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Homemade Delicje Cookies Polish Jaffa Cakes Recipe

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You can see the iconic layers of Delicje

If you have been to Poland, you probably have noticed that Delicje is one of the most popular cookies in the country. You will find them almost everywhere you go. If you haven’t indulged in one and are wondering what they taste like, just think of Jaffa cakes. 

Yes. Delicje are the Polish Jaffa cakes that both adults and kids enjoy. With a soft biscuit base, these delicacies come with a variety of fillings and are topped off with a chocolate topping. The filling is the surprise twist to the taste which everyone loves.

Now, most people in Poland prefer to head to the store and buy Delicje. The Polish Jaffa cakes however are incredibly easy to make at home. They taste amazing just baked and are a whole world of difference when you compare them to the packet variety.

You can see the iconic layers of Delicje
You can see the iconic layers of Delicje

Homemade Delicje Cookies Polish Jaffa Cakes Recipe

Part I – Make the Jelly

Making the jelly is really easy. Buy your favorite brand of jelly and dissolve the jelly mix in 1 cup of boiling hot water. Now pour this mixture into a 8” round or square baking pan. Wait till it sets.

Part II – Preheat The Oven To 356°F (180°C)

Part III – Bring The Eggs To Room Temperature

It is essential to use eggs that are at room temperature. The best way is to keep the eggs out a couple of hours before you start. If you haven’t done that, an alternative is to place them in a bowl of warm water for 3-5 minutes. 

Part IV – Separate The Egg Yolks From The Egg Whites

Part V – Sift The Sugar

Sift the icing sugar. This will remove all the clumps from the icing sugar and ensure that it mixes evenly.

Part VI – Sift the Flour

Sift all-purpose flour. This will remove any dirt or clumps from the mixture. Sifting the flour also helps give the biscuit base a nice airy texture.

Part VII – Whisk The Egg Whites

Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites. Proceed to whisk the egg whites keeping an eye on the consistency. You want the egg whites to look and feel like whipped cream. The idea is to start at a low speed and slowly increase the speed. This will give the mixture a nice texture.

Part VII – Add The Icing Sugar

Reduce the speed and add the icing sugar slowly. Whisk till the icing sugar combines well with the egg white.

Part VIII – Add The Egg Yolks

Once the egg whites have combined well with the sugar, add in the egg yolks and mix. Remember to add one egg yolk at a time. This helps maintain the egg white consistency.

Part IX – Add The Flour

Remember the flour that you had sieved and set aside? Add it in, a tablespoon at a time. Mix it in well so that it combines with the egg.

Part X – Form The Cookies

This is the fun part. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Forming the cookies is really easy. All you have to do is place 1 tbsp of batter on the parchment paper. The shapes of the cookies are not a problem. You can perfect them after the baking is done.

Forming the homemade Delicje cookies
Forming the homemade Delicje cookies

Part XI – Bake For 10 minutes

Part XII – Let It Cool

Make The Frosting

Part I – Melt The Chocolate

Melt 7 oz (200 gms) of chocolate with 2 tsps of oil. Make sure to stir continuously so that the chocolate melts evenly. The easiest and best way to do this is to melt the chocolate using a water bath. That way the chocolate melts evenly and gives the Polish Jaffa cakes a nice glossy finish.

Melt the frosting for the homemade Delicje cookies.
Melt the frosting for the homemade Delicje cookies.

Part II – Let It Cool

Assemble The Cookies

Part I – Cut The Cookies Into The Right Shape

For this part, you will need a circular cookie cutter. If you don’t have one, then use the mouth of a glass. Just press down on the baked cookies to cut them into the right shape.

Cutting the Delicje cookies into the right shape.
Cutting the Delicje cookies into the right shape.

Part II – Cut The Jelly

Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut circles from the jelly. This will serve as our filling for the Polish Jaffa cakes.

Cut the jelly smaller than the Delicje cookie size.
Cut the jelly smaller than the Delicje cookie size.

Part III – Place The Jelly Circle On The Sponge Cookie

Assemble the Delicje cookies.
Assemble the Delicje cookies.

Part IV – Cover With A Chocolate Glaze

Test the chocolate before using it. The chocolate should be relatively cool or it will melt the jelly. Use the chocolate to cover the cookie-jelly combination. This gives the final touch to your homemade Polish Jaffa cakes.

Cover the Delicje cookies with a chocolate glaze.
Cover the Delicje cookies with a chocolate glaze.

Part V – Let It Cool

FAQs About Making Polish Jaffa Cakes

What Jelly Should I Use When Making Polish Jaffa Cakes?

People in Poland love fruity flavors that are associated with Delicje. The brand itself will give you a variety of ideas. In general orange, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry are great flavors to pick when choosing a jelly.

Alternatively, just pick a jelly that is popular with your household. 

Can I Make Polish Jaffa Cakes Without Jelly?

Yes. You can make Polish Jaffa cakes without jelly. Jelly however is one of the most loved ingredients in cakes.  A good alternative is to use a fruit jam.

My Jelly Melts When Assembling The Cookies. What Should I Do?

Your jelly will melt if either your cookies are still hot or your chocolate has not cooled. It is important to make sure that everything is at the right temperature. One great way to do this is to assemble the jelly and the sponge cookie. Then put them in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Pour the chocolate on top of them when you remove them. This will give you a perfect glaze.

I Don’t Have A Cookie Cutter. What Should I Do?

Don’t panic if you don’t have a cookie cutter. You can use glasses instead. Just make sure that you have two sizes. One for the cookie base and a smaller one for the jelly.

Are There Any Other Popular Polish Cookie Recipes?

There are loads of different Polish cookie recipes. We’ve talked about a couple here already. Some popular options are:

Yield: 16 cookies

Homemade Delicje Cookies Polish Jaffa Cakes Recipe

You can see the iconic layers of Delicje
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

Sponge cakes

  • ½ cup (60g) of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (65g) of icing sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt

Jelly

  • 1 package of jelly mix (3oz/80g)
  • 1 cup of boiling hot water

Chocolate frosting

  • 7 oz (200g) of chocolate to melt
  • 2 tsps of oil

Instructions

Make The Jelly

  1. Dissolve the jelly mix in 1 cup of boiling hot water.
  2. Pour it into 8'' round or square baking pan and wait until it sets.

Make The Sponge Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  2. If your eggs are not at room temperature, heat them up by placing them in the bowl with warm water for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites.
  4. Sift the sugar.
  5. Sift the flour.
  6. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk until you will get the consistency of the whipped cream. Start with the low speed, then slowly increase it.
  7. Slowly start adding the sugar, whisking all the time. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  8. Reduce the speed and slowly start adding the egg yolks.
  9. Next, slowly add the flour.
  10. Form the cookies by placing 1 tbsp of the batter on the baking pan lined with parchment paper. Don't worry if the shapes are not regular, you can adjust them when the cookies are baked.

    Alternatively, you may pour the batter into the 10'' round or square baking pan, then you will cut the circles from the baked cake.
  11. Bake the cake for 10 minutes.
  12. Let it cool down.

Make The Frosting

  1. Melt the chocolate with oil.
  2. Let it cools down a bit.

Assemble The Cookies

  1. Using a glass or a round cookie cutter, cut the circles from the cake.
  2. Use smaller cutters to cut circles from the jelly.
  3. Place each jelly circle onto the sponge cookie.
  4. Cover with chocolate glaze.
  5. Let it cool down.

Notes

  1. Don't pour the hot chocolate glaze onto the jelly because it will melt down! If you want to make sure your cookies will be spotless, place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then pour the chocolate glaze over them.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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