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Angel Wings (Khrusty)- Recipe

angel-wings-khrusty1Angel Wings, also known as, Khrusty, Verhuny, or Chrusciki, are a very popular and dainty dessert specialty found in Polish bakeries, European specialty stores, and even some grocery stores.

They are very light and airy, and quite simple to make.

My grandchildren love these, so I make sure they are on hand when I have these visitors.

Angel Wings are an excellent accompaniment to a nice cup of your favorite tea.

This recipe yields 24-30 pieces.





Angel Wings (Khrusty)- Recipe

Angel Wings (Khrusty)- Recipe


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbs. white vinegar, or Brandy  (see TIP below)
  • 1 Tbs. sour cream
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Crisco Shortening, or Canola oil for frying ( I prefer Crisco)
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth dough, but do not overwork it.
  2. Place your dough on a floured board, or counter top.Cover and rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Use a rolling pin and roll out the dough very thin, paper thin.
  4. Use pizza cutter, and cut 1 inch wide strips, then cut these into 3 inches long pieces.
  5. Make a lengthwise slid in the middle of each of the 1 x 3 inch pieces, leaving at least ¼ inch from each end.
  6. Pull one end through the slid, to form a twist.
  7. Place 2 cups of Crisco Shortening in a frying pan, and melt so the fat is at least 2 inches deep.
  8. Heat the fat to about 200 degrees (to test it, drop in one piece of dough, and if it starts to sizzle, the temperature is ready.
  9. Place as many angel wings into the hot fat as it easily fits, without overcrowding.
  10. Fry for one minute on one side.
  11. Turn them over (I use a fork), and fry on the other side for another minute.
  12. Using tongs, remove golden fried angel wings onto a platter lined with paper towel, to absorb any excess fat.
  13. Cool them completely.
  14. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar, on both sides.


I use 1 tsp. of vinegar and 1 tsp. of Rectified Spirit (95% alcohol).  The alcohol evaporates during frying, but makes the dough very light.

8 thoughts on “Angel Wings (Khrusty)- Recipe”

  1. suzy says:

    The Angel Wings look great! I haven’t had these in a long time. I’ll have to show my 5th graders how to make these!
    Thanks for all the comments and visits,
    Keep it Sweet 🙂

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    I think your 5th graders are very talented in culinary arts, and this would be an easy project for them. Have fun.
    I appreciate your visits.

  3. Lori says:

    I have four kids here in Delaware that I think would love these. Oh Jody’s kids, you remember him from Elkton. I also want to try the cabbage rolls and think that when I go to my sister’s for Easter I’ll make these. I’m taking off Thurs and Friday so I could surprise them with supper. Thanks so much for you details and little tricks! Much appreciated.

  4. Suburban Grandma says:

    All kids seem to like Angel Wings. They are very easy and quick to make.
    Please pass on my best regards to Jody.

    The men in my family prefer the rice and meat filling for the cabbage rolls, but my favorite filling is rice and sauteed mushrooms, baked in vegetable or chicken broth, and served with mushroom gravy.
    I am sure your family will appreciate a nice dinner surprise. Happy Easter!!

  5. Val says:

    Where do I find rectified Spirit 95%. I would like to make them for my family. My grandma use to make them for us as kids but all her recipes were never saved by anyone.

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    I have seen it at liquor stores (I think a bottle costs $40), but because you only use such a small amount at a time, if you cork it well, it will last you for a while. I got mine as a gift from Poland.

    (My grandmother used to also use it as a rubbing alcohol on sore joints, and on her chest, when she had a cold, as well as adding a teaspoon of it to her hot tea and honey. She would also put a few drops on a cotton ball, squeeze out any excess fluid, and place a piece of the damp cotton ball it in our ears, over night, to clear up a head cold).

  7. Zosia says:

    Thanks for posting this recipe. Kids aren’t the only ones who love Khrusty. All the adults I know love them as well. Used to take them to the employee lounge lunchroom for the holiday office party and place them on the dessert table. Made two large serving platters of them (pasta machine helps); they were usually the first to go. People claim they’re addictive as they laugh and brush the powdered sugar evidence off of themselves. The only thing I do differently is omit the vinegar and use vodka. Used to use Stolichnaya but the Kirkland brand is pretty darn good and much cheaper. The alcohol cooks off so no problem. Left overs? What left overs?

  8. Suburban Grandma says:

    Pasta machine sounds like a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing…I will give it a try this Christmas…
    I agree about the alcohol…My mom used to add Spiritus….which is clear 100 proof alcohol….but as you said, the alcohol evaporated during cooking, and makes the finished product light and airy.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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