I don’t know if everyone has a childhood memory of a time in the kitchen when you were struck with the magic of cooking. For me it was the first time I scrambled eggs.  I remember being totally mesmerized as I watched the goopy yellow liquid almost instantly transform into scrambled eggs as it hit the hot pan.  I wanted to make scrambled eggs for everyone – all the time.  That’s how I feel about Aebleskivers. I made them for the first time the other night, as dessert for a bunch of friends. I stuffed them with chocolate and sprinkled powdered sugar on top. They got all thumbs up. And they are so much fun to make.  I love to watch the batter form into a perfect ball as I turn it in the pan.  It’s like magic.


Aebleskivers are spherical pancakes. They were invented in Denmark and are still popular there, especially around the Christmas holidays.  They resemble pancakes in color and texture, but they’re balls. And you think “how?  How is this possible?”


The answer is, it takes a special pan, plus some knitting needles or bamboo skewers and a little finesse. If you don’t have an Aebleskiver pan, you have a chance to win one here, at the end of this post. Lodge Cast Iron has generously provided two beautiful cast iron Aebleskiver pans for me to give away to two lucky Panning The Globe visitors.

Aebleskiver pan

In order to make Aebleskivers you need an Aebleskiver pan.  It’s made from heavy cast iron and has several half-sphere indentations.


I made the batter with flour, buttermilk and eggs plus a bit of sugar, salt, vanilla, and cardamom for flavor and some leavening agents.  The batter is poured into the holes – almost to the top.  Then, if you like, you can add fillings, such as chocolate, jam, or fruit.


If you do add a filling, put a small bit of batter on top to seal it in and keep it from rolling out when you start turning the aebleskivers.


Once the batter sets in the pan for a minute or so, use your knitting needles or a bamboo skewer to slide the Aebleskivers around so they make a one quarter turn.  The remaining, uncooked batter will slip out and cook.


Make two more quarter turns and you have pancake balls!


Aebleskivers are slightly crisp on the outside – soft and fluffy on the inside.


They make a fun breakfast.  But if  you really want to embrace Danish tradition, serve these around the holidays for dessert and wash them down with mugs of steaming glogg.


The kitchen is such a great place to experiment and create exciting things. Aebleskivers are very exciting things!  The giveaway has ended but you can Purchase a Lodge Cast-Iron Aebleskiver Pan on Amazon.

Recipe type: Breakfast or Dessert
Cuisine: Danish
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8-10
Festive Danish pancake balls, plain or stuffed with chocolate, apples or jam.
  • Butter or oil for greasing the pan
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional Fillings
  • chocolate chips
  • chopped apples, sautéed in a little butter to soften
  • Jam or preserves
  • Topping
  • Powdered sugar
  • Jam
  1. In a medium sized bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom. Set aside. In a separate, large bowl whisk buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Whisk dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. For fluffiest results, use batter within 10 minutes of mixing.
  2. Heat up your cast iron Aebleskiver pan over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes. Place ¼ teaspoon or so of butter or oil into each round. When it bubbles, add enough batter to come up almost to the top of the round. (If using a filling, spoon ¼ to ½ teaspoon of filling into the center of each round and cover with a bit of batter) When the batter starts to bubble up a bit on the sides, turn the aebleskiver ¼ of the way around by gently coaxing it with the tip of your needle. It should slide easily. Cook for 20-30 seconds, adjusting the heat if need be, so they don't burn, and make another quarter turn for each aebleskiver. Repeat two more times, until you have a perfect ball that is cooked on all sides. You can test your aebleskivers for doneness by inserting a toothpick - if it comes out clean, they're done. If not, continue to cook, rotating every few seconds, until they are done. Place aeblesivers on a platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm with jam or other toppings on the side. Enjoy!
  3. These freeze well. Reheat in a warm oven until heated through.


Now for the exciting GIVEAWAY!  The prize is a beautiful Lodge cast iron aebleskiver pan. If you’re not familiar with Lodge Cast Iron, they are a family owned and operated business that has been producing high quality cast iron cookware since 1896. I am a huge fan of cast iron cookware and I’ve been using Lodge products for decades.  You might have noticed that Panning The Globe’s trademark is a cast iron skillet with wings.



The folks at Lodge have generously donated two aebleskiver pans for this giveaway.  It’s easy to enter.  Just fill out the form below.  There are three ways to enter.  Winners will be chosen at random.  If you win, I’ll contact you via email to get your mailing address so we can ship your prize right away!

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  1. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I like to make Cranberry Cream Cheese squares. The community I live in holds a Scandinavian Festival every August and Aebleskivers are the most popular food item sold!

  2. Donna says

    My kids would go nuts for these and would be so happy to have them on Christmas morning with their hot chocolate while opening gifts. A really fun food. Thanks for posting it.

  3. Jen says

    I really loved these. Really light, much lighter than pancakes. Not cake like, but closer to popovers. Can’t wait to have again!

  4. Laura says

    I didn’t even know that these existed! I love kitchen tools, this one looks like fun to make treats with. I’m thinking I could get my kids to do it to.

  5. Rachel says

    My Grandpa would make Aebleskivers for us every Christmas! Nothing in them, just served with powdered sugar or fruit jam. Yummy!

  6. says

    My favorite holiday dessert is any kind of pie! I love cast iron too and agree that Lodge is the best out there. Thanks for posting this recipe. I have had one of these pans on my Amazon list for awhile. Hope I win one!

  7. Lee says

    I love these – I have them every time we go to Solvang here in CA a danish community….I would adore having this and make my own!

  8. says

    I gotta admit – when I first saw the Lodge pan at the store I thought it was for snails! I’ve had Aebleskivers and love ’em. So maybe the pan can do double duty! Escargot stuffed Aebleskivers anyone?

  9. Amanda Gerner says

    I love Lodge Cast Iron. I started my collection when we started camping with horses because it was primitive camping and we had to have good pans to cook over the fire.

  10. Theresa says

    My family has pecan orchards, so pecan-related desserts have always been a favorite: pecan pies, of course, but also a brown sugar/nutty bar treat that is sometimes called a “blondie” but has always been known to us as “Chewy Cake” :)

  11. Jennifer Nix says

    Fabulous description and tutorial! Thank you! I would LOVE to make these for Christmas morning! I really hope I win!!

  12. joyce says

    I Love Lodge cast iron…won’t cook with anything else! I’ve always wanted to try aebelskivers. They’ve always intrigued me, but I was never able to find a pan. They look so amazing!00000000000000000000000

  13. Jacyn F says

    Allllll of the cookies/bars that my family only makes during the holidays. I couldn’t choose just one…it’s all about the variety. :)

  14. Suzy says

    Those look delicious! And simple too.

    If I had to pick just one favorite dessert, it would have to be homemade Christmas cookies! A plate full of variety. Ummmmm!

  15. Paula Pardue says

    These Aebelskivers make my mouth water just looking at the pictures. Something I have never made, but would love to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Kathy says

    I have almost every lodge pan from the pizza pan to the chicken fryer, but I don’t have this one…win or buy, I have to have it!

    • says

      Hi Laura. Unfortunately, I don’t think mini muffin tins would work for these – the heavy cast iron is important so you can get the pan really hot – the muffin tins would burn at that temp and you wouldn’t be able to cook them on the stovetop in a muffin tin. Also, you need the spherical indentations to get pancake into the shape of balls. The round shape also makes it easy to slide the aebleskivers around – that maneuver wouldn’t work in a muffin tin. Maybe you’ll win one here. If not, maybe you can buy one from Lodge.

  17. Sherry Ray says

    These look like fun memories with the grandchildren on Christmas morning! If I counted pots, pan, skillets, cornstick pans, etc. cast iron cookware would come out a winner in my house!
    My favorite Christmas dessert? ONLY ONE??!! My grandmother’s fruit cake (Not Your Ordinary Fruitcake). Well, can’t stop at one: my mother’s chocolate pie and her German chocolate cake. I make a delicious New York style cheesecake and lots and lots of different cookies.

  18. Hilary says

    These look wonderful! My favorite holiday treats are my mum’s peanut butter balls (some people call them buckeyes). Yummo!

  19. Lauralee L. says

    I had these once at a friends for Christmas. They were so yummy. I would love to be able to start our own family tradition of making these for Christmas! I would have to say that my favorite Christmas desert is Christmas cookies.

  20. Mer says

    I’m a traditionalist….pumpkin pie is my favorite holiday dessert! It would be a lot of fun to cook traditional holiday foods of other cultures. And I always make a big breakfast for Christmas morning, and this would be a fantastic addition.

  21. Charlyene Cisneros says

    I lived with my grandmother and she would make them on the weekends for my brother and I. She didn’t fill them, just put powered sugar on them. We would eat until we couldn’t eat anymore. Love them. She passed and I never knew what happened to the pan. Must have

  22. Peggy D. says

    The image of melted chocolate inside an aebelskiver, which looks wonderful enough all by itself, made me immediately think of putting a little nugget of Nutella inside them instead. Must try it! Thanks for the inspiration!!


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