Cinnamon Cheese Balls

Are you looking for your perfect breakfast? Then you’ve come to the right plate. Just try this amazing Ukrainian dish and you’ll ‘taste’ yourself what I am writing about. Hombovtsi (Cinnamon Cheese Balls) is a delicious dessert the recipe of which comes from Carpathian Ukraine.

They are a great solution for your family breakfast. Being incredibly tasty and very easy to cook, they are a good idea to start your day.

These cheese balls are covered by flavorful topping that is a real winner. You just can’t go wrong with cinnamon and ground rusks combined together!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 mint twig
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 5 tbsp semolina
  • 1-2 tbsp dairy butter
  • 4-6 tbsp ground rusks
  • 250 g (1/2 lb) cottage cheese
  • ground cinnamon – to taste
  • brown sugar – to taste
  • dried fruits – to taste


Purée cottage cheese thoroughly. Add sugar, salt, semolina, and eggs. Stir the mass carefully and set it aside for 15-20 minutes.

Shape the balls (4-5 cm in diameter) using the prepared cheese mass. Boil the balls in salted water until they come to water surface.

Transfer the balls to a colander and let the water drain.

Preheat dairy butter in a frying pan. Brown ground rusks there. Transfer the rusks to a plate and add sugar combined with cinnamon. Mix the ingredients.

Roll the cheese balls in the prepared mass. Put them to a serving plate. Decorate the prepared hombovtsi with a fresh mint twig and any dried fruits you wish, it may be dried apples, apricots, cherries, figs, prunes, etc. Here you can combine any variations you prefer most.

Enjoy your meal!

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