Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wesołych Świąt

Or... Merry Christmas in Polish. Dustin and I participated in a Christmas Concert about 2 weeks ago in Del Mar. This concert was filled with songs from countries all over the world. After we sang we departed to the cultural hall where there were tables set up for each country. Each table had Christmas decorations as well as traditional food that is eaten during Christmas time. Dustin and I were assigned to set up a table for Poland. Dustin served his mission in Poland so we had a lot of fun things to put on the table.

I made a very simple cookie that is traditionally made at Christmas time in Poland. They are called Kolaczki. The way I made them was very simple and probably isn't the way they really make them in Poland but they will do.

There are a few different ways you can fold these.

The ones below are how Dustin showed me how to fold them. I think they are even cuter this way.

I filled them with raspberry preserves and apricot jam.

Here is the recipe I used.

  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup any flavor fruit jam
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add flour slowly until well blended. Shape into a ball and chill overnight or for several hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick on a floured pastry board. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares and place 1/2 tsp (approx) of jam or preserves. Overlap opposite corners and pinch together. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar.

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