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Grandma’s Polish Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch

Makes

40 cookies

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 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.
  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.

Nutrition Facts

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