replaced by ice cream.

While vanilla would result in cookies that are closest to the original flavor, you could change things up by using a flavored ice cream, and then choose a filling flavor that's compatible.

Ice Cream Kolaczki

2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, softened
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup vanilla ice cream, softenened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
Jam, as needed
Powdered sugar, as needed

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the ice cream and vanilla. Beat until as smooth as you can get it.

Add the flour and beat until incorporated.

Gather the dough and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least four hours or overnight.

When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make 1-inch balls of dough, place them on the baking sheet, and flatten them slightly, then press a finger into the center of the dough to make a small indentation.

Fill the indentations with a small dab of jam - you don't need much.

Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. They should just barely be changing color - not browned - still pale

Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and let them cool on a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a garnish.

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