Cheese Blintz

If you have never had a cheese blintz before you are missing out on a wonderful sweet treat. These are crispy on the outside and so sweet and creamy on the inside. Try this cheese blintz recipe and you will be making them again and again.

three cheese blintz topped with blueberries on a plate, a lemon, knife, and fork.

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Homemade Cheese Blintz

These cheese blintzes are similar to what is served at the IHOP. They are also served on many Jewish holidays.

The wonderfully thin pancakes are a lot like Norwegian pancakes so you don’t even really need to fill them, but this creamy sweet filling is something you don’t want to miss.

Easy Cheese Blintzes

This recipe will help you create some of the best cheese blintzes you’ve ever had. One of the keys to getting the right texture for the blintz pancakes is allowing the batter to rest in the fridge.

This allows the flour to expand, and it produces a batter that can make the perfect blintz pancake that will hold up and crisp up wonderfully. 

What is a Cheese Blintz?

If you have ever had a crepe, then you are on the right track. Cheese blintzes are little thin pancakes that are filled with a creamy sweet filling, folded, and fried to perfection.

Cheese Blintz is a Jewish recipe that can be served for breakfast or as a dessert.

Are crepes and blintzes the same thing?

While they might look kind of similar they are not exactly the same thing. They originate from different places. The crepe has a French origin, and Blitzes have a Jewish origin.

Crepes can be served in different ways. Sometimes they are filled. Other times they are served with the fillings on the side for you to build with what you like.

However, cheese blintzes are always filled with a creamy filling, folded, and fried. They are like little crunchy pillows of sweet creamy heaven. 

Cheese Blintz Ingredients

Most of what you will need for this recipe you will already most likely have at home. Take a look and make sure you are ready to start. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Lemon juice
  • Butter
cheese blintz ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

If you do not like ricotta cheese, you can try and substitute it for cottage cheese.

Also if you’d like to make these gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour for King Arthur gluten-free measure for measure flour.

How to Make Cheese Blintz

  1. Begin by making up the pancake batter in a medium bowl. Add in the eggs and milk and beat them together well.
  2. Add in the flour, sugar, vanilla extract, and the salt.
  3. Stir everything together and then place a piece of plastic over the bowl and let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour before making the pancakes.
  4. While the batter is chilling, prepare the cheese filling by combining the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Mix everything together until it is well combined. However, there might still be some lumps left and that is okay, they will go away when they are cooked.
    cheese blintz filling in a bowl.
  6. After the hour is up, heat up a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Then spray the skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Using a ladle pour about 3 ounces of batter into the greased skillet and swirl it around so the batter spreads out and becomes thin. It should cover the bottom of the skillet.
  8. Let the pancake cook for about 60 seconds allowing it to become bubbly and dry.
  9. Then flip the pancake over and let it cook for another 15 seconds on the other side. The blintz should become golden brown.
  10. Transfer the pancake to a wire rack to cool when it is done cooking.
    think pancake for cheese blintz on a wire rack.
  11. Repeat these steps with each pancake until the batter is gone. Do not forget to respray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  12. After the pancakes have cooled you will begin to assemble the cheese blintzes.
  13. Place a small amount of cheese filling in the lower third of a pancake.
  14. Then flip up the bottom with the cheese filling to the middle of the pancake. Then fold in the two sides of the pancake going towards the middle.
  15. Next, fold the top portion down to finish. They will look like little cheese filled burritos.
  16. Repeat these steps until the pancakes are all filled.
  17. Finish the blintzes off by browning them in the small skillet with some butter and brown on both sides of the blintz starting with the fold side down. This should take about 60 seconds.
  18. Serve with your favorite toppings.
three cheese blintzes topped with blueberries and lemon zest on a plate.

Recipe Notes and Tips

The batter requires a step that you normally don’t do. You mix together the batter ingredients and let it rest in the bowl for about an hour in the refrigerator. The flour expands and the batter texture improves. So be patient during that hour.

To make up for this you can prepare the blintz pancakes ahead of time. Then all you have to do is fill and brown them just before serving.

I find that if you use a ladle you will get a uniform size. This makes rolling blintzes up very helpful. I like to prepare mine either in a small skillet or on a large griddle if I need to make a few batches at once.

You can top cheese blintzes with powdered sugar, fruit, preserves, a small dollop of sour cream, or you can even eat them plain. It doesn’t matter.

How do you fold a blintz?

Essentially you are going to be making little tiny burritos out of the small pancakes. It just takes 3 easy steps.

  1. Place a small amount of the cheese filling on the lower third of the pancake.
  2. Flip up the bottom with the cheese filling to the middle of the pancake. 
  3. Fold in the two sides of the pancake going towards the middle. 

Are blintzes a dessert?

They can be! They are not strictly a dessert, but can be served as one! But they also work great as a breakfast dish too!

What do you serve with cheese blintz?

You can serve cheese blintzes with a variety of toppings. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Applesauce
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fruit pie filling or topping
  • Fruit preserves
  • Maple syrup
  • Sour cream
  • Whipped cream

How to Store and Reheat Cheese Blintzes

Once the blintzes have been made, allow them to cool down before storing them. Then put them in an airtight container (preferably not a bag to prevent them from breaking) and store them in the fridge for about 5 days. 

Then to reheat them, put them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 350 for about 5-10 minutes or until they are heated through. However, I think they are even delicious cold too!

Can you freeze cheese blintzes?

These do well frozen! Place them in a freezer-safe container and store them for up to 3 months. Just make sure to take them out and let them thaw before you are ready to bake them.

overhead view of the cheese blintz topped with blueberries.

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three cheese blintz topped with blueberries on a plate, a lemon, knife, and fork.

Cheese Blintz

Cheese Blintz are the perfect breakfast or brunch item to serve. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Blintz
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 422kcal

Ingredients

Blintz Pancakes

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cheese Filling

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Blintz Pancakes

  • In a medium-sized bowl, add 4 eggs and milk. Beat them together well.
  • Add flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before using.
  • You can prepare the filling while the batter is chilling.
  • Heat a small nonstick skillet (about 6 or 7 inches in diameter) over medium heat.
  • Spray the skillet with non-stick spray or spread a thin layer melted butter in it.
  • Ladle about 3 ounces of batter into the skillet. Swirl it around so that it is a thin, round layer covering the bottom of the skillet.
  • The pancake will cook for about 60 seconds before it begins to bubble and dry
  • Flip over the pancake and cook it for another 15 seconds or so. The blintz should be golden brown.
  • Transfer the pancake to a wire rack to cool.
  • Repeat making pancakes with the remaining batter.

Cheese Filling

  • Combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, 1 egg, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl.
  • Stir until well blended, the mixture may remain a little lumpy. The lumps will go away when you cook the blintz.

Assemble the Cheese Blintzes

  • Place a small amount, about 2 or 3 tablespoons, of cheese filling in the lower third of a pancake.
  • Flip the bottom third up to the middle of the pancake. Then flip the two sides to the middle. Then flip the top portion down. These will look like mini burritos.
  • Repeat with the remaining pancakes and filling.
  • To brown the blintzes, add a small pat of butter to the skillet and brown on both sides, this will take about 60 seconds

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Siennah

    5 stars
    These were SO delicious! I’ve always loved blintzes but never made them myself. They were so easy and turned out perfectly my first try! 100% will make again and again!

  2. Melissa

    Delicious. I made double filling because that is the part we love best. I stuffed the blintzes and then spooned more warm filling on top of them before serving. I would like to try baking them in an extra batch of this yummy filling after pan frying them and see how that turns out. That would probably be delicious hot or cold. Thank you for this recipe, we had it for dinner this evening and it was a hit.

    • Sharon Ostrowsky

      Could you share your double filling. Is it just double amount of ingredients or something else. I had had my great aunt’s re recipe but remember some of your ingredients

    • Sharon Ostrowsky

      Please let me know about making the double filling. Also I remember baking after they were filled. I had lost my t great aunt’s recipe. Us it’s been a long time that I had made them
      My family loved them

  3. Sarah

    No need to drain cottage cheese. Just need to cook the blitz’s in the oven. A step I don’t see in this version.

  4. Josh

    Trying it for the first time! I decided to drain the ricotta cheese. Since I used fresh lemons to get the juice, I also decided to zest the lemons and include that in the batter (zest of 1 lemon). I actually made a triple recipe so reduce the test a tad unless you want a really lemony flavor.

  5. Fire Sign

    Proper cheese blintzes are not make with only cream cheese. Farmer cheese or small curd cottage cheese are more common in the Jewish versions, and healthier too.

  6. Fran

    I haven’t made blitzes in forever. My mom was a master. I am craving a berry and cheese blintz now! I need to put this on the list for the weekend. Thanks!

  7. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    My grandmother used to make these for me all the time. I haven’t had one since then, and now you’ve reminded me how much I used to love them.

      • Shecooks

        I think these sound pretty close to the old fashioned ones. I will try them,my area doesn’t sell dry cottage cheese that I use to use with farmers cheese. A drop of vanilla in the filling doesn’t hurt. I never had the first crepe come out perfect, so the cooks gets a sample. Yum

      • stephaniemanley

        These are the only blintz that I know. I bet if you drain cottage cheese you may be able to get something similar to the farmers cheese.

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