Russian Blini aka Crepes

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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
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2Tbsp oil
  • Optional filling- fruit, Nutella, jam, yogurt
  • Optional drizzle- sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar
  1. Whisk eggs, milk, sugar and salt.
  2. Slowly start stirring in flour, adjusting as you go.
  3. Stir in oil.
  4. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rub oil on pan if not using crepe maker.
  6. Use a small cup ( start with ¼ c.) to pour batter into the pan and tilt in a circular motion to cover the pan in a thin layer.
  7. Cook for approximately 2 minutes until brown on one side, flip and cook for just 30 more seconds.
  8. Fill with jam, fruit, Nutella, etc.
  9. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk or powdered sugar.

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


  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.