Grandma’s Polish Cookies
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- Confectioners' sugar
- 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.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll each portion into a 1/4-in.-thick rectangle; cut into 4x1-1/2-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.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 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.
Dec 6, 2019
These are similar to my German grandmother’s kiechla (not sure of spelling). Although we cut into diamond shape and pulled one end thru slit. Very yummy. We also dipped into dark Karo syrup.
Dec 6, 2019
My grandmother made these every Christmas, literally hundreds of them. She was Norwegian and they were called Fattigman. (Pr: FUTTY-mon). Then, I met my boyfriend and his family is Polish and they were Kruchiki to them! LOL, a simple fried buttery dough in many northern European homes.
Jun 7, 2019
These are similar to the Danish Klejner my mother and grandmother made every Christmas. I loved them. We add a little cardamom. Great memories, thanks!
Feb 5, 2019
This is (almost) like my Serbian recipe, which is called Cheregi (sp?) Just delicious! Mine adds a jigger (shot) of whiskey into the dough. My mother always cut long strips with a pastry wheel, which has a fluted edge and then cut strips across into pieces on a diagonal. Of course, dust with sifted powdered sugar.
Dec 12, 2018
a neighbor of ours when I was a kid made these. (they were polish). She'd make them for Christmas every year. One of my favorite cookies (and favorite people! They're gone now and I miss them). Don't think she added whiskey or bourbon in them
Dec 7, 2018
My mother used to add a shot of whiskey or bourbon also. It kept the dough fluffy. And also, they mad a slit it the dough and brought one side threw, so the kind of looked like a bow tie
Dec 4, 2017
my mother used to add a bit of whiskey to hers
Dec 2, 2017
These look a bit different than the ones I make and totally different ingredients. They look delish though!
Jun 25, 2017
Thank you so much. My mom used to make these when I was a kid.I never got the recipe! Now I do!My mom would also put cinnamon sugar on themThanks for the memories
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.