Kolaczki are a traditional Polish pastry which are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. They are made from a shortcrust pastry and filled with a variety of different fillings, such as fruit, chocolate or cheese. Kolaczki are usually served as a dessert, but can also be enjoyed as a snack.


– 250g plain flour
– 125g butter
– 125g caster sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– For the filling:
– 250g fruit or chocolate of your choice


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.

2. To make the pastry, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together.

3. Place the dough onto a floured surface and roll out to about 5mm thickness. Use a pastry cutter to cut out circles of dough.

4. Place a teaspoonful of filling onto one half of each circle of dough. Fold the dough over to enclose the filling and press the edges together to seal.

5. Place the kolaczki onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Potential changes & improvements

– You could use a different type of flour, such as gluten-free flour, if you need to.
– The amount of sugar in the pastry can be reduced if you prefer.
– If you are making your own fruit filling, you could add a little bit of spice to it with cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves.

What other food it works well with

Kolaczki are often served with coffee or tea. They can also be enjoyed with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Common Mistakes

– Over-filling the kolaczki can make them difficult to seal and can cause the filling to leak out during baking.
– Not sealing the kolaczki properly can also cause the filling to leak out.

Nutritional Information

– Kolaczki are high in fat and sugar so should be enjoyed in moderation.


– Gluten
– Dairy
– Egg

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