Tvorozhniki: Russian Cottage Cheese Fritters Recipe


Russian Cottage Cheese Fritters, also known as Tvorozhniki, are a delightful breakfast or snack treat hailing from the heart of Eastern Europe. These fluffy, soft pancakes are made with a simple combination of cottage cheese, flour, and eggs, creating a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.


  • 1 pound (450 grams) cottage cheese (2%)
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying (sunflower oil is traditional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Mix well until a dough forms.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Grease lightly with vegetable oil.
  3. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then flatten into a disk about 1/2-inch thick.
  4. Add the fritters to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  5. Transfer the fritters to a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil.
  6. Serve warm with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, honey, or fresh fruit.


  • For a richer flavor, use full-fat cottage cheese.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it's too dry, add a little milk.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, honey, fresh fruit, or jam.
  • For a crispy exterior, fry the fritters in hot oil.
  • Leftover fritters can be reheated in the microwave or oven.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Tvorozhniki and Syrniki?

Tvorozhniki and Syrniki are both cottage cheese pancakes, but Tvorozhniki are made with a dough that contains flour, while Syrniki are made with a batter that does not contain flour.

Can I make Tvorozhniki ahead of time?

Yes, you can make Tvorozhniki ahead of time and reheat them when you're ready to serve. To do this, cook the fritters as directed and then let them cool completely. Store the fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the fritters in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

How do I make Tvorozhniki without flour?

To make Tvorozhniki without flour, simply omit the flour from the dough. Instead, add 1/2 cup (60 grams) of semolina to the dough. Semolina will give the fritters a similar texture to flour.

Tvorozhniki: Russian Cottage Cheese Fritters Recipe

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