Want to taste some Polish desserts during your next trip to Poland? In Poland there are several delicious sweets that you can taste for some local flavors.
There’s everything from cakes and doughnuts to sweet drinks and chewy sweet treats. Here are 11 Polish desserts to taste during your stay in the country:
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Paczki is a polish doughnut made from yeast dough filled with jams, chocolate, sweet cheese or served plain rolled in sugar. These doughnuts are super fluffy and have a delicious flavor.
They’re popular to eat during Fat Tuesday, the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. However, they’re delicious and a must to taste while you’re in Poland.
This apple tart is a local version of the American apple pie and is made of a sweet crust of eggs, flour, butter, and cream. It’s filled with apples, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom, which gives the tart its delicious flavor.
It’s traditionally served hot with some vanilla ice cream on the side. Yummy!
Kolaczki, also known as the Polish foldovers, are classics when it comes to Polish desserts. They’re traditionally eaten during Christmas, but also during other special occasions throughout the year.
The Polish foldovers are made of a cream cheese dough filled with various fruit jams, almonds, sweet cheese, or poppy seeds.
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Sernik is a local cheesecake that’s one of the most popular desserts in Poland. It’s made with a pastry crust and a filling made from twaróg, which is a Polish quark cheese.
It’s simply delicious and can be eaten plain, topped with various fruit jams, or with some sweet chocolate sauce on the top. Some are also baked with dried fruits in the twaróg cheese filling.
Karpatka, also known as the Polish carpathian mountain cream cake, is a loved dessert in Poland. It’s made with the same type of dough to make cream puffs and the French dessert éclair.
It’s filled with custard and powdered with some sugar on the top.
Gingerbread is popular all over the world and is made differently in different countries. In Poland they have gingerbread cakes made from wheat, rye flour, milk, eggs, honey, and caramelized sugar. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, lavender, and anise are traditionally added for flavor.
Piernik is a big gingerbread cake filled with fruity jams, nuts or marzipan, and covered in chocolate.
Chrusciki, also known as ”angel wings”, is a dessert made of eggs, cream, and flour. The dough is shaped into bowtie-looking pieces and are then deep-fried until golden.
They’re delicious and flaky pastries that can be served with powdered sugar, or some drizzled honey on the top.
This is one of my personal favorites when it comes to Polish desserts. It’s a roll cake made of yeast dough stuffed with ground poppy seeds. The filing of poppy seeds are rich and bittersweet in flavor.
Some recipes include almonds, walnuts and raisins, as well as icing and orange peel on the top.
One of the most popular polish candies are Krówki. It’s similar to toffee and is made of milk, sugar, butter, cream and vanilla. They’re a bit hard and crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside.
These sweet treats were invented by Feliks Pomorski during the first half of the 20th century. Ever since then they’ve been very popular among the locals.
The polish cake Babka wielkanocna is a simple yeast cake topped with icing or orange/rose water. It’s traditionally eaten during Easter and is loved by the locals.
It’s a delicious cake, so make sure to taste it if you see it at a bakery in Poland.
Kisiel is a sweet and fruity dessert made of berry juice thickened with starch. It’s a common dessert to find in the supermarkets in Poland. It’s traditionally served hot, but can be eaten cold as well.
More about Polish desserts
The polish cuisine offers delicious and sweet desserts that will satisfy all your cravings. In Poland you can taste several delicious cakes, pastries, and even sweet drinks.
Common ingredients in Polish desserts include poppy seeds, yeast dough, milk, sugar, cream, eggs, and flour.
More Polish desserts to taste:
- Drożdzówka – Sweet roll
- Ciepłe lody – Waffle filled with mousse
- Chałka – Sweet bread
- Kogel mogel – Egg-based dessert (similar to eggnog)
- Kołacz – Traditional Polish pastry
- Kremówka – Cream pie
- Kutia – Sweet grain pudding
- Makówki – Poppy seed-based dessert
- Mazurek – Polish pastry/cake
- Ptasie mleczko – Soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue
Wha are your favorite Polish desserts? Leave a comment below!