Polish Chrusciki (Crullers or Angel Bows)

Colleen Sowa Recipe

By Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7

70 -80 (makes a big roast pan full !)
45 Min
40 Min
Deep Fry

This is a pretty, light, crispy treat. The children love to make these little "bows". Sometimes we make these for breakfast... sometimes for dessert...

This recipe came from my Polish mother-in-law.

These look really pretty on our holiday sweet table!

*** This Main photo is not my photo... got it from the internet, the rest are mine check out the cinnamon dusted ones.

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2 large
5 large
egg yolks
1/2 tsp
each: salt and ground nutmeg
1/3 c
powdered sugar
1/3 c
heavy cream (or canned condensed milk)
1 tsp
vanilla (or lemon juice if using triple sec)
2 Tbsp
brandy or rum (or triple sec is using lemon juice)
2 1/3 c
vegetable oil or peanut oil or canola oil (original recipe calls for lard)
powdered sugar (or cinnamon powdered sugar or granulated sugar)

Directions Step-By-Step

In large bowl: combine whole eggs and the yolks with sugar, salt, nutmeg and vanilla (or if using Triple Sec use Lemon or orange juice instead of vanilla). Beat at high speed about 3-5 minutes. Adding: cream, brandy (or rum or Triple Sec). Add flour. Beat 3-5 minutes longer until a thick dough forms.
Divide the dough in half, cover with damp clolth or plastic wrap and let rest for about a half an hour.
Roll the dough to about 1/8-inch thick. I use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into strips that are about 2-inches wide and to cut each strip diagonally( / ) 3-4-inches apart. (Cover the dough with a damp towel or plastic wrap to keep from drying out as you are frying and sifting with powdered sugar).
Heat 4 -6 inches of oil in large, deep pan for frying to 350 degrees (I use a thermometer).

Make a slit in the center of each strip of dough, and pull one end of the dough strip through the slit you cut, in order to form a bow to make them traditional (I sometimes just cut them into strips or triangles and then fry them this way.. they taste just as good!).
Fry 5 - 8 strips at a time for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Keep a close watch as they cook quickly. Drain on paper towel lined platter. Dust quickly with powdered sugar by sifting the powdered sugar over cookies.

***Some people drizzle the chrusciki with a little maple syrup or honey.

*** These cookies are meant to be eaten right away as they are better freshly made, they do not store well, you may try to store in an airtight container. Within the next few days the cookies can be baked in a 350-degree oven for 3-5 minutes to crisp them up again. Then dust them again with powdered sugar to "refresh" them. But they are usually made and served right away... and around our house there aren't any leftovers to store! LOL
*** Sometimes we add cinnamon to our powdered sugar before sprinkling the cookies!

*** Some people don't cut the slit and pull the end through.... they just loosely make a knot just like when you start to tie your shoes. No matter how you cut them, slit them or not slit them, tie them or not... they are a fast - easy treat!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast, Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Polish

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Jan Mullikin jmulliki
Nov 7, 2010
Looks like a great recipe! Thanks!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Nov 7, 2010
Thank you Jan...
Tola Kaminski joy2be
Feb 7, 2011
Your recipe and picture is the same as Barbara Rolek's recipe on her website: easteuropeanfood.about.com/...ki.htm I printed off her cruller recipe. Do you have any other vintage recipes that are not reproductions? Thank you.
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Dec 3, 2011
Tola, yes I did use her photo.... but the recipe is my mother-in-laws.... and we have been using it for many years.... it is a common Polish recipe. So sorry you feel a need to berate people on their recipes... Bonnie.... oh I mean Tola.... and where are all of your recipes on here? Oh... I know... under one of your many other alias... Thank you for being so rude to me and others!
Bea L. BeachChic
Dec 3, 2011
OMG, Colleen, these sound so amazing! I love your family's recipes!:-)
Thea Pappalardo Sassy01
Dec 3, 2011
You go, girl!!!
Didi Dalaba didicoffeegirl
Dec 3, 2011
Colleen, this sounds soooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!! I had these one day when one of my Polish pt's daughter's made them... she never did give me there recipe so THANK YOU!!!!

Tola, I don't understand why you have to be rude?? Colleen "specifically" mentioned that is not her picture... so I guess Im confused as how her recipe is a reproduction??? I don't understand why ppl have to mean, I really honestly DON'T!!! It takes so MUCH MORE effort to be mean than to be nice... it's actually proven!!!! I'm sorry your feelings were hurt Tola... considering this WAS NOT YOUR RECIPE but Barbara's!! Anyway, I would love to see some of yours!!!! Darn it all, can't seem to FIND ANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thea Pappalardo Sassy01
Dec 3, 2011
I'm sure she has posted lots of recipes, Didi. We just don't know which of her names to look under.
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Dec 3, 2011
LOL!!! Thank you all for your kind comments and sticking up for me! I totally agree with everything said..... Tola is a sad person going from recipe to recipe trying to pick them apart...


Tola has not posted a single recipe of her own....Hmmmmmmmm sounds fishy to me.... another bully...... well.... I won't stand for it.... Leave me and others alone..... we are here for love and enjoyment........ get it Bonnie? Oops... Tola....
Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX
Dec 3, 2011
Isnt it sad to find a person has to make negative comments on anothers recipe? I mean, obviously, Colleen shared with LOVE her mother-in-laws recipe! That was so kind of her, not only to honor her memory and show her respect and love for her, but also to share with US, who are totally unworthy of being involved in that relationship but yet have had the gift of being allowed for a brief moment by Colleen to share in it.
Thank you, Colleen, for sharing your love and honoring of your mother-in-law with us. Thank you for sharing your family recipe with us.
to Tola, you're an A hole. Whoever you are, whatever name you're using today to wreak havok and cause pain, you're an A hole.
Thats all I have to say.
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Dec 3, 2011
Thank you Helene.... you are a good person and you know my heart so well.... Thanks for being my friend.... and saying what I wish I would be able to say..... lol xo
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Kim Zadworny kjzad
Dec 11, 2011
Thank you so much for posting this recipe - it's the closest thing to the way my mother in law made them!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Dec 11, 2011
Thank you Kim for liking the recipe... when you make them, please post a photo! xo