Genuine Polish (Doughnuts) Paczki Recipe


Paczki, also known as Polish doughnuts are so incredible. It’s one of the things I loved having when I visited Poland a few years ago. So, I’m so glad I was able to replicate this recipe for these Polish desserts at home. Save this paczki recipe for later!

When I visited Poland, I went to a couple of different markets and ate some incredible food. And you know what? The prices were so affordable. One of the coolest places was in Wroclaw at the Hala Targooa or Market Hall.

I really feel like the best way to get to know a culture is by visiting the local eateries. When I visited this market in Wroclaw I was mesmerized by the many desserts, unlike anything I had seen before. I hope you enjoy this Polish delicacy as much as I did!

Paczki Ingredients

Paczki Doughnuts has 14 ingredients and this special recipe has been taken from my visit to Poland 4 years ago.

  • Dough for the Paczki’s
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Filling
  • 1 cup jam

Steps to Make Polish Doughnut recipe 

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. Then use a 2 1/2 inch round-cutter to make circles in the dough then place it 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 them with 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 them cool slightly before filling. Fill a pastry bag or cake decorator with your choice of jam flavour. Gently push the tip into each doughnut and squeeze to fill. Serve immediately as these taste best when they are fresh and still warm

Prep TimeResting TimeCook TimeTotal Time
12 Polish Jelly Doughnuts30 Min1 Hr 30 Min10 Min2 Hr 10 Min
Preparation Time for Paczki Doughnuts aka Polish Doughnuts

How delicious do these Polish doughnuts look? I can’t wait to have a party to invite friends over to try them! Will you share these jelly doughnuts with friends or keep them all for yourself? Bookmark this paczki recipe for your next sweet dish


About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!