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Vareniki Recipe

Vareniki are Ukrainian perogies recipe aka pierogies. Dumplings filled with cottage cheese, boiled in salted water are budget friendly tasty lunch or dinner everybody loves!

Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword Vareniki
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 18 vareniki


  • Ingredients for the dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup + 5 Tbsp cold water
  • Ingredients for filling:
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 Tbsp cottage cheese
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp butter for frying vareniki, once boiled


  1. On a flat clean wotking surface, combine, using your hands, all the dough ingredients. Leave to rest until you prepare the filling.

  2. For the filling, combine egg, salt and cottage cheese in a mug or small bowl, and leave aside.

  3. Lightly flour the working surface and roll your dough to be 1 to 1.5 millimeters thick. 

  4. Cut the circles to have 3 inches in diameter. You should have 18 dough circles.

  5. Add 1 teaspoon of cottage cheese filling into the center of each circle.

  6. If necessary, wet the edges and bring up together to close. Pinch to seal.

  7. Boil a large pot of salted water. I recommend you add 1 teaspoon of salt on 3 cups of water.

  8. When water starts to boil, gently add vareniki in batches. Don't overcrowd the pot. This is important. Boil until dumplings rise to float on the top. It should take 2 – 3minutes for every batch.

  9. Remove with slotted spoon and place in colander to drain.

  10. Place butter into large pan and fry the vareniki to get golden crust.

  11. Serve immediately.