Cream Cheese Cookies – Mom’s Favorite Christmas Cookies

by Sugar on December 2, 2016 · 45 comments

Cream Cheese Cookies – Mom’s Favorite Christmas Cookies Print

My mom Gloria has been making these cream cheese and jam Christmas cookies since I was a little girl.

I think the Polish name for them is Kolaczkis. We would wait all year for the Holidays to roll around so we could enjoy these little treats. I had the pleasure of making them this year with my mom. We enjoyed a lovely morning of cookie baking and coffee.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies

2 sticks of salted butter, softened
2 ½ cups flour
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 (15-18 oz jar) of Jam or Preserve of your choice (do not use jelly)
You will also need:
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Optional-Silicone Cookie Sheet liner (Makes for easy cleanup)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a bowl with electric mixer cream together cream cheese and butter until fluffy then with a wooden spoon add flour slowly to incorporate. Add about a half of a cup at a time. This will form a dough. Once dough is formed remove with hands and form into a small log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer you can use it with the paddle blade to create the dough.

Once dough has chilled cut about a 2-inch slice away and roll out in between two sheets of wax paper that have been lightly dusted with flour. You may need to turn the wax paper over as you work and peel it away from the dough making sure it isn’t sticking. Roll out dough so it is slightly thinner than a pie-crust. Peel away the top layer of wax paper and using a regular wine glass or drinking glass cut out circles in the dough. Remove one circle at a time and fill with about ¼ teaspoon of jam. Fold two ends of the dough over, pinch the dough closed and fold down. You can see this in the photo below. Place on cookie sheet and back for about 20 minutes until lightly golden, not brown. Jam may run out of cookies a little. Remove and allow cookies to cool on a wire rack. Once cookies are cool sprinkle with powdered sugar.

cecilia says:

hi there i was just wondering how many grams of butter as im from australia packaging may be different sizes, my first batch i may didnt turn to a dough so im thinking i may have put the wrong amounts

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I’m not sure how this converts but I’m sure you can use Google to check on the conversion. :)

Beth says:

Can these be made with out an electric mixer?

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Yes that is how I make them but the dough is very delicate so make with love and care. :)

Gina says:

We make these cookies every year too. They are Polish and called Kolache! They are delicious!!!

Sandra says:

Hi Sugar, I Have tried a lot of your recipes and they are amazing and delicious just wanted to say thanks for sharing all these with us :)

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Thanks for the sweet feedback. :)

Pia says:

I’ve just reading your recipe, and they just look so tasty, and I got so much inspration to bake. I just have one question for wrote one stick of butter….I wonder how much is one stick? I’m from Sweden and we can’t buy butter like this, just in bigger package.

Looking forward for your answer

Pia Magnusson

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This may help.

1 stick of butter = 113.5 gr or 1/4 pound or 4 ounce or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons

Not sure what measurement will work for you so I listed all that I know.

Enjoy!! :)

Pia says:

Thanks, this helps me a lot. As soon as I have time over I will bake this cakes.


Sandra says:

Hey there Sugar, I love to bake looking for some cookie recipes that i can make wondering if you have any new ones. I make a few and give them to friends and family around the holidays like to get a head start on them thanks

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I will try to get some up soon. :)

Ashley C. says:

Ahh!! My mom always makes these cookies (along with 1238725 others) around Christmas, except she fills them with a mixture of apple butter and finely chopped walnuts. So good!

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I know they are so good. :) Thanks for the feedback.

voochco says:

WOW! My great aunts, grandmother & great grandmother on my mom’s side used to make these every year. YUM! My grandfather was a master baker but I don’t think he used to make these and could not find them in his old recipes. They have all passed on and I never got the recipe but can tell from the way these look they are the same. I am soooo happy. Going to make some with my mom!

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Oh thank you for the sweet feedback. These are a family favorite but they are tricky to make so be patient and realize they can be like littel bundles of love.


Sugar :)

Connie says:

Made these too for Christmas!! They were so easy to make and so tasty!!

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I’m so glad you liked these cookies. I can’t wait for my mom to make them every year.

Connie says:

Do you have a recipe for Florentine Cookies .. I tried this one recipe from the Food Network and they just wouldn’t flatten out .. even so, one of my friends LOVED them .. I noticed that FN took the recipe off after Christmas .. It used orange zest and corn syrup .. my friend is a TYPE II diabetic .. wonder if the corn syrup could be substituted ? Loved the crunchyness of them .. he loved the chocolate topping and his wife loved that he loved them :o)

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I have made them in the past and they are pretty tricky. Here is a recipe like the ones I have made in the past and it does a great job of showing step by step. You can use honey in place of the corn syrup if that will help your friend. Here is the link. Happy Baking.


alyse says:

Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I’ve been searching all over the internet with no luck until now :) My grandmother use to make these when I was younger, and now I want to make them with my daughters for Christmas.

Janis says:

Talk about memories! WOW! I’m new to your site and when I clicked on and saw your Mom’s favorite Cream Cheese Cookies…I literally lost my breath for a moment…for, I was immediately back in my own mother’s kitchen, 60+ years ago! Thank you for the wonderful memory and the wonderful recipe! Happy 2011!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write me. I am happy that this brought back great memories for you. I started my blog so I could keep all of these great traditions alive and well for my family and others. Happy New Year to you too. Be sure to tell others about my site. God Bless.

They look gorgeous! Happy New Year and all the best for 2011!

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Maria, Thank you for the feedback. Happy New Year to you too. God Bless!

Blackswan says:

What a lovely shot! Thks so much for your interest in Luxury Indulgence & you’ve a great site too!

I’ve “liked” your Facebook profile & also subscribe to your post. Hope you’ll do the same too. Looking fwd to sharing, not just on cooking :) Merry X’mas!

Pei-Lin says:

It’s good to look back at times and replicate mom’s best dishes! I’d do something similar, too, when Chinese New Year draws near. (I don’t quite celebrate X’mas.)

Now, these cookies remind me of both the rugelach and thumb-print cookie. How I wish I can have some …

Enjoy the rest of 2010! Have a fantastic year ahead!

Doreen says:

I have had these cookies at Christmas time for 40 yrs. I made them with my mom as I grew up. Till I took over makin them about 10 yrs ago. We folded them the same. I began making them like thumb print cookies. I’ld make 500 in one day…. We used the brand of perserves called SOLO . I only found it at Publics. But only had the 4 flavores. There is a country store near me. The brand of perserves I use is “Dutch Kettle”. This years flavors were. Blueberry, bosenberry, black cherry, red rasberry, peach, apricot, and almond. Who knows what I’ll make next year. Yes. Everyone I made these for expects them every year… I only make them at Christmas.. Well, Merry Christmas and I’m glad I popped in..

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Thanks so much for sharing. I love hearing about other people’s traditions and hear how they look forward to cooking and baking for friends and family. Merry Christmas to you and be sure to tell your friends and family about my site.

susan says:

these look wonderful! susan

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Thank you Susan. I just love your blog. The photos are amazing. I am working on taking better shots. I just got the Canon RebelT2i and am trying to get to know it. I think I may need a class. Have a great holiday.

Jay says:

Hy Arlene,
Wonderful space you have here..very innovative recipes with explanatory clicks..
Am following visit mine..
Tasty appetite

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Thank you for the feedback. Your site has great recipes too. I can’t wait to try them. The style is so different from how I cook so it is great to try new flavors and recipes. I hope it will be OK if I make some of your recipes and post them? Naturally giving you credit for them.

Melissa says:

My family has a similar recipe that’s a tradition for us, too. It’s one of our favorites, especially with apricot filling!

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I love the apricot too. :)

Debbie says:

These cookies are so cute, they look like little cannoli! I love hearing about traditions, thanks for sharing :-)

Debbe says:

My fave too. My recipe is a little different, not as much flour and unsalted butter. They are smaller too. Very light. My family cant wait to get to them. Merry Christmas.