Mini German Pancakes

German pancakes are one of my favorite breakfasts. I remember my first time having these as a small girl, probably around 8 years old. I was at my Uncle’s house. His family raved about this breakfast non-stop. When I saw the pan pulled out of the oven, I was blown away by how neat it looked. Puffed up way above the pan like a mountainous dish of pancake. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and then when I took a bite, one of the TASTIEST things I had ever put in my mouth.

After I made them for myself for the first time years ago, I couldn’t believe how EASY they are to make. They require minimal ingredients and all of which you probably have on hand.

I came across this recipe idea at Real Mom Kitchen (one of my favorite blogs) and was blown away by how great this idea and recipe was. Little personal German Pancakes! How perfect would this be for a shower or party brunch?!  Her recipe is very similar to mine for German Pancakes, but I liked the idea of adding in some vanilla, something I will be doing to my own recipe from here on out.

I made these with my mom while visiting her house this last week and she made the most delicious blueberry syrup/sauce to go with it. It was the perfect complimentary flavor to these little beauties! Definitely give these a try! You will be blown away by how easy and delicious they are!

Mini German Pancakes! You will be blown away by how easy and delicious these are! The perfect personal sized breakfast! #breakfast #recipe

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Mini German Pancakes
You will be blown away by how easy and delicious these are! The perfect personal sized breakfast!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18-24 individual german pancakes
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Blend together eggs, flour, milk, salt vanilla and butter until smooth. We have always just dumped it all into a blender and done it that way.
  3. Pour patter into greased muffin tins until each muffin slot is filled about ½ way full.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until done and puffed up.
  1. Cook water, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it thickens up. Stir in blueberries and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Fill each mini german pancake with blueberry sauce.

(German Pancake recipe from: Real Mom Kitchen)

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  1. aimee @ shugarysweets

    I've never had these before, but now I'm totally craving some! Love the blueberry sauce too!!

  2. OddNina

    Wow! Those really do look delicious! But I wonder where the "german" title is from? I'm german and I've never seen anything like this in my moms or my grandmas kitchen. Our Pancakes are usually more like thick Crepes.. like your pancakes, but without baking powder ^^.
    When we do pancakes we usually eat them with cinnamon and sugar or marmelade or nutella <3 <3

    1. Diane

      Not sure where the name came from, but my German family has made (regular size) German pancakes for generations. It would be interesting to find out the history behind them, though

    2. judi

      yep, those are deifnitely not german. I´m also german and have never seen these things. They look delicious, but they are not german. Or maybe from a very small area and no one has ever heard about it ;)

    3. Frances

      I believe the name "German Pancakes" is another name for a "Dutch Baby", a sweet popover normally served for breakfast which originated in Seatle, USA not Germany.

    4. Melanie


      I think these are actually more Dutch than German (aka 'Dutch babies'). Never saw my German grandmother make these either - they're very tasty though ;)

  3. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I pretty much never make German pancakes. I only remember once actually. But I think these are too cute not to make! They look so much more appetizing in mini form

  4. Sarah S

    Yummy! One of our favorites is "Jelly Pancakes" - really French pancakes. We always make them for a special treat when our parents go out on "date night". The recipe is very similar, only we make ours in a frying pan, more like a crepe. I will have to make these sometime for my family!

  5. Beth

    regular size muffin tin?

  6. Katina

    I have some buckwheat flour. Could I use it for this recipe?

  7. teresa

    my family would go nuts for these! they look fabulous!

  8. e,s,

    Looks so good;I will definitely be making this for my family ! Do you think that fruit sauce recipe would work fine with other fruit(like strawberries) substituted for the blueberries?

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Oh, now those look divine! So cute in the muffin size!! I am now wanting pancakes and blueberries something fierce!!!

  10. Ashton

    Dying over this photo! I just want to gobble it all up!! :) Will your kids eat blueberries?? Emma won't touch them unless they're in a smoothie :(

  11. Marcia

    I can't wait to make these! This will be a perfect Super Bowl sunday breakfast.

  12. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    This looks so yummy! I'm making these for my family. I just love your blog and your pictures! Thanks for the great recipes!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  13. Lynne

    With the exception of the vanilla these are pretty much identical to the Yorkshire Puddings my mother and grandmother always used to make. The batter went into smoking hot fat and they were delicious served with a roast beef meal. My father said that as a little boy any leftovers were eaten cold with jam on top (there were never any leftovers for us - I can't even imagine such a thing!). My parents both hail from the English Midlands (Staffordshire as it used to be known).

  14. Katie B. of

    Thank you for hosting this every week. I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday Link Party, too!

  15. Hazel

    These look great! I've never heard of them before but i'm always on the look out for new interesting breakfasts! I will definitely give them a go.

  16. Carrie

    Loved Them! I halved the recipe and was still able to make 24 mini pancakes. My 18 month old and I polished them off throughout the weekend. She loves blueberrys so the syrup was perfect with the pancakes, messy, but delicious. It was also fun watching the way they puffed up in the oven and just concaved when they came out. Thanks for the great breakfast, lunch, and snack.

  17. Becky

    Are these made using mini muffin pan or regular muffin pan?

    1. Chef in Training

      I just use a regular size muffin tin.

  18. Mary

    My kids are OBSESSED with these! Thank you!

  19. Beth P

    We knew these as Dutch Babies growing up and I love them. I've never made them mini like this, though., until I made them last night, and they were a huge hit! My kids wolfed them down, and my husband said he preferred them to regular pancakes (he didn't feel that way when I made them in a 9 x 13 pan). Thanks for the great idea of putting them in muffin tins!

  20. szkent

    I made these this morning but used wheat flour because it was all I had. Bad idea. Don't do it. Weird texture coupled with overpowering cream of wheat flavor. We doused with maple syrup and whipped cream and berries. I cannot wait to try these with AP flour.

  21. Jill


    Can the batter be made ahead?


  22. Sylvia @

    Hi there! I just stumbled across your blog and look forward to browsing around some more! This recipe looks perfect for a brunch party or just any old Sunday at my house :)! Mouth is watering - thank you!

  23. Jenna

    I tried these and they had a very eggy taste. I would not recommend them.

  24. Clair B

    I want to live in your house...but I would be as big as a house. :)

  25. Lisa Vaughn

    Wonder if you could replace blueberries with strawberries? Or use warmed strawberry syrup? Looks delish!

  26. Kat

    I made them today but was slightly disappointed as they didnt taste anything like pancakes but more like an egg with a jam. I agree with the "german ladies"I also come from Europe but pancakes has always been round and slightly thicker then crepes. Makes me wonder! But enough negative, i tried few of your other recipes and they are a huge hit! love your recipes! Easy and delish!!!!!!

  27. silvia

    To the german ladies : This are very traditional american pancakes, called Dutch Baby or German pancakes. They were introduced in the first half of the XX century at a family owned restaurant called Manca's in Seattle and they are still trademark in some west coast diners

  28. Tarah

    What are your thoughts on using an æbleskiver pan? My muffin tin isn't good for non stick even when greased, but my æbleskiver pan is cast iron and very non stick.

  29. paula

    I have made these several times. I love them. What I do is mix up some cream cheese and powdered sugar, place that in the cup of the pancake and then put pie filling on that.

  30. Melissa

    Hi Nikki - I tried these this morning as a "trial" before Christmas - what do you grease your muffin tin with? I used a mild canola oil and found the pancakes still sticked - but managed to get them out. I sprinkled each pancake with cinnamon sugar and served with home made icecream - really yummy. I think I did not cook them long enough though as the insides were a bit like a thick egg custard jelly ...??

  31. hhphillips

    The recipe was easy to prepare. The pancakes were light and beautiful. The syrup was not to sweet. I will try it again.

  32. anna

    Made these for Easter- they were a huge hit

  33. Colleen Kelly

    I love make German apple pancakes. What a great idea to make them mini and fill them as you did. Cool.

  34. Juliet


    The mini German pancakes are okay but they were a little dry and tasteless. They are much better with apples and sugar on top, but other than that they are good! :)

  35. Lauren

    This recipe reminds me very much of my favorite weekend breakfast from my childhood: Popovers! My mom only used two eggs, no melted butter, and added sugar to the batter. We always just put butter or jam on them! Brings me back to my childhood!

  36. Pam

    When you say vanilla is that vanilla extract or vanilla bean? Can't wait to make these. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Chef in Training

      vanilla extract :)

  37. Sophie


    I just popped these in the oven, I can't wait to see how they turn out. My batter was very liquidy, is that normal? I'm afraid they won't puff up like yours...usually my pancake mix is thick, but I'll let you know how they turn out! I added about 1/2 tbsp of honey just to slightly sweeten it up, but besides that, the recipe sounds perfect!

  38. Linette Miller


    Yummy!! Do you have a version with cherries that I could substitute for the blueberries.

  39. Bonnie

    I am going to try this it sounds so yummy Thanks. I never heard of these before but I can hardly wait to get in kitchen and make these yummy.