Before we get any further, let’s get this straight: chocolate kielbasa does not have any actual kielbasa in it. Rather, this beloved Russian/Ukrainian confection gets its funny name from its resemblance to the popular smoked meat product.
Chocolate kielbasa (sometimes called “chocolate salami”) is made out of crushed Marie biscuits, walnuts, cocoa powder, butter, and a bit of alcohol, like vodka or rum. Chocolate kielbasa is the perfect dessert for lazy people as it requires no baking and is truly easy to make. It is a great party dessert since it’s a finger food and can be made up to two weeks in advance. It’s also fun to observe the confusion on people’s faces when they realize they’re eating sweets instead of sausage.
Chocolate kielbasa – sometimes called salami – is a popular Russian/Ukrainian confection.
- 1 package (7 oz/200 g) Marie biscuits (See Note)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1 shot (1 1/2 oz) vodka, rum, whiskey or cognac
- Begin by crushing the cookies. Stack 4-5 cookies overlapping each other on a cutting board and crush them using a rolling pin, rolling back and forth until the cookies are evenly crumbled and have the texture of sand.
- Transfer the ground cookies to a large bowl and repeat with the remaining cookies.
- Add the walnuts, cocoa, sugar and salt to the bowl and stir to combine. Then add the melted butter, milk and liquor. Stir really well until the mixture begins to stick together. If it seems too dry, add another splash of milk.
- Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface and transfer half of the mixture to the center of the plastic. Begin pressing the mixture together to form a log. Once formed, fold the plastic over the log and continue shaping until it is round and the mixture is tightly packed. Wrap the ‘kielbasa’ in the plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Repeat with the second half of the mixture. Freeze for at least one hour before slicing. Store leftover kielbasa in the freezer.
These are typically found in the international foods aisle of the grocery store.