Sunday, December 20, 2009


or whatever they are called.

Chris' family introduced me to "aebleskivers" last Christmas. I have to say, I was quite shocked that it took them 5 years to introduce the doughy goodness to me.

Aebleskivers are little round filled pancakes. You make them in an aebleskiver pan like this:

You fill each well of the pan with batter and filling and let it cook much like a pancake. When the batter starts to bubble, you very carefully flip the half cooked dough ball over. In our house this involves a fork and a chopstick.

I *think* they are traditionally filled with apples or some sort of fruit filling, but we used a cinnamon sugar filling that is heavenly.  Adam and Kelsey introduced us to the recipe last Christmas and we have made them several times since, this morning included. I can see Aebleskeebies becoming a Christmas breakfast tradition in our house. Olive LOVED them. She would scarf one down and with her mouth still full say "more? more?"

The recipes calls for a cream cheese frosting, but honestly, we think that makes them too sweet. They were plenty sweet without it. But, to each their own!

Cinnamon Filled Aebleskivers
(adapted from


For the cinnamon filling:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes,
      at room temperature (we nuked it until very soft)

For the cream cheese frosting: (not necessary in our opinion)

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. milk

For the pancakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
To make the cinnamon filling:
Stir together the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and, using the back of a spoon, mash the butter into the flour mixture until all of it is absorbed into the butter, forming a paste. Set aside.

To make the cream cheese frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar, reduce the speed to low and beat until combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 3 Tbs. of the milk and beat until combined, about 1 minute. The frosting should be thick but still pourable; add more milk if needed to thin it. Transfer the frosting to a small bowl; set aside.

To make the pancakes:
 In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. In another bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the milk and the 4 Tbs. melted butter. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture until well combined; the batter will be lumpy. Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter in two additions.

Put 1/8 tsp. melted butter in each well of a filled-pancake pan (or spray with cooking spray). Set over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to bubble. Pour 1 Tbs. batter into each well. Spoon 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon filling into the center of each pancake and top with 1 Tbs. batter. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes. Using 2 skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter and filling.

Drizzle the pancakes with the frosting and serve immediately. Makes 35 to 40. (They freeze well!)


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  1. Lindsay, I'll email you, too, but wanted to let you know that you won the HP TouchSmart computer!!! Please email me asap at the contact email on my blog;)



  2. Congrats on winning the giveaway! That's fabulous! God Bless!

    Jen and the Quads

  3. That looks yummy!!

    Hopping over from Mckmama's blog - you won!!!!! Congrats - I'll check back in on your blog to see how you like it.

  4. Congrats on the HP win!! Your blog is adorable!!

  5. By the way, it's been fun hitting refresh and watching your blog counter go up every time someone else visits from Mckmama's blog ;)

  6. well i am here from Jennifers blog as well...i was excited you won but now i am even more excited about this awesome recipe i found here! :) ok ok...maybe the computer is awesome...but the Aebleskeebies must be a close second ;) CONGRATS!

  7. Congratulations on winning the HP computer....I'm so happy for you! As for the Aebleskivers....I wish I still had my mother-in-laws recipe because it was so good! We loved making them and then covering them with jam and my mother-in-law just used a toothpick to flip them, which worked well for me too! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

  8. I have one of those little pans. My abcthings never turn out. Congrats on your HP win! Love your blog.

  9. In Japan they stick a little piece of octopus in the middle. It's not very delicious :) Congrats on the touch screen!

  10. Ok.. these look absolutely delicious! I have to try them!

  11. congrats on winning the computer! :)

  12. We have been making these since we lived in Portland years ago!
    LOVE THEM!!!

    Congrats on the computer also! ;)

  13. We make them every New Years Day. My Hubby has ate "Skivers" every New Years Day for his whole life. I got a pan on our Wedding Day. We now live away from the family and had to make them for ourselves this year. We serve them without any filling and sprinkled with Powdered Sugar. Serve with your favorite jam or preserves and they dip gloriously in that. Yum Yum!