Dansk Aebleskiver (Danish Doughnuts)


This traditional Danish donut is a favorite family affair, especially for my husband, who is from Denmark. I make the batter, my husband does the cooking, and the kids help us make them disappear! We like to dip our aebleskivers in raspberry jam, maple syrup, and powdered sugar. The cardamom gives them that something extra. No wonder this recipe is a family favorite! Danish cooks use a long knitting needle to turn doughnuts, but you can use a fork, too.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 8 eggs

  • 1 quart buttermilk

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cardamom

  • 2 cups vegetable shortening, melted


  1. Preheat an electric aebleskiver pan, according to the manufacturer's directions.

  2. Beat together eggs, buttermilk, and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, and cardamom into egg mixture until evenly blended and smooth.

  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of shortening into each cup of the preheated aebleskive pan, and allow oil to heat. Pour batter into each cup until 3/4 full. Allow batter to cook in the bottom of the cup, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Then use a long skewer or knitting needle to lift one edge and give it a 1/4 turn. The uncooked batter will spill over into the cup, and cook. Continue lifting and turning the edges until batter is fully cooked into a golden brown ball. Drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
11g Fat
10g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 56mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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