This recipe is not “lite”, but this recipe is an amazing treat. In trying to keep my family’s Polish traditions going for future generations, I started making pączki with my girls. This recipe differs from my Grandma’s recipe, which she used whiskey, but I prefer to use rum or vodka, plus Grandma’s recipes always call for an army of eggs. While this version is lighter than the recipes she used to make when I was young, I think I captured the taste and the spirit of her pączki.

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Pączki (poonch-kee) are these delicious, not exactly healthy, treats from Poland. My Grandma used to make them when I was young and I remember them being very round, rolled in sugar, and having this beautiful deep brown, almost crust-like, exterior. Grandma never filled hers with anything, so that gave me a little room for interpretation and artistic expression.  I hope that Grandma would be proud of my work this year as she is looking down on me from heaven.

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