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Chrusciki (chruschici) - Polish Cookies

Last Modified: 12/20/08
First Published: 12/20/08
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Servings: 60
Total Cost: $inf
Cost Per Serving: $inf
Total Calories: inf
Calories/Serving: inf
Butter, Unsalted (melted) 1 Tablespoon 14.00 Grams $0.06 100
Eggs, Chicken (2 eggs) * 100.00 Grams $0.33 156
Egg Yolks (5 yolks) * 85.00 Grams $0.83 275
Sugar, White Granulated 3 Tablespoons 37.50 Grams $0.05 145
Salt, Table 1 1/2 Teaspoon 9.00 Grams $0.01 0
Extract, Vanilla Imitation 1 Teaspoon 4.66 Grams $0.42 0
White Distilled Vinegar 1 Teaspoon 0.17 Ounce $0.01 0
Vodka, Generic 750 ml Bottle 1 Tablespoon 0.50 Ounce $0.16 32
Sour Cream 3 Tablespoons 45.00 Grams $0.11 90
Oranges (zest only) 1 Teaspoon * $inf inf
Lemon, Whole (zest only) 1 Teaspoon * $inf inf
Flour, White Unbleached All Purpose 2 1/2 Cups 10.63 Ounces $0.35 1,138
Vegetable Oil (amount absorbed from frying) 3 Tablespoons 42.00 Grams $0.09 360
Sugar, Powdered Unsifted 1 Cup 120.00 Grams $0.40 480

These Polish Cookies are called Chrusciki. The cookies are deep fryed and covered in powdered sugar. If you are Polish you may remember your grandmother making these for Christmas.

This recipe is pretty easy to make, and if you take the time to work the dough enough and roll it thin enough they will come out great.


Add the melted butter, sour cream, eggs, sugar, lemon and orange extracts, vinegar, vodka and salt to your mixing bowl and beat until light in color and combined well. If you are using a standmixer it works best with the paddle attachment.

Then add the zest from the lemon and orange. Mix together.

At this point begin adding flour slowly until the dough comes together. About 2 1/2 cups.

Using about half the dough knead it for a few minutes. Then on a floured surface roll out the dough until it is thin (less than 1/8 of an inch). If you can get it into a square shape cut the dough into small rectangles on a diagonal (about 4 inches or so long and 1 inch or so wide).

Cut a small slit in the center of each piece so that you can twist one end through the other. Lay them out on a sheet pan with wax paper.


We used a cast iron dutch oven and added enough oil to come up about 2 inches on the side of the pot. Once the oil reaches 375 degrees F gently place a few cookies in the oil, cook for about 1 minute. Do not put too much into the oil at one time.frying

Remove the cookies from the oil and place them on a sheetpan with some newspaper or brown paper bags to absorb any excess oil.

Coating with Powdered Sugar

Once the cookies have cooled (just a few minutes) either dust in powdered sugar or roll them in a lot of powdered sugar. We rolled them in a lot instead of just dusting. More authentic that way.