Whole Wheat Aebleskiver Recipe

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Enjoy a traditional Danish treat when you make Aebleskiver with raspberry sauce. This simple recipe includes whole wheat flour and vanilla to enhance the “pancake puffs”.

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When I was a kid, one of our regular family outings was a trip to Solvang, California. It’s a little tourist town, inspired by Danish culture. Whenever relatives came to visit from the Midwest, it was inevitable that we would make the trek to Solvang, about 2 1/2 hours from my parents’ house.

Funnily enough, I ended up going to college about a half hour away from Solvang and played the tourist there with college friends. My sister Janel, and her husband bought their first home in Solvang. And today, my inlaws live about a ten-minute drive from this busy little town.

One of Solvang’s claim to fame is the delectable Danish pancake, the Aebleskiver. It’s basically a ball-shaped pancake with a taste similar to a waffle. 

I remember going with Gramma John to the little Solvang hardware store to buy an aebleskiver pan. My mom has one. Janel upgraded to this fancy-pants aebleskiver pan (pictured). I have a cast iron aebleskiver pan. It’s a family thing, apparently.

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While you do need special hardware to make aebleskiver, it doesn’t have to be an aebleskiver pan. Ha! We found out this summer that a cake pop maker works just as well.

And you thought a cake pop maker was just a unitasker. 😉

If you’ve got a cake pop/donut hole maker gathering dust somewhere, brush it off and make aebleskiver. Or if Santa wants to give you a fun gift, ask for a genuine aebleskiver pan.

My two cents: the aebleskiver pan is traditional, but baking them in the cake pop maker is easier and hands-free. However, the cake pop size puffs are somewhat smaller than the traditional ones. Choose your poison.

When I make these I use whole wheat flour and a dash of vanilla in an adaptation of my sister’s recipe. They are delicious both ways, just be sure to serve them with powdered sugar and homemade Raspberry Sauce.

Aebleskiver tend to be very popular near Christmas time, similar to the lefse that my Gramma John used to make at the holidays. Now’s a great time to try these out!

5 from 2 votes
Whole Wheat Aebleskiver Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Enjoy a traditional Danish treat when you make Aebleskiver with raspberry sauce. This simple recipe includes whole wheat flour and vanilla to enhance the "pancake puffs".
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Eastern European
Keyword: aebleskiver
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 213 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter plus additional for brushing pan
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • powdered sugar and raspberry sauce for serving
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff.
  2. In a large mixing mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla extract.
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and stir until smooth. Fold in the stiff egg whites.
  4. Heat the aebleskiver pan or cake pop maker. Brush the cups with melted butter. Fill the cups and cook. If you are using an aebleskiver pan, once the bottoms are cooked, use a skewer to turn them over and continue cooking. They will form a ball-shaped pancake.
  5. If you are using a cake pop maker, follow the manufacturer’s directions. Alternatively, you can bake this batter in a waffle maker. It won’t be an aebleskiver, but it will be delicious.
  6. Serve aebleskiver with powdered sugar and raspberry sauce.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts do not include raspberry sauce and powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Aebleskiver Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 344mg15%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 333IU7%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kathy says

    I think it is funny, when I see traditional Danish food made in other countries 🙂 I’m not really THAT crazy about æbleskiver and I don’t own an æbleskivepan, but I am thinking about buying one 😉 Luckily, you can buy æbleskiver frozen and just heat them in the oven, and if you get the organic kind, they are actually quite good!

    Æbleskiver are always eaten around Christmastime (served with glögg, which is warm wine with spices, raisins and almonds) and then disappear the rest of the year. December is cold and dark in Denmark, so something warm to eat and drink is appreciated. You can serve them with icing sugar and the jam of your choice, but I have never seen them served without strawberry jam. So if you want to serve them “Danish style”, strawberry jam is a must 🙂

    There are a lot of different recipes for æbleskiver, and some include apples, grated or diced. But you are right, most people don’t add apples anymore.

    I hope you have a happy Holiday!

    Kathy in Denmark

    • I was thinking about you when I was writing this, Kathy, and wondering what the real story was. LOL! The Danes in Solvang swear by raspberry jam. I wonder how that got tweaked.

      Thanks for giving us authentic input! Happy Holidays to you!

  2. Oh dear, I have a pan; completely forgotten about it ! Thank you for reminding me 🙂 Great breakfast or dessert. Have a happy holidays !

  3. Linda says

    I grew up going to Solvang too. We always looked forward to going there. I love æbleskiver (My mom was Swedish and she spelled it with out the A) I have 2 cast iron pans because they get eaten up quickly in my house. We have powered sugar, strawberry jam or maple syrup with them. Thanks for a “different” recipe. I’m going to try yours. It will be after the new year because we are booked until then. Something for me to look forward to in 2017.

  4. JMB says

    5 stars
    These are delicious! Amazing! My kids ate them so fast I didn’t get any until I filched them from the third pan before putting them in a serving dish.

    Used Bobs Red Mill pastry whole wheat flour and Kodiak Cakes super fruit syrup. No modification to recipe.

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