Homemade Kolaches: A Texas Tradition


Kolaches are a delicious combination of a sweet dough filled with breakfast foods that seem to be a tradition in Texas. Have you tried one?
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword ham, pastry, texas
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 32 pieces
Calories 162kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch




  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter melted


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 3 links breakfast sausage
  • 4 oz ham
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese


  • 1/4 cup butter melted



  • Mix together yeast and flour
  • Add remaining sponge ingredients and mix until combined
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight


  • Remove the sponge from refrigerator and gently stir, adding the salt
  • Add flour until it forms a dough
  • NOTE: you may not need all 3 cups of flour, depending on the humidity where you live
  • Once the dough forms a ball, let it rest for 20 minutes
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes
  • Lightly oil a bowl and place the dough inside, making sure to coat the dough with oil
  • Cover and let rest for about an hour or until doubled in size


  • Cook breakfast sausage and crumble into bite-sized pieces
  • Chop or tear ham into small pieces
  • Shred cheddar cheese
  • When dough is ready, gently punch down by using a closed fist to slowly push the extra air out
  • Divide the dough into 32 pieces
  • Flatten the pieces into circles about 3 inches in diameter
  • Add a bit of the filling (either ham and cheese or sausage and cheese) to the dough
  • Fold the sides up to close and pinch together to seal
  • Place seam-side down on a greased cookie sheet or baking stone
  • Continue until all dough has been used


  • Preheat the oven to 375F while the kolaches rest
  • Brush kolaches with melted butter
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes until they start to turn golden
  • Don't let them get brown or the dough will start to dry out


Src: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/houston-ham-and-cheese-kolaches-229820


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 55mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg