Traditional Swedish Pancakes (Pannkakor)

November 9, 2018  - by 
Traditional Swedish pancakes (pannkakor) recipe

A favorite food for many people with Swedish heritage is Swedish pancakes. They “are simple, yet super good, and we eat them throughout the year,” says Dee Wilhite. Traditional Swedish pancakes are light and thin—comparable to crepes—with a hint of sweetness. You may find them folded (not rolled) and topped with cream, jam, or fruit such as lingonberries, an essential Swedish fruit.

Here is a traditional Swedish pancake recipe shared by Rebecca Wood Haggard, passed down from her mother, Birgitta Dagny Sjoberg Wood.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ cup (300 ml) milk
  • ¾ cup (158 g) flour
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted butter


  • Beat the eggs and milk with a hand mixer or blender.
  • Add the flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and melted butter, and mix until smooth.
  • Pour about ¼ cup (30 ml) of batter onto the frying pan, and quickly tilt and swirl the pan to evenly coat the bottom.
  • Cook over medium heat for 1–2 minutes.
  • Flip the pancakes with a spatula, and cook about 1 minute more, until golden brown.

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Many thanks to our writers and the Swedish families who donated recipes: Sunny Morton, Glen and Debbie Greener, Jan and Betty Jonson, Sunniva Salomonsson, Dee Wilhite, and Rebecca Wood Haggard.

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  1. We love swedish pancakes in our family and we eat them mainly on special days such as birthdays and holidays. We make ours a little different, we cook them on a cast iron pan with slightly raised edges, and turn them with a butter knife,,it takes practice,, that’s what Mom used, therefore, that is what we use.
    We add a little more sugar and more eggs, and if I am making them, more sugar!!!!
    Vern Anderson

  2. My kids always loved Aebleskiver, the little round doughnut-like creations baked in the round pan.I couldn’t cook them fast enough!

  3. I am not sure such trivfial things have a place on the Family Search Blog. Out task here is to help others find ancestors to complete ordinances for and to collect significant history on our famioies. Pancakes for one country are not significant to this importnat work.

    1. Hello Ken! One of FamilySearch’s goals is to help people have heart-turning experiences that bring all people joy– and help connect people throughout the generations and throughout the world. We want to facilitate those who are trying to connect with their heritage and give them a variety of opportunities to feel close to their ancestors. I hope this answers your concern!

    2. Ken, to add to Laurie’s comment, these pieces are part of a bigger post about Swedish heritage found here:

      We hope to facilitate heart-turning connections with family in many different ways, whether it is through record research, cultural heritage (such as food heritage), writing family stories, or other means. I hope this helps!

    1. Deborah, I like to put my recipes online so that I (and my family) can access them any time online. I gathered recipes that I love from parents, siblings, and friends. Personally, I chose to post recipes using a WordPress blog, but there are other options too!

      I’d love to add recipes from my Nordic heritage too!