Quick Homemade Kolache Recipe

If you love bread stuffed with fillings like cheese, sausage, eggs, or fruit, this homemade kolache recipe will be a big hit.  What are kolaches? Picture a sweet yeast-type roll stuffed with the filling of your choice…eggs and cheese for breakfast, pepperoni and sauce with mozzarella for lunch, sausage and jalapenos for a little kick!

You can also top your homemade kolaches recipe with a fruit filling for a sweet breakfast or dessert treat. This quick kolache recipe is easy and we made it a family affair. I am all for families cooking together. And helping to clean up the mess!

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homemade kolaches with fruit filling on top

What Is A Kolache?

So, what is the history of kolaches? Basically, it is a traditional food that originated in Central Europe, mainly from Czech and Slovak regions. Kolaches came to the United States with Czech immigrants, many of whom settled in Texas. However, there are many cities around the US that are passionate about their kolaches.

Several cities even hold annual Kolache Festival celebrations! Check out this Czechoslovakian cookbook on Amazon. They have a great selection of recipes and some interesting historical info.

Figs and jam in glass jars on a wooden table.

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Easy and Quick Kolache Filling Ideas

So, we have been making this homemade kolache recipe for a while and everyone has their favorite kolache filling. This easy homemade kolache recipe can be filled with sausage, egg, and cheese (my favorite!), pepperoni and cheese (my daughter’s favorite!), or jalapenos and cheese (my husband’s favorite!).

Using store-bought jam or homemade lemon curd are also great for dolloping on top. Make sure you seal your homemade kolaches well and don’t overstuff them. You will end up with filling all over everywhere. Use a silicone baking mat on your cookie sheet to make cleanup easier.

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 Homemade kolaches with pepperoni and cheese in them

How to Make Homemade Kolaches

Want to make homemade kolaches? This Easy Kolache recipe works well with both sweet or savory additions for a delicious breakfast recipe. Have you ever made homemade Kolaches?

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Yield: 12

Homemade Kolache Recipe

collage of homemade kolaches with text overlay 'homemade kolaches either sweet or savory'

This homemade kolache recipe can be sweet or savory. A delicious hot pocket of meats, egg, cheese, or topped with fruit.

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c plus 1/4 c melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fillings of your choice...we did combinations of egg, cheese, dried jalapenos or jam topped


  1. In large bowl combine yeast, warm milk, sugar and 1 cup flour. Mix, cover, let rise til double (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  2. In separate bowl mix eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, and salt. Add to mixture 1 when ready. Stir in 2 cups flour or a little more (took us 2 1/2). The dough should be soft and moist.
  3. Knead 10 minutes. Put in a greased bowl and let rise til double (about an hour)
  4. Punch down dough and pull off chunks (very large egg-sized or small fist size). Place on a greased cookie sheet and flatten to about 5 inches across (smaller for jam topped ones, larger for ones that will be stuffed). Brush with melted butter and place stuffing in the center. Pull up sides to cover and pinch to seal. Flip over so sealed side is on the bottom. Let rise 30 minutes. For jam Kolaches, let rise 30 minutes first, then make indentations in the top and fill with spoonfuls of jam.
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with more melted butter when they come out of the oven.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

Nutrition Information Not Always Accurate


7 thoughts on “Quick Homemade Kolache Recipe”

  1. I am going to have to give this a shot! Thanks for visiting my blog (by the way, I love NCIS, Bones etc. as well!)
    Have a great week!

  2. This looks so good! I found you from y’day What’s Cooking Wednesday. I would love for you to share this recipe or another at my Tip Day Thursday Carnival over at Around My Family Table. Thanks. Wendy

  3. What a beautiful dough! I needed slightly more than 3 1/2 cups of flour and some to sprinkle several times while kneading. I made sweet kolaches with lemon curd and cream cheese fillings and the dough made 16 nice sized pastries. I’ve tried other recipes that seem to have been more complicated, so this is definitely a keeper.


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