Croatian Palacinke (Croatian Breakfast Crepes)


Today is the first day of September, the birth month of my mom. She would have been 80 this month. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. She always cooked incredible meals, whether it was dinner, lunches, or even breakfast. If you ever spent a night at my mom and dad’s house, you would have woken up to a full breakfast, and 9 out 10 times, it probably included palacinkes, which are Croatian “crepes”.

Palacinke, pronounced “poly-cheenka” (or at least that’s how I pronounced it!), are light, thin crepes that are dusted with powdered sugar, and can be served with jams (for filling) or topped with a touch maple syrup. Serve that with a side of bacon and you’ve got a hearty, old-world breakfast that will have you smiling all day!

They are super easy to make and only require 4 ingredients:

  • eggs
  • milk
  • flour
  • sugar
  • vanilla

Blend these together. The batter should be a relatively thin batter as you don’t want it thick like pancakes or waffles.

Pour it into a hot, oiled frying pan into little round circles. When the edges get crispy and brown it’s time to flip them, but only for about 15 to 30 seconds at most.

Remove them and dust with the powdered sugar and serve with your favorite jams and/or syrup. That’s it! The secret is a fairly thin batter…not watery, but not thick. Blend it all real well with a whisk too.

They can be served flat or stuffed with your favorite jam and rolled into crepes.

These are much easier to prepare than waffles or pancakes, and are actually lighter as well. It’s only when you add the syrup, jams and powdered sugar (and serve them with bacon), that you’ll find yourself wanting to jump on the treadmill or jog around the block for a hour later that day!

This recipe is definitely courtesy of my mom, the founder of the original SpoonDrawer!

Croatian Palacinke (Croatian Crepes)

Lite, delicious breakfast crepes dusted with powdered sugar and filled with fruit jam or topped with maple syrup.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Ethnic
Cuisine Eastern European
Servings 3 servings (3 each)


  • Non-stick frying pan


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 c Milk
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 c Flour
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla (I use paste but either is fine)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil (for frying pan)
  • Powdered Sugar (for dusting on top)


  • Beat 3 eggs and 3 tablespoons sugar with whisk
  • Add 1 cup milk, and 1 tbsp vanilla, and continue whisking
  • Slowly fold in 1 cup flour and continue whisking
  • Heat non-stick pan with vegetable or canola oil until hot
  • Slowly pour mixture into pan, creating small "semi-round pancakes"
  • Watch for edges to crinkle and bubble. Flip once for 30 seconds (if that). The cooked side should be a tan brown with crispy edges.
  • Place on plate. Dab any excess oil from the top. Dust with powdered sugar.
  • Serve with pure maple syrup, or a variety of jams.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Croatian Crepes, Palacinke, Serbian Crepes
Adam LapsevichCroatian Palacinke (Croatian Breakfast Crepes)
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