Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (2024)

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Ebelskivers are small Danish pancakes made in a special pan that are to-die-for! This traditional recipe is made with simple ingredients and tastes delicious dipped in jam, chocolate, or maple syrup!

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Why I Love Ebelskivers:

  • This ebelskiver recipe has been in the family for 4 generations! I love making these puff pancakes on Christmas morning for all the kids to enjoy. They are also great at our traditional minimalist Christmas party.
  • I love topping them with simple syrup or powdered sugar for extra sweetness. Maple syrup is another great topping or you can stuff them with applesauce or jam. If you don’t have syrup, here is a substitute for maple syrup list of 10 options.
  • Another great thing about this recipe, like our gluten free pancake mix, is that the ingredients are pantry staples! Flour, eggs, buttermilk, salt, etc. are super easy ingredients that make such delicious pancakes.

What is an ebelskiver pan?

An ebelskiver pan is usually cast iron pans but it can also be made from ceramic or another material. I prefer the cast iron as it gives the most authentic ebelskiver recipe.

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Is Ebelskiver mix the same as pancake mix?

Although ebelskiver and pancakes are similar, they’re not the same thing. Ebelskiver is more of a mix between a donut and a pancake. Ebelskiver turns out fluffy and with a perfect golden brown crust while pancakes tend to be flatter.

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How to Make Ebelskivers:

Combine: Combine egg yolks, buttermilk, and sugar into a small bowl until mixed.

Mix: Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add egg yolk mixture and combine. Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes.

Whisk: Beat two egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form and fold into pancake batter.

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Pour: Pour batter into a hot and heavily greased ebelskiver pan. Pour each cup until 3/4 full.

Turn: When batter starts to bubble, make quarter turns with a knitting needle or wooden skewer until a ball forms. Turn until golden and the needle inserted comes out clean.

Serve: Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with jam, chocolate, maple syrup, simple syrups, or your favorite topping. Serve with melted butter for a more savory ebelskiver.

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Make Ahead, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions:

To make ahead: Make the recipe according to directions and freeze until you’re ready to eat.

To freeze: Pop these heavenly pancakes into an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.

To reheat: Reheat these ebelskivers in the microwave, oven, or even air fryer. I like to reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes because they come out with the perfect crust.

Recipe Variations:

  • Apple pie: During the first quarter turn, add a small amount of cooked apple pie filling to the little pocket that forms in the batter.
  • Nutella: During the first quarter turn, when that little pocket forms, add a small dollop of Nutella to the batter.
  • Cinnamon and sugar: Drizzle a tiny bit of melted butter over the top of the ebelskiver and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • Ham and cheese: Once again, during that first quarter turn, add a bit of chopped ham (diced very small) and grated cheese to that little pocket of batter that forms.

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Ebelskiver Recipe

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Ebelskivers are small Danish pancakes made in a special pan that are to-die-for! This traditional recipe is made with simple ingredients and tastes delicious dipped in jam, chocolate, or maple syrup!

Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 20 minutes mins

Resting Time30 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Denmark

Keyword: breakfast, ebelskiver, gluten-free

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 185kcal




*I recommend using a cast iron ebelskiver pan. The flavor is more authentic and they are very easy to use.

Pro tip: You can serve with melted butter for a savory flavored ebelskiver.

How to turn an ebelskiver

Turning an ebelskiver is not as hard as it may seem! When the batter starts to bubble, make quarter turns with a wooden skewer or needle until a ball forms. Continue turning until need inserted comes out clean.

What goes with ebelskiver?

I like serving ebelskiver with sausage patties, bacon, or other breakfast foods. Ebelskiver also tastes great paired with fresh fruit like apple slices!

Can you reheat ebelskivers?

Yes! You can reheat these ebelskivers in the microwave, oven, or even air fryer. I like to reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes because they come out with the perfect crust.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg

This post was originally published December 7, 2019 but has since been updated with more in-depth information.

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  1. Jean says

    Do you bake in oven or top of stove? What temperature do you cook at?


    • Chandice says

      They are made in an abelskiver pan on the stove over medium heat. Thanks, enjoy 🙂


  2. Nancy says

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    It’s a family tradition to make ebskeivers so it made me happy to find your recipe! I love when other people know about them! I always struggle flipping them though, so thank you for your tips!


  3. Cathleen says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (10)
    I love this recipe so much!! I was afraid of turning them, but your steps and tips made it a breeze. Thanks so much for this recipe, I will definitely make it again 🙂


    • Chandice says

      Thanks Cathleen, I am so glad you love it as much as we do!


  4. silvia says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (11)
    Our family is part Swedish and one of my sister in law has an ebelskiver pan she brings to every family get-together. We love making them together, I really like your recipe because it calls for gluten-free flour which I had at home. So easy to prepare and they were delish!

    • Chandice says

      Thanks Silvia, what an honor that another Swedish gal like myself loves it as much as I do. Thanks!


  5. Jacqueline Debono says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (12)
    I definitely want to find a ebelskiver pan. These little puff pancakes are so good even borrowing one. Your Christmas party looked so friendly, cosy and warm. I want to delve deeper into the hygee lifestyle!


    • Leslie says

      I purchased my pan on Amazon, wish I would have looked deeper and bought a cast iron. Kids will move out and take this one, then I will get cast iron. I’m ok with the one I have now, but they really need the crust that only cast iron can deliver.


  6. Kayla DiMaggio says

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    What a fun recipe! I have never even heard of Ebelsivers before but they were so fun to make and delicious!


    • Chandice says

      Thanks Kayla, so glad you loved them!


  7. Tammy says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (14)
    I’ve seen Ebelskiver around during the holiday season but I had never made it myself! It was so delicious and I cannot wait to try them again!


  8. Adriana says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (15)
    I am so glad I found your recipe for ebelskiver as I have the cast iron gadget to make them but have never used it. Your ebelskivers are so good!


  9. Heather Perine says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (16)
    Had never tried to make ebelskivers..but they looked like so much fun! Definitely going to make them again 🙂


  10. Amanda Dixon says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (17)
    I made these ebelskiver over the holidays, and everyone loved them! They came out perfectly light and fluffy and were super simple — thanks for a new holiday tradition.


  11. Rebecca says

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    I had never heard of these little Danish pancakes, but they looked so delicious that I had to try them. They are so good! I think we’ll be making these often!


    • Chandice says

      Thanks Rebecca, that means so much to me to hear! 🙂


  12. Lauren Michael Harris says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (19)
    These little pancakes are so cute! I’d never heard of ebelskiver before, but by looking at the ingredients I knew we would love them. This was a fun baking day with my son!


  13. Marisa F. Stewart says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (20)
    I’ve always wanted to try these treats. We had a neighbor who gave us some as a treat but then she moved so I couldn’t get her recipe. Thank you so much. These sound exactly as what she had. I making them ASAP for my family — they loved them when she gave them to us.


  14. Neha says

    I must say those Ebelskivers look so cute and yum, I need them in my life! Loving all your festive click and that sweater of yours.


    • Chandice says

      Thanks Neha, they are a fun family recipe passed down for generations. 🙂


  15. Leslie says

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    I am totally smitten with your Ebelskiver Recipe. These look so light, fluffy, and delicious!


    • Chandice says

      Thanks Leslie! They are super fluffy and yummy!


  16. veenaazmanov says

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    Best when kids and their friends are around for a surprise snack. This is so easy and definitely quick to enjoy too.


    • Chandice says

      Aww thanks! Definitely a great surprise snack!


  17. Andrea says

    This year now more than ever, we all really need some more hygge in our lives! Lovely post and thank you for the recipe. I’ve had these cookies but never thought I could make them on my own!


    • Chandice says

      Hi Andrea, yes a bit of extra Hygge is what we all need. 🙂 These are actually little pancakes not cookies but I still encourage you to try them!


  18. Beth says

    Ebelskiver Recipe (Easy and Delicious!) (23)
    I almost bought an ebleskiver pan the other day but it wasn’t cast iron. Now I’m glad I waited for your suggestion of the cast iron. They look so easy and so good!


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