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Polish Ammonia Cookies Recipe [Amoniaczki]

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Polish Ammonia cookies.

Amoniaczki are Polish ammonia cookies that turn light and crispy. Bringing back childhood memories, these buttery amoniaczki cookies are fun to make with kids too!

Memories Of Amoniaczki & My Babcia Marysia

I wanted to bake these ammonia cookies for some time. When planning my birthday party menu, I thought amoniaczki will make a perfect dessert!

On Saturday afternoon, when my toddler son was taking a nap, I started to make the cookies with my older daughter. When I opened up a package of ammonia, I had a flashback of my childhood.

It’s unbelievable how a single thing can take you back in time… The smell of ammonia took me to my grandma’s (babcia Marysia) kitchen. I was helping babcia making amoniaczki.

She took a small jar of ammonia and let me smell it. It was so strong that I was surprised that adding this to the cookies will make them taste good. But they were amazing. They were my grandma’s specialty.

A photo from my birthday party with amoniaczki on the table, my grandma, my daughter, and my dad

Babcia Marysia is now 82 years old. She was a guest at my birthday party. When she tasted the cookies, she was so content! She said she totally forgot about the recipe and asked ME to write it down for her.

I handwrote a recipe for her reminding her that SHE was the one who taught me how to make these ammonia cookies. It’s amazing how life comes to full circle. I am so happy to still enjoy the special moments with my grandma. I am grateful she is still here, I do love her so much!

What Are Polish Ammonia Cookies?

Amoniaczki are cookies made using ammonia instead of yeast, baking soda, or baking powder. Also called ciasteczka amoniaczki, or ciasteczka na niedzielę, these cookies are crisper and lighter than cookies made with other leavening agents. And since the ammonia evaporates while baking, they also do not taste of ammonia at all.

In fact, in many 17th-century European countries, in the days before baking powder, ammonia was already used for baking. 

These cookies made with amoniak have been on the Polish list of traditional products since 22 August 2014. The tradition was brought to Kashubia in the Pomerian region after World War II by all the families that came from Lublin.

These families would bake bread first and then bake the cookies in the already heated oven. It was a popular dish for Sundays, holidays, and other celebrations. Over time the other local Pomeranian families adopted the tradition of baking amoniaczki.

How To Make Amoniaczki

Ingredients for the Polish ammonia cookies.
Ingredients for the Polish ammonia cookies

Separate egg whites from egg yolks. Leave aside the egg whites and half the sugar.

Knead the dough using all the remaining ingredients. Roll out the dough on a floured board and make cookies using cutters.

Floured surface with rolling pin.
Floured surface with a rolling pin
Knead the dough.
Knead the dough
Child rolling out cookie dough.
Allow your kids to roll out cookie dough
Child using cookie cutter on dough.
They can use the cookie cutter too!
Child cutting cookie shapes.
My child Mia helps with cutting cookies

Line a baking tray and place the cookies on it. Brush the cookies with egg whites and sprinkle with the sugar that was set aside.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size. Allow them to cool before eating so that the rest of the ammonia disappears.

Raw cookies placed on a baking tray.
Raw cookies placed on a baking tray
Brushing the cookies with egg white.
Mia brushes the cookies with egg white
Ammonia Cookies in a ceramic tray.
Ammonia cookies are ready
Polish Ammonia Cookies.
Polish Ammonia Cookies are called Amoniaczki

Tips For Making Polish Amoniaczki Cookies

  • Do not make the cookies too thick.
  • Don’t worry about the smell of ammonia. It will disappear after the cookies are cool.
  • You can sprinkle the cookies with sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, caster sugar, or regular sugar before baking. 
  • Ammonia cookies can also be brushed with a layer of jam. 
  • Add a few drops of vanilla essence for some flavor. 
  • Ammonia cookies are the perfect cookies to make with your kids at home. 
  • When topped with sugar, they’re perfect for birthdays or Christmas. 
Child holding Polish ammonia cookies in a tray.
Your kid will be proud of the cookies she helped you make!
Child holding a bowl of Amoniaczki.
Amoniaczki cookies – the young ones have approved!

FAQs About Amoniaczki Polish Ammonia Cookies

What Are The Other Names For Amoniak?

Ammoniak or Baker’s Ammonia is also called Ammonium Carbonate, Baker’s Salt, or Hartshorn. 

Ammonia Smells A Lot? Will The Cookies Smell?

Ammoniak or ammonium carbonate breaks down to carbon dioxide, water vapor, and ammonia while cooking. So although the smell of ammonia is very strong while you are baking, it will disappear once the cookies have cooled down, and they will taste very buttery. 

How To Store Baker’s Ammonia?

Baker’s ammonia evaporates when exposed to air, so it’s important to store it in a glass airtight jar. 

Can We Use Ammonia For Baking Cakes?

No, ammonia has no place to escape through cakes. So it will not work and the cake will taste bitter. Ammonia should only be used to bake thin crisp cookies. 

Which Shapes Should I Use For Making Ammonia Cookies?

You can use cookie cutters of any shape that you like, round, square, stars, crescents, or more. Only make sure that the cookies are not too thick or the ammonia will not evaporate.

How To Store Polish Amoniaczki Cookies?

Store the amoniaczki in an airtight jar and finish in 3 to 4 days. 

Amoniaczki Polish Ammonia Cookies Recipe

Yield: 30 cookies

Polish Ammonia Cookies Recipe Amoniaczki

Polish Ammonia Cookies Recipe Amoniaczki

Amoniaczki are Polish ammonia cookies that turn light and crispy. Bringing back memories of childhood in Poland, these buttery amoniaczki cookies are fun to make with kids too!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps of sour cream
  • ½ tsp of ammonia
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick (110g) of butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  2. Separate egg whites from egg yolks.
  3. Knead the dough using ½ cup of sugar, egg yolks, flour, butter, sour cream, and ammonia. Leave the second half of sugar and egg whites for later.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured pastry board. Choose the thickness of your choice. Remember that the cookies will grow a bit while baking.
  5. Cut out the cookies using cookie cutters of your choice.
  6. Place the cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  7. Brush the cookies with egg whites and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.

Notes

Ammonia has a strong smell that you will feel during baking. It will disappear after baking.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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