Cheese Pancakes: The Original Latkes Recipe



  • 16 ounces farmer cheese, pot cheese, or drained ricotta cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • About ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • About ½ teaspoon table salt or 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil or butter, for frying
  • Sour cream, yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon-sugar, or fresh fruit, for serving

Latkes originally derived from Italian ricotta pancakes and became part of the Hanukkah culinary tradition because they combined the two popular food symbols of the holiday: fried food and dairy.

Click here to see Happy Hanukkah: For the Love of Latkes!


In a large bowl, beat together the cheese, eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined.

In a large skillet or griddle, heat a thin layer of oil or butter over medium heat. In batches, drop the batter 1 heaping tablespoon at a time and fry until the top is set and the bottom is browned slightly, about 3 minutes. Turn and fry until golden, about 2 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon-sugar, or fresh fruit.


Calories per serving:

303 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 291g 448%
  • Carbs 105g 35%
  • Saturated 102g 510%
  • Fiber 3g 10%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 28g
  • Protein 144g 288%
  • Cholesterol 1,207mg 402%
  • Sodium 4,371mg 182%
  • Calcium 3,190mg 319%
  • Magnesium 168mg 42%
  • Potassium 734mg 21%
  • Iron 9mg 48%
  • Zinc 19mg 125%
  • Phosphorus 2,643mg 378%
  • Vitamin A 5,591IU 112%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 63%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 198%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 30%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 383µg 96%
  • Vitamin B12 6µg 96%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 31mg 157%
  • Vitamin K 14µg 18%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 130g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 31g
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