No matter the spelling, this Czech pastry, is thought to have originally been reserved for special occasions and festivals. Those include dances, holidays, as well as the announcement of a young woman's engagement.
Today, kolache are often associated with Texas. Likely due to the fact that starting in the 1840s, Czech immigrants settled into farms and founded new lives in more than 250 small communities throughout the state. Although, that is not the only state that welcomed these families. Over the next several decades, immigrants settled into a majority of the Midwestern states, ranging from Indiana to Nebraska and Texas to Minnesota.
Every family has their preferred toppings. The classic toppings were spiced prunes or plum butter, which evolved into poppy seeds or cheese. I am most familiar with blueberry, apricot and cherry toppings, which are generally considered new toppings as they were made more widely available in the states than in the old country. Truthfully, I must have found more than a dozen different recipes that were passed down to me from just my family. Some in the form of news paper clippings, some as hand written notes and all of them vary.
It was from a hand written recipe that I determined which spelling is best for our enjoyment - kolacky. Now to sit back with a cup of coffee and a treat!