Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is a classic Polish cookie that my mom and Bushia used to make at Christmas time. I've found that this is a really hard dough to work with, but it is from the original Polish recipe translated into English. These are not really sweet cookies, but they get most of their sweetness from the powdered sugar on the outside.
- 5 tablespoons cream
- 5 egg yolks
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour, plus
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- powdered sugar
- Beat eggs until thick.
- Add salt slowly while stirring.
- Add sugar and vanilla, beat well.
- Add cream and flour, alternating until blended. You may need more than the flour listed above depending on how humid it is that day.
- Turn onto a floured board.
- Cover with a cloth for 10 minutes.
- Knead until dough blisters.
- Roll very thin.
- Cut into 1 inch by 4 inch rectangles.
- Cut a gash in the middle of the rectangle and pull one end through so it looks like a twist.
- Fry in 375 degree oil until golden brown.
- Drain on a rack for 3 minutes then roll into powdered sugar.
My Ukrainian grandmother passed when I was in my late teens. These were a holiday tradition in her home and I was too busy being a kid to ever pay attention to her when she was cooking. For years I have tried to find a recipe like hers. Many of these cookies use sour cream or whiskey, and were close, but not right. This one hits the mark. I made these last year for Christmas and they've become a tradition in my home now. I did sub vanilla with brandy, but otherwise they are perfect. Thank you for giving me back a little piece of my childhood.
Very traditional recipe! Very yummy! I have to admit that I added 1 tbsp of vodka to keep them from soaking too much oil while frying. I just want to share the other name of chrusciki which is faworki :D