Making Aebleskiver

Aebleskiver Recipe (via A Beautiful Mess) On a recent trip my friend, Cayt, introduced me to Aebleskiver (also called filled pancakes). I was so excited that I purchased a pan immediately. Jeremy and I have been trying different flavors and variations for a month or so. It's been super fun. Here are a few of my favorite fillings: Aebleskiver filling ideasNutella was an obvious choice. I also love mixing local jams with brie. Any kind of peanut butter or almond butter is amazing, and lemon curd was my surprise favorite! Gluten Free Aebleskiver RecipeI make a gluten free version at home with Pamela's Baking Mix (our favorite!) and then add flavors to each mix. Here is a recipe if you want to try making your own. My version is similar, with the gluten free mix replacing most of the ingredients, except eggs, milk and butter. Aebleskiver flavor ideas My favorite flavor combinations (so far) are cinnamon and sugar batter with Nutella filling, poppy seed batter with lemon curd filling and cheddar herb batter with brie. 

Have you tried Aebleskiver? If you have any delicious flavor ideas, please share! We love finding new food obsessions, and these are definitely our current favorite breakfast at home. xoxo. Elsie 

  • I am from Denmark, so æbleskiver is a tradition every christmas and they are delicious. Normally you eat them with marmelade and sugar, however the more modern way of eating them is with Nutella and Peanutbutter. My father makes them with dates in the middle, however i would NOT recommend that 😀

  • I made some of these once with some veggies I had around – tomatoes, onions (squash would be good), sauteed with some garlic chutney and yogurt

    of course i used a non-sweet batter for them but they were gone in 5 minutes at the brunch I brought them to

  • i married into aebleskivers since my hubby’s family is danish. let me tell you, nothing beats the “recipe from the old country” that was handed down to me. simple and strait forward, super light and tender. we typically role them in cinnamon and sugar or fill with strawberry rhubarb jam. love this yummy family tradition that i have been so blessed to become a part of.

  • Is Tour friend from Denmark? Aebleskiver is danish (we Call it æbleskiver). On Denmark it’s a tradition to get Them at xmas *<|:)

  • At first I thought it was Takuyaki! LoL Takuyaki is also a pan but is mixed with veggies and squid and shaped into a ball! But I love this recipe! Will definitely make one now! Thanks!

  • I think I’m almost as excited about you using a gluten free mix to make these as I am about making them myself! I’ve recently been put on a gluten-free diet and am finding it hard to find yummy substitutes for flour. This gives me lots of hope! haha

  • Ha ha! That is so cool! I´m from Denmark and we eat aebleskiver very often but i have never seen a recipe like this! I´m gonna try it! ;D

  • I’ve tried them in Solvang. They are delicious! I had never heard of them before going to visit that little town. Yum!

  • I just made some cinnamon apple ones in a cake pop maker and they turned out fantastic! Thanks so much for this post! I found so many new recipes that I’m excited to try!

  • Wow i have never hard of these before but they look delicious! I love finding savoury, vegetarian breakfast options, thanks

  • I thought this was a Danish well kept secret 🙂 How great to see these fluffy little things have traveled the world -and made it to your fantastic blog!
    Fill them with apple compote 😉 That’s my secret.

  • I love them! my dad, who’s Danish used to make them for us as kids and now my sister makes them. I think they are nicest with some home made jam 🙂

  • Oh my, what a nice thing to see! My favorite Christmas “meal”.
    I’m from Denmark, and we normally just eat them with jam and sugar or icing sugar.
    Actually æbleskiver means “apple slices”, but it has nothing to do with apples anyway, but I guess we Danes are like that sometimes – naming out food wierd stuff 😉

  • I encountered æbleskiver a couple of years ago, when I moved to Denmark, thought it was kind of strange that they called them æbleskiver as apples weren’t a part of the recipe… I’m amazed how perfectly sphere shaped you’ve made them! And also, I’m amazed reading about how many of you Americans who actually own an æbleskiver pan – I live in Denmark and haven’t had a thought on buying one! 🙂
    My sister in law makes them with a little lemon zest and vanilla in the batter, a fresh aroma to combine with fruits and jams. Your flavor combinations sounds delicious!

    Valentina, you can only get that sphere shape using the æbleskiver pan i guess, but if you only have an ordinary frying pan you can make tiny pancakes and put the filling on top instead…it will probably taste almost the same.


  • Æbleskiver means apple slices, and traditionally they were stuffed with fresh apple slices in the middle 😉
    From all the other comments I guess you figured out that it is a christmas dish in here in Denmark!
    I love your blog.

    – greetings form the north.

    that looks so delicious
    am curious to try the lemon curd..hmm

  • I’ve made chocolate blueberry ebelskivers before. I always have trouble keeping the second round from burning though. I think it would be easier on a gas stove. Now that the power is back, I may make some tomorrow!


  • Wow I’m so happy to find that you’ve discovered æbleskiver! They are one my family’s favorite traditions from my mom’s family in Denmark, and I love sharing them with friends. Even though they are technically a Christmas treat, my family makes them for breakfast the way you would with pancakes or waffles. It’s good that the batter works with all three!

    Our favorite way to eat them is to actually make them unfilled, but then dip them in black current preserves and then in sugar. I had them just this morning in fact. Yum!

  • Sounds yummy!! Will have to try these out, it would be fun to try out different combinations. Thanks for posting, I have never heard of these before 🙂

  • Can’twait to try!!

    In Holland we have something similar calles poffertjes. Here’s the ingredients:

    100 g plain flower
    pinch of salt
    30 g sugar
    1/2 dried yeast (7g)
    1 egg
    1 1/2 dl milk at room temp
    To cover after baking:
    Small lumps of butter and powderd sugar
    It’s baked in the same pan you used 🙂 They are yummmm

  • Anything lemon & poppy seed is a winner in my books! Ive never heard nor seen these little pancake beauties before… but I surely want a go! Cheese ones too! Eeek! I might have to gets me a pan <3

  • In the Netherlands we call them Poffertjes! You can buy them on the street, where they also sell Stroopwafels. I think you would really love stroopwafels! Let me know if you tried them!

  • My grandmother makes them a lot. She always puts raisins and sugar in them and when they are done some powder sugar on top. They are so delicious! Especially when eaten warm.

  • YUM! Love how you can make them sweet AND savoury!

    Maria xx

  • I love æbleskiver!! In Denmark where the æbleskiver are from, we eat them during the Christmas month, and in the original recipe, you fill them with an apple slice, and when you eat them you dip them in jam and icing sugar… and if it’s to be truly Danish you drink glögg 🙂

  • Pancake puffs! Or at least that’s what we call them (My and my sisters). My older sister has that same pan and makes me and my younger sister from time to time. Our latest favorite is pumpkin spice pancake puffs with maple syrup. So yummy!

  • We usually eat these for Christmas. My boyfriend’s family introduced me to these about seven years ago. Went out and bought a pan and have made them each year since. My favorite is sticking a little chunk of fruit on the inside- usually apple or banana, then dipping them in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar. Yummy!

  • Wow, they have something similar except savoury and filled with bits of octopus in Japan. They’re called takoyaki and I love them! Buying the special pan seemed a waste of time for only making one food item, but now that I know I can use the same pan to make desserts too… hmm… now I have so many ideas! Thank you!

  • I love that commenters are mentioning Solvang, that’s what I immediately thought when I saw this post since it’s about 40 minutes from where I live! They’re so delicious! Ooh Nutella would be good.

  • These look amazing!! I’m going to try making these in my cake pop maker on the weekend!

  • Oh! This is so similar to the Japanese Takoyaki here in Asia! Except well we use Tako( octupus) as filling and other fillings as well like prawn, bacon and cheese etc and then we drizzle gindako sauce and mayonaise and sprinkle cuttlefish flakes over it. It’s such a popular street food here in Singapore.

    Maybe you can try that with your pan? Not sure if the pancake recipe is the same though and it may be difficult for you to get the sauce and fish flakes over there

  • Mmmmm… that looks amazing, I’ve never tried it, but I’ll make them at home, with nutella! 🙂


  • OMG – these looks SOOO GOOD! I want some now!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog:

  • My mom used to make these for us all the time….I’m 33 and literally realized last year that it wasn’t a word she had made up.

    Never tried them filled though!! We usually put butter and brown sugar or syrup on them 🙂

  • Æbleskriver is truly one of my favorite Christmas foods here in Denmark. They’re delicious with powdered sugar and raspberry jam!

  • This is the first time I’ve heard of ‘filled pancakes’. They look like jumbo donut holes, but if they’re filled with Nutella… OMG heaven! Almond butter would be so delicious, too.
    I thought of some creative ideas… fig and honey, or an eggs/salsa scrambled pancake for a complete breakfast! Throw in some bacon for extra flavor 🙂

  • Hey all ya Danes out there!!
    You are only telling part of the truth about Danish æbleskive-tradition.. The newer part of the tradition is how you describe; to eat them around Christmas time dipping them in sugar and/or marmelade (and maybe even together with glögg). BUT like two generations ago and in earliere times they would be cooked with a piece of apple inside – that’s why they are called ‘apple slices’.
    Since my mom is from the island of Amager I know about another æbleskive-tradition: We have this ‘event’ in February or March called Fastelavn, where the men on Amager are dressing themselves up in beatiful traditional suits and their horses in shell harnesses and they are visiting all the bigger houses in the area. Each house will provide a little alcoholic drink (it’s pretty cold this time a year) and some food. And here the hot æbleskiver with plum pieces inside have been served for hundreds of years.
    When I was a child my dad would cook us æbleskiver every second Sunday (pancakes the other Sundays) for dinner – yum yum!

    Just some fun little æbleskive-stories 😀

  • LOVE these! The Japanese have a similar version’s called -takoyaki (“octopus grill/cook”). Street vendors sell them for dinner (and are very entertaining to watch cook them)but when I lived there we had dinner parties with one round being dinner(filled with pickeled ginger, cheese, etc) and second being dessert (pancakes with chocolate, anko/sweet bean paste, marshmellows, and loads of peanut butter). So fun and interactive for a dinner with friends 🙂

    I have a machine like this-

    xoxo mary

  • This is just what I needed – I got a pan for a wedding gift and have yet to use it. Thanks for the ideas!

  • These look yummy.
    I’ve also had pancake balls in a couple of countries in Africa, funnily enough a child’s mum at my school (I’m a teacher) brought some in today to share as their class were doing a project on Africa, she served them in syrup
    Perfect for friday!

  • Hi, unrelated to this post, but I was disgusted to find that somebody had taken an entire post from your bog and posted it on their blog, with no credit given to you, no link, no name, no nothing, here is the link to their post

    Love your blog btw

    Sara xox

  • I have never heard of these before, but they look super delicious. I love the idea of lemon and poppy seed! And brie is pretty much good in anything so there’s that…


  • I have never ever heard of this! But is sounds and looks amazing! I want to try.

  • Are those, what we call them in Croatia – krafne?! 😀,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38093640&biw=1920&bih=979&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=emWdUO7GJ4WSswanyoGgDw
    Those are actually donuts we eat here. I mean, krafna means donut.

  • I couldn’t help but laugh a little at your term “aebleskivers”.
    I’ll tell you that “aebleskiver” is plural already 😉
    It means “apple slices” and refers to the fact that it used to have a slice of apple baked into the middle back in the old days “when grandma was little” or whatever 😉

    Anyway i never heard of making them with a filling before – i’m curious to try this.
    Æbleskiver is a traditional danish christmas treat. It’s really the one thing we all love about christmas but also forgets throughout the year and then “rediscover” around november 🙂

  • It looks great. I would try it with nutella. Nice evening.

  • It looks like you could make takoyaki with that pan!! I’d suggest you try it out – it’s suddenly a multifunctional pan, and takoyaki is delicious 😀

  • Never heard of this but it looks delicious! x

  • Yummy! They look so good!

    – Courtney

  • These look so strange. I even never heard of it. But the fillings look so yummy so I bet the pancakes should be good

  • Very interesting! I have never heard of these before, but they sure do sound tasty. Being a lover of lemon flavor, I think the lemon curd filling would be my favourite too.


  • Yummy! Those look so good!


  • I’ve grown up eating them, they are so good! I first tried them in Solvang, CA and my dad makes them at home. My favorite way to have them is with powdered sugar and maple syrup or raspberry jam.

  • my aebleskiver pan was one of my favorite wedding gifts! these are so great – and one of my very favorite danish traditions. thanks for sharing!

  • How fun to see a Scandinavian treat featured on the blog! I’m Norwegian and I love æbleskiver. (The ae come together to make an extra letter in the Norwegian and Danish languages.) Have alovely weekend, one and all!

  • Ummm yummm… does it get better than this! That looks amazing. Xo Inna from BAKING IN COUTURE

  • Oh this is so funny to read since I’m danish. The traditional danish way is regular I gues, served with jam and sugar. My grandmother always makes them with a bit of mashed plum in the middle og you should try with some apple (æble means apple in danish). Also I use cardamom in my æbleskiver.

    Enjoy 🙂

  • These look amazing! Def going to try making these 🙂 Thank you for sharing your favourites!

    Lulu x

  • At first i had no clue what these were & to be honest still don’t. But anything with nutella or chocolate for that matter is delicious. I must try these!

    Miss chocoholic

  • I have a cake pop pan that might work with this, never thought to just use pancake batter though – may have to test that out this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Strive to Thrive,

  • I have never even heard of these before, but when you said Nutella, you had me! I would totally try this!

  • Haha when i saw the name “making aebleskivers” i thought whaaaaat?! That’s danish 🙂 weeeeee..

    I love æbleskiver (apple slices) and it is tradition to get them at christmas time here in denmark.. Either with sugar, marmelade or my favourite icing sugar..

    Aaaand then a good cup of glögg!! Mmmmmm then it is christmas in Denmark 🙂

  • I love aebleskievers! We got a pan a few years ago. I’ve always loved them with lemon curd the best. Will definitely have to try adding poppy seeds though next time!

  • My great grandparents came to America from Denmark, so my family has a lot of Danish culture to it. My grandma always made us aebleskiver for breakfast, but never filled them with anything. I always top them with chokecherry syrup. My mom gave me a pan for our wedding, but I have never successfully made them into perfect spheres. — guess I’m not a true Dane. Definitely want to try your combinations.

  • Being a dane from the little kingdom of Denmark, the very place these little darlings comes from, I sure have. Many times.

    In Denmark they are considered a Christmas snack/cake, served with marmalade and sprinkled with icing sugar.

    Of course served (for the adults) with a cup of glögg (traditional nordic mulled wine). It’s so delicious!

  • Cherished childhood memory: my grandmother standing at the stove, flipping aebleskiver with her crochet hook. ♥

  • I’ve eaten these since I was a kid thanks to my mom’s Danish heritage! The original item aren’t usually filled (at most- in my house- maybe with a chunk of apple or two), just little round gems of delicious softness. These flavor ideas look delicious though, I’ll definitely have to try some new combos! Thanks 🙂

  • You made my day with posting a gluten free recipe! My immediate thought when I saw them was “Oh those look amazing, I wish I could eat them!” I’m so happy that I can! I’m gonna try these with nutella this weekend. Thanks so much!

  • Are you gluten free? I hope this means there will be some good gluten-free recipes coming to your site! Maybe Emma can help with a recipe to make a good GF cupcake/cake without using a storebought mix! Mine attempts are okay, but not great….

  • Another Dane here, so I eat aebleskiver (no S at the end, “skiver” is already plural, wink wink) every year around X-mas time – this is part of the Danish x-mas tradition. In Denmark we typically eat them with powdered sugar and jam and with it we drink glögg (mulled wine). The mere thought of them makes we wish it was december already! Yum!

  • Æbleskiver (that’s how to spell them if you want to be completely correct) are absolutely one of my favorite things about Christmas i Denmark. You usually eat them with some jam and sugar to dip in, but I’m definitely going to try with nutella – can’t believe I never thought of that!!

  • I’d never have thought of eating œbleskiver with a filling but those looks delicious! In Denmark we only eat them the traditional way: dipped in powered sugar and/or jam (also, it’s traditionally a Christmas treat, though I like to eat them year round. Yum!)

  • Have you ever been to solving in California? They have the best ones in that small Danish town. I’ve been eating them since I was a child and like them best served traditionally with powdered sugar and raspberry jam.

  • I love Aebleskivera, but I’ve only ever had them at Solvang, this adorable touristy Danish town near Santa Barbara, CA. They usually sell theirs plain with some jam on the side a bit of whipped cream. It’s one of my favorite things to do whenever I visit.

    If you ever have a chance, I totally recommend going there, it’s super kitschy with lots of pastry shops and souvenir stores.

  • Being Danish, I love aebleskiver. I use my great grandmother’s pan. I can’t wait to try some of your flavor combos.

    I also want to take this opportunity to tell you how lovely your blog is. Both you and Emma are so delightful. Thank you for always brightening my day.

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