Pączki Oponki – Baked Version of Traditional Polish Doughnuts

This is baked, healthier version of traditional Polish doughnuts that can be covered in icing sugar (as we did) or optionally topped with glaze.



  • 3 large baking trays
  • large piping syringe with star shaped nozzle
  • whisk

Polish baked donuts recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 150°C (302°F).
  2. In a medium pot combine milk, butter, caster and vanilla sugar, salt and heat until butter is melted.
  3. Slowly stir in also flour stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from fire, transfer this mixture into large mixing bowl and slowly add also eggs, mix with whisk until mixture is smooth.
  5. Place portion of the dough in piping syringe, create round (about 8 cm wide) circles, you may need to pass syringe two or three times if the end is small.
  6. Repeat the same until dough is finished.
  7. Bake until golden brown, dust with icing sugar and leave aside to cool down completely.
  8. Dust again with icing sugar just before serving.

This recipe makes about 30 medium donuts.


Oponki does not have texture like most of the donuts, they are soft and moist inside.

In traditional version donuts are placed on pieces of baking paper, then deep fried on both sides and dusted with icing sugar or even dipped in icing. Deep fried oponki are crunchy on outside but still soft and moist inside, like baked ones.

Design from star end of the syringe should be visible on donuts, I did not have the correct end.

For more baked doughnuts recipes take a look at our Baked Not Fried Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze.

Your thoughts…

  1. Oven-baked donuts? Oh, I feel a sin coming on.

  2. I love the diversity of your blog. My husband’s family is Polish and I really love learning about the foods of Poland and the history behind it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Oh boy! Those look really good! First time here, and I having a great time…

  4. Thanks, I hope you will enjoy them ;)

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