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Raspberry Bow tie Cookies {AKA Polish Kolaczki Cookies}

You'll want to add these Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies to your Christmas baking list. Polish Kolaczki or Kolachy Cookies are a classic holiday dessert with a soft cream cheese and butter cookie dough rolled and cut into squares, filled with red raspberry fruit jam, pinched in the center to bake, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Polish
Keyword Bowtie Cookies, Polish Cookies, Raspberry Jam Cookies
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 25 cookies
Calories 179kcal


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup raspberry jam
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar


  • Beat cream and butter in a mixer with a bowl.
  • Mix in powdered sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt.
  • Slowly mix in flour just until fully incorporated.
  • Divide dough into two balls. Flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Mix egg white and water together.
  • Place 1 ball of dough on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll dough to about ⅛ inch thick. Trim all ends to create a nice big square. I like to use a pizza cutter for cutting the dough.
  • Cut dough into 2-inch by 2-inch squares. TIP: It works best to cut a 2 inch strip then cut the strip into 2 inch squares.
    TIP: Dough can be rolled out slightly thinner once cut if the cookies open while baking.
  • Place ½ tsp raspberry jam diagonally down the center of each square.
  • Fold (non fruit jam) corners of dough together over the jam in the center.
  • Touch overlapping dough with a sprinkle of egg wash and pinch together.
  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Once cool, dust with powdered sugar.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg