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Makes about 36

14 egg yolks
2 cups sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
8 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Stir into a ball, then turn dough out onto a floured surface . Knead dough for 1/2 hour. If you have a mixer with a dough hook attachment, mix for about 15 minutes. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into strips that are 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. In the center of each strip, cut a 1 inch slit, lengthwise. Pull one end of the strip through the slit to form a bow. In a frying pan or an electric skillet, melt shortening and heat to about 350 F. Place cookies in hot oil. Cook on both sides until lightly browned then remove to a paper towel. Dust cookies with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar may absorb some of the oil, so you may want to dust them several times.

Note: Alternate spellings: Kruschicki, Chrusciki, Kruschici.

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Reviews of Krusczyki:

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  A cookie baker  Dec 18, 2007
Would make this again.
My grandmother is from the Ukraine and she makes them all the time!!! There delicious!! 5 stars

  Donna in Timmins Ontario Canada  Dec 5, 2007
Would make this again.
I remember bringing these to school bake sales and they would be the first to go. My Polish "Mamo" made them for all holidays. The "chrust" recipe my Mom used required a shot of vodka or brandy in the mix, (alcohol evaporated and repelled the excess oil from the end product). Perhaps this is the missing ingredient for that authentic Eastern Europen flavour!!! 5 stars

  Daga in Ontario  Dec 1, 2007
Would make this again.
Just a quick note re: Bri's comment about faworki. Each region of Poland will have a different name for those cookies. Some call them faworki, some call them chrust, and some call them chrusciki. However, never have I heard of them being called Krusczyki..
The receipe is not bad actually. My only comment is that when we make it at home (and it is a Polish home) we let the dough rest for about 30 min. in the fridge..
3 stars

  Francesca in ohio  Nov 29, 2007
Would make this again.
My mom use to make these cookies every christmas and for other family events she said that they are a polish cookie and in english it means "lovers knot" 5 stars

  Bri in FL  Dec 12, 2006
Would make this again.
I made this recipe because they sounded like my Bunia's faworki recipe. Let me just say its a cheap immiatation not even worth comparing to the original Polish desert.By the way where did the name Krusczyki come from I've only heard them being called faworki!?! 3 stars

  Ionel in Romania  Dec 12, 2006
Would make this again.
This is a Polish/Ukrainian recipe, but very similar to Romanian "minciunele". 5 stars

  Jackie in baltimore  Nov 30, 2006
Would make this again.
these were great. I was hoping that they would taste similar to a recipe that my grandmother unfortunately took with her when she left us. she called them chrysalis cookies and they were fried. If anyone has any idea on that recipe it would make my families holiday season. 5 stars

  betty in cincinnati  Nov 27, 2006
Would make this again.
who knows the origin/nationaity of these? they are unusual, but quite tasty. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Mi  Nov 22, 2006
Would make this again.
i love them we have them every year for all holidays 5 stars

  donna carney in toledo ohio  Dec 19, 2004
Would make this again.
The recipe was ok but I use 12 eggs and 2 tablespoons of brandy to uplift the flavor. 5 stars

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