Monday, December 1, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Kolaches (Dough + Filling) Recipes

I had been begging my mother for two and a half years to make me some vegan kolaches. My family heritage is Czech, and I grew up watching my grandmother and now my own mother bake large batches of kolaches in the kitchen. I'm Texan and this is a big deal down where I'm from. I finally planned a full day to attempt a batch of vegan kolaches, and these have been given the stamp of approval by my Czech grandmother (who still speaks Czech!). She gobbled them up and when I said they were vegan, all she said was, "Ain't it?"

Special thanks goes out to Helen Pitlik of for giving me permission to share her own dough recipe that I slightly modified. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!

Vegan Kolache Dough
yields 4 dozen small kolaches

2 cups lukewarm non-dairy milk
2/3 cup sugar
2 packages dry yeast
1/3 cup oil
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
6 cups flour, divided
4 Tbsp. vegan butter

1. Add sugar to lukewarm milk and stir in yeast in a large bowl. Let sit for a few minutes until foamy.
2. Stir in oil, 3 cups flour, and salt and mix until combined. Stir in remaining 3 cups of flour.
3. Shape into ping pong–sized balls and place on a greased baking pan about 1 inch apart. Let rise until more or less doubled in size (about two hours).
4. Press down centers on "wet" side that was facing down on your pan with your thumb and fill with desired filling.
5. Let rise again for another hour.
6. Brush the tops with melted vegan butter and bake at 350° for 15–18 minutes.

Filling options
1 can poppyseed filling
1 package Beyond Meat Grilled Chick'n
1 package Tofurkey Roast Beef
1 package Daiya Cheddar or Swiss cheese
Cream cheese with popsika (instructions below)
1/2 can cherry pie filling

Cream Cheese Filling
yields filling for 20 kolaches

1 package Tofutti Better Than Cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla

1. Soften cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds.
2. Blend together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
3. After following steps 1–3 for the kolache dough, press down centers of the risen dough with a spoon to create a small "bowl".
4. Add filling mixture and top with popsika (directions below).

Now onto the topping for the fruit kolaches. This was always something my grandmother let me do, and I honestly have no idea what popsika even translates to. My cousin calls it "The Crumble", so whatever works!

Popsika (The "Crumble") for Fruit-Filled Kolaches
yields topping for 3 dozen fruit kolaches

1/4 cup vegan butter
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup flour

1. Blend ingredients together with a fork until it begins to crumble. Continue to add equal amount of sugar and flour until crumble is achieved
2. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit-filled kolaches.

Kelsey is a passionate vegan living in Houston, Texas, spreading the word about the benefits of eating a healthy, plant-based diet. She's also a minimalist enthusiast, a self-proclaimed financial guru of her household, and founder of The Little Red Journal.


  1. Thank you so much for coming up with this and sharing! I'm in TX, too, and understand the need!!! Ha! Would you use this same dough to wrap little sausages to make the 'pig in a blanket' or sausage kolache? Field Roast makes a small sausage that is just begging to be stuffed into a little roll!!! Would you wrap them between the two rising times (same point that you put the filling in top)? Thanks so much!!!! Can't wait to make these!!!

  2. Absolutely! I use the Tofurky kielbasa or Italian sausages (cut into several pieces) and wrapped them as you said. I would make a batch of the dough, roll into ping-pong size balls, let them rise an hour or two and then stuff them with whatever (I suggest adding Daiya cheddar cheese with the sausage), and then let them rise one more time for another hour before putting them in the oven. I made four batches of these a couple of weeks ago, and even stuffed some the same way with pumpkin (see my pumpkin spiced oat cookie recipe under desserts for the spices ratio). Those were a big hit, too, and I spinkled cinnamon and sugar on top to tell them apart from my sausage kolaches.

  3. Great! Thanks! My ping pong balls are rising right now - can't wait to see how they turn out! :)

    1. Yay! What fillings are you going to do?


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