Vareniky the Bagdanov Way ~ Russian Recipe

The Ladies got together to make Vareniky together at my niece Debbee’s house. Look at those cute aprons on Michelle, Melissa, Debbee, Letty, and mom! I want to say at the top here that this recipe is for a lot of vareniky. So you’ll need to do the math and cut it down. This recipe makes about 40 or 50.


6 eggs
1- 1/2 C. half and half
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 T. Oil
3 T. sugar
Flour sifted (at least 8 Cups)

Update! sorry peeps! I forgot the Salt…you’ll need to add 1 Tablespoon of salt to the dough, also.

Extra cube of butter and half and half for sauce at the end…

Sift flour. Make a hole in the center of the flour. Combine eggs, half n half, sour cream, salt, and sugar. Beat until combined. Pour into the hole of flour. Mix and knead adding flour until dough stays together. Dough will be very soft.


3 lbs. farmers cheese or hoop cheese
2 eggs
1 t. salt
3 T sugar

Beat all ingredients together until combined.

Roll out flour mixture. Cut circles about 3″ in diameter. Put about 1 heaping teaspoon of the cheese in the center of the circle. Fold in half and pinch ends together then flute with finger. Place the vereniky in boiling water until they come to the surface and float. Drain and cool. At this point they may be frozen.


This is what they are suppose to look like. Just remember this one was made by a pro!


That’s the cheese mixture in the bowl that you fill them with.


This is the boiling step.

To serve, place vareniky into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Melt one cube of butter and pour over vareniky. Heat up half and half and cover the vareniky with the half n half. Bake at 375 degrees until the half n half boils. Serve with sour cream and preserves or syrup.

My family traditionally has these for dessert on Christmas Eve when they get together. They are also a favorite for breakfast. The joy of receiving and eating these treats is always wonderful. I’m going to have to be in L.A. for one of the cooking parties so I can really learn how to make them and enjoy them in the future!

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage. They have blacked out all those photos on my blog posts. OH BOTHER! I’m slowly cleaning up my posts.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

25 thoughts on “Vareniky the Bagdanov Way ~ Russian Recipe

  1. Those are beautiful! A work of art!

    Ellen, you have a wonderful family! It does my heart good to see the generations of your family cooking and eating and laughing together. You all do an especially wonderful job of chronicling your times together. Your grandchildren and great grandchildren will have such a strong foundation and identity with the family because of the commitment you all have to each other!

  2. Oh ellen, that’s ravioli! 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how different cultures develop very similar foods?

    BTW, you asked (after reading my John McCain post) who would I vote for…I’m an Obama girl. I was just saying I thought McCain would be the only Republican who could give ANY Democrat a run for their money in the elections. So I don’t want him to be the Republican nomination…

  3. Without a doubt, it’s the food my precious aunties are most famous for and a food that is a huge family favorite! Every family dinner, holiday, wedding, and special event warrants some of the aunties perogies (as we call them). Delish!

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Oh my goodness. Beauty on a plate! They look wonderful, and I can only imagine how incredibly delicious they are.

    I so enjoy seeing the pictures of your family, Ellen. The obvious enjoyment of being together, the love you share—it seems to me to be a rare and wonderful thing.

    If I were your neighbor I think I’d sneak in and volunteer to wash the dishes just so I could be a part of it. And maybe sneak a vareniky or two. Or three, or….

  5. mmmmmmm yummyy looking! yup, hope you have a spare br in that condo!! 🙂

    I love the pic of your mom’s hands!! Reminds me of my Grandma. Her hands tell a thousand stories!

  6. What a wonderful post! You gals all look so fetching in your aprons, and what fun to be cooking all together.

    Thi dish looks like something we would just Loooove over at my house, I may have to try it out:-)

  7. Looks delicious! Nice tradition!

    What is the name of the plate they are served on? I think I have the same, but mine has yellow roses on them.

    Yellow Rose Arbor

  8. Wow, that is some amazing fluting! How beautiful! My mom makes these but she just pinches them shut with a straight edge. The way we serve them is, after boiling them each person puts some on their plate and scoops on a creamy sauce, and on the side we would have some hot home-made farmer sausage, and that would be supper. (The Mennonite version!) We also make them with fruit inside (Italian plums, cherries, strawberries…with a bit of sugar and flour) and serve them with the cream sauce as well. Mmm mmm good!

    It’s so wonderful that your family makes these together. What a great memory and bonding experience for all generations.

  9. I would love to have you all over to try out these wonderful treats. Wouldn’t that be fun and that’s another thing our family loves to do, share these great recipes and food with others. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I really appreciate each and every one of you. Blessings…

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  11. Your recipe looked so good, my friend and I are making them today. I noticed the amount of salt for the dough is not listed. Also, does the oil go right in the wet ingredients for the dough? We’ll experiment today, but wondered if you could fill me in for the future. Thanks!

    Hi Shereen, Sorry it took me so long but I’ve been travelling. I did forget to add the salt to the dough ingredients. It should read 1 tablespoon of salt. Thanks for bringing that to my attention…

  12. Hi Ellen,

    I enjoyed the photos from Sophie’s memorial, M’s shower, L&M open house at N&V’s, and many others, it’s been a while since I visited. I loved seeing the photos of K, she is such a sweet young gal, I remembered our conversations at n/v’s home. So many of the photos took me back to Bethany, too. Your family (the whole bag clan is dear to me)

    I did a search on your blog…we need a photo of your mom serving blinchiki and a recipe too. Thanks for sharing. N

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