Russian Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki)

Russian Cheese Pancakes or Syrniki…Have you had them before? They are pillowy-soft and super delicious. They are sweet and usually served for breakfast or dessert. One good thing about these pancakes is that you can serve them with a lot of things – syrup, just like you would with traditional pancakes, a dollop of sour cream, or Greek yogurt. But if you plan on serving Syrniki for dessert, you are free to dress them up with some fruits preserves or other sweet sauces.

What Are Syrniki?

These are regarded as Russian pancakes. They are slightly sweet, super soft, and cheesy. They are made from farmer’s cheese, which is somewhat similar to ricotta cheese. Yes, they are simple. But their simplicity and delicious taste are what made them very popular in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.

Although Syrniki are commonly served for breakfast, they make a wonderful, enticing dessert as well. You can experiment with the different toppings to make your Russian pancakes more enjoyable to eat, especially when you are having your afternoon tea.

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Russian Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki)

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


Syrniki are simple but they have a very delicious taste. They are slightly sweet, super-soft, and cheesy. Aside from breakfast, you can serve them for dessert. You can make them more delightful by adding your favorite topping, be it fresh fruits, fruit preserves, or any other sweet sauces.



1 lb. farmer’s cheese

2 large eggs

1/2 and 1/3 c. all-purpose flour (divided use)

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

Vegetable oil (for frying)

1/2 c. raisins (optional)


  1. Crumble the farmer’s cheese into little pieces, using a fork, in a small
  2. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Mix well and break apart any clumps of flour or farmer’s cheese using the fork.
  4. Add the raisins (if using).
  5. Put the 1/3 cup of flour in a small bowl. You will use this to dredge the pancakes.
  6. Scoop out about 1/4 cup of ‘batter’ at a time. Using your hands, flatten the dough into a small patty.
  7. Dredge the pancake with flour on both sides. Shake off the extra flour. Set aside.
  8. Heat about 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Using a spatula, place the flour-dredged pancakes into the pan.
  9. Cook the pancakes on medium-low heat for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Place on a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil and to cool.
  10. Add your choice of topping before serving.


  • The batter won’t be like traditional pancake batter. It will be thick like dough.
  • Do not crowd the pancakes when cooking. Cook in batches.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

Before serving, you can sprinkle your syrniki with powdered sugar. You can also drizzle them with maple syrup or honey. Whipped cream would be good, too. Or, if you really want to do it the Russian way, serve the syrniki with sour cream and fruit preserves. Nutella or cream makes a good topping as well.

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