Powdered Sugar Jack Robs

Powdered Sugar Jack Robs


Yesterday was my father’s birthday. Although I was not able to see him on his actual birthday, we were able to celebrate this past weekend with a turkey dinner. My dad is one of the most hilarious people I have ever met. He introduced me to the brilliance of Chris Farley and SNL at the age of five. We used to go down the hill to the video store (remember those magical places?). He’d let my sister and I choose a movie and then select some comedy, or on a special occasion, SNL: The Best of Chris Farley. If you’ve never seen this tape, dvd, or stream of Chris Farley’s comedy, you are truly missing out.


My dad did a series of impressions to make us laugh as kids from Donald Duck to the Raptors from Jurassic Park. He may look intimidating from his size, but he’s a big softy at heart. My dad can and will talk to anyone he meets (after a few drinks) and has been known to belt Bob Segar’s “Turn the Page” on Karaoke Night.





 GG, Dad, Emily (my sister), Me


Although he eats healthy and exercises, my dad does love sweets. It’s easy to shop for his birthday – Swedish Fish, Caramel Creams, Twizzlers, and Lottery Tickets.

So, what’s a Jack Rob? Why are you rambling about how awesome your dad is? Are these questions rattling your brain? Here’s where we get to the good part – the sweets. My paternal grandmother, GG, makes some of the most delectable, mouthwatering desserts. The story goes that when my father was a child, my grandmother was making these flaky, strozzapreti-shaped, powdered sugar pastries, which had no name. My father decided the appropriate name for a pastry such as this was “Jack Robs”.

GG only makes these pastries once a year (to my knowledge) for my father. She fills up an entire cake pan with this dessert and my father has only shared them a handful of times. It’s similar to fried dough and I’m sure it would be delicious in a cinnamon sugar variety.





Happy Birthday, Pops!


Powdered Sugar Jack Robs


  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons crisco (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a large bowl, stir all ingredients into the flour. If the dough is too sticky, add a few more tablespoons of flour.
  2. Preheat stove top with frying pan of about an inch of vegetable oil.
  3. Roll the dough out into a thin layer and cut into thin strips. A knife will work just fine to cut the dough as it is soft; however, I used a slicing tool called Zyliss FastCut Herb Mincer. This works wonders for this dough and will save you time.
  4. Place about five strips of dough at a time in the oil. Turn once after about 15 seconds. The dough will puff up and get a little bit golden in color. Repeat until all of the dough is fried.
  5. Drain the fried dough pieces on a paper towel. Sift powdered sugar over the dough. You may want to repeat this until the dough is completely coated.


This treat is best enjoyed the day of baking, but can be placed in an air tight tupperware for up to three days.

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Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir:IMG_9515

The dough should be molded into a ball and then rolled out:


I use an herb mincer to create my Jack Rob slices:


After frying, Jack Robs will look similar to a french fry. You can also twist them and make them look super adorable!


After you’re done frying, coat with powdered sugar and give as gifts or enjoy them with friends:




Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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