Trader Joe’s Cheese Blintzes Review

Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes

We’d never heard of blintzes until we discovered the Cheese Blintzes in the freezer at our local Trader Joe’s. Our research revealed that blintzes are a type of Russian pancake. Like crepes, blintzes tend to be very thin, and they’re usually packed with some sort of filling. While the Trader Joe’s blintzes are filled with sweet cheese, blintzes can also be filled with jam, potatoes, or even ground meat.

Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes

One package contains six blintzes, and they come neatly lined up in a plastic tray. We were a little surprised by the size of the blintzes; they’re only a few inches long. That said, each blintz is stuffed to the brim with a blend of farmer cheese and cottage cheese.

The blintzes can be cooked in either a skillet or the oven. We chose the oven instructions, and we’d definitely recommend preparing your blintzes that way. It seems like it would be very easy to burn the outer pancake shell when frying a blintz in a pan.

On the box, Trader Joe’s pairs their blintzes with peaches and cream, but we thought we’d try the blintzes both plain and with maple syrup. The rich cheese filling isn’t a great match for syrup; we found the sweetness to be overpowering. That said, these blintzes feel like they’re missing something when they’re eaten plain. Pairing the blintzes with fruit definitely seems like the best option. We also suspect they’d pair nicely with cinnamon.

Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes

Because none of our staffers had tried blintzes before, we can’t compare Trader Joe’s frozen version to the real deal. That said, we really enjoyed the thin pancakes. They had a slight citrus taste to them — we’re not sure where that flavor is coming from, since there’s no sign of citrus on the label. The filling tasted like a sweeter, richer version of cottage cheese. A hint of vanilla brings the whole meal together.

One serving is two blintzes, and these are so rich that we doubt you’re going to be able to eat any more than that. One serving contains 250 calories (60 from fat) and 240 mg of sodium. That’s actually not all that bad, but we imagine these will be served as a side rather than a main course, so take that into consideration.

Trader Joe’s Cheese Blintzes are a little rich for our tastes. They may pair well with fruit, but we definitely don’t recommend eating them plain. No one in our office could stomach more than two at a time, since the richness is so overpowering. That’s not to say they’re bad — far from it, in fact. We just would have preferred something a little more savory than these incredibly sweet blintzes.

If you want to learn more about the nutrition or ingredients in this frozen breakfast food, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's Cheese Blintzes

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Candi Angotti
Candi Angotti
1 year ago

Wow, you guys are tough with the reviews. Remember different tastes for different people. You mentioned the blintzes were too rich and maybe fruit would be a good addition, but you didn’t take the time to try it? I just had two blintzes with Lingonberry Preserves and it was a perfect marriage of rich creamy cheese and tart berries.

Walli Haley
Walli Haley
4 months ago
Reply to  Candi Angotti

I have been eating blintzes since the 1980s, but they were not the Trader Joe brand. However, I love the TJ brand precisely because they’re a bit sweeter than the Golden brand I usually eat. I think they’re the perfect breakfast food as they’re not overly sweet, they’re very low in calories, and the pair well with fruit, which is how I always eat them. And yes, I always cook them in a frying pan.

Mark Moore
Mark Moore
7 months ago

You have to cook these in the frying pan, that’s how blintzes are made, not in ovens. Melt some butter over a low flame, cook about five minutes on each side, add a handful of blueberries to the pan with about three minutes to go. Serve with sour cream.

5 months ago

Lol… they are terrible in the oven. Tried once. Do it over a pan with butter so that the sides are seared/golden. One of the only things my toddler eats….

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