Polish Pretzel Butter Cookies

by jerseygirl on November 17, 2011 · 20 comments

This past week, my nine year old son had to do a cultural project for school. Since my husband’s father is Polish, my son decided to find out more about Poland. This included information on my favorite thing which is food. Most of the children decided to make some kind of cultural dish so my son picked a traditional Polish cookie.

I was very proud of my son as he did most of the research himself. He is a fairly picky eater so I didn’t expect him to stray from the path of picking a simple dessert. Since his class has a few nut allergies, we also stayed away from any recipes that contained nuts. We came up with this buttery cookie that contains hard cooked egg yolks. The dough is refrigerated and twisted like a pretzel. Colored sprinkles or sugar are added to the cookies before baking. This is a wonderful recipe to make with kids and I will add it to my holiday collection.

My son was so proud of his cookies. He was ecstatic when they were all eaten up too.

Polish Pretzel Butter Cookies (adapted from About.com)
2 sticks salted butter, softened
3 cups flour
3 large cooked egg yolks, mashed
1 cup confectioners  sugar
1 egg, beaten well
colored sprinkles or sugar
In large mixing bowl, cut butter into flour as for pie dough. Add mashed egg yolks and confectioners sugar, mixing well. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into a rope. Form into a pretzel shape and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to coat the cookies with egg and sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles. Bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool for 10 minutes on a cookie rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
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Dining Alone November 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Those are so adorable!

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Angela November 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Your son is a cutie!

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The Japanese Redneck November 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

He looks like he's about to run away with the whole dish!

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Jennifurla November 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

ahh what a cutie, great recipe too

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Curt November 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Awesome cookies, and it's so great when our kids make us proud!

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Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet November 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Adorable!!

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Shulie November 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Oh cutest pretzel cookies!! Just adorable!

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Diane {Created by Diane} November 18, 2011 at 12:04 am

so cute, I LOVE pretzel shaped cookies :)

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Katrina November 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

Love these! And I love that they use cooked egg yolk–I always have some yolks to use up.

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Debbie November 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

Love the shape of the cookies and they look so delicious with sprinkles!

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Donna November 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

ooooo…I love the combo of tradition and ADORABLE-NESS! :) Too cute! I'm sure they will be a hit!

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That Girl November 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Things are certainly coming together – my Polish grandfather used to love butter cookies (the pretzel shaped ones were my favorite)

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Mari @ Mari's Cakes November 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I would love to try these cookie. They look very nice. You have an awesome boy.

Have a great weekend :)

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Anonymous November 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Great looking cookies and your son is so cute! I bet his father is extremely handsome!!!

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teresa November 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

so cute, they look yummy too!

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Ciao Chow Linda November 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

Such a nice project to have with your son. The cookies remind me somewhat of Italian taralli.

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Nicole Gamble November 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This is a great idea! I so appreciate this site. This is the recipe I was looking for.

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Pretty. Good. Food. November 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm

So cute! Gonna have to give the recipe a try :)

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annie December 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

how do you cook the egg yolk

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jerseygirl December 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

You can boil them and just the remove the yolk from the center.

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