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Róże Karnawałowe – Polish Carnival Rosettes Recipe

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Sprinkle the roze karnawałowe with icing sugar.
Sprinkle the roze karnawałowe with icing sugar

A chance to eat blooming carnival rosettes takes you back to childhood in Poland. Roze Karnawałowe are Polish cookies that are fun to make and can involve the entire family!

The recipe for the Polish carnival rosettes is surprisingly easy. I’ve always thought that making these cookies is really difficult, as they look pretty impressive. My mother-in-law has taught me how to make róże karnałowe and I couldn’t believe it’s THAT easy.

My favorite parts? Putting together the layers of cookies to form a pretty rose and waiting eagerly to taste the first one that was fried topped with jam. 

What Is Róże Karnawałowe?

Róże Karnawałowe or Polish carnival rosettes are delicious cookies that are made to look like roses. Cooked during Carnival time in Poland, these crisp and dainty cookies are really tempting.

Made during the Lenten Carnival, they’re one in a series of dishes that are simply made to finish off the lard, sugar, and eggs that can’t be eaten during the Lenten fast. 

róże karnawałowe and hot tea!
Tip: Serve the róże karnawałowe with hot tea or cider!

Some of the other dishes that are popular for Fat Thursday or Tlusty Czwartek are angel wing cookiesrosette cookies, oponki, and paczki donuts.  

The dough for róże karnawałowe is made with flour, eggs, salt, and sugar, and three discs are pressed together in the form of a rose before being topped with jam and icing sugar. 

How To Make Róże Karnawałowe – Polish Carnival Rosettes?

Prepare the dough for the róże karnawałowe and roll it out to ⅕” thickness.

Cut three sizes of circles using cookie cutters or different-sized glasses. Then cut the edges at 4 spots on each circle and assemble together by pressing the center so that they stick together.

Fry in oil on both sides till golden brown. Drain the excess oil and sprinkle the carnival rosettes with icing sugar.

Put a bit of jam or cherry in the center of the rosettes and serve!

Cut the dough circles with glasses.
Cut the dough circles with glasses
Róże karnawałowe dough circles cut at the edges.
Cut the róże karnawałowe dough at the edges
Róże karnawałowe.
Róże karnawałowe flowers
Sprinkle the roze karnawałowe with icing sugar.
Sprinkle the roze karnawałowe with icing sugar

Tips For Making Scrumptious Polish Carnival Rosettes 

  • Add the vodka or vinegar to the dough so that it doesn’t absorb oil. 
  • If you don’t have cookie cutters, use different-sized glasses to make the rosettes.
  • Don’t roll the dough too thick or the roses will be chunky!
  • Make sure you don’t cut the discs too deep or the roses will fall apart. 
  • If making the rosettes for adults only, you can add some vodka or wine to the dough. 
  • Sprinkle the carnival rosettes with powder sugar or cinnamon sugar and top with jam. 
Polish carnival cookies.
Polish carnival cookies are called róże karnawałowe

Frequently Asked Questions About Róże Karnawałowe

How To Serve Carnival Rosettes?

Serve the carnival rosettes hot or cold sprinkled with icing sugar. 

What Else Can I Use As Toppings For The Róże Karnawałowe?

You can top the carnival rosettes with any of the following:

  • Powdered sugar or icing sugar
  • Plum jam
  • Any other flavor of jam you like
  • Honey
  • Raspberries soaked in sugar with jam as glue
  • Candied cherries with jam or honey as glue

How To Store The Carnival Rosettes?

Store the leftover róże karnawałowe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for months. 

How To Reheat The Carnival Rosettes?

If you have already sprinkled sugar on top, it’s best to reheat the carnival rosettes in an oven or microwave. 

If you haven’t sprinkled sugar on top while storing the Polish carnival rosettes, reheat them by frying with lard or oil in a pan.

Róże Karnawałowe – Polish Carnival Rosettes Recipe

Yield: 26

Róże Karnawałowe - Polish Carnival Rosettes Recipe

Enjoy authentic Polish Carnival Rosettes Recipe at or near the hotel.

A chance to eat blooming carnival rosettes takes you back to childhood in Poland. Roze Karnawałowe are Polish cookies that are fun to make with the entire family!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsps of sour cream
  • 1 tbsp of vodka/vinegar/distilled spirit
  • 1 small jar of thick jam, plum butter or cherries
  • oil to fry
  • icing sugar to sprinkle the cookies


  1. Mix the flour, eggs, egg yolks, sour cream, and vodka/vinegar. Knead the dough.
  2. Roll out the dough to about ⅕'' thickness.
  3. Use 3 different sizes of cookie cutters or glasses to cut the circles from the dough. You will need big, medium, and small circles. A sheet of yellow dough with two glasses on it, used for preparing Polish Carnival Rosettes.
  4. Cut the edges of each circle at four spots. Be sure the spaces between each cut are the same (see the photo below). Róże karnawałowe dough circles cut at the edges.
  5. Assemble the rosettes by putting the circles in layers: the big one on the bottom, the medium in the middle, and the small on the top. Róże karnawałowe.
  6. Using your finger, press the center of the rosettes to make sure the circles are well-connected and they won't fall apart when frying.
  7. Heat up the oil.

    How to check whether the oil is hot enough? Throw a small piece of the dough into the oil. If it stays on the bottom, the oil is still too cold. If the dough comes straight up to the surface, the oil is ready to fry.
  8. Fry Polish carnival rosettes until they change the color to golden brownish.
  9. After frying, place the carnival rosettes on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excessive fat.
  10. Sprinkle the rosettes with icing sugar.
  11. Place a bit of jam or cherry in the center of each rosette.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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