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Polish Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe – Baletki

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A plate of round Polish poppy seed cookies, displayed on a red patterned tablecloth.

You will see that poppy seeds are used in a lot of traditional cooking. It isn’t just the flavor that Poles love. Poppy seeds have an interesting place in Polish culture and folklore. It is believed that poppy seeds are a symbol of happiness and prosperity. This prosperity is carried over into the next year which is why recipes containing poppy seeds are really popular during Christmas time.

The Polish poppy seed cookies are pretty easy to make. They also don’t require a lot of ingredients. One of the best parts about Polish poppy seed cookies is that they can be made in advance and stored. They work well as snacks for tea time and are loved by both adults and children alike.

Polish Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe – Baletki

Part I – Make Sure That All The Ingredients Are At Room Temperature

The Polish poppy seed cookies have a spongy consistency. In order to get this consistency right, it is essential that all the ingredients are at room temperature.

The ingredients for Polish poppy seed cookies.
The ingredients for Polish poppy seed cookies.

Part II – Preheat The Oven To 356 F

Always preheat your oven before baking. This ensures that once you are done with the dough, the oven will be at the right temperature. This is essential for the dough to rise.

Part III – Sift The Flour

Sifting the flour helps remove lumps and also helps incorporate air into the flour. This helps give the cookies a lighter texture.

Sift the flour.
Sift the flour.

Part IV – Separate The Egg Yokes And Egg Whites Of 3 Eggs

Part V – Beat Egg Whites With A Bit Of Salt Until Stiff

Use a mixer to beat the egg whites. Add a pinch of salt to the mixture before starting. Beat the egg whites till they turn white in color and form stiff peaks.

Beat the egg whites.
Beat the egg whites.

Part VI – Add Sugar

Add in 4 tbsps. of sugar or xylitol and beat the egg white till it dissolves. 

Part VII – Add The Egg Yolks

Add in the egg yolks one at a time. Beat the mixture after adding each yolk. Make sure that it combines well.

Add the egg yolks.
Add the egg yolks.

Part VIII – Turn Off The Mixer

For this phase, you can either turn off the mixer or set it at a low speed. Slowly start adding in the flour. If you’ve turned the mixer off, you will have to turn it on at intervals so that the flour combines. Make sure to mix it slowly.

Add in the flour.
Add in the flour.

Part IX – Place The Batter In The Food Storage Bag Or The Confectionery Sleeve

Place the batter in a confectionaries bag.
Place the batter in a confectionaries bag.

Part X – Pipe Small Cookies On A Baking Tray Lined With Parchment Paper

Lining the baking tray with parchment paper helps ensure that the cookies do not get stuck to the baking tray. Pipe small cookies onto the tray and then sprinkle poppy seeds on top of them.

Pipe the cookies.
Pipe the cookies.

Part XI – Bake For 10 Minutes

Part XII – Repeat The Process Till The Batter Is Finished.

Part XIII – Let The Cookies Cool

Once the cookies are cooled, spread solid jam on a single cookie and cover it with the second cookie. Repeat the process till all the Polish poppy seed cookies are used.

Delicious Polish poppy seed cookies.
Delicious Polish poppy seed cookies.

FAQs About Polish Poppy Seed Cookies

My Polish Poppy Seed Cookies Did Not Turn Out Very Spongy. What Did I Do Wrong?

In order to get the right texture for the Polish poppy seed cookies, it is important to ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature. If the ingredients are even slightly cold, the texture will change. This is largely true when it comes to eggs. The cold egg white will not form stiff peaks. If your eggs are still cold, try immersing them in warm water.

What Flavors Of Jam Can I Use For Polish Poppy Seed Cookies?

When choosing a jam, the main important thing is to ensure that it is a thick jam. A jam that is more like a liquid will cause the cookies to get soggy. Feel free to experiment with the different flavors of jam for the Polish poppy seed cookies. Popular favorites are blackcurrant, blueberry, apricot, and strawberry.

How Do You Store Polish Poppy Seed Cookies?

Polish poppy seed cookies are very easy to store. All you need to do is place them in a container with an airlock so that they do not become soft. Make sure that the cookies are at room temperature before you pack them.

Yield: 50 cookies

Polish Poppy Seed Cookies Recipe - Baletki

A plate of round Polish poppy seed cookies sprinkled with poppy seeds, displayed on a table with a red and white patterned tablecloth.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tbsps of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsps of sugar or xylitol
  • 4 tbsps of poppy seed
  • 1 small jar of thick jam
  • food storage bag or confectionery sleeve


  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. It's really important, otherwise, your sponge cookies won't be good.
  2. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  3. Sift the flour.
  4. Separate egg yolks from egg whites.
  5. Beat egg whites with a bit of salt until stiff.
  6. Add sugar/xylitol and beat until it dissolves.
  7. Add egg yolk, one by one, and beat again, slowly.
  8. Turn off the mixer, or change it to low speed. Start adding the flour, mixing very slowly.
  9. Place the batter in the food storage bag or the confectionery sleeve.
  10. Pipe small cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  11. Sprinkle each cookie with poppy seeds.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes.
  13. Repeat the process until all the batter is used.
  14. Let the cookies cool.
  15. Spread the solid jam on the single cookie, and cover it with the second cookie.
  16. Repeat the process until all the poppy seed cookies are used!


  1. Depending on the size of the cookies, you will get 2-3 baking trays of the cookies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 16Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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