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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20 Min
30 Min


  • 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
  • 4
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • ·
    flour for dusting

  • 1
    bar of baking chocolate, or 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter

How to Make Katarzynki - Polish Gingerbread Cookies


  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Heat honey in saucepan until it begins to boil. Turn off heat.
  3. Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into eggs and sugar. Pour in honey and mix until smooth; don't over-mix.
  5. Turn out gently on floured surface. Roll out to 1cm thickness. Cut into desired shapes.
  6. Bake 12 - 15 minutes until darker color develops.
  7. Set aside and allow to cool before dipping into chocolate.
  8. While 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.
  9. Melt butter and chocolate in pot. Stir to combine. Use tongs to tip cookies in. Set cookies on wire rack to cool.
  10. Serve 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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