Authentic Polish Pączki Donuts!

What Are Pączki?

Paczki are Polish donuts made from a rich, buttery dough and filled with a fruit jam or sweet cream. Paczki is pronounced “POONCH-key” or “PAUNCH-key”, depending on the region you’re in. :) The dough is rich and fluffy, thanks to all of the eggs, yeast, and butter. Paczki are usually filled with a fruit jam or custard and coated with powdered sugar.

Simple Ingredients

You don't need anything fancy to make these donuts. Just pantry staples!

Make the Dough

Make the paczki dough, then knead and let it rise for 15 minutes. Easy!

Shape the Donuts

Gather a handful of dough, make a well in the center and add a scoop of strawberry marmalade. 

Pinch Closed

Fold the dough over the marmalade, and pinch the seams closed gently but firmly with your fingers.

Let Rise

Set the donuts aside, cover with a cloth, and let them rise for 15 minutes.

Time to Fry!

Fry 4-5 donuts at a time, depending on the size of your pot. Watch the video for step-by-step!

Dust with Sugar

Let them cool, then dust your Polish donuts with powdered sugar. 

Dig In!

Take a big bite and pat yourself on the back. You just made homemade donuts!