Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki is a traditional Polish pastry filled with a sweet center. Usually fried, this recipe is baked to soft, golden perfection. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Polish
Keyword doughnut, Harry Potter
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 242kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch




  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  • 1 cup jam


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, yeast, and 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium until it reaches about 110F
  • Pour the warm milk, oil, egg yolks, and vanilla extract into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients
  • Use an electric mixer and whisk on high for 2 minutes
  • Slowly stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, as needed, until the dough comes together
  • Lightly flour a clean work surface and knead the dough about 50 times 
  • Cover the dough with a clean, dry towel and let it rest for about 10 minutes
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat
  • Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick
  • Use a 2 1/2 inch round-cutter to make circles in the dough then place on the prepared pan
  • Re-roll the scraps and continue until all of the dough is used
  • Cover the dough with a clean, dry dish towel and let it rise for about one hour
  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the doughnuts for about 10 minutes, until they are just starting to turn golden and puff up
  • Melt the butter and place the sugar for coating on a shallow plate
  • As soon as the doughnuts come out of the oven, brush with the melted butter
  • Flip each doughnut over and roll the tops in the sugar to coat
  • Place the coated doughnuts on a wire cooling rack to let cool slightly before filling
  • Fill a pastry bag or cake decorator with your choice of jam flavor. Gently push the tip into each doughnut and squeeze to fill
  • Serve immediately as these taste best when they are fresh and still warm


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.1mg