It may come as a surprise that one of the most Texan dishes out there was brought to the Lone Star State by Czech immigrants. Kolaches can be sweet or savory; you might find these pastries filled with cream cheese filling or apricot or blueberry fruit filling topped with powdered sugar, or with a poppy seed filling.
In the 1950s, Village Bakery in West, Texas, put an even more American spin on the Czech kolache recipe with the creation of the klobasnek or klobasniky, which is a sausage kolache. It looks a little like the breakfast version of a pig-in-a-blanket, but this savory kolache recipe is so much better.

How To Make A Kolache

It's time for Countryside Cooking with Wide Open Eats! Today we're showing you how to make a breakfast favorite, the Texas Kolache! Have you ever had one? Let us know in the comments!

Posted by Wide Open Eats on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

What Are the Ingredients in a Kolache?

Kolaches are essentially the healthy cousin of doughnuts and can often be found in donut shops. The kolache dough starts with a basic pastry dough like a donut: active dry yeast, warm milk, room temperature unsalted butter, large eggs, sugar, and salt, then add your and all-purpose flour. Start with the yeast and warm milk in a small bowl and let it sit and bubble for a few minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients and knead together the yeast dough. You can use whole milk, 2%, or whatever you have on hand.

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A stand mixer with a dough hook makes the process much easier, but you can also mix everything by kneading it in a large bowl. Once the dough comes together, let it rise in a warm place, then divide it into 12 dough balls. Each of those sections is rolled out into a rectangle and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeño slices, and a cooked sausage link then rolled back up and placed on a baking sheet, seam-side down. Total time is only half an hour!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the kolache on the baking sheet. While the oven preheats, let the kolache rest, then bake until golden brown. While they're going to smell amazing, give the pastries a chance to cool before you try them because they are going to be hot, hot, hot just like Central Texas! Serve with a side of mustard.

This post was originally published on August 20, 2021.

Homemade Texas Sausage Kolache 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes



  • Dough
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (One packet)
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm milk
  • 6 tbs melted butter, cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • Filling
  • 12 fully cooked sausage links (We like using pork)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño slices


In the bowl of your stand mixer (or whichever bowl you plan on mixing everything in), combine the yeast and water. Let rest to proof about 5 minutes.

With the mixer on low, add milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and salt until evenly combined.

Add 2 cups of flour to the milk mixture and mix until blended. Add 2 more cups and mix until blended. Add the remaining 3/4 cup and continue mixing. If the dough still sticks to the side of the bowl, continue adding flour about 2 tbs at a time until the right consistency is reached.

Lightly grease the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size, about 90 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.

Punch down the dough and divide into 12 portions. Roll each into rectangles about 5 inch by 2 1/2 inch long.

Sprinkle 1 tbs cheese in a line down the middle. Layer on a few jalapeño slices, then lay on the sausage. Wrap the sausage in the dough, pinching to seal.

Transfer the kolache to the baking sheet, and place seam side down. Let rest for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 F.

Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

Let cool about 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Texas Sausage Kolache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 384mg 16%
Potassium 127mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.