This lefse recipe makes a special Scandinavian treat similar to a tortilla or a pancake, but with dough made from instant potatoes and flour. Beginner lefse makers might want to make only a third of the portion the first time through! Serve in any number of ways. A favorite is with butter or margarine and sugar. Some people like cinnamon with this, too. Jellies make an excellent topping as do thinly sliced fried sandwich meat.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
24 lefse


  • 3 cups boiling water

  • 3 cups dry potato flakes

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided, or as needed


  1. Mix together boiling water, potato flakes, evaporated milk, shortening, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Place in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.

  2. After dough is thoroughly chilled, add 3 cups flour, using a pastry blender to cut in.

  3. Divide dough into 3 equal size portions. Form into 3 logs. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.

  4. Heat an electric griddle to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Divide logs into 8 pieces of dough. Roll each piece to about the size of a 10-inch tortilla. Work additional remaining flour into rounds as needed. Use care to press lightly with the rolling pin when forming into rounds as they are much more tender than pie dough. The weight of a large rolling pin is nearly enough.

  6. Bake on the griddle until golden brown and each round feels dry but not crisp, about 1 minute. Flip and turn lefse frequently.

  7. Cool on a cloth. Cover with an additional cloth. Stack pieces on top of each other as they are baked. The steam will create a more tender product.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 119mg 3%

* 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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