Kolachkis (Czech Walnut Pastries)

Posted by: Kayce 11-13-99 5:20 AM

Kolachkis (Czech Walnut Pastries)
Source: Dec. 1989 Ladies Home Journal
Prep Time: 1hr. 10 mins. plus chilling
Baking time: 25-30 mins. per batch

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 cup butter, or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour

1 lb. walnuts, ground fine
6 Tbsp. butter, or margarine, melted
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 Tbsp. sugar

Combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in large bowl. With pastry blender, cut in flour 1 cup at a time until dough is thoroughly mixed. Shape into ball. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Filling, combine all ingredients in large bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half; keep one half refrigerated. Sprinkle work surface with powdered sugar. Roll 1 dough half into 12x10 inch rectangle, adding powdered sugar as needed. Spread 1/2 of filling evenly over dough. Cut into 2 inch squares, and roll up jelly roll fashion. Place seam side down 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned on bottom. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Dust with powder sugar , or decorative icing.

Makes 5 doz. 130 calories each.

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