German Pancakes

These light, fluffy, eggy German Pancakes have become a family favorite breakfast recipe! They’re EASY to make, requiring only 5 simple ingredients that are kitchen staples.

Serve this classic breakfast dish with powdered sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, or even homemade buttermilk syrup for a delicious breakfast (or dinner)!

Easy German Pancakes recipe in white baking dish.

BEST German Pancake Recipe

Have I told you guys how much I LOVE breakfast recipes? We love breakfast so much that we have it for DINNER one night a week. Do you do the same thing?

We especially love pancakes (like our Buttermilk Pancakes and Blueberry Pancakes), but another favorite that has been made in our family since we were little are German Pancakes.

This is one of those recipes that you don’t really need to plan ahead for, because you almost always have the ingredients on hand. My kids love watching it bake, because when you put it in the oven, it gets all puffy and the sides start curling up the pan!

The finished product is like eggs and pancakes in one, and if you’ve had them before you know just how yummy they are. We usually have regular syrup with them, but I’m thinking I need to make Buttermilk Syrup next time because really… You can’t beat homemade buttermilk syrup.

Are these the same as dutch baby pancakes?

They are very similar but also differ in that Dutch Baby Pancakes have a little more butter, and are typically made in a pan or skillet with rounded edges.

German Pancakes are typically made in a baking pan or casserole dish. Also, if fruit is involved, most people put the fruit on top of their Dutch Babies, while baking it IN their German pancakes.

How to make German Pancakes

As I mentioned before, this puff pancake recipe requires just 5 simple ingredients:

  1. Eggs
  2. Milk
  3. Flour
  4. Salt
  5. Butter

PREP. Preheat the oven to 450° very first thing. Put your butter in the 9×13 baking dish, and place in the warmed oven to let it melt.

BATTER. While the oven is warming up, whip eggs together in a medium bow. Whisk in flour until clumps are gone. Add milk and salt and whisk until combined..

*Pro Tip: You can also put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

Once the butter is melted, remove pan from the oven, and pour the mixed batter on top of the melted butter.

BAKE. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The sides should be golden brown. Note that they will be overflowing and fluffy but will calm down once you take it out of the oven. Serve immediately with syrup, cinnamon or whatever sounds great to you!

German pancakes recipe process picture.

Want to create the fluffiest german pancake possible?

 German puff pancakes will rise considerably then fall when cooled. These two tricks will help keep them as puffy as possible:

  • For some reason baking in a metal pan vs a glass pan helps.
  • Use the freshest eggs possible. Add one egg at a time and beat for 30 seconds after each egg.

How do I store leftover german pancakes? Here are instructions for the both the fridge and freezer…

  • Fridge: Cover and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or a toaster oven. If you’re in a hurry the microwave will also work.
  • Freezer:  Cut into serving size pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe airtight container. Freeze for 1-2 months. To reheat:  place the desired amount of pancakes on a baking sheet and cover loosely with a piece of foil. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. bake for about 10-15 or until warm.

Seriously, these are the best!!! I think we’ll make them this week for Breakfast night. 😉

Easy German pancakes recipe sprinkled with powdered sugar.

What to serve with German Pancakes?

So many great ideas, and you can find our favorites below but for all ideas, check out our Breakfast Recipes.

German pancakes recipe with syrup on it.

For more pancake recipes, check out:

German Pancake Recipe

4.9 from 76 votes
German Pancakes – a breakfast family favorite recipe we love to make! They’re EASY and light and fluffy too!!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 186 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna



  • Preheat oven to 450. In a medium bowl, whip eggs together. Add milk, flour and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk egg together. Whisk in flour until clumps are gone. Add milk and salt and whisk until combined.
  • In warmed oven, heat your butter in a 9×13 pan.
  • Pour batter into pan of melted butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The sides will be overflowing and fluffy but will calm down once removed from oven. Serve immediately with syrup, cinnamon or whatever sounds great to you.


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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It has become a “most requested” meal in my family. We love it so much we want to make it for our family at our cabin. Do you know what the adjustments would be for higher elevation baking? Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!

  2. 5 stars
    These are my families favorite! I make them every Sunday. It’s so easy to throw together. We top them with peanut butter and syrup!

  3. 5 stars
    We make these every weekend! In summer we add fresh peaches and whipped cream and in fall we add cinnamon apples and whipped cream. They are so yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    This is our new, go to favorite for Sunday mornings! My kids love that they can make it on their own, and it turns out perfect everytine!

  5. I’ve been making these since I was a teen – one of the first things I learned to cook on my own – and it is now a favorite dinner in busy nights when no one really wants to cook. If I have more time or we are wanting a special breakfast, I’ll make a spiced peach topping from a jar of peaches cooked in a saucepan, with some sun Amin and a cornstarch slurry to thicken. My son-in-law makes a spiced apple topping for them. So yummy – and now I’m hungry!!

    1. Ooh that all sounds so delicious! What yummy toppings. Thanks for sharing. We love these for fast and easy dinners too. Can’t go wrong with some German Pancakes! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    My husband loves making these German Pancakes. We make them for a special occasion when our children and grandchildren come home to visit❤️ They love them🤗

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    1. I hope you like the recipe! Let me know what changes you make to veganize it. I would love to hear!

  9. 5 stars
    We make this recipe all the time. At least twice a month on the weekends. So simple to make and so yummy!

  10. 4 stars
    Always wanted to try a German Pancake/Dutch Baby and while this was so easy to make, we felt it definitely needs some type of topping. I’m excited to try it again for my family and add spiced apples or a peach compote on top. However the two year old ate two helpings, so who’s complaining in the end!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe overall. You can certainly add toppings to switch up flavors. Especially with different fruit that is in season. Yum!

  11. I’ve had these pancakes for over 73 years,my Dad and his Mom always made these every Sunday and Christmas Morning. They never backed them in the oven always in a cast iron skillet on top of the stove, using a large spoon put batter in skillet cook until top is dry then flip over cook until lightly browned. Makes a plate size pancakes the sides are still puffy. There thinner then backed one more like a crepe we serve with a virety of syrup, honey and jam and jelly.

    1. They sound delicious and that’s a fun way to cook them…. yes that sounds similar to how you’d make crepes. Thanks for sharing!

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    I am not a cook. I never have liked to spend time in the kitchen, but some of these recipes are so easy and so good that I find that I can cook and clean up in no time. My husband is not a picky eater, thank goodness and likes most everything. Thank you for these emails.

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