These pillowy soft Russian Pirozhki, filled with berries, jam, or left over mashed potatoes and ground beef, are baked instead of fried and are an easy, portable appetizer! They're simple, and a golden perfection!

What are Pirozhki

Pirozhki are Russian hand pies made with yeast dough buns that you can fill with just about anything you'd like! From sweet to savory. They are equally delicious when they're baked rather then fried. And results in less heartburn, in my opinion.

In this recipe, I used store bought dough, and they turned out very good! And not to mention, saved you a whole lot of time!

Baked or Deep Fried Pirozhki

These delicious hand pies can be prepared one of two ways - deep fried to a golden perfection, or baked for a much healthier version. Here are two quick How-To's.

  • Baked. If you're baking the pirozhki, assemble them by spreading them out about 1 - 1 1/2 inches apart. Let them stand at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes until they double in size. Bake at 350 F. for 20-25 minutes. Until golden brown.
  • Deep Fried. This is a more greasy option, but preheat your pan and add about 1 to 2 inches of oil. Once the temperature reads 325 F. Add 2 to 4 pirozhki at a time. You don't have to let them proof. Fry them 5-6 minutes per side, or until they are nice and golden in color.

What Fillings Can You Use

You can literally use any sort of filling you like. Sweet, Savory, or something in between. The sky's the limit! Here are a few filling ideas.

Savory Filling Ideas

  • Stewed Cabbage
  • Rice and Meat
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Beef
  • Etc...

Sweet Filling Ideas

  • Apple Filling
  • Blueberry Filling
  • Pumpkin Filling
  • Cinnamon Filling
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • Cherry Filling
  • Apricot Filling
  • Any Jam Filling

How To Store Pirozhki

These little "hand pies" are really great for making ahead. Refrigerate the baked or fried pirozhki in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days.

To Reheat. Microwave, covered for 30 seconds, more if needed. Or what I love to do, on medium/low heat, heat them up on your skillet. This will also make them a little extra crunchy from sitting in the fridge.

Can I Freeze Them

Absolutely. They freeze beautifully. Once they're made, cool them off completely and place them in a freeze safe bag, and freeze them for a good 3-4 months.

To Reheat. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight or for a few hours on the countertop. And reheat them following the directions above.

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Prep time:
30 minutes
Cook time:
25 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
55 minutes
12-15 Servings


  • Dinner Rolls Dough
  • Jam, of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Roll the individual dough pieces in the bag into balls and cover with a towel or plastic wrap so they don't dry out.
  3. Lightly flour the surface and take out one dough ball. Lightly flatten the dough into a disk, you can also use a rolling pin.
  4. Put the filling in the center and fold the dough in half. Pinch the edges of the dough to seal, creating a half moon shape.
  5. Gently flatten it between your palms, making sure the sealed crimps are on the flat side.
  6. Arrange the hand pies about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart on your prepared sheet.
  7. Beat 1 egg until smooth and brush it over your pirozhki.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they're nice and golden.
  9. Serve them warm or at room temperature.

Recipe notes

  • You can make your own dough, but Walmart sells already pre-made dinner rolls dough in the freezer aisle. It will save you a lot of time and energy.
  • Don't add too much jam in the center of the dough, other wise, it'll be hard to seal it in without it oozing out.

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