Bready or Not: Farmer’s Cheese Cookies

Posted by on Apr 26, 2023 in Blog, Bready or Not, cheese galore, cookies | 0 comments

These Farmer’s Cheese Cookies don’t taste cheesy as one would expect in a gooey, cheese-pull kind of way. Instead, the cheese here adds a touch of savory flavor and a lot of light, chewy texture.

Bready or Not: Farmer's Cheese Cookies

Cookies like this are traditional in Ukraine and Russia. I found a nice block of Ukrainian Tvorog Farmer’s Cheese at Lee Lee Grocery on 75th Ave in Phoenix; check your own local import markets for similar cheese.

Bready or Not: Farmer's Cheese Cookies

Expect a dry, crumbly texture in the cheese. Mine became somewhat powdery as I broke it down, which was fine. I was able to incorporate everything with an extra touch of water, which is a pretty common thing for me to do with roll-out cookies in Phoenix. It’s very dry here compared to most other places.

Bready or Not: Farmer's Cheese Cookies

The end result is a cookie that, quite honestly, tastes fancy–light, crisp, sugary, like something that one would find in a fine bakery. Most people wouldn’t guess there’s cheese in the dough, I bet, but they’ll know there’s something different about them. Something delicious.

Bready or Not: Farmer's Cheese Cookies

Bready or Not: Farmer’s Cheese Cookies

These sweet, beautiful cookies originate in Ukraine and Russia. Look for farmer’s cheese in a local European import market. This recipe makes about 60 cookies.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: cheese, cookies
Servings: 60
Author: Beth Cato


  • grater or food processor
  • pastry blender
  • 3-inch round cutter or the top of a glass
  • parchment paper
  • saucer or bowl
  • Rolling Pin


  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, chilled
  • 8 oz farmer's cheese such as Ukrainian Tvorog cheese
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar


  • Grate the butter using a hand grater or a grater attachment on a food processor. In a large bowl, use a pastry blender to cut in the cheese, which will be crumbly. Add the flour, followed by the yolks and water. Knead the dough until it comes together in a cohesive mass.
  • Form the dough into a disc and encase it in plastic wrap to chill for anywhere from an hour to several days.
  • When it’s cookie time, preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a small amount of water in a saucer or bowl. Measure the white sugar into a deep bowl.
  • Prepare a clean work surface with a dusting of flour. Break off some of the dough and roll it into a thin layer, like for a pie crust. Use the cutter to slice out 3-inch rounds; place the leftover and unused dough to chill in the fridge while cookies are shaped.
  • Dampen fingers in the prepared water. Brush wet fingers over one side of a dough round. Dip moist dough into the sugar to coat it. Fold in half with the sugared portion on the inside. Dampen fingers and stroke another folded side of the dough, and dip that in sugar. Fold a final time with the sugared section on the inside. Use wet fingers on outside of cookie and coat that in sugar, too. Gently press the pleats together to prevent them from unfolding during baking. Place formed cookie on sheet and repeat process with remaining rounds.
  • Bring together dough scraps, using a little water if needed, to roll out again. Use rest of dough to form cookies.
  • Bake in batches for 19 to 22 minutes, until puffed and set with a golden base. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.


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