Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches

Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches have a soft fluffy dough that holds a sweet filling. The pastry of your dreams!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches make a sweet start to your day. Once you’ve had one, you’ll be baking up kolaches whenever you can!

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Okay, if you’re anything like me, you look at the title of this post and go, “What the heck is that word? How do you say it?!” Kolash? Let me help you out a little bit – it’s a koe-la-chee. Strong ‘e’ at the end of the word.

Yeah, I didn’t quite get it either. When I was browsing Fleischmann’s website, www.breadworld.com, for new breakfast ideas, I stumbled on this recipe and was intrigued. The picture drew me in because they sort of look like a Danish, but with a different, heartier dough. And when you’re looking at the sweet versions (there are savory too), you definitely see all the same sorts of fillings; blueberry, cream cheese, cherry, lemon, raspberry…pretty much any preserve or pie filling will do well in this recipe.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches are a sweet pastry from Central Europe. Easy enough to make in your own kitchen!

Leave it to my friend Amber to school me on just exactly what a kolache is, and maybe more importantly, how to say it. You see, Amber is a very proud Texan, and she knows a fair bit about Texas food history. It turns out kolaches came over to Texas with German and Czech immigrants in the 1800s. There was a massive wave of immigration then due to religious persecution, and today, kolaches are very much a part of Texas food history. Learn something new every day, doncha? Me too.

The sweet versions are made to look very much like Danishes. The filling goes in the center of the open-topped pastry, so that you can see just what you’re getting. If you go for a savory kolache, you’ll get something that looks more like pigs n’ a blanket. Savory kolaches almost always contain a kielbasa-like breakfast sausage, plus cheese, and sometimes even jalapeños! Sounds like my kind of breakfast treat.

The commonality between the sweet and savory kolaches is their dough. Kolache dough is ever so slightly sweet, with just a little bit of tang. Sometimes that’s provided by sour cream, while other recipes call for sweetened condensed milk. When you combine the sour cream and yeast, the ‘tang’ is a bit stronger than it would be with sweetened condensed milk, and I personally think it’s awesome. The perfect match for sweet jammy filling.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches hold a smooth and sweet blueberry cream cheese filling. One bite, and you're in love!

Amber tells me that fruit and cream cheese combo kolaches are quite common, and that her favorites are raspberry or apricot. We love blueberries around here, so what better way to introduce kolaches into our lives than with one of our favorite fruits? Plus, I think these could make for a perfect Easter brunch treat, don’t you?

At first glance, Kolache dough can appear to take a little bit of a time commitment, but don’t let that fool you because almost all of it is just the dough resting and rising. The other thing I’ve got to mention is that I want you to have a gentle hand when you handle it. The more you work dough, the tougher the resulting bread will be; that’s true of sandwich bread and kolache dough alike. So treat it kindly, and you will have the most supple, delectable kolaches you can imagine.

The best part about working with the yeast I use is I don’t worry about making time for multiple rises, because I used Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast. It’s the most reliable yeast I’ve ever used, so I’m starting to approach baking projects like this without fear. Gotta love that!

Blueberry Cream Cheese 
Kolaches smell amazing while they bake. You'll hardly be able to wait!

I made a cream cheese filling to put into the dough indentations first, and then dolloped the blueberry pie filling on top of that – you can skip the cream cheese mixture if you want, and feel free to use any sort of preserves or pastry filling you like. I also added a little streusel topping, because you simply can’t go wrong with streusel topping – ever. Cherry pie filling is definitely next on our list. Think cherry cheesecake with a kolache dough base. Oh, yes!

I’d love to know if you’ve tried kolaches. Do you prefer sweet, or savory? I’ve definitely also got sausage and cheese on my list – with extra jalapeños! If you give these Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches a try, don’t forget to bake a little extra and share the love, because they’re sure to be a hit!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches

Yield: 24 kolaches

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus rise time

Cook Time: 18-23 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Kolache Dough

  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise™ Yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs

For the Filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 ounces) pastry filling - blueberry, raspberry, apricot, poppy seed, prune, etc.

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, diced

Directions:

  1. Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixer bowl.
  2. Heat water, sour cream and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F).
  3. Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed.
  5. Stir in remaining 2 cups flour (by hand so as not to overwork) to make a stiff batter. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 to 24 hours.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator. Divide into 24 equal pieces; shape each into a ball. Place balls on greased, or parchment lined baking sheets 2 inches apart. Cover; let rest 15 minutes.
  7. While the dough is resting, prepare the cream cheese filling and streusel topping.
For the Cream Cheese Filling
  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and egg until fully incorporated and smooth.
  2. Sprinkle in flour and mix until combined.
For the Streusel Topping
  1. Place the flour, sugar, and butter into a food processor and pulse until crumbly, or use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter into the flour and sugar.
To Assemble the Kolaches
  1. Make a deep and wide indentation on each dough ball by pushing outward toward edge, leaving 1/2-inch ridge around outside. I used a metal tablespoon measuring spoon that was coated with nonstick cooking spray to create the indentations.
  2. Fill with a heaping teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture and top that with a heaping teaspoon of of pastry filling.
  3. Sprinkle kolaches with streusel topping.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 18 to 23 minutes or until done.
  7. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks.
Adapted from Breadworld.com

Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches are an amazing pastry you must try. Sweet, savory, and completely delightful!

44 Responses to “Blueberry Cream Cheese Kolaches”

  1. Katrina — March 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I haven’t heard of these before! They look amazing! Definitely can’t go wrong with cream cheese and blueberries!

  2. JulieD — March 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I totally want to try one of these!! Looks so good, Jamie!

  3. med — March 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I’m a former Texan and can attest to how delicious these are. Kolaches are found in the hill country/ south Texas area and everyone loves them. Looking forward to trying your recipe. I prefer them sweet!

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Aimee — March 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Around here, (Cedar Rapids, IA), there are many Czech descendents and even a part of town called Czech Village. The bakeries and churches around here make many varieties, with poppy seed and prune among the most traditional flavors,  but cherry and apricot are popular,  too. They pronounce it ko-lach, though, with a silent e. Thanks for sharing this variation – I’m anxious to try blueberry and cream cheese! 

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Hi, Aimee! I hope you enjoy the blueberry and cream cheese. Let me know what you think!

  5. shelly (cookies and cups) — March 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I miss kolaches! Ever since I moved from Texas I haven’t ever seen them… but now that I can make them at home… I’m doomed!

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Doomed in the best way possible, Shelly!

  6. Reena — March 15, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Please advise what quantity of yeast is in the envelope. Thank you

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Hi, Reena! One envelope contains about 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  7. Julia @ HappyFoods — March 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    My grandmother would bake these every Saturday. Instead of blueberries she would use plums or apricots from her garden. But no matter what you use, they always taste delicious! They look perfect!

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Hi, Julia! Plums and apricots sound wonderful!

  8. Amber | BluebonnetBaker — March 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Kolaches are the best, man. My favorites are raspberry cream cheese or lemon cream cheese, if we’re talking sweet, and sausage and cheese if we’re talking savory. Can’t wait for you to try savory ones!

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I can’t wait to try the savory ones, too! xxoo

  9. The name alone got me curious since I had never heard of them. Thanks for introducing me to something new that looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to give a recipe a try.

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      I hope you enjoy them, Celia!

  10. Deborah — March 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I grew up eating these – my whole family is Czech.  My grandmother made the best ones.  Good tip about not overworking the dough.  I’m at high altitude now so it’s a little harder to make these and have them come out soft but I’m game to try again!  Thanks for reminding me!  I think I’ll make some for Easter!

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi, Deborah! I’m convinced no one makes anything better than grandma! I hope you enjoy them!

  11. Kristi — March 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    We lived in TX for the first 18 years of our marriage and had a kolache/donut bakery right by our house. We stopped weekly and you are right the jalapeno sausage are amazing. When we moved to Seattle 10 years ago, no one had ever heard of them. We finally found a donut shop where it seemed someone had tried to explain a kolache to him and he had a dough filled with ground sausage patties. Not good! We have just gone without unless we are back in TX. My grown sons are coming for Easter and I can’t wait to try out this recipe for them. Will have to do some savory and a few sweet ones for Easter brunch. I actually have never had them with sweet filling but they sound delicious. Think I will use strawberry jam from Pikes Place Market along with the cream cheese.

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Hi, Kristi! I’m so glad your sons are visiting for Easter. I hope you all enjoy them!

  12. Sheila — March 16, 2016 at 6:16 am

    For those of us in other countries that follow your blog please could you give us the equivalent amount of instant yeast that needs to be used as individual yeast packages’ vary in weight from country to country.

    • Jamie — March 16th, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Hi, Sheila! One packet of yeast contains about .25 ounces or about 7 grams. I hope this helps!

  13. Lisa @ Wine & Glue — March 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

    These are amazing!  And I totally want to try the savory version!  My head is spinning with all the different possibilities!

    • Jamie — March 16th, 2016 at 10:38 am

      They are so good, Lisa! You’ll love them!

  14. Erin@WellPlated — March 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    These look so pillowy soft! My coffee feels lonely without them.

    • Jamie — March 17th, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Erin, I think your coffee needs a friend! ;)

  15. Heidi @foodiecrush — March 17, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I think these look like perfection, but truth be told, I’m holding out for your sausage and jalapeño version! Yummola!

    • Jamie — March 17th, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Thank you, Heidi! I hope you enjoy the sweet and savory!

  16. cookies From Home — March 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I always like your blogs and recipes dear.You are a wonderful blogger.This Blog is also a hats off blog.

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    • Jamie — March 17th, 2016 at 8:12 am

      What a lovely thing to say! You made my day! All the best to you!

  17. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Ok, prior to seeing this post, I had no idea what the heck a kolache was. I’m sold now though (didn’t take long). Fruit + cream cheese combos are my kryptonite. Gimme a danish over a donut any day. All about these!

    • Jamie — March 21st, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I agree, Gina! Take care!

  18. Laurie Krejci — March 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

    For the past 25 years, the small town of Elba, NE holds their Kolaches Shootout. Entrants must bring 3 dozen kolaches, any flavor, and a winner is chosen. They sell the rest to raise money for community projects. A polka band plays in the afternoon, and hundreds of people attend.  You should CZECH it out!

    • Jamie — March 21st, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      That sounds fabulous, Laurie! All the best to you!

  19. Rachel — March 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I’d heard of kolaches before, but never had them until a year ago. A friend asked me to make some for her birthday, so I’ve now had lemon cream cheese and blueberry cream cheese! Mine didn’t turn out quite as tall as yours, but they were tasty!

    • Jamie — March 22nd, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Hi, Rachel! They are good, aren’t they? Good hearing from you!

  20. Martina — April 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Hi, I am originaly from Czech Republic a i literaly grown up on them. My grandma made the best kolace in the village! Who never had them before should definatly try them! They are easy to make and absolutly delish xx

    • Jamie — April 4th, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hi, Martina! Did your grandmother pass the recipe down to you? Kolaches are amazing!

  21. Carmen — April 5, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    My Dad and Aunt have both been grand champs at the Kolache Shoot-out.  And, yes, we say ko-lach!  The best doughs have potato in them.  Makes for a very light and flaky kolache.

    • Jamie — April 7th, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Hi, Carmen! I’ll have to try the potato! Congrats to your dad and aunt!

  22. Ash — April 6, 2016 at 11:06 am

    My grandmother is from Germany and we grew up eating these. They always looked different than yours. She would mostly fill them with cherries and peaches.

    • Jamie — April 7th, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Hi, Ash! Your grandmother’s sound wonderful! I think every region/country might have a different variation that make them unique. Take care!

  23. Ana — April 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Great kolaches! I appreciated that the kolache dough could be refrigerated overnight. It’s a lot less overwhelming to be able to space out all of the steps. I brought these into work the other day and they were a hit. Great recipe!

    • Jamie — April 16th, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Ana! I hope your coworkers enjoyed them!

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