Katarzynki - Polish Gingerbread Cookies

Monica H


When I was a little girl - oh, who am I kidding... I ALWAYS LOVED these and ALWAYS WILL even now when I'm a big girl!

When I get any chance to go to the city to the polish market, I stock up on these like Y2K people stocked up on water and gasoline. They are so good at anytime; not just Christmastime.

There are variations; these can be made with various fruit fillings in the middle, or glazed with a sugar glaze instead of chocolate. I like the traditional shape of the katarzynka, but also you can make them round, heart-shaped or whatever you like.


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2 c
1 c
1 tsp
ground cloves
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
ground mace
1/4 tsp
cream of tartar
1 tsp
cocoa powder
just a pinch of black pepper
1 c
1 tsp
baking soda
flour for dusting


bar of baking chocolate, or 2 cups of chocolate chips
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter

How to Make Katarzynki - Polish Gingerbread Cookies


  • 1Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Preheat oven to 350*.
  • 2Heat honey in saucepan until it begins to boil. Turn off heat.
  • 3Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick.
  • 4Fold dry ingredients into eggs and sugar. Pour in honey and mix until smooth; don't over-mix.
  • 5Turn out gently on floured surface. Roll out to 1cm thickness. Cut into desired shapes.
  • 6Bake 12 - 15 minutes until darker color develops.
  • 7Set aside and allow to cool before dipping into chocolate.
  • 8While cooling, set upa double-boiler system on stove. (I just use a pot of boiling water, and set another pot (small rounded-bottom pot like a mini-wok type thing) on top of it.
  • 9Melt butter and chocolate in pot. Stir to combine. Use tongs to tip cookies in. Set cookies on wire rack to cool.
  • 10Serve with dusting of powdered sugar if you'd like, and a nice tall glass of milk. Yum.

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About Katarzynki - Polish Gingerbread Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: For Kids

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