Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka Buns Recipe – Russian Special

Vatrushka buns are a Russian/Ukrainian dessert with the filling on the outside. I’ll show you how to make these delicious treats for yourself, along with some tips and tricks I learned along the way

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Perform Time2 hr
  • Total Time3 hr

Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka Buns Ingredients :

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 5 cup flour (depending on the flour brand, you may need to add more)
  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 16 oz farmers cheese (cottage cheese can be a replacement)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup golden raisins optional

How To Make Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka Buns


Combine yeast together with two cups of warm milk and one tablespoon of sugar. Let ingredients rest on a counter for about 10 minutes.


Add eggs, mayonnaise, salt and sugar into the mixture, whisking together to combine.


Mix in flour using Kitchen aid mixer or a spatula, in small portions. Once the flour is all mixed in, add oil to the mixture. It’s important to add oil last, as the texture of the dough turns out better. Knead the dough until it’s elastic, at least for 10 minutes. Let the dough rise for about an hour.


Cut the dough into 30 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place them next to each other, leaving enough space for it to rise.
Vatrushka buns dough pieces rising


Cover with a towel and let the buns rise for about 30 minutes. Press each bun in the center with a glass cup to form a hollow.


Whisk cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg and sugar together, for filling. Optionally, you can add raisins to the filling. Raisins need to be soaked in hot boiled water before combining with the cheese.
cheese, raisins and eggs in a bowl


Fill each hollow with a filling.


Bake in preheated oven at 350F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.