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Austrian Topfenknödel (Cream Cheese Dumplings)

This simple basic recipe for Austrian Topfenknödel (curd or cream cheese dumplings) with deliciously crispy toasted sugared breadcrumbs tastes great with any kind of compote, roasted fruit or berries or jam. The dough is also ideal for apricot dumplings, plum dumplings or other fillings.

Austrian Topfenknödel (Cream Cheese Dumplings)

Delicious recipe for Austrian Topfenknödel (Cream Cheese Dumplings) with variations for curd cheese, farmer's cheese and cream cheese.
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Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Main dish
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 6 portions
Calories 340 kcal


For the dumplings

  • 60 g butter or margarine lukewarm 1/3 cup or 4 tablespoons
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 250 g curd cheese Topfen or farmer’s cheese 1 cup, if you use cream cheese instead, please see notes below
  • 80 g breadcrumbs 1/2 cup unflavoured, unsalted
  • 40 g wheat flour 1/4 cup no whole wheat

For the roasted breadcrumbs

  • 60 g butter 4 tablespoons
  • 200 g breadcrumbs ~1 cup unflavoured, unsalted
  • 60 g sugar 1/3 cup

For serving

  • powdered sugar to taste


For the dumplings

  • With a blender or whisk, mix butter/margarine with an egg and a pinch of salt. Add curd cheese/farmer’s cheese, breadcrumbs and flour and mix with a spoon or your hands for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Put to fridge for 30 minutes.

Roasted Breadcrumbs

  • Melt butter in a large pan. Add breadcrumbs and sugar. At medium heat, roast for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Stir constantly, they burn easily. If in danger of burning, put out of pan onto a plate)

Form and cook Dumplings

  • Divide batter into equal pieces and form dumplings. (About 2 inch diameter)
  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot (about 3 liters min.). Add a pinch of salt and cook dumplings for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • The dumplings are cooked when they float to the surface.
  • Drain dumplings and roll in breadcrumbs.


  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with lots of breadcrumbs.


Cream Cheese instead of curd cheese or farmer’s cheese: use 250g of cream cheese (~ 1 cup) and add one more egg as well as 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs and 3 tablespoons of flour to the original recipe.


Serving: 150gCalories: 340kcal
Keyword Dumplings, sweet main dish
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