Angel Wings Recipe, Chrusciki, Bow Tie Cookies, Jenny Can Cook | Jenny Can Cook (2024)

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Polish Chrusciki (Angel Wings)

My Polish mother, Zosia, taught me to make these delicate Christmas cookies. She called them chrustki but others call them chrusciki, faworki, or angel wings. They’re very delicate and crumble easily so don’t wear your fancy black sweater! - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Makes: 36 - 40

Angel Wings Recipe, Chrusciki, Bow Tie Cookies, Jenny Can Cook | Jenny Can Cook (1)


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream (I use reduced fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon each lemon & orange zest
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour

  • up to 2 Tablespoons additional flour
  • 1 quart of oil for frying (safflower or canola)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a small bowl using an electric hand mixer on high, beat egg yolks, sugar and salt until thick and lemon colored - about a minute.
  2. On low speed, stir in sour cream, vanilla, zests & flour.
  3. Stir in enough additional flour to form a mass (1-2 tablespoons)
  4. Transfer to a floured surface and knead 50 turns (about 2 minutes), adding extra flour as needed.
  5. Divide dough in half, keeping extra covered with plastic.
  6. On a floured surface, roll each section paper-thin to at least 12” across. Cut into 1 1/4-inch strips. Cut strips into 5-inch lengths. Make a slit in each strip. Pull one end through slit to make a bow tie.
  7. Deep fry in oil at about 350-365° F for about 30 seconds, turning once using 2 forks, until lightly golden on both sides. Do not crowd.
  8. Drain on paper towels. Let cool an sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  9. To re-crisp place on baking sheet in a 325° oven for about 5 minutes. Cool completely and re-dust with fresh powdered sugar.

Note: Chrusciki are best served right away but can be stored at room temperature for several days. I store mine on a large platter, separating the layers with waxed paper, and cover them all with aluminum foil, not plastic.

Polish Chrusciki – Angel Wings

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  1. Gloria Noday

    February 26, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    I am Slovak and we called them Cegnigy made very similar.

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  2. Kris

    February 10, 2024 at 4:11 am

    Made some yesterday turned out I struggled little bit with the dough being sticky but when added more flour couldn’t roll it paper thin.
    Suggest adding a spoonful off olive oil..did a job perfectly fine.

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  3. Linda Straczynski

    January 29, 2024 at 9:34 am

    Can’t wait to make these for my Polish husband as he has no relatives left. I myself am Greek and love to bake and cook. I couldn’t help but note that these cookies are a lot like our Diples recipe handed down from my Greek grandmother. I love them as they are delicate and dough is rolled over a wooden spoon and fried in deep oil. We top them with crushed walnuts and drizzle honey. Yummm.

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  4. Sharon M

    January 12, 2024 at 6:49 pm

    I am so happy you shared these with us. They are a favorite of mine and I was nervous to make them. You show exactly what I need to do. I have friends coming from Slovakia and I am going to make a batch for when they are here. Thank you!

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  5. Gail

    December 28, 2023 at 6:12 am

    I’m so excited to try this recipe!! Growing up my neighbor Mom made these (many years ago) and I forgot about them until I was in a store bakery department and they were selling them!! But they did not look as good as I remember, then I seen your recipe and that’s how I remembered them looking!! Can’t wait to make these!!

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    • Barbarita

      March 9, 2024 at 8:44 pm

      These are the best cookies.
      I’m Hungarian and my grandma
      Made these all the time when I
      Was growing up. They are light,.delicate and scrumptious.
      She also made Hungarian
      Pancakes that are similar to
      crepes. And poppyseed rolls.
      No bakery comes even close
      to making these right Yummy!

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    • D

      December 27, 2023 at 8:17 am

      Mine came out brown – was my oil too hot?

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      • Jenny Can Cook

        December 27, 2023 at 5:25 pm

        It sounds like it, yes. It can be tricky to maintain the right temperature. (or maybe you fried them too long?)

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      • Debbie L. from Boston, MA

        December 24, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        This recipe for Chruscikis was passed down from my Polish grandmother whose name was Emily Podeiko Mullin. She made them for many years at Christmas time; well into her 80’s and she lived to be 97 years old. I learned how to make them about 30 years ago and have been making them every year for Christmas. I am very lucky because my husband rolls the dough and cuts the cookies. And, then we fry them together in lard and sprinkle with powdered sugar while they are still hot!

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        • Jenny Can Cook

          December 25, 2023 at 10:11 am

          Debbie, Your email came in to “YourPhotos” but your photo was not attached. Please resend when you can. Merry Christmas🎄.

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        • nancy

          December 21, 2023 at 8:22 am

          These are awesome!!!!!! 1st time i had them was Feb 23, 1971 (my parents 25th annivesary ) my aunt’s mom made a big tray of them and brought them to my parents house – I ate the whole tray!!!!! I can still remember how sooooo very good they were- my mom made them several times and the 2 of us refused to share them with anyone!!!!

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          December 20, 2023 at 12:52 pm

          I almost had to wipe the tears away as memories came rushing back. I am going to make them and with your recipe. It will be my first time but not my last.
          My Mom made lots of Polish food and they were all sooooooooooo good. I can’t thank you enough. For a few minutes I was kid again and she was in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Thank You, God Bless You and I wish you and yours the Merriest and Happiest New Year ever.
          BTW, 6PM, EST, on New Years Eve we wish everyone Happy New Year. It’s 6PM EST but midnight in Poland. It just feels good.

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        • Layton Goines

          December 12, 2023 at 12:07 pm

          These were a great easy recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • John

          December 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm

          Love these cookies! Just like my mom used to make. Just wondering, can these be baked for a healthier cookie? I’m assuming if they can, they would be dryer than the original recipe.

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          • Nancy

            December 13, 2023 at 12:29 pm

            You eat them once a year if you’re lucky. Please fry and enjoy.

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            • kris

              December 16, 2023 at 1:32 pm

              i agree nancy

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            • Ellen

              October 11, 2023 at 5:45 pm

              One of my happiest childhood memories was going to my Polish grandmother’s house and making these in her warm and cozy kitchen. We would make so many that it took all afternoon. Thank you so much for the recipe. It has been many years since I made them, but they are definitely on my Christmas baking list for this year.

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            • Elliot

              August 27, 2023 at 6:53 pm

              My late aunt used to make these each and every Christmas for her annual Christmas parties. I used to binge eat these like no tomorrow whenever she would make them. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

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            • Molly

              July 6, 2023 at 9:57 am

              My granddaughter claimed the entire dish of the crusciki. Is there a substitute for the flour
              since I am grain/gluten free🤞

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            • Theresa

              April 3, 2023 at 4:28 am

              My mother made these for us. My brother made them for a memorial lunch we had for her birthday what treat!

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            • Cheryl

              March 18, 2023 at 12:23 pm

              My mom and I would make these every Christmas also. They would take us an entire afternoon. I was in charge of the frying and sugaring. Cookie sheets full of them everywhere in the kitchen. Mom would use a small amount of brandy or vodka also. You didn’t taste it in the cookie. We always stored them in large Charlie Chip cans (those potato chips were so good and a truck would deliver them to our house). You couldn.t sneak one because you would have the powder sugar all down your clothes! They were a lot of work but so good!

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              • Mike

                December 11, 2023 at 9:43 am

                Cheryl – were you at my house?? My mother, who is not Polish but lived with a Polish family for a bit while growing up, also added some flavored brandy. And also stored them in the large Charles Chips tins! By New Year’s the tin had been brought in and out of the pantry so many times for visitors that all that was left was an inch of crumbled up bits and powdered sugar. I remember just diving in with a tablespoon! Great memory!

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              • Brenda

                December 17, 2023 at 1:53 pm

                I made these cookies last year and everyone loved them. I am planning on making them again for Christmas eve but since I have so many things to make I was wondering if the dough could be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to fry?

                Thank you

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              • Julie

                February 20, 2023 at 12:27 pm

                My Bobsi called these kroost. Or maybe it became that name to us as the recipe and stories got passed down. They are so good! They melt in your mouth!

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                • Cindy D

                  September 25, 2023 at 10:34 am

                  You are the first post I noticed that calls hese cookies “Krust” . My Polski grandmother made them but only made them for Easter and she told me why about 40 years ago, but I don’t recall what she said. She said the church ladies would get together and make a lot for Easter Sunday at the church.
                  I suspect the small villages of Poland had local accents and slang.

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                  • Sandra K

                    October 14, 2023 at 7:43 am

                    Hello Everyone,
                    We would call My Great Grandmother who 100 % Polish- ( she was the Apple of My Eye) Bubka. She come over on a Boat from Poland all by herself when she was just a teenager. I love and do Miss her Dearly. I do remember like it was yesterday when she brought brown paper bags-filled to the Top of Krishtookie. That is what we called it. I am not sure of the spelling. I am just sad that I never learned how to make them. Her cookies were Very Light and airy dough, some had air bubbles. Oh My Gosh she did make them often. As soon as she brought them to Our house -they were eatin.
                    Thank you for the Great Memories

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                  • Etta

                    December 31, 2023 at 6:03 am

                    My Polish father used to make these for us but we also called them Kroost – probably spelt wrong
                    I am just having a go at making them for the first time as a New Years Eve contribution for when I get together with my 3 daughters and their families – 14 of us in all, presently. I just hope I’ve made enough!

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                  • MaryAnn

                    February 8, 2023 at 4:11 pm

                    How many cookies does this recipe make

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                    • Denise

                      November 6, 2023 at 10:32 pm

                      Top of recipe says it makes 36-40

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                      • Sandy king

                        December 6, 2023 at 7:30 am

                        Never enough, we usuall triple the recipe to start.

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                      • Mike m

                        December 15, 2023 at 10:40 am

                        My grandma and mom made them also. Had a different recipe though. I have inherited the recipe and over the last few years, each batch made between 250-300. Takes about 5 hours start to finish.

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                      • Debby

                        January 6, 2023 at 1:25 pm

                        I Love these cookies! Haven’t had them in years. My grandmother, who was Polish use to make them and taught my southern Mom how to make them. Sadly I’m not a baker, but would love to have some.

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                        • Debby

                          January 6, 2023 at 1:28 pm

                          Oh we use to call the Love Knots.

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                        • Claudia

                          December 26, 2022 at 7:40 pm

                          I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I definitely will. My family is Hungarian and my grandmother made these cookies all year long. I haven’t had them for 40 years. I guess I could have looked the recipe up online but I forgot about them. Your recipe popped up on youtube after I looked up the Hungarian cream cheese cookie recipe which I have but I wanted to know the actual name of because we always just called then Nana’s cookies. Seems all the eastern European recipes are very similar. The names are similar and I can’t pronounce any of them. We called them angle wings but my grandmother called them “chutega” or maybe I couldn’t pronounce it correctly. In any case thank you so much for your recipe. your video is so clear and easy to follow and I love the colors of your kitchen! More later after I make them. Thanks!

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                        • Linda

                          December 26, 2022 at 6:25 pm

                          I made these today and they were so easy after watching your video. I surprised my Polish Hubby with them when he came home. He loved them.

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                          • Sandra K

                            October 14, 2023 at 7:46 am

                            They are The Best!

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                            October 14, 2023 at 7:47 am


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                          • Reggie

                            December 24, 2022 at 9:56 am

                            I’ve been making chrusciki for 49 years now. Occasionally I try a different recipe. I’m sorry but this one just didn’t turn out. Too doughy. Had to add a ton of flour at the end. Very difficult dough to work with. Will not use this recipe again.

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                            • Debbie

                              December 24, 2022 at 12:39 pm

                              Reggie could you please share the recipe that you use for Polish Chrusciki – Angel Wings. Thank You!

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                              • Mary Outten

                                January 14, 2023 at 2:01 pm

                                What is your recipe please? I want to make them for the first time ever, my Mom made them but I unfortunately don’t have her recipe.

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                              • Lesia

                                January 1, 2023 at 12:39 am

                                This is the best recipe ever!!! I’d give it another try!! It doesn’t spring back or anything!!

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                              • Donna

                                November 22, 2023 at 4:52 am

                                Do you have a recipe that is easier to make and willing to share. My mom passed almost 40 years ago and I haven’t had good homemade ones since. Thank you!

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                              • Paula Kaminski

                                January 5, 2024 at 7:57 pm

                                I would like to see your recipe also!
                                My polish husband and i made them for the first time tonight and they are ok but practice makes perfect and we are gonna try a different recipe, we didn’t use this one the one we used had 6 eggs total and we want to try one that uses less eggs and it also used whipping cream, we wonder if the sour cream is better to use…..🤷

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                              • Corra

                                December 22, 2022 at 7:43 am

                                WoW, I am actually Lithuanian and this is a traditional cookie!!

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                                • Hannah Barbara

                                  July 4, 2023 at 12:51 pm

                                  I had some today! Very Happy Memories of my Nagymama who made them quite frequently!!!

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                                • Nomi

                                  December 21, 2022 at 2:46 pm

                                  Is it possible to use only one half and to work with the other half the following day with a different group of guests? Thanks

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                                • Anna Marie Di Matties

                                  December 20, 2022 at 7:16 am

                                  This recipe was excellent! They were delicious I was very happy how they came out. The doe was very easy to roll out. Thank you so much! Have a very merry Christmas!

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                                  • Tom

                                    December 20, 2022 at 10:20 am

                                    So, my wife is dead set against anything deep fried though I remember vividly my Polish Mom doing exactly that. Any chance of using an Air Fryer?

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                                  • Anna Marie Di Matties

                                    December 20, 2022 at 7:12 am

                                    This recipe was excellent! They were delicious I was very happy how they came out. The doe was very easy to roll out. Thank you so much!

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                                  • Nancy

                                    December 7, 2022 at 6:41 am

                                    OMG. I haven’t seen these in over 30 years. Im so excited. My Mom always had these at Christmas. I have to try and make them, brings back memories of being a child again.
                                    Thank you Jenny
                                    Love you.

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                                  • Greg Pries

                                    November 13, 2022 at 1:22 pm

                                    My maternal grandmother born in Slovakia made these. She called them Fonki. I remember as a child going to visit her just about every weekend and enjoying everything she cooked or baked. She was an excellent cook who did not measure as most do and made it look easy. I treasure those memories!

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                                    • Nancy

                                      December 7, 2022 at 6:46 am

                                      The Best old cooks never measured. I learned from my Polish family and they were the best at what ever they cooked. No measure. 💟

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                                    • Wanda

                                      August 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm

                                      I am so happy to find this recipe. My mum always made them at Christmas – I remember she cooked them in vodka??? Am I dreaming? Anyway, during one batch, something happened and the kitchen curtains caught fire!!!

                                      No injuries or damage but we laughed and laughed and laughed! She’s gone now o I’m going to try this recipe! Thanks so much for offering the recipe.

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                                      • Marla

                                        September 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm

                                        Me grandma’s name was Wanda. I’ve been searching for this too. She married Stanley Stanichloski(sp?) changed to Stanski. He was one of 10 good Polish kids who survived the depression with these simple, but DELICIOUS recipes. Can’t wait to try.

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                                      • Paweł

                                        November 21, 2022 at 11:10 am

                                        We always added just a little Spirytus it dries out the dough and makes them lighter and fluffier

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                                      • Iwona

                                        December 9, 2022 at 3:57 am

                                        No she did not cook it in vodka more likely in lard lots of it in pan can catch in fire But you do remember something 😅 it is Spirytus or vodka maybe 1 tbs added to the dough so frying chrusciki will not absorb to much fat and oil or lard will not bubble so muchMy mom practice putting slice of raw potatoes in oil to keep it notto foam so much Smacznego

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                                      • Heather

                                        December 11, 2022 at 6:48 pm

                                        My grandma uses a tbsp brandy in her dough, maybe the vodka was somehow used in the recipe like this. Or maybe she was just drinking it lol

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                                      • Lisa

                                        August 12, 2022 at 4:04 pm

                                        What kind of rum, spiced or plain?

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                                      • Glen Novinski

                                        May 7, 2022 at 5:40 am

                                        Reading these recipes takes me back to the polish weddings in the early 70’s. The food table were works of art. My mom,baba and my aunt’s dishes were amazing.Thanks for posting these recipes as baba’s hand written recipes are long gone

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                                      • Janet

                                        April 14, 2022 at 12:55 pm

                                        After you make the dough, how long can you keep it before rolling out?
                                        I need to make 5 batches and can’t do them all in one day.

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                                      • Nan Kelly

                                        March 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm

                                        Oh Jenny you are a wonder. I love all your videos they are so helpful for me. I hope you are still making them. You are the best. I’m Polish descent from both sides of my family and these recipes are perfect.

                                        Thanks a million…Nan

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                                      • CarolD

                                        January 27, 2022 at 8:23 pm

                                        My granddaughter and I made this recipe as well as your perogie recipe today. Both recipes were so good and were enjoyed by all. The videos were so helpful as well. Thank you for spending the day with us Jenny!

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                                      • Linda

                                        December 23, 2021 at 9:59 am

                                        Rolled mine super thin, but they still didn’t get crisp.Just a sweet and delish tender fried cookie. SOOOOO good

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                                        • Heather

                                          December 11, 2022 at 6:51 pm

                                          Add a tbsp brandy to the dough might make it crispier. And I use a pasta rolling machine to get it paper thin.

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                                        • Celeste

                                          December 21, 2021 at 5:47 pm

                                          I made these today. I think I made them too thin. If that’s possible because they fell apart when I picked them up after frying. Love the recipe. My grandmother used to make these , pierogi, stuff cabbage the whole kitchen would be cleared out and extra tables would be brought in. She made them for the church. Me and my brother would hide under the table sneaking a few. I swear to God it was like they were floating above the board. Mine had no bubbles. And were flat. Ugh tasted good .

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                                        • Ed

                                          December 19, 2021 at 5:02 am

                                          Made these for the second time and enjoyed them.
                                          However, this time they are a bit oily after sitting. They are thin, light and taste just like my Babcias but have an oily taste.
                                          Using Canola oil.
                                          What am I doing wrong??

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                                          • SuranKo

                                            December 24, 2021 at 4:54 am

                                            I don’t use the zest, although I don’t think that’s the problem. Add half a shot of cognac brandy or rum to your recipe. The alcohol helps them absorb less oil. Make sure oil is nice and hot. Transfer to a wire rack lined with a paper towel after cooking, for this step, each batch coming from the oil should be in a single layer. Transfer again to a plate with a fresh paper towel, then sprinkle with powdered sugar; for this final step, they can be stacked.

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                                            • Kelly

                                              December 14, 2022 at 10:50 am

                                              My Busha used Brandy also. I didn’t know the reason though, thanks!
                                              They can be frozen without putting on the powdered sugar. After thawing, add the powdered sugar.

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                                            • Richard

                                              December 25, 2021 at 7:58 am

                                              Problem might be that you are using Canola oil. My Tatuś always used Crisco shortening as it doesn’t leave any aftertaste or an oily feel/taste. Good luck.

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                                              • Christine

                                                October 29, 2022 at 3:32 am

                                                Strongly agree with using Crisco. Vintage recipe, vintage oil.

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                                              • Paula

                                                December 22, 2022 at 4:04 pm

                                                Thank you, always used Crisco Oil, Mon did with Brandy, no zest delicious

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                                              • Stefanie

                                                April 28, 2022 at 5:48 pm

                                                My gram always taught me to always use crisco so that is what I use and I taste no oil ever I’ve been making them for years !!

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                                              • Diane

                                                November 7, 2022 at 11:45 am

                                                Try a shot of whiskey. Then they won’t be oily.

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                                                • Margaret Rose Robert

                                                  December 19, 2022 at 7:00 am

                                                  My Granny used whiskey also…Going to try making them one of these days!

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                                                • Shari

                                                  December 22, 2022 at 2:00 am

                                                  It seems as though you’re not heating the oil to the right temperature and/or not letting it come back to the right temperature between batches. You may also be overcrowding the fryer. Any of those things will cause overly oily deep fried foods.

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                                                • Michael

                                                  December 13, 2021 at 9:25 am

                                                  Made my first batch with my cousins yesterday using our grandmother’s recipe! I’d now like to make a dairy-free batch for my wife who has a milk allergy. Can someone please recommend a substitute for the sour cream?

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                                                  • Chris & Ed

                                                    December 17, 2021 at 11:43 am

                                                    Hi, David! Here’s my husbands great-grandmas recipe…we call them “Gwandi”…(Italian)…but it’s the VERY same thing as the cruzstiki…
                                                    We made half the original quantity…not knowing IF we’d have luck!

                                                    3 eggs
                                                    1/2 tsp salt
                                                    1/8 cup water (plus a bit more if nec)
                                                    1 1/4 tsp flavoring (we used vanilla) can add zest of 1/2 lemon/orange if desired)
                                                    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
                                                    3 cups flour ( more or less)
                                                    Beat eggs, salt, water, flavoring( we used vanilla) & baking powder until well blended & light. (Jenny whipped to thickness). Add flour, mix well & knead as shown in video. Roll out VERY THIN…ETC…
                                                    We found Jenny’s video very helpful. My MIL used always made these…an all day affair the more quantity you do. She said her Grandma made them “by the wine barrel full”…she had 11 kids! We’re delighted with our first try…I’ve wanted to do it for many yrs, but the memory of “all day”…held me back till I thought…how about 1/2?! Hope this helps as no dairy involved. I have nut allergies so I understand your thoughtful search for no-dairy. What a 💙🎁for your wife! Enjoy your baking! Merry 🎄& happy, healthy new year!

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                                                    • Izzy

                                                      December 26, 2021 at 5:21 pm

                                                      Do you mean just egg yolks or the whole egg?

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                                                      • Resa

                                                        May 17, 2022 at 10:49 am

                                                        I was told egg whites make the angel wings hard and absorb oil a deep fried noodle

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                                                      • Mary

                                                        December 23, 2021 at 4:13 pm

                                                        Eliminate sour cream all the time iuse 12 yolks 3 to 4 tbs sugar pinch of salt a tablespoon or more of whiskey same amount water tsp baking powder flour till.itthicken pour into a well of flour then Ned itin its noteasy roll extra thin when slicing cut diagonal instead of across they are prettier that way have been making them this way for 50 years

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                                                        • Resa

                                                          May 17, 2022 at 11:12 am

                                                          How much flour Mary? Thnx.

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                                                        • Resa

                                                          May 17, 2022 at 11:16 am

                                                          How much flour? Please and thank you.

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                                                        • SuranKo

                                                          December 24, 2021 at 4:55 am

                                                          More egg yolk. My dad always made his dough with just flour, salt, egg yolk, and rum.

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                                                        • Patti

                                                          December 5, 2021 at 9:16 pm

                                                          I remember all my Aunts and girl cousins gathering at our house on A Saturday to make Chrusciki for all the weddings. Ours was the house with the biggest kitchen. They would start a month before and store them in the huge tins that potato chips came in with brown butcher paper. My daughters and I have made them every Christmas. My Mother is 105 and has lost her sight so she can’t help this year. We will miss her special touch! Sugar went on at the wedding.
                                                          Thanks for the memory!

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                                                        • Marion Palen

                                                          November 8, 2021 at 9:38 pm

                                                          Aunt Camella Licata’s special Chruscziki. Sour cream is the rising agent & the secret.
                                                          2-1/2 C flour; 1/2 C sour cream; 6 yolks;
                                                          1T vanilla; 2 T sugar; 1 t salt; 1 t grated lemon rind. Beat yolks till thick & fluffy, add grated lemon rind.Add sugar gradually, beatingmixture constantly until light & fluffy. Sift flour& salt, combinewith sour cream. Add Allto egg mix Knead dough till it no longer sticks to yr fingers. Then roll out til extremely thin. Cut in strips of “desired length” . To make loop or bow cut 1 ln. slit in ctr of strip & thread the other end through. (You’ll need to practice this ) Fry in deep fat till light brown. Let cool onbrown paper or parchment. Dust with powdered sugar. The frying requires some practice so that the bows or loops are delicate & fragile.

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                                                        • Nancy

                                                          November 8, 2021 at 8:58 am

                                                          My husband is of Polish descent and his Mom always made these. I was hesitant to do all the rolling and they I saw a hint to use a pasta roller to get the dough super thin. Worked like a charm and saved my old wrists more wear and tear,

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                                                        • joanellen

                                                          October 30, 2021 at 7:59 am

                                                          just like my brother in laws moms

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                                                        • David

                                                          September 9, 2021 at 9:59 pm

                                                          Aloha, Thanks so much for your recipe for Chrusciki! My Polish grandmother made great ones like your recipe. My mother did not make them so I googled a lot of recipes and ended up combining the best of each to yours. They turned out light, airy, and indescribably delicious!
                                                          I used 12 egg yolks, 3/4 cup heavy sweet cream, 1/4 cup sour cream, 6 table spoons confectioners sugar for batter, 1 TS vanilla, 1/2 TS tangerine zest, 1/2 TS lemon zest, 1 TS salt, 2 TBLS coconut rum (helps keep dough from absorbing oil) “any alcohol would work”, more than 4 cups all purpose flour (because of all the extra liquid ingredients) and 96 ozs. Canola oil for frying because I use a large size pressure cooker pot. I also put a slice of raw potato in the oil with each batch of 25 to help stop burning of chruscikis. Because of this customized ingredient list I ended up with 120 chruscikis!
                                                          disclaimer… because this was the 1st time I did this it took me over 5 hours to complete! (I’m SLOW) David

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                                                          • David

                                                            September 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

                                                            As an addendum to my recent reply I did also use powder sugar as a topping to cooled chruscikis and I did not pressure cook them I just used the pot from the pressure cooker because of it’s large size so I could fry 6 at a time. Aloha, David

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                                                          • Susan

                                                            June 27, 2021 at 5:11 am

                                                            Thanks Jenny for this recipe, I made this with my daughter and they turned out delicious. I found your video very informative and fun to watch while making the Chrusciki. Definitely better than store bought and easier to make than I thought. Thanks

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                                                          • Susan

                                                            May 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

                                                            Jenny I want to make these for a Polish Dinner Party but I don’t have a hand mixer just a kitchen aid mixer. Can the first part of the recipe be beaten by hand then add it to the big blender and finish the recipe?

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                                                            • Joanna

                                                              October 22, 2021 at 7:26 pm

                                                              Actually, the recipes which demand hand mixer are ending much worse after using this aid stuff. I have a wealthy friend who doesn’t use hand mixer only these modern fancy kitchen robots etc. I tried to make in her kitchen a few Polish recipes, e.g. apple fritters, the result was never as good as with hand mixer or just hand beating. But if you will beat eggs with hand the result will be great – it’s like our ancestors (there recipes creators) made them originally 🙂

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                                                            • Mike

                                                              December 21, 2021 at 11:45 am

                                                              I have a Kitchenaid and such, but I made them just with the hand beater and used a marble rolling pin (so yo have heavy weight when rolling out the dough). All turned out great (I made them smalll, so they all lol like small bow ties). The one suggestion I seen, of using the pasta roller on a KitchenAid, is actually a pretty good idea, which I will try next time. But just for making the dough, by the time you get out the Kitchenaid, you’d already have the dough beaten and kneaded, so just use the hand mixer to make the dough.

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                                                            • Jacquie

                                                              January 26, 2021 at 5:15 pm

                                                              So happy to find your recipe! My Polish ex mother-in-law used to bake these and my children and I loved to eat these delicious treats. She did not leave us her recipe. Looking forward to baking this recipe with my grown children. Thank you.

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                                                            • Eugene

                                                              January 6, 2021 at 11:16 am

                                                              I’m from Elrose, SK., Canada. I think you might be interested un that because it shows how widely spread your cooking techniques travel.
                                                              This recipe is called Forgacs Frank in Hungarian and when comparing the two recipes, I like yours because of its size and absolute simplicity. Thank you for the video presentation. It really helps to explain the “do” part of the cooking procedure. I will be looking at more of your presentations in the future. Now for the making of this recipe. I am anxious to get started.

                                                              Thank you for teaching everyone how to make these.

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                                                            • Izabela

                                                              December 30, 2020 at 3:07 pm


                                                              Would you know if it’s possible to use buttermilk instead of sour cream for this recipe?

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                                                              • ANNA VINDASIUS

                                                                December 31, 2020 at 8:24 pm

                                                                I do not use milk or sour cream – no milk product, and no sugar or orange peel. I add an ounce of brandy, it does not burn in Crisco. It takes only 2 -3 minutes on each side, depending if you roll it thin or thicker. Cannot go wrong, it’s easy, fun and delicious. You are right, we also call it KRUSTAI.

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                                                                • jane

                                                                  September 6, 2022 at 3:10 pm

                                                                  My Babcia was an incredible cook and allowed me to help her with these delicious!!! cookies….she never used milk or cream, and never OIL…just Crisco.
                                                                  The Italian wandi always seemed heaver to me…..but I grew up with the Kruschiki, so they will always be the BEST to me.

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                                                                • SuranKo

                                                                  December 24, 2021 at 4:58 am


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                                                                • ANNA VINDASIUS

                                                                  December 29, 2020 at 10:04 pm

                                                                  This is wonderful. I thought it was Lithuanian. My Mother used to make it for any occasion. The nice thing, you can improvise the recipe
                                                                  I add brandy, it helps not to burn the cookies, and good tasting. Do not need a ruler, just turn them inside out. In Lithuanian, we called AUSIUKES. – (LIKE RABIT EARS). I make these cookies every Christmas, and it does last a long time. I even mail them out to my nephews in Canada, they love it. I believe, this one recipe is truly considered Polish and Lithuanian. PS: do use Crisco, it will cook nicer and will taste better. ENJOY, THANKS FOR SHARING.

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                                                                  • Dicius

                                                                    December 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

                                                                    I think my Lithuanian family side called them Krustai (sp?). Do you have a recipe for yours? I’ve misplaced ours. I think it was very simple (no sour cream, for example). Linksmu Kaledu!

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                                                                  • Jayne

                                                                    January 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm

                                                                    This might be a dumb question but what do you use the crisco in place of? I haven’t ever made these and want to give them a shot. I read through a zillion comments and saw crisco mentioned a few times but the only thing I can think that it’s what you fry it with? Is that right? Does crisco liquefy?

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                                                                    • Sue

                                                                      May 17, 2021 at 3:05 pm

                                                                      Crisco is used instead of oil. Yes, when heated it liquefies. Hope this helps.

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                                                                    • Kathy

                                                                      December 27, 2020 at 12:09 pm

                                                                      I don’t powder sugar mine until I’m ready to sever them. If you store them in a plastic bag not close tightly in a cool place, they will last a for a couple weeks. Just a thought!

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                                                                      • Ruth

                                                                        January 5, 2021 at 12:27 pm

                                                                        How do you keep them around that long? Mine are eaten almost immediately!

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                                                                      • Joanne

                                                                        May 9, 2022 at 7:01 pm

                                                                        I used to make these with my in-laws every year. They have both passed. We would make them in the shape of a rosette and roll very thin on pasta machine. We drizzled honey over them after they cooked and then sprinkled colored dots (confetti)… they were delicious. I’m going to try this recipe because I can’t find theirs. I hope they come the same. 💕

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                                                                      • Paulinka

                                                                        December 26, 2020 at 8:08 am

                                                                        Hi Jenny, hope U had a great Christmas. Can U freeze Chrusciki? I’m Slovak but never tried & could not find an answer on the internet.

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