For as long as I can remember, my mom has been making mini-blinis. Whenever we had overnight company, mini-blinis were always a hit in the morning. And Christmas morning just would NOT be Christmas morning without a plate full of mini-blinis.

I think the recipe for mini-blinis may be the very first recipe re-creation I ever tried. Two of my such-close-family-friends-we-called-them-cousins cousins spent the night and we wanted to make breakfast the next morning. I don’t remember what else we made, but I do remember we tried throwing together a batch of mini-blinis. We missed a few steps and ingredients along the way, but they still turned out okay, at least as far as I remember.

To this day, I love these little breakfast pastries like you would not believe! My husband became an instant convert to their tastiness with the very first one he ever tried. Now he requests them almost as often as I do.


  • 1 lb. thinly sliced, commercial white bread
  • 1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 1/2 – 1 c. sugar + 1 T. cinnamon, mixed together

1. Carefully cut the crusts off of each slice of bread and set aside for another use.

2. With a rolling pin, gently flatten each slice of bread until it is paper-thin.

3. In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, 1 c. sugar, egg yolks and vanilla until smooth.

4. Spread a layer of the cream cheese mixture onto each slice of bread and roll up jelly roll style.

5. Roll each piece in melted butter then in cinnamon-sugar combination.

6. Cut each roll into thirds and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown on the edges.

*Note – Following my mom’s method, I always freeze these before baking by flash freezing on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag. Even if I’m baking some or all of them at the same time I make them, a few minutes in the freezer makes them cut cleaner and hold together a little better in the oven. Just add a few minutes on to your bake time for frozen ones.

While I ordinarily use whole wheat or homemade bread in my kitchen, there really is no substitute for the commercial white bread in this recipe. It bakes up light and fluffy and the only person who will know it’s white bread is you. Otherwise, you’d never guess!

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20 thoughts on “Mini-Blinis

  1. I made these this week and somehow, it was a total disaster. I’m a pretty decent cook, but I must have done something wrong. When I baked mine, the filling seeped out of the side of the pastry. They came out flat with hardly any filling left in them. I almost pitched them, but something made me keep them. My kids loved them the way they were lol. Your recipe didn’t show how much you spread on each one, so maybe that’s where I went wrong. I even froze them first, so really not sure what I did wrong. On anther note, the croutons I made with the crusts were delicious!

  2. HELP! I had the same problem as Marianne. After filling the bread, I had about 1/2 of the filling left over, so I don’t think I put too much in each of them. I flash froze them for about 15 minutes, so I could get a clean cut. The filling all came out and they never got brown.
    Do you have any ideas?

  3. My family has made these forever. There are fantastic but they do take a while, they are not hard to make but they are labor intensive. We serve ours with sour cream and raspberry jelly!

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