Friday, December 30, 2011

Apple Kolaches

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These are easily my family's favorite. In fact, by tomorrow, this plate will probably be empty.  If you have some apples to use up, a package of cream cheese, and a couple of hours to let the dough chill, you should definitely try these out! You won't be disappointed!

Apple Kolaches
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups apples, finely chopped and peeled
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
In a large bowl,  beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Divide dough into two portions; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle. 

When chilled:
In a small bowl, combine apples and cinnamon. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of chilled dough until approx 1/4" thick or less (depending on how thick you want your dough, I like mine thinner). Cut into 3" squares. Place a tsp of apple mixture in the middle of each square. Overlap two opposite corners of dough over filling; pinch tightly to seal.

Place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheet (or on parchment paper, which is how I prefer to do them). Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over kolaches. I usually put parchment paper under my wire racks and then drizzle the icing. Less clean up! Just toss the paper away afterwards.

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