Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Cigars


Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Cigars

I don’t do dairy, but my kids do. I often buy milk from a local farm and make some paneer for them, particularly in the form of these little baked roll-ups that kind of look like cigars. They love having these for an after-school snack, and they get a kick out of saying they’re “having a cigar”, which I don’t mind one bit because these are super-easy to make, mess-free, and relatively healthy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Allergens: Milk, Wheat
  • Servings: 10



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Work with 2 sheets phyllo at a time, keeping remaining sheets covered with damp towel.

  4. Set 1 sheet phyllo on flat surface and brush with water.

  5. Press second sheet of phyllo on top and cut lengthwise into 4 even rectangles.
  6. Spread 1 tablespoon paneer filling along short end of one phyllo rectangle, leaving about 1/2 inch on each side.

  7. Roll up phyllo, neatly tucking in ends one-third of way up to enclose filling, then continue to roll up with sides open.

  8. Transfer rolled-up “cigars”, seam sides down, to large lined baking sheet.

  9. Bake until golden brown and crisp (about 30 minutes).
  10. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Bon appétit!