Easy Pancake Recipe

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The easiest and yummiest basic pancake recipe. Use this recipe if you’re out of mix for delicious pancakes that everyone will love. Plus, check out all our tips on how to change them up for even more flavor!

If you love these pancakes, you’ll also love our buttermilk pancakes and fluffy pancakes! They’re recipes the whole family will enjoy!

Easy pancake recipe

The best Homemade pancake recipe

I think it’s safe to say that most people LOVE pancakes.

They’re simple – they’re quick – they’re delicious slathered in butter and syrup. What’s not to love?

Many rely on store-bought pancake mixes, which are great. But just in case you don’t have any, we’re going to show you a very delicious, basic pancake recipe that you can use. We will also show you how to change up the pancake mix (whether it’s store bought or homemade) to make it even better with the flavors you love most!

Pancake batter in bowl

pancake mix recipe

They’re so simple to make!

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. That’s your pancake mix!

You can store this in a jar or air-tight container. But to make pancakes out of it, do the following…

WET INGREDIENTS. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk, egg and melted butter. Mix until smooth

COOK PANCAKES. Lightly oil a griddle, or frying pan and heat to medium high heat.

Serve warm and top with butter or fruit and syrup (or are personal favorite buttermilk syrup).

Pancakes being cooked on griddle

Storing + Topping Ideas

We have a blog post ALL about freezing pancakes. Be sure to check it out for all our tips.

But, TO STORE, you’ll want to separate pancakes with parchment paper and place in a freezer-safe bag.

If you’re looking for topping ideas, here are a few:

The options are endless – but be sure to keep scrolling to see how you can change up this simple pancake recipe for even more flavor.

Pancake variations

Pancake Mix Add ins

Pancakes with syrup on their own are delicious, but it’s nice to be able to change them up too. We’ve listed out below what you can do to modify the recipe to create an entirely new pancake that is also delicious and perfect for the season or holiday.

Be sure to let us know your favorite way to change up classic pancakes!

Fruity + sweet pancakes

  • Banana Pancakes
    • Add banana slices to partially cooked pancakes
  • Apple Spice Pancakes
    • Add ⅓ cup applesauce and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter
    • OR use 1 grated granny smith apple and a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
    • Lemon zest, lemon juice, and blueberries
  • Peach Pancakes
    • Chop up drained peach halves into small pieces and gently fold into the batter
  • Island Pancakes
    • Add ⅓ cup crushed pineapple(drained), and 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes
    • Add chocolate chips and strawberry slices into the pancake batter
  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
    • Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla
  • Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes
    • Fresh raspberries and white chocolate chips
  • Brownie Batter Pancakes
    • Incorporate ¼ cup brownie mix and ½ cup chocolate chips

pumpkin pancakes

Seasonal + Festive Pancakes

  • Pumpkin Pancakes
    • Add ⅓ cup pumpkin puree and ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice to the batter
  • Gingerbread Pancakes
    • Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, molasses
  • Eggnog Pancakes
    • Use eggnog instead of milk
  • Hot Cocoa Pancakes
    • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder added to the batter
  • Carrot Cake Pancakes
    • Use 1 cup of shredded carrots, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of allspice, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Bacon Pancakes
    • Add chopped bacon pieces to the batter before cooking
  • Maple nut Pancakes
    • Add ⅓ chopped walnuts and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to the batter
  • Funfetti Pancakes
    • Use funfetti cake mix and a ⅓ cup of rainbow sprinkles

Easy Pancake Recipe

4.87 from 22 votes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 217 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk, egg and melted butter. Mix until smooth

  3. Lightly oil a griddle, or frying pan and heat to medium high heat.

  4. Use about 1/4 c batter to pour each pancake onto the griddle. Heat until browned on both sides. Serve hot.

Easy pancake recipe stacked on plate with syrup

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and quite the crowd pleaser! The batter holds up well with mix-ins (we added mashed banana) and cooks up so fluffy and light. THank you for another great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These are so yummy! All of my kids devoured them! They were super easy and so versatile for EVERYONE to CUSTOMIZE with their own toppings. This will be my new go-to Pancake recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This is ALMOST iden to my go-to pancake recipe! When i want to Switch it up A litTle i use flavoured coffee creamer for all or part of the milk. Yummy!!! 😋

  4. 5 stars
    Such a yummy and quick recipe! I make pancakes from scratch almost Every week. my littles said i needed to maKe this recipe from Now on. They loved it! DEfinitely my new go to! It is seriously so good!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    Easy, delicious homemade pancakes with mix-ins that don’t sink! We used what we had on hand, #COVID19, and made brownie pancakes with mint chips instead of chocolate chips. No wrong answers!!

  6. 5 stars
    THESE WERE THE PERFECT PANCAKE FOR US! A HINT OF SWEET, PERFECTLY FLUFFY AND SO EASY! WE DEVOURED THEM, AND I WISH I HAD DOUBLED THE RECIPE. DEFINITELY HAVE TO DO THAT NEXT TIME, MY KIDS WANTED MORE AND MORE. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE BUTTERMILK SYRUP SHE SUGGESTS. IT IS LITERAL HEAVEN AND WHIPS UP SO FAST. OUR NEW GO TO FOR SURE!!

  7. 5 stars
    These really are so easy & so fluffy!! I try to make pancakes every week..usually on the weekends, so these will be our go-to from now on!

  8. 5 stars
    I have a recipe i love but thought I’d try this one. I liked it even better. I felt like the pancakes cooked more evenly than my regular recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 4 stars
    Really Delicious and fast recipe To make. I just googled “Easy pancake recipe” and this was one of the top results. 4 stars because i felt it nEeded more liquid so i added more milk. Otherwise This will be my go-to pancake recipe Now!

    1. 5 stars
      The person who said that they gave your recipe a 4, instead of a 5, because it needed more milk…. That’s unfair; because “it” didn’t need more milk, “SHE” needed More MILK!

      We make adjustments accordingly!

      I adjusted the sugar on the mere fact that I love sweet pancakes. I also adjusted the milk a tiny bit, because I love a thinner pancake.

      However, this RECIPE was/is excellent!

  10. 5 stars
    I will keep simple: my 10 year old ate 2 medium sized and asked for One more 🙂 ExCeLlent recIpe. Practical, Easy, and fast! Thumbs up

  11. 5 stars
    I have never been able to make pancakes. I’m a decent Cook, but my pancakes are always a disAster. These came out Perfect on The fIrst try. Thank you!!!!

  12. 5 stars
    It was a great recipe! I added 1 sliced apple to mine and a cinnamon and sugar mixture and it was delicious! Thank you for the great recipe 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I swear these were superb!!! I ate them without my Bacon because I had forgotten it was on my plate! I got finished and made more. This is a true blessing and I THANK GOD!

    I’ll be trying more of your recipes!!

      1. 3 stars
        These were ok. Based on all the reviews, I was expecting something much better. I would consider these thick, not fluffy. Without syrup, they reminded me of a biscuit. With syrup, they reminded me of a donut. I would agree with the person who suggested more milk (despite the snarky comment someone else said). Not for taste, but I think it would help with the consistency. The batter is much thicker than any other pancake recipe I’ve made. One thing I’m surprised no one mentioned is that the recipe calls for vanilla, but vanilla is not listed in the instructions. I reread everything multiple times to make sure I wasn’t overlooking it and even did “find on page” on my phone. Hopefully she sees this and updates it. I included it with the wet ingredients anyway. All in all, these were not terrible, but they are not on my list to make again. (Sorry fOr the all caps. Not sure why it’s not letting me change it.)