Vanilla Dutch Baby

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A fluffy twist on the classic pancake, blending the simplicity of a Dutch Baby with the sweet taste of vanilla. Irresistibly puffy and golden—pure delight in every bite!

vanilla dutch baby

Why You’ll Love the Vanilla Dutch Baby for Breakfast

The Vanilla Dutch Baby, a delightful variation of the traditional Dutch Baby pancake, adds a touch of warmth and sweetness to this iconic breakfast treat. To create this culinary marvel, a simple batter with a base of eggs, flour, milk, and vanilla is whisked together until smooth.

The magic unfolds in the oven, where the batter is poured into a hot, buttered skillet and baked to perfection. As the Vanilla Dutch Baby bakes, it transforms into a puffy, golden masterpiece with crispy edges, creating a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds.

The vanilla infusion takes this dish to another level, imparting a fragrant and comforting aroma that fills the kitchen. The sweet notes of vanilla harmonize with the eggy richness of the pancake, creating a symphony of flavors that make each bite a truly indulgent experience.

The finished product, adorned with a dusting of powdered sugar, is not only a feast for the senses but also a visual spectacle that invites everyone to gather around the breakfast table.

Versatile and easy to prepare for a quick breakfast, brunch, or dinner, the Vanilla Dutch Baby is a brunch showstopper that allows for creative toppings. Whether adorned with fresh berries, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of whipped cream, this pancake offers a canvas for personalization, making it a favorite among both casual cooks and seasoned chefs alike.

This is not just a meal; it’s a celebration of flavors and a reminder that the simplest ingredients can come together to create something truly extraordinary.

If you family loves this Dutch Baby for breakfast make sure you also make them French Breakfast Puffs with Fresh StrawberriesPeach Cobbler MuffinsCinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole, and Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls.

What You’ll Need to Make a Vanilla Dutch Baby

vanilla dutch baby ingredients

  • butter
  • eggs
  • milk, warmed
  • flour
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • powdered sugar
  • toppings – fruit and syrup are two that we love!

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make a Vanilla Dutch Baby:

prepare the batter by combining ingredients

Put an iron skillet in a cold oven, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare the batter by combining the eggs, warmed milk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. 

**Here is an iron skillet that we love and recommend! It makes a big difference to have one of these when you make your Vanilla Dutch Baby! It’s also a great addition to your kitchen in general!

whisk batter until combined

Whisk the batter until all the ingredients are mixed well and lump-free. Set the batter aside and wait for the oven to be completely preheated.

put butter into hot pan

Once preheated, carefully remove the hot iron skillet and put the butter into the skillet to melt.

move the butter all around the skillet to coat the bottom

Spread the butter around until it melts and coats the bottom of the skillet.

pour the vanilla dutch baby batter into the pan

Pour the batter for the Vanilla Dutch Baby into the pan. DO NOT mix the butter into the batter. Just pour it in and let it be!

bake the vanilla dutch baby until done

Put the skillet back into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the sides of the Dutch Baby are golden brown.

dust with powdered sugar

Dust with powdered sugar, and add some fruit if you wish!

serve vanilla dutch baby

Serve immediately. Enjoy!!

How to Serve:

Here are some of our favorite toppings for your Vanilla Dutch Baby!

  • powdered sugar
  • syrup
  • fresh fruit
  • whipped cream
  • jam
  • nutella

But don’t let this list hold you back from exploring whatever toppings your heart desires! We also love to serve ours with a side of bacon or sausage. This makes this meal a bit more hearty and perfect for brunch. But really, you can serve this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and it’s a winner!

vanilla dutch baby

Vanilla Dutch Baby

A fluffy twist on the classic pancake, blending the simplicity of a Dutch Baby with the sweet taste of vanilla. Irresistibly puffy and golden—pure delight in every bite!


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 eggs large
  • 1/2 cup milk warmed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • powdered sugar to dust


  • Place iron skillet into cold oven and preheat to 425 degrees.
  • While preheating, prepare the batter.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, warmed milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt until all lumps are gone. Set aside until oven is ready.
  • Once preheated, remove the pan from the oven and place the butter into the pan to melt. Spread the butter so it covers the bottom. Pour the batter into the pan, do not mix into the remaining butter.
  • Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until sides are golden brown. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
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  1. I am thinking of making this for Christmas morning and wonder what size pan to use. I have a 10″ and a 12″. If I use the larger one should I increase the recipe amount? There will only be 3 of us but our son is a good eater. I will probably also cook bacon and both my fellows LOVE bacon.

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