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Ice Cream Kolacky

Ice Cream Kolacky cookies are a fun twist on a traditional Scandinavian recipe. Our family comes from Czechoslovakia, and we’ve been making kolacky cookies in one form or another for generations! Since the dough to these cookies only uses flour, butter and ice cream, it is an easy recipe to make with children. There aren’t a lot of tough measurements and the baking process is broken up over two days. So, if kids only have a 15-minute attention span, they will love this recipe!

Our favorite filling is the sweet cream cheese (made by mixing cream cheese with a bit of powdered sugar), but chase that with an apricot or blackberry kolacky and your taste buds will thank you.

Ice Cream Kolacky cookies on a plate

In the mood for more holiday-inspired cookies? Try my Vanilla Ricotta Cookies or Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles!

Ice Cream Kolacky

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  • Overnight
  • 36 cookies



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (full fat)


  • Fruit preserves (apricot and blackberry)
  • 2 oz. cream cheese plus
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Measure out 1 cup of ice cream and set aside to soften on counter while moving on to the next step.
  2. Cut butter into 8-10 small pieces. In a large bowl, use a pastry blender to mix butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (much like you would do while making pie crust).
  3. Add ice cream in the same way, cutting into the flour mixture until a dough forms. You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step if you have one.
  4. Knead dough 6-8 strokes or until smooth. Cut into 3 separate discs. Wrap discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (up to 3 days).
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness between a floured surface on bottom and the plastic wrap on top to keep dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Use a circle cutter to cut out cookies. Each disc should yield 1 dozen cookies.
  6. Place parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on top of your baking sheet. This will make any fruit preserve spills easy to clean up. Transfer cookies to the baking sheet. Using your thumb, make an indent into each cookie and fill with 1/2 teaspoon fruit preserves or cream cheese filling.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


  1. This is an easy recipe.
    I think I may be adventurous and mix a bit of jam w/the sweetened cream cheese and see how that goes.

    1. That sounds delicious Kathleen! We hope you enjoy this recipe.
      -Tristen, ADA Mideast Communications Specialist

  2. Hello Katrina,

    My grandmother also was from Czechoslovakia and I grew up baking with her.
    I have also made kolacky for many years and as you know it is very tedious so
    I will definitely be trying your recipe ! Thank you.

    Can you please tell me how to store these and for how long in refrigerator and freezer. Also how long can these set out on at room temperature for a party ?

    Thank you in advance.

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