Chocolate-Filled Syrniki (Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes)

This version of the famous Russian cottage cheese pancakes (Syrniki) features chocolate inside which is a perfect addition to creamy and soft texture of the pancakes! These little guys are filling and super delicious!

chocolate-filled Russian Syrniki garnished with powdered sugar

Today I have something special for you, guys. Something so good that will make you bite your fingers off! Seriously. Even though I grew up with Syrniki I still can’t get enough of these little guys. This time I decided to go a step further and add some chocolate inside. This turned out to be a brilliant idea!

Don’t worry, though, this recipe is really easy and quick to make. Basically, a food processor does all the job for you. These chocolate-filled cottage cheese pancakes require only 20 minutes to throw together.

Syrniki have been really popular in my country for many years. Lithuanian cuisine was heavily influenced by Russia and other former USSR countries. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you have never tasted these pancakes before because I am not sure if they are known in Europe or the United States.

how to make cottage cheese pancakes

I like these pancakes because they’re easy and the cottage cheese makes them really filling. They have a different texture and are thicker than normal ones like orange ricotta pancakes, for these reasons I love them so much.

Love them because they are different.

Usually, I make Syrniki for my weekend breakfast. However, they are also great for lunch or even as a light dinner. I don’t consider them to be a dessert even though these pancakes are sweet. Cottage cheese makes them really filling so I can’t imagine having one after the main meal! They are great with a cup of tea or coffee, though.

Russian Syrniki stuffed with chocolate

What I wanted to say… Oh, yes. CHOCOLATE. It changes everything! I came up with this idea not such a long time ago and I absolutely love it. My hubby, who is not the biggest fan of Syrniki (the first person ever I know who doesn’t like them) said that chocolate raised them to another level.

By the way, if you want to have these pancakes traditional style – here is a Syrniki recipe without chocolate. I love them both ways, to be frank.

closeup for syrniki with chocolate

When you bite into one, you will feel a yummy crispy fried shell on the outside, and creamy, soft and chocolatey texture on the inside. A slightly melted chocolate bar inside of the pancake is a real winner, trust me!

If you need some inspiration for what to prepare for breakfast, then check out my other breakfast recipes!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Chocolate Filling

Chocolate-Filled Syrniki (Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes)

This version of the traditional Russian Syrniki features melted chocolate bars inside. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dessert!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction


  • 1 lb (450g) cottage cheese , well-drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • about 10 chocolate bars
  • 1/2 cup flour , for dusting
  • butter or oil , for pan frying


  • In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Place the cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in small food processor and blend just until cheese is almost smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a rubber spatula just until combined. The mixture will be very sticky.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter or oil in a nonstick skillet on low-medium heat. Make sure that the oil is hot enough before you start frying the pancakes.
  • Place 1/2 cup of flour into a shallow bowl or plate. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough. Then place the chocolate bar inside the scooped ball of dough, and put it directly on the flour. Sprinkle flour over the top of the ball. Continue the process with the rest of the dough, until it’s all gone. You should get about 10 balls.
  • With well-floured hands, gently transfer the ball from one hand to another in order to remove the excess flour. Then flatten the ball with your palm to make it into a patty and place it in the skillet. Fry both sides on low-medium heat until golden brown then place on paper towel to remove any excess oil. Dust the pancakes with powdered sugar and serve with your choice of jam, a fruit sauce or sour cream.


You may need slightly more or less flour depending on how moist your cottage cheese is. The dough should be sticky and soft, but should hold together well once the balls of dough are coated in flour.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.3g | Protein: 9.8g | Fat: 5.8g | Cholesterol: 49.6mg | Sodium: 318.2mg | Sugar: 11.8g | Vitamin A: 200IU
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Filled Syrniki (Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.8g9%
Cholesterol 49.6mg17%
Sodium 318.2mg14%
Carbohydrates 26.3g9%
Sugar 11.8g13%
Protein 9.8g20%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • sonia
    February 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    is it ok to not use cottage cheese? should i substitute with something?

    • Jovita
      February 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Sonia, you can use farmer’s cheese instead, just skip blending in a food processor and mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer. Hope you will love it!

  • Medeja
    February 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    They would make fantastic breakfast!

    • Jovita
      February 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Yes, you are right! They are the perfect breakfast treat 😉

  • Fran
    February 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    These pancakes will make a perfect Valentine breakfast! Thank you!

    • Jovita
      February 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Fran! I’m so happy you like them 😉

  • Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence
    February 23, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Wow. I’d love to give these a try! And I love the addition of cottage cheese and chocolate!

    • Jovita
      February 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thank you, Tiffany! Let me know if you try these pancakes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  • Jennifer
    March 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    OMG, those look divine! Would it be ok to use something other than white flour? Like almond, brown rice or coconut flour?5 stars

    • Jovita
      March 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! Actually, I have never tried with something other than white flour, but I think it should be fine to use coconut flour. You may need to add more or less flour in this case. If you try these, let me know how you like them! 😉

  • shelby
    April 10, 2014 at 12:19 am

    could i use cream cheese instead?4 stars

    • Jovita
      April 10, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Hi, Shelby! Actually, I’m not sure about using cream cheese, because it has a little different texture than cottage cheese.. I have never tried it in this recipe. 😉

  • Jenna
    June 25, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve JUST made these. I used stevia in lieu of sugar and dark bitter chocolate… The results were DIVINE. Two large pancakes filled me up totally – I feel as though I won’t be able to eat for days. (In the best way possible). Haha. Thank you so very much for this recipe 🙂5 stars

  • viv
    July 16, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Love the whole concept of pancakes with a hidden surprise in the middle – trying these out at the weekend :)))5 stars

  • mechelle
    November 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    This look delicious! Is it 194 calories, per 1 pancake?4 stars


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