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Farmer's Cheese Donut Holes (Russian Ponchiki)

Farmer's Cheese Donut Holes (Ponchiki) are bite-sized morsels of goodness. A Ukrainian spin on an American breakfast favorite!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword Donuts, russian donuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 40 Units
Calories 52kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Whisk eggs and sugar together.
    Eggs and sugar in a bowl
  • Add cheese and baking powder to the mixture, combining until you get a smooth and even texture.
    Farmers cheese with baking powder
  • Using a spatula or slotted spoon, slowly fold your flour into the wet mixture in thirds.
    Flour added to the farmers cheese
  • With an ice cream scoop, portion out a small round of dough and drop it directly into the preheated oil. Preheat oil in a deep frying pan to medium-low. Flip each round gently with a fork until each side turns golden brown.
    Deep fried donut holes in a pot
  • Carefully lift each doughnut out onto a cooling rack lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate syrup or your favorite jam.
    cooked donut holes on a plate


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg