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Peppermint Gingerbread Cake Ball (Ebleskiver) Recipe

Two of my favorite Christmas season cookies are gingerbread and Danish pancake balls called ebelskiver (it is pronounced able-skeev-er and spelled three different ways in English – ebleskiver, ebelskiver, aebleskiver because Danes like to complicate things sometimes.)

There are many varieties and recipes for making ebleskiver. Since gingerbread is also a Danish Christmas tradition I'm going to combine the two and make gingerbread ableskiver!

With peppermint candy chips. Because peppermint candy makes everything Christmasy and better.

The only special skills you need to make this Scandinavian treat is a stove top  Danish Aebleskiver / Ebelskiver pan like this one. I use an electric cake pop maker similar to this one which makes it even easier! (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience)

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Gingerbread Cake Ball Recipe

You will need the following ingredients

1 Cup of white flour

1 1/2 Teaspoons of sugar

1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder

2 Teaspoons of ginger

1 Teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon salt

2 Eggs

1 Cup of milk – I substitute almond or soy milk (basically whatever is in the fridge) to make this a milk allergy friendly dairy free treat recipe

1/2 Cup of unsulfured molasses

2 Tablespoons of melted butter – Again I switch this out with whatever brand of dairy free butter is in the refrigerator at the moment

Extra melted butter or neutral tasting cooking oil or spray

Peppermint Gingerbread Icing Recipe

You will need the following ingredients

Peppermint candy chips

1 Cup of confectioner’s sugar

2 Teaspoons of water

1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Pastry bag and tip like this one

Step by Step How to Make this Recipe

1. In a large mixing bowl stir to thoroughly combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl (yes it is important to the taste of this recipe to do this step in a separate bowl) stir to thoroughly combine the 2 egg yolks, milk, molasses, and melted butter.

3. Stir to toughly combine the wet mixture from Step 2 into the dry mixture from Step 1.

4. In a separate bowl (again this is important) whisk the 2 egg whites until they form peaks.

5. Gently stir the egg whites into the batter mixture (this is called folding in fancy baker talk.)

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6. Preheat the cake pop maker or Ebleskiver pan. Using a pastry brush (it looks like this,) brush each well with melted butter or cooking oil/spray.

7. Fill each well with about 1 tablespoon of batter. My cake pop maker suggests using a pastry bag or a zip lock with the corner cut off. I used a clean coffee scoop. The coffee scoop was easier than rocking the pastry bag.

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This batter looks lighter in this photo because I am reusing a photo from a traditional ableskiver recipe I wrote on Lazy Budget Chef.

8. Bake the gingerbread balls for 3 to 5 minutes or until softly set and lightly brown on the bottom, turn the cake balls over, and bake them for approximately 3 more minutes or until they are done.

Traditionally Danes turn ebelskiver over in the pan/cake ball maker with a knitting needle or an ebleskiver turning tool that looks a lot like a bamboo skewer. Since I don't knit I use either a chopstick or the fork like tool that came with my cake pop maker.

9. Make the icing by thoroughly combining in a mixing bowl the powdered sugar, water, and vanilla extract.

10. Use a pastry bag and icing tip to decorate the gingerbread cake balls and top with the peppermint candy chips.

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Karen said…
I think I need to get one of those pans!!
Veronica Lee said…
These gingerbread cookie balls look amazing! Yummm!
Anne said…
I read this post. Now I need to scour my thrift stores for a pan. I know I’ve seen them before. Thanks for the tips on how to get the batter in the pan.
Ang Paris said…
What a fun recipe! I need one of those pans, too!
I had a cast iron pan for these years ago, I was not skilled to turn them, gave the pan away! Maybe it is time to try again!
What a great holiday treat!
Bring on the peppermint! These little cookies are so fun & I love all the festive flavors!
Teresa B said…
They sound amazing, thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty link Party. Pinned.
jannyshere said…
My grandparents came from Denmark and used to make ebelskivers as a Sunday morning breakfast!
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Lisa Lynn said…
Oh my, these look so good! I would love to have you share your Christmas recipes on my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies party! Hope to see you there!

And thank you for sharing the giveaway!
Jamie said…
I've never thought of combining gingerbread and peppermint! How fun!
Eileen said…
Love the flavor combo on these Ebleskiver. I only started making these a few years ago and this recipe is going to be made this weekend.