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Quick Polish Cookies With Jam Recipe

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The quick Polish cookies are ready to be served.

Have an unexpected visitor? Don’t have anything in the pantry for the hungry kids? This quick Polish cookie recipe is the perfect snack to whip up at short notice. Unlike kolacky that requires a lot of preparation time, this recipe requires just 20 minutes to make and 20 minutes to bake.

You can even make different types of Polish cookies simultaneously. All that you have to do is change the filling. For that you just require different flavors of jam. That way everyone can have the flavors that they love with minimal effort when it comes to making them. You will see just how easy it is when you read the whole recipe.

Quick Polish Cookies With Jam Recipe

Part I – Preheat The Oven To 355°F (180°C)

Preheating the oven is one of the most important steps in any baking recipe. It keeps the oven at an optimum temperature to bake your cakes, bread or in this case cookies. An oven that is too hot will burn the cookies without cooking them. An oven that is too cold will mean that the consistency of the cookies will be hard and chewy.

Start this recipe with preheating the oven. This is especially important if you are short on time. This way, the oven will be ready when the cookies are shaped.

Part II – Knead The Dough

Use a large mixing bowl. Add in 3 cups (360g) of all purpose flour, 1 stick (110g) of cold butter, 2 tbsps. of sour cream, 2 tbsps. of sugar, 1 tsp of baking powder and 3 eggs. Knead the dough on a flat floured surface.

You may find it hard to knead the butter into the dough since it is cold. A great way to make this easier is to cut the butter into chunks. This gives you smaller pieces of butter to work with. Do not melt the butter though. For this recipe, the butter needs to be cold. When you bake the cookies, it will melt and give them the iconic texture that Polish cookies are famous for.

Knead the dough for quick Polish cookies
Knead the dough for quick Polish cookies.

Part III – Divide The Dough 

Once you are done kneading the dough, divide it into 4 equal parts. Each of these pieces will be used to form two rolls.

Divide the dough.
Divide the dough.

Part IV – Roll Each Piece Out

Use a flat floured surface for this next step. Roll each piece out onto the surface such that the thickness is under ½ inch. Then cut the dough in half. Do this lengthwise.

Roll the dough for quick Polish cookies and cut lengthwise.
Roll the dough for quick Polish cookies and cut lengthwise.

Part V – Place The Jam

Now place the jam along the edge. You can use multiple flavors of jam or just make them all the same. This totally depends on you. You can see how I have placed the jam in the photograph so you know how it’s done. In this instance, I have used two types of jam.

Place the jam.
Place the jam.

Part VI – Roll The Pastry

Gently roll the pastry. The best way to do this is to start at the long end. When you do this, make sure that the jam doesn’t pass through the pastry. This could cause the cookie to fall apart when you bake them. When you are done, it should look like a layered roll with the jam sandwiched between the layers of pastry dough.

Roll the pastry for quick Polish cookies.
Roll the pastry for quick Polish cookies.

Part VII – Cut The Dough

When your roll is ready, cut the dough. The photo below will give you an idea of how this is done. 

Cut the Polish cookies.
Cut the Polish cookies.

Part VIII – Move Your Cookies 

Line a baking pan with parchment paper. The parchment paper will keep the cookies from sticking to the baking pan and make them easy to remove when they are baked.

Place the cookies on to a baking tray.
Place the cookies on to a baking tray.

Part IX – Brush With Egg White And Bake

For this next step you can either use egg white or butter. If you use butter make sure that it is melted. Egg white on the other hand needs to be beaten before use. Use a brush to coat the cookies. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Part X – Sprinkle Powdered Sugar

Remove the cookies from the baking pan and let them cool. When they are cool, sprinkle powdered sugar on them. This will serve two purposes. The sugar acts as an additional sweetener and it also decorates the cookies. 

The quick Polish cookies are ready to be served.
The quick Polish cookies are ready to be served.

FAQs About Quick Polish Cookies

Can You Store Quick Polish Cookies?

People usually don’t find a need to store the Polish cookies because they tend to get eaten immediately after they are baked. They are that good! But if you do have some remaining, use an airtight jar to store them. They can last approximately 3 days this way. The reason why they are kept in an airtight container is because moisture makes them soggy. 

You can also freeze these cookies. They stay fresh for almost 3 months this way. If you want to bake and store the cookies make sure not to dust them with powdered sugar. This step can be done when you thaw them out to eat. 

One thing that you may have trouble with when freezing the cookies is that they stick to each other. A good way to prevent this is by using parchment paper between the layers.

Why Does The Powdered Sugar Melt When I Dust The Polish Cookies?

Odds are that your cookies have not cooled down sufficiently. Hot cookies will make the powdered sugar melt. Also don’t add powdered sugar if you are freezing the cookies. The sugar absorbs water and when you defrost the cookies, they will become soggy and lose their texture.

What Is The Best Way To Defrost The Polish Cookies?

The idea of defrosting the quick Polish cookies is to bring them to room temperature. The best way to do this is by placing them in the refrigerator overnight. You can remove them and keep them on your kitchen table in the morning when you get up. This way the cookies gradually defrost.

Yield: 30 cookies

Quick Polish Cookies With Jam Recipe

The quick Polish cookies are ready to be served.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • 3 cups (360g) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick (110g) of cold butter
  • 2 tbsps of sour cream
  • 2 tbsps of sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs


  • a small jar of thick jam
  • powdered sugar (optionally)


  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
  2. Knead the dough on a flat floured surface. Cut the butter into chunks if necessary.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 parts.
  4. Roll each piece out onto a floured surface to just under ½” thickness.
  5. Cut the dough in half (lengthwise).
  6. Place the jam on the edge of each piece of the dough (see the photo). Roll the pastry for quick Polish cookies.
  7. Roll up the pastry, starting at one of the long ends. Be sure the filling doesn't get between the dough, otherwise, your cookies may fall apart while baking.
  8. When your roll is ready, cut it into smaller pieces (see the photo below). Cut the Polish cookies.
  9. Move your cookies onto the baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  10. Brush them with egg white or melted butter. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  11. When the cookies are cold, you may sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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