Russian Blini aka Crepes

The Winter Olympics start this week! I can’t wait. In honor of the games being held in Russia, I researched some recipes and gave them a try.  One of the recipes I loved were traditional Blini or Russian Crepes.
Russian Blini- aka Crepes that are so easy to make using ingredients you have on hand already
I grew up having “Rolie Polies.”  My Aunt Janet called them that and the name stuck.   I didn’t even know that the real name was crepes until I went away to college.  At school we had a floor lounge where we could make simple dishes (reaaaaally simple dishes- it wasn’t a kitchen).  One of my friends had a crepe maker that we all loved to use.  She eventually gave me one that I have held on to for over fifteen years.  I pulled it out for this recipe.  I couldn’t find my version online but this crepe maker is similar to the one that I own.  Using a crepe maker makes is so easy.  All you do is turn it on, put the batter in a shallow dish, dip the maker into the batter and wait until the light turns on that it’s done.  It’s totally worth the $30ish in my opinion for the headache free, perfectly done crepes.  But don’t use cooking spray.  I learned that the hard way!  *Affiliate links were used above.

Russian Blini- aka Crepes that are so easy to make using ingredients you have on hand alreadyTo make crepes, you only need a handful of ingredients and a little patience.  If you don’t have a crepe maker, it takes some practice to get the right rhythm down in the pan.  The two biggest things are- use a small amount of batter (thin layer) and quickly tilting the pan in a circular motion.

Russian Crepes - Blini


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1T sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2Tbsp oil
  • Optional filling- fruit, Nutella, jam, yogurt
  • Optional drizzle- sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar


  • Whisk eggs, milk, sugar and salt.
  • Slowly start stirring in flour, adjusting as you go.
  • Stir in oil.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Rub oil on pan if not using crepe maker.
  • Use a small cup ( start with 1/4 c.) to pour batter into the pan and tilt in a circular motion to cover the pan in a thin layer.
  • Cook for approximately 2 minutes until brown on one side, flip and cook for just 30 more seconds.
  • Fill with jam, fruit, Nutella, etc.
  • Drizzle sweetened condensed milk or powdered sugar.
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Recipe slightly adapted from Russian Bites.

According to articles I read traditional Blini is served with sweetened condensed milk, jam and/or sour cream.  While I had those options available for my family, I also pulled out fresh fruit, Nutella and powdered sugar.

Russian Blini- aka Crepes that are so easy to make using ingredients you have on hand already from

When we made these crepes I had some Vanilla Strawberry Whip on hand.  Josh went weak in the knees when I added it to the crepes.  Whip some up and spread a layer in the crepes.
4 Ingredient Vanilla Strawberry Whip - simple dessert but tastes great! Are you excited for the Olympics too?  Make sure to download Opening Ceremony BINGO sheets:
Printable Winter Olympics BINGO- 5 sheets perfect for the Opening Ceremony

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  1. says

    The recipe looks great, but I love the Bingo cards even more. My son is really into Bingo right now so this will be perfect for us.

    • says

      Yes I didn’t realize that they had them in Russia either. I’ve always thought they were Swedish/Danish too. But I went on a search to find out what food they eat in Russia that I could make for my family for the Olympics and found these. I was excited! I think it’s more about what you put in them for different parts of the world. My family loves Nutella and bananas. I love powdered sugar and fruit. Not very “Russian” but still fun to celebrate the Olympics. Enjoy!

  2. Kristyn says

    Lorin served his mission in Russian (also in Sochi) – I’ll have to ask him if he’s had these. They look delicious!!

    • says

      How cool!! I bet he is so excited about these games. Curious if he had them too. I went on a search to find out what traditional Russian food is and was happy to find these since we already love them. xo

    • says

      I hear ya Brandyn. There is definitely a rhythm if you don’t have a crepe maker. My mom made them for years – they were always a treat. Let me know if you get a crepe maker! It makes it SO easy.