Cooking for Christmas!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is spending a day, a weekend and sometimes even a week cooking up stuff for the Holiday season. It has been a tradition in my family (as with a lot of families) for as long as I can remember. This year we have made, 21 1/4 dozen cheese, onion and bacon perogies (that’s 255 perogies), 6 1/2 dozen macaroons (78), and 6 1/2 dozen (78) ginger snaps.

I decided to post pictures and the recipe that my family has used for a long time. It was passed from my Aunt to my Mom years ago when my Mom and Dad got married. My father thinks it’s the recipe that his mother, passed down to my Aunt and that her mother most likely passed down to her so it’s been in the family for generations I think. I took the pictures so I’m not in any of them my Mom is. But since we made like 5 batches of dough I did to a lot of it myself too.

I’ve never really written out a recipe before so I hope it’s not too bad. We mostly do them by memory and I don’t think mom even has a recipe written down. So forgive me for not putting the amounts of the filling. If we make to much filling we just fry it up for breakfast the next morning or make more dough.

Perogie dough:
– 4 cups of all purpose flour
– 1tsp lard or oil (canola oil will do)
– 1 1/2 cups of warm water (almost hot)
– 1tsp salt.

Potato Filling (mashed potatoes):
– 5 Medium sized potatoes
– Milk
– Salt
– Pepper
– Margerine

Optional fillings:
Grated Cheese (cheddar, romano, mozella, etc)

Start out with making the mashed potatoes. Kinda use your own judgement on this. Using the potatoes, milk, salt, pepper, margarine and any other option fillings such as onion, grated cheese, bacon, etc make your potato filling. Basically make it the consistency of regular mashed potatoes (not super creamy but more chunky). We often use the leftovers and fry them up in a hash.

The in a large mixing bowl, add 4 cups flour, 1 tsp lard or oil, 1 tsp salt and 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Using a fork mix until the water is mixed in, it will still have a lot of loose flour and not be fully mixed, that’s okay and then using your hands knead it till it looks like the image below.


Spread flour on the counter and take it out and keep kneading until it is fairly pliable and ready to roll. Spread more flour if needed and roll with a heavy wooden or marble rolling pin:


Until it looks something like this:


Using a glass or round cookie cutter (about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter) cut out the dough like below. How many you can get depends on the thickness/thinness of the dough you rolled out. We got about 20 to 25 perogies out of one batch of dough. Fill a 6 or 8 ounce mug 1/4 with milk.


Take one of the dough cutouts and fill it with about a tsp of filling in the center leaving space at the outside edges:


Dip two fingers in the mug of milk and wet around the outside edge of the perogie and fold it in half and using your fingers press the edge together till it looks like this:


Bring a large pot of water boil with a dash of salt and drop the perogies 10-12 at a time into the pot, when they float they are ready to pull out.


Place them into something to cool down.


Once cooled place them in ziplock bags and store them in the freezer until you are ready for them.


When ready pull out however much you need and you can either fry them in a pan with a bit of margarine, button or oil. I sometimes add seasoning salt. Fry till light golden brown on both sides. They will have a slightly doughy and rubbery texture but they are so good!

Alternatively you can bake them, deep fry them (careful not to leave them too long or all the filling will come out), or boil them further. They taste great reheated in the microwave.

Mom and Dad make the dough and put sauer kraut in as a filling right from the box, don’t need to do anything else with it, instead of potato sometimes. I’m not a sauer kraut fan but other people I know say they are pretty good.


8 thoughts on “Cooking for Christmas!

  1. I started reading your post and I was like HEY! I should ask Kirsten for her perogie recipe since I’ve never made them before. And then I scrolled and I was like YAY, Kirsten knew I was going to ask for her perogie recipe. Yay! I will attempt to make these in 2014 but for now I’m going to add this to my recipe Pinterest board.

    1. I figured you or someone else might want it so I decided to post it. I was surprised at how easy it was to make them. I have watched Mom make them multiple times but never actually helped her. I t was really easy though. And the ingredients are things I almost always have on hand. Let me know how you like them

  2. Oh such a lovely recipe! I have always wanted to try and make my own perogies. Thank you for this! I am definitely going to try them.

  3. This is great! Joe made WWWWWAAAAAYYYYY too much mashed potatoe for thanksgiving and I’ve been trying to think of alternate ways to use them (instead of just eating them plain). And I think you wrote the recipe out great, it helps also with all the awesome pictures.

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