Pierogies with Farmer’s Cheese

Pierogies with Farmer’s Cheese (Vareniki s Tvorogom) are delicious! Dough stuffed with a cream and fruits. Great dish!

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

This is one of those foods that I am a huge fan of freezing for the lazy days. My favorite pierogi (vareniki) are with potatoes. My hubby and his sweet tooth loves the ones with farmer’s cheese and fruit. You can also fill them with just fresh fruit and sugar. Yesterday I saw my farmer’s cheese in the fridge and decided to make and freeze some for my hubby. I love waking up determined and having my day all planned. As soon as the kids were off to school, the little ones and I headed to the kitchen for some pierogi making. They love sitting by me and “helping” me make them. In reality, what I do is give them some dough, give them a rolling pin and some cookie cutters, they can play for hours! Oh, I meant help mamma for hours. Once I am done Elizabeth reconfirms that she was a huge help.

I don’t only do farmer’s cheese though. I divide my dough into three. One batch we do cheese, one batch blueberries and cheese and one with cherries and cheese. Of course, you can change the berries to your liking or do all cheese. Definitely your personal preference.

Dough:

1 egg

1 cup water

1/3 cup milk

4 to 4 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp salt

Flour for dusting

Filling:

16 oz farmer’s cheese

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1/2 egg or sour cream, if necessary

Berries:

1 can cherries

6 oz blueberries

Butter

Makes: 85-95 pierogies

Directions:

Add the dough hook to the KitchenAid mixer. Mix the milk, salt, egg and water. Add the flour, continue mixing until the dough is smooth and flour is well incorporated. (Dough should not be sticky at all.)  Keep covered in the bowl and let the dough rest 10-15 minutes.

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

Prepare filling:

Combine farmer’s cheese, cream cheese and sugar. If your filling is lumpy and hard you can add a teaspoon(s) of sour cream so it is smoother. (Or you can also add half an egg instead of the sour cream.) Don’t add too much, once the pierogies are boiled the filling will become too runny. Mine works fine without the sour cream.

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

Divide dough into three balls. Leave one out to use and the other two place back into the bowl. Keep covered.

Add flour to your surface. Roll out the first dough to about 15-16 inches in diameter. (Depending if you like your dough thicker or thinner.) Dust dough for easier rolling. Take a glass with an opening of 3” in diameter and make indentations in the dough. Push all the way through.

Remove the dough you will not be using and place in Ziploc bag or cover with plastic so it does not dry up. I like to remove dough I won’t use so no filling falls on it then it’s harder to work with. Do this each time you roll out more dough. Don’t mix it when adding the second and third dough, this will be done when rolling the dough out.

To the first round just add some farmer’s cheese filling. Add a teaspoon of filling to each piece of dough.

Take one and stretch the edges and bring them together. Finish pinching together and place onto floured plate or cutting board for freezing. Dust top with more flour. This way they do not stick together once frozen and placed in Ziploc bag.

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

Second round we do blueberries. Add less filling and about 2-4 berries onto each dough. Close the same way you did the cheese filling ones. I freeze the cheese, blueberry and cherry separately and bag separately. On the Ziploc bag I like to add which one is which. Then when I am in the more for blueberries I know just the bag to open.

Third round I do the cherries. I remove the cherries from the filling, place in a strainer and run under water so there is little filling and so the pierogies will close easier and the filling not go everywhere. Do the cherries the same way you would the blueberries. Add a little bit of the cheese filling and one or two cherries.

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

Take the leftover dough. Shape it into a ball then roll out into a long strand. With a pizza cutter cut into thin slices. Take each slice and shape it into a round piece. I just take each pieces and roll a rolling pin over it so it’s even. If you do it this way you don’t have to keep having leftover dough. Or you could just roll it out again like you did the previous ones.

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

Keep in freezer until completely frozen and hard. Remove from freezer and add to Ziploc bags. Return back to freezer until ready to use.

To cook the pierogies, bring water to a boil (the amount with reflect how much pierogies you will be adding). Once the water starts boiling add the pierogies, once they float and cook about 1-2 minutes. Don’t overcook or else the filling will start to come out.

Drain water. Add butter. Enjoy!

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese and Fruit
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5 from 2 votes

Pierogies with Farmer's Cheese (Vareniki s Tvorogom)

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: Pierogies with Farmer's Cheese
Servings: 85 pierogies
Calories: 28
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 to 4 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Flour for dusting

Filling

  • 16 oz farmer’s cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar

Berries:

  • 1 can cherries
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • Butter

Instructions

Making the Dough

  • Add the dough hook to the Kitchen Aid mixer. Mix the milk, salt, egg and water.
  • Add the flour, continue mixing until dough is smooth and flour is well incorporated. (Dough should not stick to your hands.)
  • Keep covered in the bowl and let dough rest 10-15 minutes.

Filling:

  • Combine farmer’s cheese, cream cheese and sugar. If your filling is lumpy and hard you can add a teaspoon(s) of sour cream so it is smoother. (Or you can also add half and egg instead of the sour cream.) Don’t add too much, pierogies are boiled the filling will become too runny. Mine works fine without the sour cream.

Making the Pierogies:

  • Divide dough into three balls. Leave one out to use and the other two place back into the bowl. Keep covered.
  • Add flour to your surface. Roll out the first dough to about 15-16 inches in diameter. (Depending if you like your dough thicker or thinner.) Dust dough for easier rolling.
  • Take a glass with an opening of 3” in diameter and make indentations in the dough.Push all the way through.
  • Remove the dough you will not be using and place in Ziploc bag or cover with plastic so it does not dry up. I like to remove dough I won’t use so no filling falls on it then it’s harder to work with. Do this each time you roll out more dough. Don’t mix it when adding the second and third dough, this will be done when rolling the dough out.
  • To the first round just add some farmer’s cheese filling. Add a teaspoon of filling to each piece of dough.
  • Take one and stretch the edges and bring them together. Finish pinching together and place onto floured plate or cutting board for freezing. Dust top with more flour. This way they do not stick together once frozen and placed in Ziploc bag.
  • Second round we do blueberries. Add less filling and about 3-4 berries onto each dough. Close the same way you did the cheese filling ones. I freeze the cheese, blueberry and cherry separately and bag separately. On the Ziploc bag I like to add which one is which. Then when I am in the more for blueberries I know just the bag to open.
  • Third round I do the cherries. I remove the cherries from the filling, place in a strainer and run under water so there is little filling and so the pierogies will close easier and the filling not go everywhere. Do the cherries the same way you would the blueberries. Add a little bit of the cheese filling and one or two cherries.
  • Take the leftover dough. Shape it into a ball then roll out into long strand. With a pizza cutter cut into thin slices. Take each slice and shape it into a round piece. I just take each pieces and roll a rolling pin over it so it’s even. If you do it this way you don’t have to keep having leftover dough. Or you could just roll it out again like you did the previous ones.
  • Keep in freezer until completely frozen and hard. Remove from freezer and add to Ziploc bags. Return back to freezer until ready to use.
  • To cook the pierogies, bring water to a boil (the amount with reflect how much pierogies you will be adding).
  • Once the water starts boiling add the pierogies and once they start to float cook about 1-2 minutes. Don’t overcook or else the filling will start to come out.
  • Drain water. Add butter. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pierogies with Farmer's Cheese (Vareniki s Tvorogom)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 28 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 9 Comments
  • Dana 03/08/2019, 2:55 pm Link Reply

    Can I use regular mixer for this recipe? I don’t have the KitchenAid mixer.

    • Valentina's Corner 03/08/2019, 11:10 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Dana.
      If you have a bread machine, you can mix the dough in there. If you don’t, mixing by hand will work as well. A regular mixer cannot handle the consistency of this dough. ENJOY!

  • Matt 09/11/2018, 7:28 am Link Reply

    Love pierogies! I’m going to try this for sure!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/11/2018, 3:58 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Matt! Hope you love the recipe. 🙂

  • nadia 03/20/2014, 9:45 pm Link Reply

    Love your presentation! That’s exactly what I do with my girls.

    • admin 03/25/2014, 9:30 pm Link Reply

      Thank you. Makes great memories that way. 🙂 🙂

  • Luba 03/19/2014, 10:46 pm Link Reply

    I’ve never attempted to make pierogies

  • Lyudmila 03/12/2014, 6:31 pm Link Reply

    These look so good! The cheese and cherries are on my to do list

    • admin 03/13/2014, 11:32 am Link Reply

      Lyudka,
      Enjoy them. They are rather delish;)…

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