Kolachki?

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Yes, the question mark should be there because I’m not sure if I should even call these cookies Kolachki. They are supposed to be like little blankets but they came apart within 2 minutes in the oven. I’m not a perfectionist so when my baking goes wrong, I still want to post about it and give tips on how to not make the same mistakes.

These cookies are very easy and super yummy. Typically, you will see them around Christmastime but I never made them before so here I am! In May (my favorite month by the way because my birthday is next week). ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will definitely make them again and do it right. I felt rushed when making these for some reason. So I will tell you what I did wrong and I can count 2 major things; 1. I rolled out the dough too thick. Always a problem for me, I’m not a pro at rolling out dough.ย 2. I used too small of a cookie cutter. It should be more like a 3 inch square and I used a circle that is 2 inches. So I guess that is really 3 things.

Here is the recipe! Literally 5 ingredients. So easy, just don’t make the same mistakes I did. Go turn on your oven.

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
3 oz. cream cheese at room temp
1 cup all-purpose flour
Fruit preserves for filling
Powdered sugar for dusting

Note: This recipe can easily be doubled if you need more than 15 cookies.ย Also, use preserves and not jelly. Jelly has a different consistency that just doesn’t work when baked.

Here are the preserves that I used:

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In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add flour and beat until just combined. This is your dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for an hour or 2.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. On a lightly floured surface, roll out chilled dough to 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut out with 3 inch (preferably square) cookie cutters. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet. Drop 1/2 teaspoon of preserves on each cookie. Tightly wrap the end corners around the filling:

I was hoping my cookies were going to stay like that but alas, they did not. They look so cute! Like little baby Jesus’ wrapped up ๐Ÿ™‚

Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack completely. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy! Store covered.

 

Simple Butter Cakeย 

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Yum! Yum! Yum! Ate way too much in my tum tum tum! This butter cake is so simple to make and it is so delish! Very similar to a pound cake but not as dry or dense. I had to use up some strawberries and had these ingredients on hand so here I am, sharing this gorgeous cake recipe with you. It’s perfect for the first day of spring! Top it with powdered sugar and fresh fruit and you are good to go! Have a slice for breakfast even, with a cup of coffee and you are ready to tackle the day.

What you will need:

9 inch round cake pan sprayed with non-stick spray and lined with parchment paper

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup granulated ย sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (preferably 2% or whole)
Powdered sugar (for dusting)
Fresh fruit for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Slowly beat in flour mixture, alternating with the milk until everything is combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before inverting to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit. Enjoy!

 

Lollapalooza Lime Cookies!


My new favorite cookie! Seriously. These guys melt in your mouth and taste so heavenly. Limes are in season and Lollapalooza is going on this weekend here in Chicago so… I thought the name was appropriate ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you want (need) a sweet and citrusy treat, go ahead and bake these lovelies! Deliciousness overload. Oh, and don’t forget to put on some jams to get the full Lollapalooza affect.

What you will need:

2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup + another 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling/sifting
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3-4 limes)

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat butter and 1 cup powdered sugar until creamy. Add in egg yolk, lime zest and juice and mix until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture until dough is formed. It will be a little dry. Cover dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Make 1 inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake cookies for 15-18 minutes. Immediately, sift powdered sugar on top. Continue to do so until cookies are covered to your liking. Tip:ย You can also just roll the hot cookies in powdered sugar. But I always burn my fingers andย the cookies sometimes break, so I found sprinkling with powdered sugar easier.

Allow to cool a bit on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store covered for several days at room temp or even in the fridge! Enjoy!