Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (2024)

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I should start this post by saying, unfortunately I am not of Czech descent. As shown by my grandma’s recipe for spaetzle, my heritage is strongly German. That isn’t stopping me from sharing this Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe.

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Actually, I had never even heard of kolaches until a Kolache Factory opened behind my apartment when I lived in Omaha. After my first visit I was hooked!

Visits to that Kolache Factory became a weekend tradition.

Especially if I had any weekend visitors stop by. This was my place I would take any out of town guests. They quickly understood why.

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Upon entering you are greeted with a wall full of baked dough filled with any variety of deliciousness possible.

Sausage, egg, and cheese.

Jalapeno Popper.

Bar-B-Q Brisket

A variety of fruit jams.

But one of my absolute favorites was the cream cheese kolache.

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Soft, traditional kolache dough provides a fluffy pillow for a creamy, dreamy cream cheese filling.

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As much as I love the cream cheese version, feel free to add whatever filling makes your little heart happy.

Strawberry jam, apricots, cherry pie filling, etc.

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Anyway you choose to make these little morsels of deliciousness, make sure to hide some extras for yourself before starting to share with family and friends.

You’ve been warned.

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Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe

Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe is simple, easy, & the best Kolache Factory Copycat Recipe. Perfect Kolache dough recipe for filling

CourseBreakfast, Snack

CuisineAmerican, Czech

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Rise Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes

Servings 12

Author My Farmhouse Table

Ingredients

Kolache Dough

  • 2 1/4tspYeast
  • 1tspSugar
  • 1/4cupLukewarm Water
  • 1/2cupMilk
  • 4TbspButter, cubed
  • 2 1/2 – 3 1/2cupsFlour
  • 1tspSalt
  • 1/4cupSugar
  • 3TbspInstant Potato Flakes
  • 1Egg, slightly beaten

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8ozCream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4cupSugar
  • 1Egg Yolk
  • 1/2tspVanilla

Instructions

Kolache Dough

  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp sugar into lukewarm water.

  2. Into a microwave safe bowl, put the milk and butter. Microwave just until butter melts. Let cool slightly to 110°F (so it doesn't kill the yeast).

  3. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour with salt, sugar, and potato flakes. Add in yeast mixture, warmed milk and butter. Stir to combine. Add the egg and blend into dough.

  4. Knead in remaining flour until dough comes together and it is slightly sticky.

  5. Let dough raise for an hour and a half or until doubled.

  6. Once raised, form dough into 12 balls. Place each dough ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet, cover, and let raise another hour.

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla.

  2. Once dough balls have risen for an hour. Use the back of a spoon and make an indentation into the ball.

  3. Then fill each indentation with cream cheese mixture.

  4. Bake kolaches at 425°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Instead of cream cheese filling, use your favorite fruit jam or pie filling.

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  1. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (11)Gina Ruff

    Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (12)
    HI! We made your recipe its delicious, and smells heavenly baking!

    I feel that they were too chewy, is that from too much dough handling?
    Also the front of the pan was a different shade than back of the pan, should we turn pan around half way?
    New to us oven, so first time baking anything in it, know we know about uneven baking.

    We didn’t have a mixer, so cream cheese was clumpy, s
    So hoping next time it will be smoother in appearance.
    Each time we bake we learn something!
    Thanks for posting this great recipe! Now the question is milk or coffee?
    Blessings,
    Gina and Tony Ruff
    Lee, FL

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (13)My Farmhouse Table

      Gina and Tony, so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Congrats on the new oven. Does it have a convection setting? If you turn that on it may help distribute the heat more evenly throughout the oven during baking. The dough should be pretty fluffy with a slight chew to it after baking. Too much dough handling could have been the culprit there. And for the cream cheese, I would say I get the best results by making sure the cream cheese is super soft so it blends up better. Thanks so much for the questions and review!

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      • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (14)Marlyss

        Making recipe now. What did you use for topping? Grew up in Brainard & Omaha, Ne, but now live in Birmingham AL. Always happy to see recipes from our Czech heritage. First time using potato flakes!
        Prune, cottage cheese and poppyseed kolaches are family favorites. Thanks for your website.
        Marlyss Fiala

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        • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (15)My Farmhouse Table

          Thanks Marlyss. For the topping of the cream cheese filling I sometimes make a crumb topping of 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp white sugar, 1 Tbsp flour, 1 Tbsp melted butter, and sprinkle of cinnamon. Mix it all together and then crumble on top of filling before baking.

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  2. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (16)Marilyn

    I’m a Czech-Texan who has enjoyed kolaches made by my Czech-born grandma and aunts for decades. Although sausages wrapped In dough available at most donut shops are indeed tasty, these are pigs in a blanket, not kolaches. I am happy to see this recipe with the flat pastry and center filling which is the true Czech kolache. The very traditional fillings that I grew up with are cream cheese, prune, peach, and sausage. I don’t recall ever seeing any other fillings than these from the old country. Be sure to top your kolaches with the drobenka!

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (17)Karen Slovak Reschke

      Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (18)
      I grew up with prune & apricot kolaches that our Grandmother made. So many other Czech recipes also, that I can’t spell, but trying to find them online. If we had of gotten a taste of the cream cheese ones, she wouldn’t have had any around to share, too many grandchildren.

      • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (19)My Farmhouse Table

        Haha! I love this. Grandma wanted to make sure all you kids got at least a little fruit.

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  3. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (20)Mary

    Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (21)
    My grandma was Polish and made kolaches, usually prune, apricot, cream cheese, or poppy seed. During the Depression, she made them and sent her children door to door selling them to neighbors. Lucky neighbors!

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  4. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (22)Jayne

    Why does it say 2 1/2-31/2 cups of flour?

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (23)My Farmhouse Table

      Depending on your location and the weather… the flour needed to make the proper consistency of dough could be between 2 1/2 cups and 3 1/2 cups of the flour.

      Reply

  5. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (24)Chuck Brichta

    Can you use 2% milk

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (25)My Farmhouse Table

      Sure can!

      Reply

  6. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (26)Ann

    I live at 7500 feet elevation. Do you think I’ll need to make adjustments to the recipe?

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (27)My Farmhouse Table

      Hi Ms. High Elevation! Yes- some adjustments may need to be made. The recipe calls for 2.5 to 3.5 cups of flour. Most likely you will only need the lower amount in that range. When mixing only add as much flour until the dough comes together- it should be slightly sticky at that point so don’t add too much as it could become dense at your elevation. Good luck!

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  7. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (28)Patrica Heithoff

    i lost my Bublanina recipe – all I can remember is that it had a lot of eggs and the dough was very loose not thick. And it bubbled up when baked. Can you help me. Thanks Patt

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  8. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (31)Todd

    I really don’t see how you can bake these at 425. Using a different recipe, I cooked them at 350 and burned the hell out of the bottoms. I even used parchment paper. 425 seems like they would come out burnt all over. I Jay am I misssing?

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (32)My Farmhouse Table

      Hi Todd. I’m going to assume since you baked at a lower temp you also had to bake for a longer time? That could be part of the reason for the burnt bottoms. At 425F the kolaches are only in the oven for a few minutes. Enough time to puff around the filling and become golden brown. That being said- every oven is different. Even mine gets temperamental from time to time and I have to adjust baking instructions as needed. Hope you give it another shot!

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  9. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (33)Dena

    Hi! Is there a sub for potato flakes? I have everything in house except that one ingredient, which isn’t carried by local grocery either. Many thanks for your response…and the recipe!

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (34)My Farmhouse Table

      I’m sorry, I don’t have a sub for the potato flakes.

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (35)Jean

      It’s the potato flakes that give you the nice soft dough.

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (36)Melodye

      Dena, I think you could work with a box of instant mashed potatoes. They are basically potato flakes.

      Reply

  10. Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (37)Hope Thurman

    Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (38)
    I love all flavors. This is a great recipe that I don’t want to lose. Cream cheese is my favorite but I love the blueberry too. Do you make the sausage kolaches the same way? Thank you for sharing.

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    • Authentic Czech Homemade Kolache Recipe - My Farmhouse Table (39)My Farmhouse Table

      Hi Hope! If I make the sausage varieties, when I divide the dough into 12 balls, I flatten out each one, put in the (cooked) filling, and then form the dough around the sausage. Let it rise for another hour and then bake as directed in this recipe.

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