Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Family Recipes: Grandma's Kolocky

Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch and Laura of The Spiced Life have put together a monthly event called "Family Recipes: Memories of Family, Food, and Fun". The moment I saw this on Shelby's blog, I knew exactly what I would make.

I absolutely adore my Grandma. She is such a cool woman. She tells it like it is and you never have to guess what she is thinking. Some of my greatest memories come from my summer visits to Chicago to visit my Grandma. I always remember her making goodies and delicious food. This woman makes amazing dumplings, pierogis, and sauerkraut (I've heard the sauerkraut is amazing... I don't eat sauerkraut!). And don't get me started on her baked goods! Even when I saw her two years ago (I can't believe it has been that long!!!), she was in the kitchen making a roast for my visit. That's right... my 80+ year old grandma was in the kitchen with her oxygen tank making sure I had a delicious meal when I arrived. She is such a great grandma!!!

My favorite thing I remember Grandma making was kolockys. (Although her fruit pizza ranks up there!). Everytime I would see her, she would have these on hand for me. I LOVE THEM! She would always make a variety of fillings (almond and apricot were among them), but my favorite were poppy seed and cheese. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!

Believe it or not, this is only the second time I have made these myself. I think it is because even though I consider myself a good cook, nothing compares to Grandma's. :) I am hoping with more practice, my kolocky will look and taste just like hers!

Here are the recipes straight from my Grandma to you! Oh, and one note... Grandma would only use SOLO pie filling for the poppy seed. I'm sure you could use any brand, but I get happy seeing that familiar can! :)

Grandma's Kolocky
2 cups flour
1/2 pound butter
Dash of salt
1 egg, beaten
Solo pie fillings (poppy seed, apricot, almond), Cheese filling (recipe below)
Powdered sugar
Mix ingredients like pie dough. Take dough size of walnut, imprint with thumb, and put in desired filling. Bake at 350 until light brown (about 10 minutes). Cool on rack. Dust with powdered sugar.
Cheese Filling
2 cups farmers cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, seperated
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
Force farmers cheese through a food strainer. Beat egg yolks with sugar and butter. Add zest and cheese. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into the cheese mixture.


Donna-FFW said...

These are one of my favorite cookies. My granny used to make these all the time. I love your version. Ill have to make them soon, as now I am craving them.. and missing my granny!

teresa said...

This is so fun, I've never even heard of these, but they look INCREDIBLE!

Ingrid said...

Thank you Grandma for sharing your recipe.

This is a perfect example how love is a key ingredient. That's why Grandma's and Mom's recipes are always so much better.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of a kolacky. It sounds delicious.

Megan said...

What a great Grandma! And those look fantastic!

Lynda said...

I've never made these, but I want to now! These look delicious!
It's so enjoyable to make old family recipes.

Katy ~ said...

Cristine, what a sweet and loving post.

I understand about being brand loyal; I do that, too!

I've never made these, have only read about them, but now that I have seen your post and your pix, I will!!

They sound so good and knowing that grandma made them, well they just HAVE to be extra special.

Michele said...

Kolockys are part of my family memories as well. And, I grew-up in the Chicago area. My family is Italian, but my grandma's best friend made kolockys for us and I loved them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Bunny said...

I've never heard of them either but I want one, that's whats so neat about bloggers you get to see things you've never seen before!

margot said...

What a fun event and such a great way to keep old recipes and memories alive. I had never heard of a kolocky before, they sound yummy!

ConversationsWithACupcake said...


I've never made Kolacky, but will HAVE to try it soon!

Why aren't we neighbors? Wouldn't we have a blast together in the kitchen?

Elyse said...

I've never had kolocky, but now I've got to try it! These cookies look amazing. I loved reading about your grandma. She sounds awesome!! It's so true that nobody's cooking/baking can ever compare to Grandma's :)

Web Designing said...

Your grandma is so great that she bakes for the family..

Mrs. L said...

I've never heard of these before, they look great! I'll be searching for Solo to make them authentic.

Valerie said...

I'm attempting to make these as I type! I wanted to make them yesterday but until I read your recipe I had never in my life heard of 'farmers cheese'. I looked it up online and found a recipe to make it with buttermilk.. so I did that last night and am getting ready to mix the dough and prepare the cheese filling :) And I bought a can of Solo poppy seed filling too! Can not wait to try these!! The kids are going to form the cookies. I'm sure they'll get a kick out of that :)

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