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Simple Polish Butter Cookies Recipe – Ciasteczka Maślane

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A plate of Polish Butter Cookies on a table next to a rolling pin.

Polish butter cookies are very popular during the Christmas season. In fact, you will definitely catch the scent of baking wafting out of households as people across Poland prepare for the start of the festival. Don’t be fooled though. Polish butter cookies are year-round treats and are just very common during the colder months.

The simple cookie recipe is rich in butter and pairs extremely well with a cup of piping hot tea or coffee. It can be stored easily. Since the Christmas season brings loads of visitors to everyone’s home, people in Poland find it an easy Christmas treat to store and serve. Another big bonus is that the ingredients are easy to get and relatively nonexpensive. Plus the recipe is super easy and the cookies are done quickly.

Children in particular love being involved in the process of making Polish butter cookies. This is because the cookies are fun to make and they get a chance to experiment with different cookie-cutter shapes. 

Simple Polish Butter Cookies Recipe – Ciasteczka Maślane

Part I – Combine All The Ingredients

Combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 cup of icing sugar, 2 egg yolks and 1 cup of butter. You can either knead the mixture with your hand or with a food processor. At the end of it, the dough should have a smooth texture.

Part II – Refrigerate The Dough

Wrap the dough with a cling wrap and then refrigerate. The plastic covering will ensure that the dough does not dehydrate in the fridge. Refrigerating helps solidify the butter which gives the dough a better shape and makes it easier to make the cookie shapes.

Part III – After 1 Hour, Preheat The Oven To 356°f (180°c).

Part IV – Divide The Dough

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap the cling wrap and divide the dough into two equal pieces. This will help you handle the dough better.

Divide the dough
Divide the dough.

Part V – Roll The Dough

Roll the cookie dough
Roll the cookie dough.

Use a floured pastry board or a clean platform surface to roll out the dough. You can roll it out to a thickness of your choice. Note that this recipe does not use a rising agent. This means that the dough will not grow when exposed to heat in the oven.

Part VI – Cut Out The Cookies Using A Cookie Cutter Of Your Choice.

Get creative with cookie cutters
Get creative with cookie cutters

Part VII – Place The Cookies On A Baking Tray

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the cookies on the tray. Since the cookies will not grow size, you do not need to maintain a very large distance between each of them. The parchment paper will prevent the cookies from sticking to the bottom.

Place the cookies on a baking tray
Place the cookies on a baking tray

Part VIII – Bake for 10-12 minutes

Perfectly baked Polish butter cookies.
Perfectly baked Polish butter cookies.

FAQs About Making Polish Butter Cookies

Can Polish butter cookies be stored?

One of the reasons why Polish butter cookies are so popular is because they are easy to store. Most people make a large batch and store them to serve when needed. The best way to store Polish butter cookies is to keep them in a cold dry box. This keeps the cookies nice and fresh. Exposure to moisture makes the cookies soft.

How Do You Serve Polish Butter Cookies?

Polish butter cookies are great for a midday snack. You will usually catch a child with his/her hand in the cookie jar at some point of time in the day. These cookies taste great when paired with a hot beverage. The usual preference is coffee though tea is also great. This is because the mild bitterness of coffee goes really well with the sweetness of the cookies.

Are There Any Modifications To The Recipe?

Polish butter cookies can also be made using jam or a preserve. If you want to do this, make a slight indent in the cookie when shaping it. Once you have done it, fill the depression with a jam of your choice. Then place it in the oven. The jam gives the cookie an interesting taste and it is a nice twist to the recipe. You can use whatever jam you like. Strawberry jam however is a popular favorite. 

Yield: 40 cookies

Simple Polish Butter Cookies Recipe - Ciasteczka Maślane

A plate of Polish Butter Cookies on a table next to a rolling pin.

Polish butter cookies may be the most popular during the Christmas season but they are an easy year-round snack to bake!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 3 cups (360g) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (130g) of icing sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (225g) of butter


  1. Knead all the ingredients using your hands or food processor.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  4. Divide the dough into 2 pieces.
  5. Roll out each part of the dough on a floured pastry board to the thickness of your choice. The cookies won't grow in the oven.
  6. Cut out the cookies using cookie cutters of your choice.
  7. Place the cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Polish butter cookies can be stored in a cold dry jar/box for up to 2 months.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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