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Vatrushka pirozhki in a bowl

Russian Creamcheese Vatrushka Buns

Vatrushka buns are a Russian/Ukrainian dessert with the filling on the outside. I’ll show you how to make these delicious treats for yourself, along with some tips and tricks I learned along the way.
Course Pastries
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Time to rise 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 30 Units
Calories 224kcal



  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 16 oz farmers cheese (cottage cheese can be a replacement)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup golden raisins optional


  • Combine yeast together with two cups of warm milk and one tablespoon of sugar. Let ingredients rest on a counter for about 10 minutes.
  • Add eggs, mayonnaise, salt and sugar into the mixture, whisking together to combine. 
    Dough starter in a bowl for vatrushka
  • Mix in flour using Kitchen aid mixer or a spatula, in small portions. Once the flour is all mixed in, add oil to the mixture. It's important to add oil last, as the texture of the dough turns out better. Knead the dough until it's elastic, at least for 10 minutes. Let the dough rise for about an hour.
    Vatrushka dough in a bowl
  • Cut the dough into 30 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place them next to each other, leaving enough space for it to rise. 
    Vatrushka buns dough pieces rising
  • Cover with a towel and let the buns rise for about 30 minutes. Press each bun in the center with a glass cup to form a hollow.
    Vatrushka dough for buns on a baking sheet
  • Whisk cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg and sugar together, for filling. Optionally, you can add raisins to the filling. Raisins need to be soaked in hot boiled water before combining with the cheese.
    cheese, raisins and eggs in a bowl
  • Fill each hollow with a filling. 
    Vatrushka dough with a filling on a tray
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
    Vatrushka pirozhki in a bowl


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.3mg