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Kolachy

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Ingredients

  1. 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  2. ½ tsp. salt
  3. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  4. 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons water for egg wash
  6. Filling Suggestions:
  7. Apricot Preserves
  8. Solo Poppy Seed

Steps

  1. Make dough:
  2. Whisk together flour and salt in a bowl until combined.
  3. Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer (preferably fitted with a paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld. Reduce mixer speed to low, then add flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  4. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, about 1½ hours.
  5. Assemble and bake cookies:
  6. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  7. Roll out 1 piece of dough (keep remaining pieces chilled) between 2 (12-inch) sheets of well-floured wax paper with a rolling pin into a roughly 11-inch square. (If dough gets too soft, transfer dough in wax paper to a baking sheet and chill until firm.) Discard top sheet of wax paper and trim dough with a pastry wheel or sharp knife into a 10-inch square. Cut square into 4 equal strips, then cut crosswise in fourths again to form a total of 16 (2½-inch) squares.
  8. Working quickly, place 1 heaping teaspoon filling in center of each square. Brush 2 opposite corners with egg wash, then bring corners together and pinch firmly to adhere. (If dough becomes too soft, freeze it on a baking sheet for a few minutes.)
  9. Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake until golden, 17 to 20 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely. Make more cookies with remaining dough and filling on a lined cooled baking sheet.