Kolache - Hungarian Nut Bread
Breakfast, Desserts, Holidays

Kolache – Sweet Nut Roll

Have you ever had Kolache? It is a Central European (Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, etc.) treat made with a rich brioche like dough filled with sweetened nut or seed filling. And it is DELICIOUS!

Kolache or Kolach

In my husband’s house growing up it was breakfast every Christmas morning. You can enjoy it any time of the year, but since the only time my Mother-in-Law makes it is in December I automatically associate it with Christmas. When, I handed a plate of it to my neighbor she said she is going to make it for Thanksgiving morning.

So make it now, pin it for the holidays or a lazy weekend morning, whatever you want.

The hardest part about making this was finding the filling. You should be able to find it with the pie fillings, or check the Kosher section, or ask an employee. I used Solo brand (not a sponsor of this post), because that’s what my Mother-in-law uses and that’s all the store had. Other than that the ingredients and steps are simple.

Just note that you need to start the dough the night before you are going to bake it. Dissolve yeast and put everything in a bowl and mix. ingredients in the bowl Add half of the flour and make a sticky dough. Kolache dough after initial mixing Add the remaining flour and mix until it is a smooth dough. It is still going to be very soft. Do not add more flour! Put dough in greased bowl Let rise overnight in the refrigerator. Kolache dough ready to roll Immediately roll into a rectangle while dough is still cold (before it gets sticky) and spread on the filling. Roll dough and spread with filling Roll into a cylinder and let rise. let dough rise until doubled Bake, cool, slice, devour…



Prep time9 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time40 minutes
Total time10 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Occasion Christmas
Kolache (or Kolach) is a central European pastry of sweetened nut spread or fruit in a light flaky dough. Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian dessert


  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 can Almond or Poppy Seed Filling


The dough needs to rest overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

The almond or poppy seed filling can usually be found with the pie fillings at the grocery store.


The night before you plan to make the Kolache, in a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sour cream, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
Kolache dough after initial mixing
Beat in remaining flour to form a soft dough. Transfer to a greased bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Put dough in greased bowl
Roll dough out into a 14 x 12 inch rectangle. Spread with filling.
Roll dough and spread with filling
Roll like a cinnamon or jelly roll to make a 14" long cylinder. Pinch edges to seal, place seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let rise until doubled in size about 1 1/2 hours.
let dough rise until doubled
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool and slice.

Until next time, happy eating.


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21 thoughts on “Kolache – Sweet Nut Roll”

  1. Fun! I grew up in Texas, and there’s a large central European immigrant community in East Texas, so I grew up with kolache! They’re sold at lots of doughnut shops and dedicated kolache shops. My favorite are the ones with sausage in. Mmmm…

  2. I’m having a great time co-hosting The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Part & Giveaway. Thanks for linking up your tasty recipe! This reminds me of something my grandmother used to make. Stop back by the party and exchange more recipes. Pinned, Shared, and Tweeted… 🙂

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  3. Audrey
    The recipe sounds great but I’m surprised no one posted that your directions say to add sugar but no where in the ingredients is sugar listed. Please post how much sugar is in the recipe. Thanks

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