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kolaches and coffee ready to eat

The Secret Family Kolache

  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 25 Kolaches 1x


A recipe passed down through generations, this beautiful pastry takes time and love to bring it to perfection, but is worth the wait.


  • 2 cups Milk (warmed to about 100º)
  • ¾ cup Butter (melted plus more for basting)
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 packets Yeast
  • 6 cups Flour (sifted)
  • 1 can Cherry Pie filling
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tbsp Milk or Water


  1. Start by mixing the warmed milk, sugar, yeast, and allow it to rest and foam for 10 minutes.
  2. Next, stir in the butter, eggs, and sugar. Follow by mixing in the sifted flour and let the dough rise in a warm place away from drafts.
  3. After 1 hour punch the dough down and allow to rise again 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want it to be at the same size as right before you punched it down.
  4. After the second time of rising you will punch down the dough again and transfer to your floured pastry board.
  5. Butter your baking sheet with a pastry brush and melted butter.
  6. Roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness. Cut out the kolaches using a biscuit cutter or a cup, if you don't have one.
  7. Place onto the buttered baking sheets and brush with melted butter. Place plastic wrap loosely over top the baking sheets and set aside allowing them to double in size.
  8. While they are doubling in size, make up the streusel topping by mixing the butter (softened not melted), sugar, flour and cinnamon with a pastry cutter. You want it to be crumbly.
  9. After the dough had doubled, use your finger tips to press the centers down about 3/4" from the edges and sprinkle the streusel in the base. Top the Streusel with the cherry filling and sprinkle the remaining streusel on top.
  10. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on a cooling rack while you prepare the powdered sugar icing. TIP: for extra easy clean up, place tin foil beneath the cooling racks so as the icing drips off you aren't left cleaning up icing from your table or counter.
  11. When the Kolaches are still slightly warm drizzle the powdered sugar icing on top.
  12. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container for a few days. They are the best on the first day but slightly warming them up in the microwave a few seconds helps bring them back to their perfection even on day three.


  • Method is very important in this recipe.
  • It does take longer than most recipes but it will be worth it I promise!
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Bread, Dessert
  • Cuisine: American, Czech


  • Calories: 243

Keywords: dessert, pastry