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Aebleskivers are spherical pancakes from Denmark. They're extremely fun to make. You can fill them will delicious treats, sweet or savory. The room lights up with excitement when you bring out a platter of these festive pancake balls.

Aebleskiver Recipe

  • Author: Lisa
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


Festive Danish pancake balls, plain or stuffed with chocolate, apples or jam. Traditional for Christmas breakfast and dessert.



Equipment: A cast iron aebleskiver pan. A pair of pointed knitting needles or two long bamboo skewers.

  • Butter or oil for greasing the pan

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 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


  • Powdered sugar
  • Jam


  1. In a medium sized bowl mix dry ingredients: flour (2 cups), sugar (2 tablespoons), baking powder (1 teaspoon), baking soda (1/2 teaspoon), salt (1/2 teaspoon), and cardamom if using (1/2 teaspoon). In a separate large bowl whisk buttermilk (2 cups), eggs (2) and vanilla  (1 teaspoon). 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 1/4 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 1/4 to 1/2 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 1/4 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 the turns 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 done.
  3. Arrange aeblesivers on a platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm with jam or other toppings on the side. Enjoy!


Make these ahead and freeze them: Aebleskiver pancakes freeze well. Freeze them in an airtight container and reheat them on a baking tray in a 325ºF oven for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Breakfast or Dessert
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Danish

Keywords: pancake balls, Danish pancake balls, Danish pancakes