Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka

Indulge in the rich flavors of Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka topped with plump cranberries! 
This delightful pastry is a perfect blend of velvety cream cheese and the sweet-tart goodness of cranberries, creating a heavenly treat that will transport you to the heart of Russian culinary bliss.


• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
• 2/3 cup whole milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 cup fresh cranberries


. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
. Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract until the dough comes together. Knead lightly on a floured surface.
. In a separate bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, sugar, and egg until smooth.
. Divide the dough into equal portions and flatten each into a disc. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
. Spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the center of each dough disc, leaving a border around the edges.
. Top each Vatrushka with fresh cranberries, pressing them gently into the cream cheese filling.
. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy the creamy, cranberry-infused delight

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