• 1 egg
  • 300 milliliters (10.1 fluid ounces) warm water
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 450 grams (15.9 ounces) flour


  • 400 grams (14.1 ounces) cottage cheese
  • 8 tablespoons (120 grams) cherry jam


  • Mixing Bowl:

    A large mixing bowl is essential for combining all your ingredients. Opt for a sturdy one, preferably with a non-slip base, to make mixing a breeze.

  • Rolling Pin:

    Choose a rolling pin that feels comfortable in your hands. Marble or wooden rolling pins are excellent for evenly rolling out the dough.

  • Cling Film:

    Use cling film to wrap the dough while it refrigerates. This helps keep it moist and prevents it from drying out.

  • Sharp Knife:

    A sharp knife is indispensable for cutting the dough into neat pieces. Ensure it is well-sharpened to make precise, clean cuts.

  • Large Pot:

    A large pot is necessary for cooking the vareniki in boiling water. A tall pot is ideal for preventing spills when the water bubbles up.


Step 1

1. In a large bowl, mix together the egg, warm water, and salt. Make sure the water is warm, not hot, to avoid cooking the egg prematurely.

Step 2

2. Gradually add the flour to the bowl, mixing it in stages. You may need a bit more or less flour depending on the consistency. The dough should be soft but not sticky.

Step 3

3. Once the dough becomes hard to knead in the bowl, transfer it to a floured surface. Continue kneading until the dough is no longer sticky and feels elastic. If needed, sprinkle a little more flour to prevent sticking.

Step 4

4. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This resting time will make it easier to handle and roll out later.

Step 5

5. After chilling, divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a 'sausage' shape and cut into equal-sized pieces.

Step 6

6. Take each piece, form it into a circle, and add a spoonful of the cottage cheese and cherry jam filling in the center. Seal the edges tightly to ensure the filling doesn't leak out during cooking. You can use a fork to crimp the edges for a secure seal.

Step 7

7. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the vareniki and cook them for 5-7 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Gently stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Step 8

8. Serve the vareniki immediately with a dollop of butter and a side of sour cream. Sprinkle with a little sugar if you like a sweeter taste.


Picture this: a steaming plate of vareniki served hot from the pot, topped with a generous dollop of butter that melts and seeps into every nook and cranny. 😋 For the ultimate experience, pair your vareniki with a side of cold, creamy sour cream. The contrast of hot and cold, along with the savory and sweet notes from the filling, creates a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds. Want to add a bit of green to your plate? A light salad with tangy vinaigrette or some fresh dill sprinkled on the vareniki provides a refreshing counterpoint to the rich filling. 🌿 And for a sweet twist, try serving them with a drizzle of honey or a spoonful of fruit compote. Another delightful idea is to serve these vareniki as a dessert! Just swap the side of sour cream with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and watch them disappear in no time. 🍨 The possibilities are endless, so get creative and enjoy every delicious bite!


Looking for gluten-free or vegan options? We've got you covered! 🌱✨ For a gluten-free version of these delicious vareniki, simply substitute the regular flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Make sure it's a blend specifically designed for baking to get the best texture. Going vegan is equally simple! Replace the egg in the dough with a flaxseed or chia seed “egg” (1 tablespoon of ground seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water) and swap the cottage cheese in the filling with a plant-based cream cheese. You can also use a fruit-only jam to keep things sweet and satisfying. 🍒🌿 These variations ensure everyone can enjoy the comforting taste of vareniki, no matter their dietary needs. Bon appétit!


  • Why is my dough sticky even after kneading?

    Sticky dough means it needs a bit more flour. Add in small increments and knead thoroughly until the dough stops sticking to your hands.

  • How can I prevent my vareniki from sticking together when cooking?

    Make sure to stir the pot gently after adding them to the boiling water to keep them from clinging to one another.

  • Can I freeze the vareniki for later?

    Absolutely! Flash freeze them on a baking sheet before transferring to a sealed container. They can be stored for up to 3 months.

  • What if my filling leaks during cooking?

    Ensure that the edges of the dough are well sealed, either by pinching tightly or pressing with a fork to secure the filling inside.

  • Any tips for rolling out the dough evenly?

    Work from the center of the dough outward and turn the dough frequently to ensure an even thickness.

  • How can I intensify the cherry flavor in the filling?

    Add a touch of almond extract or a bit of lemon zest to enhance the cherry jam's natural flavor profile.

Nutrition facts

Ukrainian vareniki with cottage cheese & cherry
Recipe Yield:4 servings
Calories:Approximately 275 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):250 - 300
Total Fat:9 grams
Saturated Fat:5 grams
Protein:10 grams
Total Carbohydrate:38 grams
Total Sugars:10 grams