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Swedish Pancakes

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My go-to recipe for Swedish pancakes! Buttery, tender, and thick enough to sink your teeth into but with a nice thin, delicate, lacy edge.

Let's get right down to it: Swedish pancakes are delightful. This recipe will give you Swedish pancakes that are golden, buttery, chewy and thick enough to sink your teeth into in the middle, but thin enough to give you a signature Swedish pancake thin and lacy edge. It's like something between an American pancake and a French crepe. Topped with lingonberry jam and yogurt, or whipped cream, or just straight cream?

Ugh. I love them. This has been my go-to recipe and method for years!


Swedish Pancakes


Fork taking a bite of Swedish pancakes.

Lindsay's Notes

I grew up eating them, and I've always liked them, but wow. 2023 has been my Year of the Swedish Pancakes. We are just making them all the time right now.

They are chewy, light, tender and fluffy and bendy. There's enough body to sink your teeth into (the way I make them) but they still get that signature lacy edge. They are buttery, golden, rollable, stackable, and fillable. They're delicious hot and steaming out of the pan; they're also delicious as a cold snack straight out of the fridge.

I LOVE THEM.

They are also incredibly easy to make. As a breakfast OR as a dinner. Exhibit A: Bjork does not make dinner in our family - we have chosen those roles for ourselves and I am so happy to be the 99% of the time dinner-maker. But last month, on more than one occasion, I drove home from a weeknight event with the girls and called him on the way home and said:

“Hi, we'll be home in 10 minutes and I didn't make dinner. Can you blitz up some Swedish pancakes for us?”

And we arrived at home to 3 plates of Swedish pancakes ready to go. If he can do it, really, ANYONE can do it. Bless him.

These Swedish pancakes are breakfast; these are dinner. They are as much a holiday-breakfast-level treat as they are a roll-up snack that you take to the park with your kids (see picture). THESE DO IT ALL.

Swedish pancake rolled up as a snack.
Swedish pancake snacky roll-up at the park

The TLDR is that we make these all the time.

It's a Forever Files recipe for me!


How To Make Swedish Pancakes

Step 1: Make your batter.

I do this in a blender to get the eggs extra fluffed up.

Ingredients in bowls for Swedish Pancakes.

Step 2: Pour it in and give the pan a little tilt.

Pour the batter into the pan, and immediately give it a slight tilt so the batter spreads wider to create a thinner edge. I recommend holding both the blender to pour, AND the handle of the pan at the same time so you can almost do this simultaneously.

If this stresses you out, you don't have to do this at all - you could just fry up the Swedish pancakes as-is and they'd be a bit thicker around the edges and still delicious. The only reason for the slight pan tilt is that it creates that signature Swedish pancake thin and lacy edge that is delightful to eat!

This example photo is off-heat, but you can see the effect of a pan tilt here. This is generally what you're looking for:

Adding batter to a pan.

Step 3: Cook and fold.

I like to go for a golden brown on the first side of my pancakes (1-2 minutes).

They are so thin that once the first side is cooked, you really only need 10-20 seconds on the back side.

Swedish pancake folded in half on a plate.

Once they're done, even sometimes while they're still in the pan, I like to fold them into fourths because it gives you so many layers to cut through with your fork.

PS. I spy a lacy edge! All from a little pan tilt!

Swedish pancake folded in fourths on a plate.

Step 4: Top with lingonberry jam! (Or, whatever it is that you like.)

I'm a firm believer in a jam + creamy element.

And I'm very strongly going to advocate for lingonberry jam! What are Swedish pancakes without lingonberry jam?! I've always eaten this combination together and it's SO good - sweet, but tart, with a really nice little bit of bitterness that just tastes right against the buttery golden goodness of the pancakes.

Lingonberry jam all the way - I can't recommend it enough.

Fork taking a bite out of Swedish Pancake with jam and yogurt.

If you're not a lingonberry jam person, my runner-up would be blueberry jam (the Bonne Maman brand is outrageously good) with strawberry jam coming in third. I normally love strawberry jam, but it's giving more Toast or PB&J and less Swedish Pancakes to me. But I'm just saying this because this is my website. You do you.

I can also recommend the following combinations:

  • jam + Greek yogurt
  • jam + whipped cream
  • jam + cream (yes, just a straight drizzle of heavy whipping cream)
  • fresh fruit + whipped cream
  • Nutella (not traditional but I wouldn't say no to it)
  • standard maple syrup and whipped cream
Swedish pancake bite on a fork with yogurt and jam.

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Swedish Pancakes


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (about 3 pancakes each) 1x

Description

My go-to recipe for Swedish pancakes! Buttery, tender, and thick enough to sink your teeth into but with a nice thin, delicate, lacy edge.


Ingredients

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Swedish Pancakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (+ 1/4 cup - see notes)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For Topping:

  • lingonberry or blueberry jam
  • plain yogurt
  • whipped cream (or just straight heavy whipping cream - trust, it's delicious)

Instructions

  1. Make Pancake Batter: Blend the eggs and milk until doubled in size, about 30 seconds. Add flour, melted butter, sugar, and salt; blend for another 15-20 seconds until combined.
  2. Pour and Pan Tilt: Preheat a nonstick or well seasoned cast iron pan over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the pan with one hand, and immediately tilt the pan with the other hand to spread the batter even wider. This will give you a signature thin lacy edge on your pancake. 
  3. Cook: Let it sit for about 1 minute or until the pancake is golden brown; use a spatula to pull the edges up and flip the pancake. Cook for another 15-30 seconds on the back side. You can cook to your desired level of doneness; I prefer golden brown on the front side and pale on the back side.
  4. Serve: Serve them flat, folded, or rolled, topped with whatever you like: maple syrup, whipped cream, fruit, jams, etc. I like to fold them and serve with lingonberry jam and yogurt!

Notes

Milk Amounts: I really enjoy a Swedish pancake that has a bit of body to it - something that's thin and lacy but with a light, satisfying, chewy bite in the center. 1 1/2 cups of milk will get you my ideal ratio and how I make them at home! That said, if you fry one pancake up and decide that you'd prefer them a bit thinner, just add 1/4 cup milk to the batter (or more, until desired thickness is reached).

Pan Tilting Technique: Tilting the pan with the batter in it will also help you adjust how thick or thin the pancakes are, and it creates that light, lacy edge around the outside of the pancakes. I find the best technique is to hold the blender handle with my left hand, and the skillet handle with my right hand. I pour the batter in with my left while almost at the same time tipping the pan with my right hand. This allows you to do the pan tilt in one fluid motion as you're pouring the batter in, rather than needing to switch hands. 

No Need to Grease the Pan: I do not add any butter to the pan. I always use my cast iron which is well-seasoned, and the pancake batter has plenty of butter in it, so you should not need to add butter so long as your pan has an appropriately nonstick surface!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Swedish

Keywords: swedish pancakes, breakfast, pancake recipe, lingonberries, brunch recipe

Frequently Asked Questions For Swedish Pancakes

What are Swedish pancakes?

Swedish pancakes are like a hybrid between a regular pancake and a crepe. As a person with Scandinavian roots growing up in a Scandinavian community here in Minnesota, I have eaten a lot of Swedish pancakes over the years (also known as pannkakor). Through all my tastings, I have developed my preferences for them over the years. And my version here leans slightly thicker through the middle, just enough to really give you a satisfying bite, but the pancakes themselves are still thin, flexible, and have that signature lacy edge. For a traditionally super-thin Swedish pancake recipe, check out this recipe from a fellow Minnesotan and Scandinavian baker.

How are Swedish pancakes different from regular pancakes?

The main difference is that Swedish pancakes are thinner and less fluffy. Regular pancakes are fluffy thanks to baking powder or baking soda giving them lift; Swedish pancakes, while thin, have a dense, egg-heavy batter with no baking powder or baking soda. They are more flat, more chewy, and less absorbent of whatever toppings you put on them.

How are Swedish pancakes different from crepes?

The batter of Swedish pancakes and crepes is, from what I can tell, very similar. The most obvious difference is that crepes are made with a crepe roller and often have savory fillings. Swedish pancakes are made with a pan tilt to make them thin and they are almost always served with sweet fillings (lingonberries and cream, be still my heart).

Where do I get lingonberry jam?

So glad you asked! Because it's BOMB DELICIOUS! Here's the stuff I buy - and yes, I buy it in the multi-pack on Amazon and stock up for year-round Swedish pancakes!

How can I make Swedish pancakes vegan?

You'll need replacements for the eggs, milk, and butter. Here's a vegan Swedish pancake recipe that looks great.

Can you make Swedish pancake batter ahead of time?

Yes! You can blitz this up and save some or all for later! I usually keep the batter in the fridge for 1-3 days. I keep it in glass jars and just give it an aggressive shake to get it all fluffed back up and re-incorporated before cooking.

How long do the cooked Swedish pancakes keep in the fridge?

Easily for several days. You can reheat them in the microwave, but I would recommend reheating in a skillet or even in the oven. Also: I actually love to eat these cold out of the fridge, spread with some yogurt and jam and rolled up for a quick snack or breakfast.

Can you make Swedish pancakes gluten-free?

Yes! Use a gluten-free flour (such as Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour) and you should be good to go!

Can you make Swedish pancakes on a griddle?

Yes, but the advantage of doing it in a pan is that you have a handle that allows you to tilt the pan, getting that nice thin lacy edge. A griddle will make it go faster to make a bunch of them, but they'll be thicker around the edges.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love Swedish pancakes (and I am Norwegian-Minnesotan *wink*). Lingonberry jam can also be bought at IKEA! Growing up, our elderly neighbor lady would have us kids over for Swedish pancakes once in a while, but she used a starter. She had it going for decades. I always wished I had gotten some from her.

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      This was a fun and easy recipe to make. I love making pancakes so this was a nice change to our weekend breakfast menu. I was a little intimidated by the batter and how I would spread it around the pan fast enough but I followed the instructions and by the third pancake I got the hang of it. Definitely recommend trying it!

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      Made these with gluten-free flour and they were awesome! Will be switching over to this recipe from my standard crepe recipe, so quick and easy!
      ❤️ U POY

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Can you be more specific about what you consider is a “small amount of batter”? I see that this serves 4 but unclear if that means each person just gets 1 or several?
    Thank you.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Loved these! I used to make them as a kid (from the Kirsten, American Girl Doll cookbook I got for Christmas). These taste very similar and they made a great ‘breakfast for dinner ‘ on a Monday night.

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    The tender, almost crepe-like texture paired with the sweetness of fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar, made them utterly irresistible. I appreciate your step-by-step guide and the delightful pictures that accompanied this post, they made the process feel doable and inviting. This recipe not only promises a scrumptious breakfast but a nostalgic journey down memory lane. Thank you for sharing this, it’s a beautiful homage to timeless, comforting family recipes. 🙂

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Okayyyyy these were amazing. There was definitely a learning curve for this East Coast girl, and my first few came out a little chewy, but I think I needed to preheat the pan for longer, because after about 10 minutes I was getting these golden, lacy beauties. I took you a little too literally and decided to make them after the girls’ ballet class, so I had my 5, 4, and 2 year olds hovering in the kitchen, eating them as fast as I could make them (they opted for Nutella, which was a literal hot mess!). Even when I doubled the recipe, we only had one leftover for the baby when he woke up from his nap. I can see these being great playground snacks, but no idea how you’re supposed to get them to last that long! My kids are obsessed, and I love that they’re high protein and relatively low sugar, Nutella aside.
    My only advice for other first timers is to make sure the pan is nice and hot, don’t try to double the recipe in a standard blender (it doesn’t fit—just make the second batch during the cook time), and don’t wait until your kids are starving or you’ll probably just have kids double fisting handful of chocolate my Swedish joy.

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I absolutely adore Swedish pancakes! They are a delightful twist on the traditional pancake, with their thin, crepe-like texture and slightly sweet flavor. I remember trying them for the first time during a trip to Sweden, and I’ve been hooked ever since. What makes them even more special is the variety of toppings you can choose from – lingonberry jam, powdered sugar, fresh berries, or even a dollop of whipped cream. Whether you enjoy them for breakfast or as a dessert, Swedish pancakes are a real treat that brings a taste of Sweden right to your plate. I highly recommend giving them a try if you haven’t already; they’re a scrumptious culinary adventure that’s hard to resist!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    It’s ”pannkakor”, not ”pankakkor”. Also these are a bit thick to be called traditional. Actual Swedes tend to roll them, we rarely fold them into quarters – that’s for crêpes. Finally, lingonberry jam is pretty much the only jam we don’t put on pancakes. It’s tart and goes better with foodies fish/meat/veggie dishes. I know Americans are tormented by their lack of culture and always try to make the most of their 0.4% Euro heritage and I totally feel for you, but please stop appropriating my culture. It’s okay to just be American, you don’t have to pretend to be something else.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      As an American, who is also Swedish, your comment makes me sad.

      These pancakes are delish! And the celebration of Swedish culture in this form is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this piece of your childhood with your followers. 🙂

    2. Skillful Cook Logo

      Let me just say that she never said this was a traditional Swedish pancake recipe. This is her version of a Swedish pancake, and as she said, you do you. Let me also say that while I haven’t tried the recipe yet, I now have every intention of it, and I’m sure I will enjoy it with lingonberry jam in my traditional mixed heritage American style.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    Swedish pancakes are always a hit, and this recipe is no exception! Lindsay’s passion for these pancakes shines through in her vivid description. Her version of Swedish pancakes strikes the perfect balance – thick enough to be satisfying yet thin enough for that signature lacy edge. The added flexibility of toppings, be it lingonberry jam and yogurt or your personal favorites, makes these pancakes an all-occasion treat. They are easy to prepare and perfect for breakfast or dinner. A delightful recipe that’s earned its place as a forever favorite!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    These were easy and tasty! I really liked the texture and how fast they came together. The only bad thing is that you can only make one at a time, as opposed to pancakes where you can cook multiple at once. However, I was just making them for myself, so no biggie!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    I grew up eating Swedish Pancakes (in MN) and have always loved them, but haven’t had any in years. My 12 year old daughter decided to make these this morning. The recipe was easy for her to follow and they tasted just like I remember them!

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    I LOVE these Swedish pancakes. We’ve started making them at least a couple of times a month on the weekend and top them with whipped cream and blueberry jam. DELICIOUS.

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    These were so good and so easy to make! My entire family ate these and gave them lots of compliments!

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    Great, easy recipe for making Swedish Pancakes (or crepes). The key here is definitely a good pan. I had some trouble with having a good nonstick pan, but that has to do more with equipment then the recipe.

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am a huge crepe fan but have now converted to a Swedish pancake fan. These were so quick to put together. They are super tasty on their own (those lacy edges) but even better with toppings . Note: Just don’t leave your 3 year old unattended with them and the powdered sugar shaker.

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    First recipe I have made from the 2023 Holiday Bucket List and it did not disappoint! Very easy, quick and delicious!! I can see myself making this frequently.

  15. Skillful Cook Logo

    Delish! Easy & quick enough for a school morning breakfast but a fun way to mix it up from normal pancakes. The pan tilt works perfectly!

  16. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made these for a quick weeknight dinner and they were great! And they were approved by my picky toddler which is always a huge win in my house!

  17. Skillful Cook Logo

    I made these tonight as part of the bucket list! I was delighted at how many they made (enough to feed our family with four kids when served alongside scrambled eggs) and how easily they came together. We had blueberry preserves and whipped cream – it was a delight!

  18. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made these over the weekend for the family. Wasn’t able to find lingonberry jam locally, so used the bonne maman blueberry. It was good, but maybe a bit too sweet. I grew up in the Midwest and know lingonberry would be better, but the pancakes themselves were great. Kids have already requested them twice since!

  19. Skillful Cook Logo

    I made it with half cassava flour and half whole wheat flour. I also used date sugar. In the last batch of 2 pancakes I put in 1 tsp of pumpkin. Tony, my partner, loved them. Toppings were: plain yogurt, Nutella, cranberry sauce leftover from thanksgiving and maple syrup. Simply delicious, they were a hit. I will definitely be making them again.

  20. Skillful Cook Logo

    Such a fun dinner! Served them with triple berry preserves and crème fraiche and they were delicious 👌