These Czech kolache cookies are made in the traditional manner: a yeast-flavored dough is rolled, cut and filled with fruit preserves for an attractive holiday cookie.
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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk , 105°F to 115°F
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg, well beaten
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
*Substitute 1/2 cup of your favorite flavor preserves.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine flour, butter, sugar and salt in bowl. Beat at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Dissolve yeast in warm milk in another bowl. Stir in 1 egg and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Beat at low speed until well mixed.
Divide dough in half. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time, to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough into 3-inch squares; top each with 1 teaspoon preserves. Bring up 2 opposite corners of each square to center; pinch tightly to seal.
Place 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets; brush with beaten egg. Bake 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, almond extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Drizzle over cooled cookies..
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