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Russian Doughnuts

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Delicious doughnuts made with a cheese-enriched dough. Tvorog (Russian cottage cheese) is traditionally used for this recipe, but it works very well with farmer's cheese or ricotta, too."
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30 m servings 331
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 doughnuts)


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  1. Mix farmer's cheese, flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until a sticky dough forms.
  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls with wet hands to prevent sticking.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or heavy saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). The oil should be hot but not smoking. It is ready for frying if you see little air bubbles around a wooden spoon placed in the oil.
  4. Fry a batch of the dough balls in the hot oil until golden, about 2 minutes. Place doughnuts on paper towels to soak up excess oil. Repeat with remaining dough. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use any color of decorating sugar you prefer.
  • If you want your doughnuts to have a smoother surface, press the cheese through a sieve before adding to the mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 331 calories; 16.1 32.4 13.6 113 261 Full nutrition

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I made this with the ricotta since that is what I had at home. They were a hit. I had to make another batch since it went that fast. The recipe is fast and easy.

Farmer's cheese = Tvorog

I don't know how they are with cheese, but with tvorog they are delicious! Thank you for the recipe!