21 Best Pancakes

Basic pancakes recipe

The Spruce

Make breakfast or brunch extra special with these delicious pancake recipes. Entice your sweet tooth with everything from chocolate chip to pumpkin cornmeal pancakes.

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    Buttermilk Pancakes

    Buttermilk Pancakes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These buttermilk pancakes are light and fluffy, and they're delicious with lots of butter and maple syrup. Make these buttermilk pancakes for the weekend or any day for a perfect family breakfast. If you don't have buttermilk, just add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a 1 cup measure then add milk to the one-cup mark. Let it stand for a few minutes before you use it in the pancake batter.

  • 02 of 21

    Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Fluffy chocolate chip pancake recipe

    The Spruce

    Chocolate chip pancakes are always an extra special treat, and they're especially popular with kids. Try easy variations using pecans or mashed banana.

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    Individual Dutch Baby Oven Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This delicious little oven pancake—also known as Dutch Baby oven pancake—is easy to fix and bake in the oven, and is enough for one person or two to share if serving with other breakfast foods like eggs and bacon.

  • 04 of 21

    Basic Pancakes

    Basic pancakes recipe

    The Spruce

    Top these everyday basic pancakes with butter and maple syrup or use your family's favorite flavored syrup. Serve with fruit slices or berries on the side.

    This recipe is easily doubled for a large family. Make the batter the night before, cover, and refrigerate. What could be easier?

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  • 05 of 21

    Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Whole Wheat Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    These healthy whole wheat pancakes are mixed up the night before for a quick breakfast. Full of oats, apple, walnuts, raisins, oat bran, and sesame seeds, they're flavorful and hearty.

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    Sourdough Pancakes

    Sourdough Pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    There's no shortage of pancake ideas, but have you ever had sourdough pancakes? These sourdough pancakes offer just the right mix of sweetness and tang, all with a tender, chewy bite. They require overnight prep, but the final product is well worth it. After you try this recipe, we're betting you'll add it to your stable of favorites.

  • 07 of 21

    Banana Pancakes

    Banana Pancakes Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni 

    There's a surprise waiting inside these banana pancakes. The batter is mixed in the blender and cottage cheese and sour cream make it interesting right from the start. Yet, it's the lone banana slice cooked into each cake that makes the recipe extra special.

  • 08 of 21

    Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes

    Peanut butter pancakes on a serving plate with maple-peanut butter syrup

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    If you're a peanut butter lover, these fluffy peanut butter pancakes have your name on them. They start with buttermilk pancake batter and get a flavor lift from smooth PB. A drizzle of maple syrup is all they need but if you really want to gild the lily, add a little peanut butter to the syrup.

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  • 09 of 21

    Swedish Pancakes

    Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam on a serving plate

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Swedish pancakes are much thinner and lighter than the type eaten in the U.S. They are served with lingonberry jam for breakfast but often eaten as dessert with fresh fruit and sweetened whipped cream.

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    Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

    Apple Oven Pancake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This apple dutch baby pancake is a quick and easy way to enjoy a pancake breakfast because it cooks all at once in the oven. No worries about cooking in batches and keeping the first pancakes warm. Serve this pancake with your favorite syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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    Cream Cheese Pancakes

    cream cheese pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    Whether you are looking for a gluten-free, low-carb, or keto-friendly pancake recipe, this cream cheese pancake is sure to please. More crepe than fluffy pancake, this simple recipe combines just four ingredients. Cook as usual, dust with powdered sugar, and serve with fresh berries.

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    Themed Pancakes

    St. Patrick's Day Pancakes
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    These clover-shaped tinted pancakes may perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but this recipe shows how simple it is to customize your flapjacks for any holiday or special occasion. All you need is a cookie cutter and some food coloring. Place the cookie cutter on a hot griddle, pour in some batter, and before flipping remove the cutter.

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    Pumpkin Cornmeal Pancakes

    Pumpkin Cornmeal Pancakes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Subtle spices and brown sugar flavor these pumpkin cornmeal pancakes, and the cornmeal gives them fabulous texture. Top with maple syrup or golden cane syrup and toasted pecans.

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    Cinnamon Pancakes

    Cinnamon Pancakes

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Cinnamon pancakes are a delicious twist on this favorite breakfast food. The spice gives them a warming flavor that's perfect for cold mornings. Splitting the flour with an equal part of buckwheat adds a rustic charm as well as a few health benefits.

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    Applesauce Pancakes With Apple Cider Syrup

    Applesauce Pancakes With Apple Cider Syrup

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Applesauce pancakes with apple cider syrup are perfect for fall, but that doesn't mean you can't make them any time of the year. These delicious pancakes are topped with a fabulous apple cider syrup. Make the syrup the day before to make it a quick and easy gourmet breakfast.

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    Cornmeal Pancakes

    Johnnycakes

    The Spruce

    Cornmeal pancakes taste great with butter and maple syrup or use another syrup or fruity sauce. This recipe makes a nice big batch, perfect for a big family breakfast.

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    Blueberry Pancakes

    Homemade blueberry pancakes

    The Spruce

    Use fresh or frozen blueberries in these delicious pancakes. Beaten egg whites make these pancakes a little lighter, and the blueberries make them delicious. Blueberry pancakes are great for any family breakfast. Serve them with maple syrup or a blueberry syrup.

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    Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Ideal when you are serving a crowd, this large Dutch baby pancake is simple to prepare and impressive to serve. A few simple ingredients are mixed together and then baked in a hot buttered pan until puffed up and crispy on the edges. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup, and jam.

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    Coconut Cream Pancakes

    Coconut cream pancakes

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Filled with shredded coconut, and topped with both a coconut cream glaze and golden toasted coconut, these coconut cream pancakes are the perfect summer brunch treat. 

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    Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

    Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Blueberry cornmeal pancakes have great texture and loads of flavor. Serve these delicious pancakes with butter and your favorite syrup.

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    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    There's no need to stand over a skillet or griddle flipping pancakes with this easy blueberry Dutch baby pancake.