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8 Best Slovak Desserts: From Koláče to Šúľance

If you’re a fan of trying new sweets from around the globe, add these amazing Slovak desserts to your list.

In this article, I’ll cover the top 8 ideas you simply can’t miss when it comes to Slovak cuisine.

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I’m sure you’d love to combine mountainous scenery, beautiful castles and chateaux with delicious food, right? Well, Slovakia is the perfect destination for that!

8 Best Slovak Desserts

Slovak pound cake Babovka on the plate | Girl Meets Food
Babovka (Slovak Pound Cake)
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This Slovak take on pound cake features tasty vanilla and chocolate layers. 

This traditional cake is baked in a bundt pan and can be topped with powdered sugar, nuts, raisins or chocolate glaze.

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Black Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches
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A kolach or koláč in Slovak is a sweet pastry with fruit jams, poppy seeds or cottage cheese fillings. This version features a black cherry cheesecake filling.

The dough is very soft and fluffy and the filling tastes like a real cheesecake.

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Pumpkin Pie Kolache
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A similar yeast dough is flavored with pumpkin spice and complemented with a delicious pumpkin pie filling.

Who said you can’t transform traditional treats into something new? This Slovak spin on classic fall flavors will surely impress your sweet tooth.

You can learn even more about the kolache recipe in my guide to Slovak cookie recipes.


Sliced makovnik on a cutting board | Girl Meets Food

If you’re a little familiar with Central and Eastern European cuisine, you might know that every country has its poppy seed roll.

Slovak makovník doesn’t fall behind. This sweet roll has a striking swirl of ground poppy seeds—a bittersweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet dough.

I also love a roll with ground walnuts (orechovník) or apples (jablčník). If you make it with jam, it would be called lekvárový závin.

For more poppy seed rolls, check out my favorite Czech pastries and delicious Polish cakes.


A piece of Laskonky on a parchment paper | Girl Meets Food

Laskonky are meringue cookies filled with cream. The cream can be flavored with cocoa, caramel, coffee, nuts, coconut and more.

These sandwich cookies are actually a variant of macaroon cookies. They’re made with egg whites, sugar and occasionally ground walnuts.

Medvedie Labky (Bear Paws)

Medvedie Labky (Bear Paws) cookies on a plate | Girl Meets Food

These Christmas cookies are shaped like little paws thus the name. They’re made of flour, sugar, butter, egg, ground nuts, cocoa and vanilla.

You can find these cookies in various shapes and sizes, but the classic bear paw shape is always a hit.

You can sprinkle them with powdered sugar, and I also love them dipped in chocolate.

Skalický Trdelník

Trdelnik snack baking | Girl Meets Food

Skalický trdelník, a sweet leavened dough pastry, is distinctive for the Záhorie region in Slovakia, particularly Skalice.

The dough is wrapped around a wooden or metal cylinder, then baked over an open fire or hot grill. It takes on the shape of a hollow cylinder which can be coated in sugar, cinnamon, and nuts.

Skalický Trdelník is often enjoyed as a street food but it can also be made at home.

You can find a similar treat on the streets of the Czech Republic. Learn more in my article on traditional Czech desserts!

Šúľance s Makom

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Šúľance is a Slovak dish made with eggs, flour, salt, boiled and grated potatoes. These are usually served with sugar or poppy seeds.

The dough is similar to gnocchi but instead of the usual savory flavors, we get a delicious sweet treat.

If you’re not a fan of poppy seeds, sprinkle some toasted breadcrumbs, powdered sugar and melted butter.

I hope you have an amazing experience with Slovak desserts. Share your favorite choices!

If you’re interested in more cuisines, check out these beautiful Lithuanian desserts.

Black cherry cheesecake kolaches on a cutting board | Girl Meets Food

8 Best Slovak Desserts: From Koláče to Šúľance

Treat yourself to 8 delightful Slovak desserts, from koláče pastries to šúľance dumplings. Explore the best flavors!


  • Babovka (Slovak Pound Cake)
  • Black Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches
  • Pumpkin Pie Kolache
  • Makovník
  • Laskonky
  • Medvedie Labky (Bear Paws)
  • Skalický Trdelník
  • Šúľance s Makom
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