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Delicious stack of cottage cheese pancakes topped with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Experience the amazing taste of Syrniki, fluffy Russian cheese pancakes. Easy to make and versatile, enjoy them with your favorite toppings. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!



For Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  • 1 lb. cottage cheese ( tvorog)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons semolina
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour,  for coating the syrniki
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying


  • Fresh berries
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Honey or maple syrup


  • Combine the DRY cottage cheese*, egg, sugar, semolina and vanilla extract in a large bowl, and mix until well combined. The batter will be thick like dough, not similar to the regular pancake batter. Allow the dough rest for 15-30 minutes. This gives the semolina time to soak up some of the moisture from the other ingredients, resulting in a firmer and less sticky dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and roll it into a log. Divide it into 10 pieces. Shape each piece into a small patty using your hands. Dredge the pancake in flour, shaking off any excess. Position a glass or cookie cutter over the pancake, then give it a gentle swirl, and voilà! You'll have a perfectly round cottage cheese pancake ready to be cooked. Repeat with the remaining dough. 
  • In a large non-stick pan, heat vegetable oil. Once it is hot, add the pancakes. Cook about 6 minutes (3 minutes per side) on medium low heat. Transfer to a paper towel and allow to cool. You might need to cook pancakes in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite toppings.


*For perfect syrniki, use cottage cheese that is dry and slightly crumbly, similar to a brick. If it is not dry enough, you can follow these steps:

  • Strain the Cottage Cheese: Place it in a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to drain over a bowl for about 30 minutes to remove excess moisture.
  • Squeeze out Excess Moisture: After draining, gently squeeze the cottage cheese in the cheesecloth or towel to remove any remaining moisture.

Store syrniki in the fridge for up to 4 days. Simply reheat them in the microwave right before serving to keep them yummy and delicious!

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Pancakes recipes
  • Cuisine: Russian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 100.8
  • Sugar: 25 g
  • Sodium: 257.3 mg
  • Fat: 2.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 95.8 mg

Keywords: syrniki, cottage cheese pancakes, pancakes