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These soft, tender pastries have a fruit filling and creamy vanilla frosting - perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 24 kolaches


  • 1/4 c water (105-110°F)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 c margarine (1 stick)
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 - 4 c flour
  • 1 - 12 oz can pie or pastry filling*


  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract optional
  • milk if needed


  • In a liquid measuring cup (or small mixing bowl), combine the warm water, 1 tsp sugar and yeast. Stir and set aside.
  • Heat milk in microwave until it's "scalded." (See photos and text above in post to learn what this is).
  • Cut the margarine into cubes and place in a large bowl. Pour the scalded milk over it and stir until the margarine is melted.
  • Stir in the sugar and salt. Then stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Next, stir in 1 cup of the flour.
  • Then, add the yeast mixture and the remainder of the flour. (The dough will be soft, but if it's super sticky, add an additional flour tablespoon by tablespoon).
  • Place the dough in a large greased bowl, loosely covered with a towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  • With shortening-greased hands, form balls (~2 inches) in diameter and place at least 3 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (If you don't have parchment paper, use a silicon baking mat or simply grease your pans)
  • Let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Using two fingers, press a well in the center of each ball of dough. You want to make a good sized well, but be sure to not press it so far that you see the pan.
  • Add filling into each well.
  • Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until a very light golden brown; let cool.
  • Make the frosting: Beat the butter until fluffy.  Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Beat until smooth and creamy, adding a tablespoon or two of milk if needed.
  • Spread the frosting on the kolaches and enjoy!


**I recommend warming these up in the microwave for 10 seconds each before eating.  It makes them just that much better!!  These are truly dreamy!