For the dough:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pound butter or margarine (softened)
2 egg whites

For the filling (choose one or more of the following):
raspberry jam
strawberry jam
apricot jam
nut filling (recipe below)

Combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add flour gradually, until a soft dough ball has formed. Cover and chill overnight. Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll out small sections of dough. (Keep remaining dough chilled.) Cut dough into rectangles roughly 1 1/2 x 2 inches. Place filling on one corner of the pastry and roll it up. Seal the edge with egg white. Alternately, cut dough into squares, place filling in center and bring opposite corners together in the center of the filling. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Nut Filling
1 pound ground walnuts
2 cups sugar

Combine nuts and sugar. Gradually add water until mixture forms a stiff paste.

Note: In English, these are sometimes also spelled Kolaches.

Country of Origin: Poland

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