Paczki (Polish Donuts)



5 cups of all purpose flour

4 tsp of dry yeast

1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 cup of sugar

1.5 cups of milk at room temp

4 whole eggs

2 egg yolks

3.5 oz (100 g) melted butter

3 Tbsp of lemon juice

Oil for frying


Melt the butter in a small pot and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, mix the flour and yeast.

Add the salt, sugar, milk, eggs, yolks, lemon juice, and butter at the end. Mix all the ingredients well.


Set the bowl aside for 1.5 hours in a warm place. Let the dough “grow”.

Make balls out of the dough. The dough maybe sticky. Try not to add too much extra flour. It is best to put flour on your hands, and roll the balls.

Set them aside on a flour covered surface for around 20 min in a warm place.


Heat oil in a large pot. Pour enough oil so that they can comfortably float and fry. I used peanut oil.

Once the oil is hot, place the paczki into the pot a couple at a time. Once they get golden brown on one side, roll them over. When they become a golden brown on the other side too, take them out of the oil, and place on a surface covered with some paper towels to absorb access oil.


Once they cool, inject a filling using a decorating syringe. You can fill them with jam, custard, pudding, or chocolate.


Top them off with some confectioners sugar.


This recipe makes about 20 paczki.

I made mine with custard, and they turned out great. They took a bit of time, but were definitely worth it. They are best right after you make them. The longer they stay out, the harder they will get, just like ordinary donuts.

Paczki are very popular in Poland, and this past Thursday, they had a day known as tlusty CzwartekΒ which is celebrated on the last Thursday before Lent begins. It is the equivalent of fat Tuesday in the US. Every time I go to Poland, the first thing I do is I go to the nearest bakery and buy paczki. I love them, and I think they are one of the top pastries ever (and I’ve tried a lot of pastries in many places around the world).

I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do πŸ™‚




29 Comments Add yours

  1. Jessi says:


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  2. Just Another Baker says:

    Looks goodπŸ‘

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  3. vietnamtravelandculture says:

    Reblogged this on Vietnam Travel & Trade Portal.

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  4. Holly says:

    I had never heard of Paczki, but they look delicious!

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  5. Macaron AdB says:

    Nice recipe! Thanks for sharing πŸ€—

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  6. jackandjess5 says:

    These look great!! πŸ™‚

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  7. InspiresN says:

    Looks delicious! It’s interesting how the stuffing is injected into it.

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    1. Yeah it’s better to inject it after you fry them because if put the filling in before frying it will often float out of the donut

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      1. InspiresN says:

        oh I see, that is a good tip.Thank you!

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  8. jyo says:

    Looks daaamn good ✌✌

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  9. Yum πŸ˜‹ We have a very similar thing in Germany just before lent as well. In Nuremberg, where I’m from, they’re called ‘Krapfen’ and are traditionally filled with rosehip jam. But during carnival you can get them with all kinds of different fillings, like Nutella, lemon cream, vanilla cream or Bailey’s cream. Makes me really want to have a box of them now 😍 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. πŸ™‚ The nutella ones sound so amazing

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  10. They are so good – they’re my favourite ones 😊 You could try making your Paczki with Nutella, I bet that would be awesome πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. I’m going to have to do that next time I make them. They will taste amazing! Thanks for the suggestion πŸ™‚

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  11. We always have this kind of donut, we have Polish tradition in our family, these donuts are yummy πŸ˜‹

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    1. Yes,they are the best πŸ™‚


  12. These do look delicious!


  13. allsweetseasons says:

    This look so great… i will try πŸ™‚

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  14. Damn! This looks delish

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    1. They are wonderful! Highly recommend


  15. They look so delicious . Thanks for sharing

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  16. Dali says:

    Delicious!Thank you for sharing polish recipes.

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    1. πŸ™‚ They’re my favorite


  17. I discovered paczki when I went to Poland a year and a half ago. Totally fell in love with them!!

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    1. They are my favorite thing ever!


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