Share Your MOMent: Mom’s Favorite Kolackis

April 30th, 2016 by Paula Ivancicts

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Wilton employees to share some special memories and stories. For many of us, our moms – or someone who is like a mom to us – piqued our interest in baking. Who did you learn from? What special memories do you have? Or, are you a mom who enjoys baking with her kids? In this series, we will feature a different story each day. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of those who chose to share their MOMent!


When I think back, my love of baking started from watching my Mom and my older sister, Sheryl.  With nine people in our family, Mom baked for special occasions.  I always knew when there was a holiday, because there would be kolackis.

Sheryl, mom and me

Sheryl was baking and decorating cakes with Wilton pans and tips back in the 70’s.  I could sit for hours, watching her mix her icings to get just the right colors and then decorating with the tips.  She had all the neat pans:  Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, etc.  I felt privileged when she gave me her favorite pans when I had my children.  I remember my girls perched up at the counter watching me decorate, just as I did to her.  Of course, who wouldn’t like to try out the icing before it made it to the cake?  My daughters have fallen in love with baking and decorating too and are so knowledgeable with all the products.  It makes me so proud!  It’s neat to hear when Emily is in the kitchen with a friend and the friend isn’t sure how to do something and she is able to say, “let me show you”.

My family today.


Mom's Spoons

Mom’s measuring spoons.

Nothing reminds me more of mom than using her metal measuring spoons.  They tend to fall off the ring and I’m constantly asking my husband to squeeze the ring back together.  He once said, why don’t you just throw those out?  Silly man!  Those were my mom’s.  He never asks that question anymore; he just smiles and squeezes the spoons back on the ring.

To this day, I still pull out mom’s recipe card every time I make kolackis.  It is stained and splattered from all the years, but it is a wonderful memory I have of my mom.  I love the fact that she typed it on a typewriter and there are corrections on the card.  The recipe came from Poland with my buscia (Grandmother).  For Easter, I made kolaskis and adapted the recipe for gluten-free kolackis for my daughter.  I mentioned to my family that I may have that little recipe card made into a canvas print for my kitchen.   How special would that be?

Cream Cheese Kolacki Recipe

Even though my mom has been gone for many years, I always enjoy the traditions she started when I was little and enjoy that I have a few of my Mom’s favorite things when I bake with my family.  Favorite family recipes bring back great memories!


3 sticks margarine
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups or more flour

Combine ingredients in order. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Put on preserves of ones choice. bake at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.

Kolacki 4

Paula Ivancicts Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep and a Certified Wilton Method Instructor. She has been with Wilton since 2009. Her love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. Outside of Wilton, Paula enjoys family time with her husband and two daughters. She loves baking, decorating, and making candy for family, friends, and coworkers.

8 Replies

  1. Sue Eskra says:

    What a beautiful story Paula!!! I still have a few of my favorite Grandma recipes along with the stains too and my mom had to translate some of the ingredients years ago… (Oleo ha ha ha). Thank you for sharing and Happy Mother’s Day to you!!! GREAT idea to frame those too!!!!

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Thanks Sue!

      Great news! For Mother’s Day, my family made that recipe card into a piece of art for the wall.

  2. Charity StJohn says:

    What a lovely story. My mom had those same measuring spoons, I do miss them! A canvas prints is a fantastic idea!

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Hi Charity!
      Maybe someday those measuring spoons will be gifted down to you!

      Yesterday, I received that recipe card which was turned into a piece of art for my kitchen. I love it!

  3. Vanessa Ramirez says:

    I’ve been looking for a good recipe to try & make these cookies and this one looks perfect! I’m also gluten free so I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing that adapted version too?

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Hi Vanessa!
      I use a 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour that contains all the necessary ingredients to make it a comparable match to an All Purpose Flour. Since some of most of us eat the standard kolacki and only my daughter eats the gluten free, I take the dough without the flour and divide it in half and weigh it (or eyeball it) to figure I am using half of the dough and then add the flour. I work with the gluten free first, so I don’t get any gluten in hers. I start by adding the gf flour until the dough is no longer sticky and it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin. Dust the counter and rolling pin with the gf flour. When I’m done with the gf dough, I move on to our dough.

      I bake them on a parchment lined pan and mark on the paper, gf or Emily, so I know which pan is hers. I use the same filling, because it is gluten free.

      I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  4. Paula Ivancicts says:


    I forgot to mention that Mom used margarine in her recipe, but I use butter.

  5. Susan LH says:

    Kolackis are the best! My mom used to make them as well when I was a kid – she didn’t bake much, but I will always remember kolackis and lamb cake at Easter!

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