Paczki – Easy Recipe

Growing up in Michigan we always had paczkis on Fat Tuesday. Being part Polish, this a tradition I miss the most. I guess there aren’t many polish people here in Florida because I have yet to find any here so I figured I would try to make my own. Well, it didn’t turn out like I had hoped. If you want a “healthy” version you can check out Jenny Can Cook. I advise you to lower your expectations, they don’t taste like the real thing!! Recipe below if you want to give it a whirl. It is a very easy recipe! 


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons (1 packet = 7 grams) yeast (instant or regular)
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk – warmed to 120°F for instant/110°F for regular yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons oil (canola or extra light olive oil)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1/4 cup extra flour
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar for coating
  • 1 cup jam, custard, or filling of choice


  1. Place flour, sugar, salt, & yeast in large bowl.
  2. Stir in warm milk, followed by oil, egg yolks & vanilla.
  3. With electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
  4. Stir in enough flour until the dough holds together.
  5. Place dough on a floured surface and knead 50 turns, cover with plastic and let rest 10 min.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. On a floured surface, roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 -inch round cutter, dipped in flour. Re-roll scraps.
  8. Place mounds on baking sheet, cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm spot about 45 minutes. (1 hour at room temp.) After 30 minutes, preheat oven to 375° F.
  9. When paczki are puffy, but not necessarily doubled in size, bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Meantime, melt butter and place 1/3 cup sugar in a plastic produce bag, and lay down some wax paper to save cleanup.
  11. Remove paczki immediately from pan to wax paper. Brush each one while warm (top & sides) with melted butter and roll in bag to coat with sugar. Shake off excess.
  12. Fill using a pastry bag with a long slender tip, pushing into the side. Serve immediately.

They look amazing don’t they? My family was kind enough to say they actually liked them. Dad didn’t say anything so there’s the truth! They don’t taste like donuts. I am not exactly sure what they taste like, but not the paczki I know and love. I think you have to go with a recipe that uses frying as the cooking method. They are supposed to be fatty!! 

If you try out the recipe, let me know your thoughts. It had great reviews on the Jenny Can Cook blog, so maybe you will like them. I was just sad they didn’t taste the same.