Polish Chrusciki (Bow Ties)

Patricia Stagich


  • large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • large whole egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 Cup  confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  sour cream
  • 1 Teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon  rum
  • 2 Cups  all-purpose flour
  •   Canola oil for frying
  •   Confectioner's sugar for dusting

These are our favorite cookies for Christmas.  About as addicting as potato chips!  Mom would make tons of them - a roasting pan full!  We would just keep them on the dining room table and every time you walked by you had to take a few!  For storing these cookies, just cover lightly with aluminum foil so they stay crispy.
Traditionally, Chrusciki (hrrooss-CHEE-kee) are associated with the pre-Lenten feasting of Mardi Gras. In America, chrusciki or Polish crullers are served at any special occasion.


Combine egg yolks, whole egg and salt in bowl of mixer.  Beat at high speed until thick and lemon colored, about 5 minutes.  Beat in sugar, sour cream or cream, vanilla and rum.  Add flour gradually to form a cohesive dough.  This dough is very soft.  Add just enough flour so the dough is no longer sticky.

Turn dough out onto a floured board, divide in half, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 20 minutes.

Working with half of the dough at a time, roll out to 1/8-inch thickness.  These are best when the dough is paper thin.  Cut into 1 x 3 inch wide strips.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, deep skillet to 350 degrees.  Make a slit in the center of each strip of dough, then pull one end through the slit to form a bow.

Fry  about 6 chrusciki at a time for 1 minutes or less per side or until golden.  These fry quickly, so watch closely.  Drain on paper towels.  Dust generously with confectioner's sugar.


Calories per serving:

145 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 115g 177%
  • Carbs 226g 75%
  • Saturated 22g 111%
  • Fiber 7g 27%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 32g
  • Monounsaturated 62g
  • Polyunsaturated 27g
  • Protein 47g 94%
  • Cholesterol 1,138mg 379%
  • Sodium 1,308mg 54%
  • Calcium 240mg 24%
  • Magnesium 72mg 18%
  • Potassium 518mg 15%
  • Iron 15mg 83%
  • Zinc 5mg 31%
  • Phosphorus 768mg 110%
  • Vitamin A 505µg 56%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 144%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 119%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 74%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 26%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 609µg 152%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 38%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 16mg 82%
  • Vitamin K 55µg 69%
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