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How to Make Kolacky Buns

Kolacky is a kind of sugary bun that is made from yeast dough. Typically, the filling for this bun is either poppy seeds or any fruit.


  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • Filling (separate recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, or milk
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Mix two cups of yeast and flour in a bowl and reserve.
  2. Heat up a saucepan and then pour in 1 cup of milk, ¾ cup butter, salt, and granulated sugar. Stir and wait until the temperature is about 120-130 degree F and the butter has melted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour and milk mixture then add egg yolks. Use electric mixer to beat the mixture for 30 seconds at moderate speed. After that time, whip again for another 3 minutes but on high speed. Add the lemon peel and the remainder of the flour and then mix using wooden spoon.
  4. Get the dough and knead on a floured surface. Work on the dough until it turned soft, smooth, and supple (approximately 3 to 5 minutes). Sparingly grease a bowl and place the dough, turning it just the once to oil the surface. Cover, set in a temperate place and let rise until its size has doubled (around 1 to 1 ½ hours).
  5. Prepare the filling that you would want to put in the dough and set aside.
  6. Split the dough into two equal parts. Cover and leave for 10 minutes while you grease the baking sheets.
  7. Mold the dough into 12 balls and do the same to the other half. Put the balls on the baking sheet and flatten them all (about 2 ½” in diameter). Cover and let rise.
  8. Notch the middle of the balls and put roughly two teaspoons of the prepared filling. Brush the sides of the dough with either milk or melted butter.
  9. Bake in the oven at 375 degree F until it turned golden (12 to 15 minutes).

Let it cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar on the top. Makes 24 rolls.

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