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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Updated: 8/14/21 3:00 amPublished: 5/25/18
By Catherine Newman

Makes: 4 servings

Total carbohydrates: 9 grams per serving

Hands-on time: 20 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

My daughter and I would basically eat these every morning – and sometimes, for weeks at a time, we do. It’s mostly only running out of cottage cheese that slows us down. If you have Eastern European relatives, then you will know what I mean when I describe them as a little bit like blintzes, but with the filling and crepe all mixed together: tender, delicate, and so tasty. Please note, too, that the recipe scales down easily: you can even quarter it to make the perfect serving for one person.


1 1/3 cups full-fat (4%) cottage cheese

4 eggs

4 tablespoons flour (all-purpose, or experiment with whole-grain, coconut, and/or almond flour)

3 tablespoons melted butter (plus more butter for greasing the pan and serving)

¾ teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)


1. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat while you prepare the batter.

2. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until there are no lumps.

3. Butter the skillet (which should be hot by now), then pour in dollops of batter so that they spread into 3- or 4-inch circles. Cook until the underside is deeply golden and the edges are starting to look dry, then flip and cook until the other side is golden (around 5 minutes altogether).

4. Serve with butter and fruit, or, honestly – and this is my favorite way – completely plain.

About Catherine

Catherine loves to write about food and feeding people. In addition to her recipe and parenting blog Ben & Birdy (which has about 15,000 weekly readers), she edits the ChopChop series of mission-driven cooking magazines. This kids’ cooking magazine won the James Beard Publication of the Year award in 2013 – the first non-profit ever to win it – and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Last year they started the WIC version of the magazine for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and are currently developing Seasoned, their senior version, commissioned by the AARP. They distribute over a million magazines annually, through paid subscriptions, doctor’s offices, schools, and hospitals. Their mission started with obesity as its explicit focus – and has shifted, over the years, to a more holistic one, with health and happiness at its core. That’s the same vibe Catherine brings to the diaTribe column.

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Catherine loves to write about food and feeding people. In addition to her recipe and parenting blog Ben & Birdy (which has about 15,000 weekly readers), she edits the ChopChop... Read the full bio »