Munker – Norwegian Pancake Balls

I wanted to share a recipe for Munker. After reading and reading I can’t quite tell if it’s just a odd translation of the well known aebleskiver from Denmark or if it’s something Norwegians made that’s just oddly similar (Which can be said for a lot of Scandinavian food to be honest!) At any rate, written sources show munker in Norway already at the beginning of the 1900s, so there’s that!

At any rate, who says no to delicious pancake balls, right? We loved these so much, my youngest stood next to my photo setup oogling these until she reached in and happily snatched one. I would have been upset but it was too cute, haha. So very safe to say they are kiddo approved!

To make munker, you need a munke pan (Or aebleskiver pan.. Or poffertjes pan, the Dutch version!) This Norpro one from Amazon (Affiliate link!) looks great, and has great reviews. I got mine from a small local store here in the Norwegian woods!

Yield: 20-30

Munker - Norwegian Pancake Balls

Munker - Norwegian Pancake Balls

Delicious Munker, Norwegian pancake balls. The northern cousin of the famous Danish aebleskiver.

You will need a munke/aebleskiver/poffertjes pan to make this recipe.


  • 3 eggs.
  • 2.5 dl / 8.5oz sugar.
  • 5.5 dl / 18.5oz all purpose flour.
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder.
  • 2.5 dl / 8.5oz kefir.
  • Butter or margarine for the pan.


  1. Mix all the ingredients to a smooth, thick batter. If necessary, add a extra splash of kefir to get it smooth.
  2. Pre-heat the munke/aebleskiver pan. Needs to be on medium heat. Melt a bit of butter in the pits so the pancake balls don't stick.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of batter to your pan. This really depends on the size of your pan, mine just needed one. Don't fill all the way to the edge of the pit.
    Turn the pancake ball as it gets golden brown. You can use a chopstick, knitting needle, fork, whatever you feel comfortable with. It takes a bit of practice to turn them, but most importantly don't make my mistake of having the pan to hot. My first batch turned out black, haha.


Kefir appears available at many major markets around the world, but if you don't have access to it, it can be replaced by yogurt or sour cream.

If you give this a try I would love to hear what you think of it!


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