Thursday, December 2, 2010

Advent Calendar - Holiday Foods

While thinking about what food tradition to discuss, a childhood memory came rushing back in full force. We had a wonderful Polish-American neighbor Mrs. Betty, who introduced us to a holiday treat called chrusciki. Must admit it took several years to even learn how to pronounce this correctly, but that never stopped us from asking when she would be making another batch.

Several weeks before Christmas Mrs. Betty would start the routine of gathering ingredients in preperation for the marathon baking that enabled her to share with the entire street. Then one year I was allowed in the kitchen to be an assistant! There was plenty of laughter, especially when powder sugar prints covered almost every surface.

Here you can find more detailed information about chrusciki along with a recipe. This particular recipe calls for vodka or whiskey, I hope Mrs. Betty left that ingredient out of her treats! That may have been the second "adult" batch she delivered to our parents after Christmas.

Happy Second Advent Day!

This post is a part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" meme created in 2007 by Thomas and Jasia. You, too, can write your own Christmas memories, either for your personal journal or blog. Visit Geneabloggers to participate and to read others' posts on these topics.


  1. They look so yummy! But I know if I made them, I'd eat them all!

  2. Wow, Deb. These look incredible!

  3. Thank you for posting this. We never had these for Christmas, but we did have them for Easter. My grandmother bought the ones I remember. My mom said she made her own in her younger days which were way better than the store bought. I still wait in line at the local Polish bakery on the Saturday before Easter to pick up a batch. They reminds me of my grandmother and our Easters together oh so long ago.

  4. Oh yum - thanks for linking to the I just need to talk my sister and/or Dad (the bakers in the family) into making them!!

  5. I absolutely love khrushchiki and have a recipe for them somewhere. They're especially fun to eat because you can eat so many without feeling too guilty.

  6. Oh.... they are soooo good. My mom is Polish and made these every Christmas. My mum is still alive but I live far from home now and don't get to see her every holiday. It is now a tradition I have carried on with my family.