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Czech Kolaches are filled with cottage cheese and jam

Czech Kolaches Recipe

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This recipe for Czech Kolaches makes beautiful sweet buns filled with cheese filling and fruit jam. They are perfect for a breakfast treat on a special occasion
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Czech, Western
Keyword breakfast, cottage cheese, cream cheese, Czech kolaches, kolache, kolaches, pastry, sweet buns
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 12 pieces
Author Holly Ford


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Egg wash for brushing

For the cheese filling

  • 4 oz cottage filling
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 egg yolk

For the Fruit jam filling

  • 4 Tbsp any fruit jam
  • 2 tsp water

For the streusel topping

  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • pinch salt


  • In a bowl for the electric mixer, stir together flour, powdered sugar, yeast, and salt. Add the egg yolks, melted butter and milk, and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Attach a dough hook to the mixer and knead the dough for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover tightly with a plastic wrap. Punch a hole for ventilation and cover with a towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in volume, about 1 hr.
  • Punch the dough to remove the gas. Form the dough into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces. Form each dough piece into a ball shape and place in a half sheet pan lined with a parchment paper, place them apart. You should be able to fit all 12 pieces in a pan.
  • Flatten down each dough balls with your fingers, then using a glass bottom or anything that has 2.5-inch diameter on a flat surface, press down to leave an indentation. Cover them with a towel and let it rise second time until double in volume.
  • Meanwhile prepare the cheese filling by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
  • To make the streusel, mix flour, sugar and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and combine together with your fingers until it forms fine crumbs; set aside.
  • For the fruit jam filling, mix jam and water and microwave for 7-10 seconds to loosen; Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  • When the dough pieces are risen again, press again with a glass bottom to leave deeper indentation. Be careful not to deflate the dough. Brush with egg wash.
  • Fill each piece with 1 tablespoonful of cheese filling, and 2 teaspoonful of jam filling and sprinkle with streusel topping all over. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let them rest in a pan for 5 minutes, then transfer on to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.