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Bowl with cooked pierogi

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


Pierogi Filling

Pierogi Dough


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


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