Syrniki are a beloved Eastern European delicacy, particularly popular in Russia and Ukraine. These delectable cheese pancakes, made from farmer’s cheese (tvorog), offer a crispy exterior with a soft, creamy interior. Traditionally served for breakfast or as a dessert, Syrniki are best enjoyed with a dollop of sour cream, jam, or honey, making them a versatile treat that combines the savory with the sweet.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: N/A
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serving: 4 (2 syrniki each)


  1. 2 cups farmer’s cheese (tvorog)
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
  4. 3 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  7. Pinch of salt
  8. Butter or oil for frying
  9. Sour cream, jam, or honey for serving


  1. Mix the Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the farmer’s cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix until smooth.
    • Gradually add the flour to the mixture, stirring until the dough is thick but still slightly sticky.
  2. Form the Syrniki:
    • Dust your hands with flour to prevent sticking. Take a portion of the mixture and form it into a small, thick patty. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  3. Cook:
    • Heat butter or oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the syrniki for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.


  • Ensure the farmer’s cheese is well-drained before use to achieve the right consistency.
  • If the mixture is too wet, add a little more flour until manageable.
  • Serve hot with sour cream, jam, or honey, and enjoy the melding of flavors.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Sugars: 10g

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