Ableskiver - Danish Doughnuts

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a true traditional Danish recipe. You need a special pan to make them but most gourmet kitchen shops carry these cast iron pans. The pan is round and has round indentations so you can cook 10-12 at time. This can be a breakfast dish (usual time ithey are served), brunch, late night snack or any snack time. Serve with bacon on the side or whatever. Just typing this I want t

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Place eggs in a measuring cup and cover with milk until it reaches 1 2/3 cups.
  3. Beat eggs& milk.
  4. Add liquids to dry ingredients.
  5. Mix well but don't beat.
  6. Cook over a fairly low heat with 1/4 tsp oil in the bottom of each space.
  7. When bubbly around the edges and looking half cooked use a knitting needle (or fork to flip over).
  8. A pan usually makes ten so when you take them out keep warm in the oven.
  9. Serve with butter & sugar or your favorite preserve.


Most Helpful

My grandfather come from Denmark, and we had these every Christmas at their house. The recipe my grandmother used included chopped apples in the batter. She also added raisins to some. They were always rolled in powdered sugar or confectionary sugar when they were still hot out of the pan. Best if eaten warm. They don't hold longer than a day. Brings back old memories.

Nance McKinney December 29, 2001

Love this recipe! I inherited a pan from my grandmother so decided to give them a try. Simple to make and delicious. I sprinkled them with powedered sugar and brought them to a holiday run where we finished four miles then had cookies and cocoa in the park. Everyone loved them. Definitely want to try them with apple in the middle. I did add some dried blueberries to some and they were even better. Made two batches and doubled the sugar and added a half tsp vanilla and decided both were equally good.

MsTeechur December 22, 2011

Where are the 10 Stars to rate this recipe??? I bought an ableskiver pan last year, all excited to make this treat from my childhood. I had saved five recipes from a massive thread on this subject and expected to sit down with my family to a wonderful breakfast. BOY, was I wrong with THOSE recipes! :( Each and every one was an utter failure! I used milk or buttermilk; whole eggs or separated eggs; beaten egg whites folded into yolks. I was so frustrated and upset, that I vowed that I'd resell the pan on ebay this Winter.

Thank Goodness I did NOT! Bergy's recipe was my last ditch effort. I thought, how can a recipe that is SO simple beat out those ones that were vowed to be "authentic", took ages to cobble together, yet failed? Well, this recipe ROCKS! Each and every one of the twenty flawless ableskivers was devoured by my family and I. GREAT recipe, super simple, turns out like a dream...and NO FUSSING AROUND!!! I added 1/2 tsp.cardamom to the dry ingredients but didn't do anything different, not even allowing the batter to "rest" as so many other recipes recommended. First batch was plain; second batch had applesauce in it and third batch had lingonberries inside. Bergy: thank YOU for this classic, amazingly easy and tasty Danish recipe. I would have been mighty upset, selling my pan and THEN finding this recipe! Made for Kittencal's Scandinavian Tag Game 2010.

The_Swedish_Chef October 02, 2010

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