Danish Ebelskivers recipe


As I’ve mentioned before, I love breakfast foods. Whenever I visit my family in the Bay Area, I always look forward to having Danish ebelskivers for breakfast. My father’s side of the family is from Denmark, so I’ve been obsessed with ebelskivers for as long as I can remember.

Ebelskivers are traditional Danish pancakes, shaped like spheres and cooked in specially-made ebelskiver pans that you can find at places like Williams-Sonoma, Target, Wal-Mart and

They can be filled with fruit, chocolate, jam or cheese, but my family prefers to sprinkle them with powdered sugar or dip them in maple syrup (similar to traditional pancakes). Breakfast, light dinner, dessert or even hors d’oeuvres – name the meal and ebelskivers will make a great addition!

As long as you have an ebelskiver pan, they are very simple to make. There are more advanced, made-from-scratch recipes available in cookbooks and online, but my family prefers to just use a basic pancake recipe, modifying it slightly to make them perfectly fluffy and rounded.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: about 20 ebelskivers

2 cups Original Bisquick
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
2 tbs vegetable oil

Heat ebelskiver pan over medium heat. Grease pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir Bisquick, milk, egg yolks and vegetable oil until blended to make the ebelskiver batter. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into the ebelskiver batter in the large mixing bowl. Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, fill each ebelskiver pan hole to the top. Once the center bubbles slightly and edges become golden, use a spoon or toothpicks to carefully turn the ebelskivers so that the rounded part now faces upwards. Cook the other side until golden. Once both sides are cooked and ebelskivers are spherical, remove carefully and place on serving platter. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate syrup or any other topping/filling. Enjoy!

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • Brittany | Mar 3, 2011 at 8:09 am

    What a fun idea! Now you just need to teach us how to pronounce “ebelskivers!”

  • Amber | Mar 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Hilsen, Melissa! My family is Scandinavian, too, and I inherited my grandma’s aebelskiver cast iron pan. Love it! So tasty.

  • Barbara Nielsen Ward | Jan 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Melissa! My Fathers side of the family is also from Denmark and we have ebelskivers every Christmas morning. I see your last name is Nielsen. Is your family by any chance living in the Tacoma Washington area??

  • Sally Larhette | Feb 23, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Can’t wait to make thee. I have had the pan for years and did not know how easy Ebelskivers are!
    Thank you Melissa.

  • Sally Larhette | Feb 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Thank you Melissa, can’t wait to make these in a pan I have had for years and not used!

    sally larhette

  • Deborah | Nov 26, 2015 at 10:32 am

    These were really good! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Theresa Seem | Jun 23, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I married into a Norwegian family, and my husband’s brother married into a Danish family. These will be a big hit when the Danes visit over the summer. Quick tip: I put batter halfway up the cup, add chocolate, jam or berries, and then add more batter to fill the cup. The kids love discovering what’s in the center. It’s a little messy, so next time I’m going to try batter in a sandwich bag with a corner cut to squeeze the batter into the cup more evenly.

  • Brandon Smith | Jun 25, 2018 at 9:05 am

    That’s a great idea, Theresa! We’ll have to give that a try next time 🙂 Thanks for the tip!