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Pierogi with Farmers Cheese (Vareniki Recipe)

Pierogi with farmer’s cheese is as classic Ukrainian as it gets. Called “vareniki,” these little dumplings are filled with sweet cheese and absolutely to-die-for! 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Ukrainian
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 70 Units
Calories 56kcal

Ingredients

Pierogi Filling

  • 2 lb farmers cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg

Pierogi Dough

Instructions

Pierogi Filling

  • Mix sugar, farmers cheese and egg, until it's fully mixed in. Set it aside.
    Farmers cheese, egg and sugar

Pierogi Dough

  • Whisk eggs together with sour cream, lukewarm water and milk until you get an even texture.
    Mixing bowl with water and sour cream in a mixing bowl
  • To the liquid ingredients, add in flour, sugar and salt. Knead the dough by hand or a stand-up mixer until it's no longer sticky.
    Pierogi dough in a bowl

Making Pierogi

  • Roll out the dough on a well floured surface. Using a cup, stamp out circles. Flour the cup to make it easier to cut circles.
    Pierogi dough rolled out cut out
  • One by one fill your circles with filling, placing the filling in the center.
    Pierogi dough rolled out with a filling
  • Fold over the edges and tighten them up with your fingers, making sure it's firm enough for your filling not to fall out.
    Pierogi filled on a tray

Cooking Pierogi

  • Bring a pot of water up to boil. Add 10-20 pierogi, cook until they float up to the top. Drain and top with melted unsalted butter. Optionally, serve with sour cream, jam or sugar.
    Tip: If freezing the pierogi, use a floured cooking sheet or cutting board. Once the pierogi are fully frozen, move them to a ziplock bag.
    Bowl with cooked pierogi

Nutrition

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg