Aebleskiver - The Original Recipe for Danish Pancake Balls (2024)

by Tina Møller

In December, we are going to have a lot of aebleskiver here in Denmark, and the best kind is the homemade ones. Here you get our recipe for traditional danish aebleskiver with buttermilk. We think this gives the perfect taste and texture, just as old-fashioned original danish pancake balls should be.

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What is aebleskiver?

The correct Danish name is Æbleskiver, and the name means directly translated “Apple slices”. In the old days we used to put apples inside, but today it is often left out. The name sticks tough. The dough is sweet and taste like pancakes – therefore many people call them Danish Pancake Balls.

The circular shapes are from the cast iron pan they are baked in. Yes, we say “to bake aebleskiver”, even though they are fried in butter in a pan on the stove. Non the less, they taste amazing, and you have to try them if you never had the chance. They are served with icing sugar and jam as a dipping sauce.

How to make homemade aebleskiver?

Many people think it’s hard to make aebleskiver on your own. But it’s really not, you just have to find the right technique and turn them around at the right time, then you get beautiful and round aebleskiver every time.

For our recipe you will need:

  • Eggs, they must be divided into yolks and whites.
  • Buttermilk
  • All purpose flour
  • Soda
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Lemon zest
  • Cardamom
  • Stuffing if you like, for example, apple pieces or prunes.

Of course, it is important that you get the dough done right, but it is difficult to make wrong. I usually use the blender. All ingredients except the egg whites are blended together and the dough is refrigerated.

Then whisk the egg whites stiff and turn them in the dough. Here you need to pay close attention when the egg whites are going in the dough. They must first be whipped completely stiff, and then gently blended in the dough so that they do not lose too much air. Use a spatula to turn the egg whites into the dough.

Then you are ready to bake your aebleskiver in an ableskive pan.

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The trick to round pancake balls

It’s all about technique and timing. First thing is to fill the hole in the pan completely! It should also be quite hot so that the dough on the edge cooks quickly. When you’re done filling up the dough in all the holes, start turning them immediately.

First, turn the aebleskiver a quarter turn so that half of the baked bottom comes up over the edge. Once you’ve done it all the way around, turn it over the last quarter to close the circular aebleskive. If you haven’t got quite enough dough in, you can also refill with a little dough before turning the aebleskive the last quarter and closing it.

Also remember to add pieces of apple before closing it completely if you want it in. Then you bake the aebleskiver until they are baked all the way through while you turn them regularly.

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Mulled wine and aebleskiver

You can hardly say aebleskiver without also saying mulled wine or Danish Gløgg. It’s a Danish Christmas tradition, and the two go hand in hand. If you want to serve a nice homemade white mulled wine, we have shared the recipe for apple mulled wine here.

Save the leftovers

If you don’t eat all the delicious danish pancake balls right away, they can easily be stored for the next day in a plastic bag, or you can put them in the freezer. They can then be heated in the oven again.

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Recipe for Danish pancake balls / Aebleskiver

Here’s our recipe for homemade old-fashioned airy aebleskiver. They taste absolutely amazing of Christmas, lemon, and cardamom.

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Recipe for Aebleskiver

Original Danish Pancake Balls called aebleskivers. We eat them in the month leading up to christmas. You need a special Aebleskiver pan to make them, but they are pretty easy to make.

5 from 1 vote

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 50 minutes mins

Cooling 30 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine Danish

Servings 30 pieces

Calories 57 kcal



  • 3 eggs divided into yoaks and whites
  • 4 dl buttermilk or sour cream
  • 240 g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest finely grated
  • 1 tsp cardamom ground

Filling (optional):

  • 2 apples in small cubes

For frying:

  • 20 g butter


  • Put all the ingredients for the dough – EXCEPT THE EGG WHITES – in a blender, and blend until the dough has an even consistency. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

  • Then beat the egg whites until forming stiff peaks and fold them carefully into the dough without beating too much air out of them.

  • Heat an aebleskive pan on the stove. It should be on medium heat, and be well warmed up before you start baking.

  • First, melt a little butter in each hole and then fill the holes with dough. Once you have dough in all the holes, turn the apple slices over. Turn them first a quarter turn, and when you have reached all the way around, turn them the last quarter turn so that they close and become completely round. If you have not filled enough dough in, you can refill them a little before turning the last quarter turn, but it should not be necessary. This is also where you can get a few apple cubes inside the aebleskiver if you like.

  • Then bake the apple slices while turning regularly. It takes about 5 minutes on medium heat to bake them through.

  • Take the aebleskiver off the pan and place them in a dish. Cover them with tin foil and keep them warm in the oven at 50 degrees celcius while you bake the rest.

  • Once all the aebleskivers are baked, sprinkle them with icing sugar and serve with your favorite jam.

  • Merry Christmas!


Calories: 57kcal

Keyword Aebleskivers, Danish Christmas food, Danish pancake balls, Ebleskiver, Real danish Aebleskiver, Traditional danish food

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What is the difference between Ebelskiver and Æbleskiver? ›

Whether you refer to them as aebleskiver or ebelskiver (same pronunciation, different spelling), the actual word in Danish is Æbleskiver and it means "apple slices" because traditionally these were made by putting a small slice of apple in the center while cooking them.

What does Æbleskiver mean in English? ›

One of the most popular Danish Christmas treats is Æbleskiver. The name literally means “apple slices” in Danish as they were originally filled with small pieces of apple or applesauce.

What is the tradition of Æbleskiver? ›

Like most family traditions, the æbleskiver just sort of happened. However, æbleskivers are a Christmas tradition in Nordic countries (and are considered a dessert rather than breakfast, but the Rowsons are a rule-breaking bunch). It directly translates to “apple slices,” but apples aren't used in contemporary recipes.

What else can you use an Æbleskiver pan for? ›

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Where did Ebelskivers originate? ›

Ebelskivers are of Danish origin and are popular in parts of the U.S. with sizable Scandinavian populations.

What's the difference between poffertjes and aebleskiver? ›

Aebleskiver are essentially Danish pancakes that are a bit bigger than Dutch poffertjes. See them as little pancakes that you can fill with whatever you like!

What Danish means? ›

Danish means relating to or belonging to Denmark, or to its people, language, or culture.

What do you use Le Creuset skillet for? ›

A hard-working culinary classic, the enameled cast iron Signature Skillet is ideal for kitchen tasks like searing, pan-frying, one pan meals and even baking. Our legendary enameled cast iron heats gradually and evenly, but stays hot throughout the cooking process.

What is a Paniyaram pan? ›

Paniyaram Pan is also known as Appe Pan, Appam Pan, or Paniyara Kal in South India. It can be used to make delicious Paniyarams, Appams, or even Karandi Omelettes. Kuzhi Paniyaram can be a go-to dish to cook for busy people as it is so simple to make and constitutes a quite filling meal too!

When were Ebelskivers invented? ›

The earliest known aebleskiver pans are more than 300 years old and were made from hammered copper.

Can you freeze Ebelskiver? ›

Can you freeze ebelskivers? Yes, you can freeze the cooked ebelskivers, but not the batter. Store them in an air-tight, freezer safe container or bag.

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