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How To Make Simple And Delicious Norwegian Pancakes

Norwegian Pancakes

One of the things I like most about Christmastime is observing our favorite holiday traditions! I cherish the time we spend together as a family during the holidays, whether we’re laughing, talking, relaxing, playing, or (maybe most especially) eating! ;-)

We’ve instituted quite a few traditions over the years when it comes to our holiday meals. Ever since I married my Norwegian husband, we have had Norwegian Meatballs for dinner on Christmas Eve. But it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that we added Norwegian Pancakes (or Pannekaker) to our traditional Christmas morning breakfast!

Norwegian Pancakes

These thin pancakes are so easy to make, and are endlessly customizable. You can make them really thin and crepe-like, which is the traditional Norwegian way, or you can make them a little thicker in the Swedish tradition. (Mine are never quite crepe-thin, mostly due to the fact that the thicker ones are easier to flip!)

Another option for customizing these Norwegian pancakes is that you can use a GF baking mix instead of regular flour to make them gluten-free. This is one of those recipes that tastes just as good when made gluten-free as it does normally! Here’s how to make them.

Norwegian Pancakes

How To Make Norwegian Pancakes (Pannekaker)

Add the eggs, water, and vanilla to a blender or stand mixer. Blend or mix to combine. Then add the remaining ingredients one at a time, blending after each addition until smooth.

Norwegian Pancakes

Add a bit of butter to your pan or griddle, and preheat it over medium heat. Once the pan is warm and the butter has melted, pour about 1/4 cup of the pancake batter onto the cooking surface.

Norwegian Pancakes

Cook the pancake for about one minute, then flip it over and cook for one more minute. Stack the finished pancakes on a covered plate to keep them warm until serving.

Norwegian Pancakes

And then comes the best part… eating them! You can top them with whatever you typically like on pancakes or crepes. If you want to go the traditional route, you can’t go wrong with a simple combination of butter and sugar, or a heaping scoop of lingonberry jam. :-)

Norwegian Pancakes

For a less traditional approach, the sky is the limit! We’ve tried a lot of different types of toppings, like maple syrup, whipped cream, brown sugar, powdered sugar, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, Nutella, and more. These pancakes taste great topped with just about anything!

Does your family have a traditional Christmas morning breakfast?

Norwegian Pancakes

Norwegian Pancakes

Jill Nystul
Eating a big stack of these Norwegian Pancakes is a Christmas morning tradition at our house!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Norwegian
Servings 6
Calories 296 kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk


  • Add eggs, water, and vanilla to blender. Blend. Add remaining ingredients, blending after each addition until smooth.
  • Butter a saute pan or griddle with some butter. Heat pan to medium; then pour about 1/4 cup batter onto griddle. Cook for about a minute, then flip it and cook about another minute.
  • Stack the pancakes and keep warm until serving.


Calories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 122mgSugar: 13gVitamin A: 540IUCalcium: 69mgIron: 1.7mg

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  • I like to serve these with lingonberry butter I make the night before. The berries are a tiny bit tart so they perfectly offset the sweetness of the batter.

  • im gluten free, you mentioned that you can sub gluten free baking mix in this recipe. Just want to clarify, did you mean gluten free flour blend? Otherwise I’m unsure of a particular baking mix? These look delicious and I would love to try them

  • As Jenni says this recipe is very similar to the British recipe which is supposed to use up left overs on Shrove Tuesday before Lent. Adding caster sugar and lemon juice before rolling them up is the basic way to eat them but they have morphed into all sorts of delicious savoury and sweet yummy concoctions!
    I read your recipe for Norwegian pancakes in great anticipation hoping to find the Norwegian recipe made with potatoes. My son lives in Oslo (Norway) and we had a snack of sausages rolled in potato pancakes at an ice skating party. He’d bought the pancakes and we heated things up on the near by BBQ. I was wondering if you’d come across this recipe. They were unusual but very delicious!

  • They look delicious and similar to English pancakes, except that we don’t use vanilla. We make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, and I’ve used them as a savoury and a sweet for the same meal, bolognese sauce for the savoury and whipped cream and mashed bananas for sweet, they were delicious, even if I do say so myself!

  • Our Christmas morning tradition, for at least 44 years is Houligan pancakes. Goes by other names, German, Dutch, but its big claim to fame is that it puffs up while baking. My dear mom just loved the dramatic presentation. She served them with powdered sugar or syrup but over the years our family began adding apple pie filling. Decadent but oh so yummy.

  • These sound really good. Live in Minot, ND and it was originally Norweigans that lived here. Going to fairs, is really diet killing idea. Will need to try and cut back the recipe for one person. May try freezing them with parchment or wax paper between each pancake.

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