Chrusciki (cruise cheeky) (Angel Wings)

by | Dec 1, 2022 | December 2022, Holidays, Recipes

From Bea (Mom) Frye’s Recipe Cards

This is a Polish Christmas delicacy very similar (almost identical) to a New Orleans favorite, the Beignet. The difference is in the artistic flair.

  • Ingredients:
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 shot of whiskey (whatever your pleasure)
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 cups of flour


  • Beat egg yolks with a wooden spoon. When thoroughly beaten, stir in the sour cream, whiskey and salt.
  • Add the flour a little at a time. Take your time.
  • Knead the mixed dough by hand on a floured surface until you have a ball that doesn’t stick to your hands. Cool marble works best, but use whatever you have. At the very least it needs to be a smooth surface.
  • Roll out the dough with a rolling pin very thin, approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the rolled out dough into rectangles of about 2 x 4 inches. Also cut about a half inch slit in the center of each rectangle lengthwise.
  • Chrusciki (cruise cheeky) (Angel Wings)Carefully pull one end of the rectangle through the slit and set aside. It will resemble a loose knot.
  • Fry the dough in lard* or vegetable oil. (A cooking thermometer would be helpful as the oil should be kept somewhere around 350°)
  • Fry on each side about 2 minutes per side until a golden brown. Remove from oil and set on baking sheets covered in paper towels and allow to cool.
  • When cool, coat generously with powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy with coffee or the libation of your choice.

Wesołych Świąt!

Merry Christmas!
* Lard actually tastes better, but any cooking oil will do.

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