Top 8 Polish Desserts

Curious to try some polish food? Don’t forget about the top 8 polish desserts that you have to try while visiting Poland!

1. Pączek

Typical polish pastry, similar to doughnuts.


They are deep fried pieces of dough filled with jam or any other sweet filling such as caramel or chocolate. They are usually covered with powdered sugar and dried orange pieces.


Pączek is famous in Poland since middle ages and is the most famous polish dessert which even has its own national day which takes place on the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday. The reason for choosing this date is to use all the fat and sugar available in the house before Big Lent as its forbidden to eat them during this time. On this day whole families gather together and eat as many Pączki as possible. It causes big queues to local bakeries and high consumption of calories 🙂

The price for one piece is between 1,50zł – 3zł.

2. Szarlotka

This dessert came to Poland 19th century from France. It was first baked by Marie-Antoine Carême – cook for Russian emperor Alexander I. It was named after another emperor of Russia – Charlotte of Prussia. It consist of shortcrust pastry and apple filling mixed with cinnamon and cardamom.
It’s typically served hot with piece of vanilla ice cream.


The normal price per piece served with ice cream should be between 9zł – 14zł

3. Makowiec

Typical cake prepared for Xmas eve. It is typically a yeast base filled with poppy seed mass full of walnuts, almonds, raisins, honey, dried fruits and big amount of dried orange. The origin of the cake says that all the girls preparing poppy seed for this cake would fast find a husband and get married which helped the popularity of the cake.
People believe poppy seed cake helps for a good sleep so piece of this cake with glass of milk is used for insomnia.


The normal price per kilogram in bakery should be between 20-30zł.

4. Pierniki

Cookies in chocolate or in sugar coat made from gingerbread pastry with spices such as cinnamon. Filled with jam with different flavors – most popular ones are rose, strawberry or plum. They have different shapes, mostly connected to Xmas time as they are traditionally served on Xmas eve but you can easily buy them during the whole year in any city in Poland.
The first documented trade of gingerbread biscuits dates to the 17th century, where they were sold in monasteries, pharmacies, and town square farmer’s’ markets.

The pastry needs to be prepared around 4 weeks before baking and places to chill in cold,l dark place. If you try to bake pierniki before long chilling time they will be as hard as the stone after baking so don’t try it to keep your teeth safe.


While travelling around Poland you cannot miss the interactive gingerbread museum in Toruń. You can learn there about cookies history, legends and try to bake some yourself. It’s a great entertainment for both – children and adults!

More about the museum you can find on their website:

You can buy bag of pierniki in any supermarket in Poland – normal price should be between 3zł and 8zł depending on the size and flavor.


5. Sękacz

This is one of the most difficult polish cakes to prepare. More than one person has to take part in the preparation. The cake is at least 70 cm high and contains at least 50 egg yolks, 1kg of sugar, 1 kg of flour and 1 kg of butter. Because of this it’s pricey and you cannot eat too much of it. It takes at least 8 hours to prepare this cake as it’s baked in layers on real fire.


After cutting into slices the cake should look like the tree trunk:


This cake is traditionally prepared for Easter time and the most traditional production takes part in north-east of Poland, in the lakes region. The legend about the cake says that it was first prepared for the visit of the Queen – Bona Sforza and she liked the cake so much she decided it will be her son’s wedding cake and that’s how the fame of the cake was spread widely.


The normal price of sękacz per kilo should be between 50 and 100 zł so the small piece of 200G you can buy for 8-10zł in any supermarket.

6. Krówki

The literal meaning is “little cows”. Typical polish semi-soft milk toffee candies – hard and crispy outside but inside is soft and sticky.


Most of the brands have each individual candy wrapped in white-and-yellow paper with a picture of a cow.


The original recipe contains milk, sugar, butter and cream with additional flavor (vanilla, cocoa, coconut, nuts or coffee).


You can find them in any supermarket and small store around whole country. The whole bag should cost between 5 – 9 zł.

7. Ptasie mleczko

This soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue literally translates to “bird’s milk”.


It is one of the most recognized sweets in Poland and has exclusive rights for the name.

The origin of the name comes from ancient greek where “bird’s milk” is an idiom meaning “an unobtainable delicacy”.

In Poland, Jan Wedel, owner of the E. Wedel Company, developed the first ptasie mleczko in 1936 and the one produced by Wedel is the only original one.


There are many varieties of flavors available on the market such as – coconut, strawberry, cocoa, orange or caramel.

They are available to sell in any supermarket and normal price should be around 10-15zł for the box.

8. Kremówka

Polish typical cream pie. It is made of two layers of pastry, filled with whipped cream and vanilla pastry cream (custard cream) or sometimes egg white cream, and is usually covered with powdered sugar.


On 16 June 1999 pope John Paul II mentioned that after he had completed his high school exams, he had kremówkas with his colleagues in his home town of Wadowice. They made a bet who could eat more. The future Pope ate eighteen kremówkas but did not win the bet. This fact was famous in media, and kremówki from Wadowice became popular in Poland as “papal” kremówkas.

It is possible to try Kremówka in any bakery or restaurant and the normal price for one piece should be 3 – 7zł.


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