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How to Make Sourdough Kolaches

Learn how to make sourdough kolaches. Step by step instructions and video showing you how to make our family kolache recipe with prune filling, passed down over three generations!

What is a Kolache?

Kolache or Kolaches are a Czech Pastry, filled with sweet or savory toppings.

Our family recipe has always been made with sweet filling. A from scratch prune filling, just prunes, and a little sugar and cinnamon.

Watch Connie (my awesome mother in law!) teach me how to make Kolaches step by step! 11 Minute Video.

Supplies Needed:

To make our authentic Czech sourdough kolaches with prune filling you will need the following equipment and ingredients.


Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

Mixing Bowl with” title=””> Lid

Kitchen Scale to Weigh Ingredients

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Medium Saucepan with Lid

Kitchen Scissors (food safe)

Potato Masher


Unbleached Parchment Paper

Cup or circle cookie cutters to cut out dough

Baking Sheet

Pastry Brush (I prefer Silicone)

Oven Mitts

Optional: Food Thermometer (to measure temperature of dough after cooking to make sure it’s done)

Ingredients Needed:

For Sourdough Kolache Dough:

Active Sourdough Starter






All Purpose Flour (Organic and Unbleached)

For Topping:


Granulated Sugar

Pitted Prunes

Sweetened Baking Coconut Flakes (for topping)

Melted Butter for brushing tops of Kolaches

Making the Kolaches: Baking Schedule

The night before:

Mix the dough the evening before you want to bake the Kolaches. Chill the dough overnight in an airtight bowl.

In the morning:

Take the dough out of the fridge to warm up a little (we rolled ours out very cold, it worked but it was just a bit harder to roll).

You will roll the dough and cut it out while the prune filling is simmering.

Rise Time During Bake Day:

The dough circles will need about an hour (depends on how warm your kitchen is) to rise after you roll and cut them out. They are ready when they almost double and look very puffy.

Kolaches Recipe:

Sourdough Kolaches

Grandma Melcher's Recipe – Bohemian (Czech) from the Kondal side of her family. Adapted by Jess to replace box mix with homemade sourdough! Step-by-step video included!
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 2 hours
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 day 3 hours
Servings 4 dozen (depends how big you make them)


  • 200 grams Active Sourdough Starter I feed 1:1:1 ratio
  • 232 grams Sour Cream
  • 110 grams Granulated Sugar
  • 113 grams Unsalted Butter melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 Eggs (mine weighed 118 grams)
  • 8 grams Sea Salt
  • 500 grams Organic, Unbleached, All Purpose Flour


  • 30 Pitted Dried Prunes Cut up into small pieces with scissors.
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 or 4 tbsp Granulated Sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you like it, we added 3).
  • Filtered Water, just enough to cover prunes in pan
  • Sweetened Coconut (Bakers Sweetened Coconut Shredded) optional, to sprinkle on top


  • Make the Sourdough Kolache Dough Recipe the night before. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add Active Sourdough Starter, Sour Cream, Granulated Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Eggs, and Salt. Mix at low speed until well combined (I do 1 at first, then 2 for awhile on my mixer).
  • Now swap the paddle for the dough hook, turn on low, and slowly add 1/2 cup of flour at a time. Once all the flour is added, let the mixer with the dough hook knead the dough until the dough forms a ball around the dough hook and pulls itself completely off the walls and bottom of the bowl. It might take a while, be patient! Only add more flour if the dough is super wet, adding too much flour can make the dough dry.
  • Once the dough is ready, place in a glass mixing bowl with an airtight lid, and let it chill in the fridge until you are ready to bake the next day.
  • In the morning, cut the prunes into small pieces with the scissors into the saucepan. Cover with enough water to just start to cover prunes. Simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until soft and mushy.
  • While the prunes are cooking, roll out the dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick and cut into circles using a cup. Place the circles a couple inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside to rise for one hour or until doubled and puffy.
  • Strain the prunes.
  • Add Cinnamon and Sugar to prunes and mash with the potato masher until its all mushy and uniform (see video at 5 minute mark to see this step). Set aside.
  • After the dough has risen and starts to look puffy, push down the center of each dough circle with your fingers and add a little scoop of the prune mixture to each using a spoon.
  • Add a pinch of coconut to the top of each cookie on top of prune filling.
  • Once the cookies finish rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake for 17 minutes (or until golden brown).
    If you'd like you can check the temperature after baking with the digital thermometer, it should be 190 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Mine went up to 210 degrees right away and were perfect!
  • Enjoy warm!
    Or store in airtight container with a piece of bread to keep from drying out.
    I am going to see how they freeze and I'll let you know!


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