Grandma's Polish Cookies Recipe
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Grandma's Polish Cookies Recipe

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This traditional khruchiki recipe has been handed down through my mother's side from my great-grandmother. As a child, it was my job to loop the end of each cookie through its hole. —Sherine Elise Gilmour, Brooklyn, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 122 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until foamy; add milk and vanilla. Stir into crumb mixture until dough is stiff enough to knead.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Divide dough into four pieces. Roll each portion into a 1/4-in.-thick rectangle; cut into 4-in. x 1-1/2-in. strips. Cut a 2-in. lengthwise slit down the middle of each strip; pull one of the ends through the slit like a bow.
  3. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry dough strips, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 40 cookies.
Originally published as Grandma's Polish Cookies in Reminisce April/May 2009, p 49

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pmr524 User ID: 5777549 257757
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"From what I remember growing up, and the recipe I still use when I make them, these are not the same as Fattigmans. Fattigmans resemble these in shape, but the ingredients are different."

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 238997
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"made these twice for our daughter in laws mom. our daughter in law is Polish born in Poland as is her mom. they both loved these crazy good cookies. I'll admit for every 10 I took out of the deep fryer I ate 2 of them.......soooo delicious."

Babcia_PA User ID: 56361 238904
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"I grew up having Chrusciki (the correct spelling) every Christmas and on special holidays. My mother, who was from Poland, gave me a slightly different recipe but I bet these taste the same."

chattykat623 User ID: 6391811 238360
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"These are Danish and called Fatiman's Buckles.."

skywaitress User ID: 5434571 99173
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"These are from my childhood! Delicious! We called them "pig's ears"."

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