The absolute best German Pancakes recipe! Only six simple ingredients and five minutes to prepare, this easy breakfast is a sure family favorite!
A slice of German Pancakes on a white plate with powdered sugar and syrup on top, served with strawberries and blueberries.

German Pancakes was one of my favorite breakfasts growing up, and I’ve loved watching it become one of my kids’ favorite breakfasts now. They love how the german pancakes puff up in the pan while they cook in the oven.

Top them with powdered sugar and syrup and they’re to die for!
If these are new to you (as they were to my husband, Jeff), make them! Make them NOW! You wont regret it. 🙂

What are German Pancakes?

German pancakes, often called Dutch Baby pancakes are baked pancakes made from eggs, milk, flour and vanilla. The pancakes are baked in a metal or cast iron pan, puff up in the oven and then fall as they cool.

How to make German Pancakes:
  1. Add 5 tablespoons of butter to a 9×13 inch baking and place it in your preheating oven to melt.
  2. Meanwhile, add the eggs, milk, flour, salt and vanilla to a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Pour batter into the baking dish, over the melted butter.

Overhead photo of a metal pan with slices of butter in it, next to another photo of the pan with the butter melted and batter for German pancakes being poured on top.

3. Bake until the edges are golden brown and puffy, about 22-27 minutes.

4. Serve warm, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and syrup.

A metal 9x13 inch pan with baked german pancakes in it, sprinkled with powdered sugar and syrup.

I’ve found that the pancakes puff up more when baked in a metal pan, but a glass pan also works.
We love to serve German pancakes with homemade pancake syrup and powdered sugar, but many people like them served with fresh squeezed lemon, butter or fruit toppings.
A German pancake on a plate with a fork taking a bite out, served with syrup, powdered sugar and berries.

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A slice of German Pancakes on a white plate with powdered sugar and syrup on top, served with strawberries and blueberries.
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  • As oven preheats, put the butter in an un-greased 9x13-in. metal baking dish and place in oven, just until melted.  
  • Place the eggs, milk, flour, salt and vanilla in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour batter into baking dish, over melted butter. 
  • Bake, for 22-27 minutes or until edges are golden brown and puffy.
  • To serve, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and syrup


Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 10gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 197mgPotassium: 164mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 720IUCalcium: 92mgIron: 2.1mg

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*I first shared this recipe in October 2010. Updated October 2018.

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Lauren Allen

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  1. 5 stars
    We love this recipe and make it often! Super quick and easy, and it feels like a wholesome meal to start the day. I like it with sautéed apples, my kids prefer powdered sugar and sprinkles 🙂

  2. I’m from Germany and have never seen anything like this in my life. Our pancakes are like crepes but with more flour and less eggs. We roll them up with marmalade or Nutella. These sound and look delicious, though.

  3. 5 stars
    I had never heard of this dish until my new step children started suggesting it for a special holiday breakfast. I looked it up and at first glance (pictures) I was a little intimidated. But it really is so simple and delicious and the ingredients are always on hand. I’ve made it several times now, and have been deemed to have the best German pancakes (over their grandmother and mother who have made them for years). Mine always turn out nice and puffy while theirs are less so. The only differences in mine is that I hand whip the eggs to get them nice and frothy and bubbly first. Then I mix in the rest, also by hand. I add some nutmeg. Otherwise I follow the recipe exactly as is. I use a glass pan and usually cut the time down by a couple minutes to prevent over browning or burning the top. I usually cook for about 20 minutes but watch it closely at the end. It always turns out beautifully and the whole family loves it.

  4. 5 stars
    I have always known this to be served with lemon juice and the powdered sugar.
    Maple Syrup AND Powdered Sugar would be double too sweet.

  5. 5 stars
    We put ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream on it. Delicious! My step daughter said she thought it tasted eggy, she recommended putting something savory on it. Next time we will try some bacon or spam and cheese on top.

  6. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! I made a half recipe–perfect for two–in a 9″ cast iron skillet. (It was done in about 17 minutes.) To our second quarters, I added banana slices, and my wife rolled it around a slice of ham. Both good options.

  7. The amount of ads popping up makes it difficult to follow your recipe….once I was finally able to get it together it turned out really good. Added a TBS of sugar just to sweeten it a bit. Thank you. Will make again.

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