Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries

tasty sweet dumplings
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Ingredients

1 lb + 12 oz Cherries fresh, pitted and halved
1 cup Sugar
2 cups All-purpose flour + extra for rolling out dough
¼ tsp Salt
¾ cup + 1 tbsp Water cold + for cooking vareniki

Nutritional information

60
Calories
0.1g
Fat
0mg
Cholesterol
15mg
Sodium
14.3g
Carbohydrate
0.6g
Protein
Ingredients

Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries

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People often think of vareniki or pierogi as a savory dish, but these Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries are one of the most delicious sweet treats I can think of! I’ve made these dumplings for a light dessert at dinner parties and people adore them! I really advise that you put vareniki with cherries on your next party menu.

To make this vareniki with sour cherries recipe, start by combining cherries and sugar to make the vareniki filling. Prepare a pastry dough using eggs, sour cream, water, flour, sugar and salt. Knead and roll out the dough and using a cookie cutter or cup, cut the dough into circles. Place a spoonful of filling on each pastry circle and fold to create a scallop-edged dumpling. Cook in boiling water and serve warm with sour cream or jam. Yum!

To make my Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries

Steps to make Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries

1

Make filling

1h

Combine ½ a cup of sugar with 1 pound of cherries. Mix and leave to stand for about 1 hour until the cherries release their juice.

2

Make dough

5

Mix 2 cups of sifted flour with ¼ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl and add ¾ cup of cold water. Mix until the dough comes together.

3

Knead dough

2

Knead the dough until completely smooth. Slice the dough ball in half and cover one of the portions while you are not using it to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

4

Cut out pierogi wrappers

3

Roll the dough to ¼-⅛-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out 3-inch dough circles using a floured glass or cookie cutter.

5

Fill dumplings

3

Place two halved cherries in the center of each dough circle.

6

Shape the dumplings

2

Fold each dough piece in half and press the edges together firmly using your fingers. Make sure that the seal is tight enough for your filling not to fall out. Use your fingers to pinch along the sealed dough to create a scalloped edge.

7

Repeat

15

Repeat the process until all the dough and cherries are used.

8

Cook

10

Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Season with salt and place the vareniki in the pan in batches and cook until the dumplings float to the top. Drain and add some melted butter to stop them sticking together.

9

Make cherry compote

15

Mix the remaining 12 ounces of cherries with ½ a cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of water. Bring the contents of the pan to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered for about 15 minutes until the mixture reduces and thickens.

10

Serve

Serve with cherry compote and/or sour cream.

This Vareniki (Pierogi) with Cherries is a delicious light dessert after a big meal! Try them soon and don’t forget to tag #CookMeRecipes in your vareniki posts on instagram!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Recipe Reviews

Average Rating:
(4.8)
Total Reviews: 20
Miyah Finkley

First time making Ukranian food I hope it goes well cause these look fantastic!

Dayanna Baglieri

Pierogi is officially my all time favorite dessert after making this, I might even move over to Ukraine LOL.

Aarya Najafi

Sooo soo yummy and fun to make too would recommend it.

Aarya Najafi

Sooo soo yummy and fun to make too would recommend it.

Nya Kley

Little bit of powdered sugar and cinnamon on the top does this recipe good.

Meera Fuell

Amazing flavor and so simple to make I love homemade desserts like these with fruits.

Grayson Fezza

Making your own dumplings is actually kinda hard I couldn't shape mine at all so I ended up with oddly shaped circles hahaha.

Legacy Picinich

Cool idea going to try it out today hopefully all goes well and I don't mess anything up lol.

Britney Foy

Didn't even think to serve mine with sourcream i went with marshmellow fluff instead which was delicious.

Jacey Akesson

The easiest sweet dumplings EVER and it's vegan ;)

Yazmin Masinter

Mine turned out soggy and were falling apart not exactly sure what I did wrong though since I followed the instructions exactly as written

Areli Siegman

Adorable little dumplings the design is so cute and cherries go great with any type of dough.

Sofie Schutzenhofer

Wonderful recipe this and the cherry cake are my two personal favorites from this website and aren't too difficult to do yourself at home.

Clover Housley

Tasty and overwhelming sweet that's for sure, my kids liked it more than I did.

Areli Siegman

Adorable little dumplings the design is so cute and cherries go great with any type of dough.

Miyah Finkley

First time making Ukranian food I hope it goes well cause these look fantastic!

Yaretzy Wig

It's like putting a spoonfull of overly sweet cherries into your mouth, less sugar the better on this one

Yaretzy Wig

It's like putting a spoonfull of overly sweet cherries into your mouth, less sugar the better on this one

Carsyn Stuckel

Vareniki used to be my grandmas favorite she made it with blueberries or strawberries though and a bit of butter on the top or jam.

Athina

Well done! Thanks for sharing!

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Vareniki – it was an exclusive dish in the days of the USSR.
They were filled with cherries, cottage cheese, potatoes, cabbage.
Depending on the filler, they served either as dessert (as with cherries), or breakfast (as with cottage cheese), or as a second course (as with potatoes or cabbage).
Dumplings are a modified form of dumplings that are made with meat.
There is a variety of dumplings – they are called “lazy.”
In this case, the dough is immediately kneaded with cottage cheese, then it is done in portions and boiled in boiling water.

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