Russian Doughnuts


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 doughnuts


  • 9 ounces farmer's cheese

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • oil for frying

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, or to taste (Optional)


  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
16g Fat
32g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 331
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g
Calcium 192mg 15%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 148mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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