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This traditional Czech/Polish pastry has acquired an American twist! Kolacky (or Kolaches) are cookies traditionally filled with a variety of fruit, poppy-seed or cheese fillings. My family serves them at most holiday dinners and they are the perfect bite-sized treat after any feast. This time, I made them with a homemade pumpkin pie filling.
The baking season has really kicked in this week since I was invited to attend the Chicago Food Swap this weekend. The Chicago Food Swap is an organization that meets monthly to swap homemade and homegrown food in the Chicago area. No money changes hands and it is free to participate, plus it is a great way to form friendships and trade inspiration. I am baking a few varieties of goodies in preparation for this event. My baked goods will be stored and transported using Sweet Stackers. Special for the November swap, I will get to showcase my Stackable Food Storage System and even raffle Sweet Stackers as a door prize.
These homemade Pumpkin Pie Kolacky are on my swap list and I will probably be making more for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Pumpkin Pie Kolacky Filling
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Place a teaspoon dollop of filling on kolacky dough. Bake in 400° oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
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Thumbprint cookies are NOT just for the holidays! In fact, they are perfect for summer when the berries are harvested. By preserving summer berries, we are able to enjoy them year round. These thumbprint cookies are so easy, using a handful of ingredients and buttery delicious. Use any flavor jam, but the homemade sweet U-Pick Raspberry Preserves are the perfect topping!
Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- ½ cup raspberry preserves (or any flavor jam)
Using and electric mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar on high. Add the almond extract. Lower the mixer speed and gradually add the flour. Refrigerate the dough for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Make an indentation using your thumb in the center of each ball. (I make two thumbprints at 90 degree angles, to make a better circle) Fill each center with about 1/4 teaspoon of preserves or your favorite jam.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Remove to a cookie rack.
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Look! 3 dozen cookies without a sticky mess in 1 container!