Polish Chrusciki (Crullers or Angel Bows)

Colleen Sowa Recipe

By Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7

70 -80 (makes a big roast pan full !)
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
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.


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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Boo Chura BooChura
Oct 31, 2012
Colleen, I am 63 and have looked and tried to find a recipe for Chrusciki since I was a teenager. That was along time ago! I am so excited to find it after all these years and wanted you to know you have made me a very happy camper! I can't wait to make these and send to my sister! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Maybe we can get more of the world to try this and know what chrusciki actually is!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Apr 27, 2012
Thank you Elizabeth and Jean! xooxxo
Jean Alphin jeanan
Apr 26, 2012
Hello Everyone! Hope you all had a great day!

I seen the recipe for the polish cookies. It brings back a lot of memories. My late mother use to make these with the dough that was left over from making perogies.
Elizabeth Stephenson Nonnie54
Apr 26, 2012
When I was growing up, we had a neighbor lady who made these. I used to love and sit and watch her make angel wings. This is the first time I have been able to find this recipe. I plan to try and make these. Thank you for bringing my childhood back!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Mar 29, 2012
Thank you so much John! xo