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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!

Try this chocolate-filled version of the famous Russian Syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes). They make a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dessert! | yummyaddiction.com

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.

Try this chocolate-filled version of the famous Russian Syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes). They make a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dessert! | yummyaddiction.com

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 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.

Try this chocolate-filled version of the famous Russian Syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes). They make a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dessert! | yummyaddiction.com

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.

Try this chocolate-filled version of the famous Russian Syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes). They make a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dessert! | yummyaddiction.com

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! These cottage cheese pancakes have a yummy crispy fried shell on the outside, and creamy, soft and chocolate texture on the inside.

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Chocolate Filling
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Chocolate-Filled Syrniki (Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This version of the traditional Russian Syrniki features melted chocolate bars inside. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dessert!

Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Recipe Notes

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.


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Filled Syrniki (Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.8g 9%
Cholesterol 49.6mg 17%
Sodium 318.2mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 26.3g 9%
Sugars 11.8g
Protein 9.8g 20%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    sonia
    February 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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

    • Reply
      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!

  • Reply
    Medeja
    February 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    They would make fantastic breakfast!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      February 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

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

  • Reply
    Fran
    February 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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

    • Reply
      Jovita
      February 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      February 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

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

  • Reply
    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?

    • Reply
      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! 😉

  • Reply
    shelby
    April 10, 2014 at 12:19 am

    could i use cream cheese instead?

    • Reply
      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. 😉

  • Reply
    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 🙂

  • Reply
    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 :)))

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