This is the fluffy, flavorful pancake recipe you’ve been craving!

Made with staple ingredients like flour, milk, eggs, and baking powder; they’re the perfect start to your morning.

Best of all, they’re as easy as they are delicious, they’ll have everyone asking for seconds

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How to Make Pancakes From Scratch

You’ll love how simple it is to whip these up. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Mix dry ingredients per the recipe below with a whisk. In another bowl, whisk wet ingredients.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and stir just until combined; the batter should be a bit lumpy.
  3. Cook on a griddle or skillet.

Serve up a stack with butter and maple syrup.

How to Cook Pancakes

  1. Heat Griddle/Skillet – Heat over medium heat. To test for temperature, add a droplet of water to the surface. If it sizzles, it’s ready—ensure it’s not too hot, or the pancakes will burn.
  2. Lightly Grease – Use oil to lightly grease the skillet.
  3. Cook Pancakes – Pour a small amount of pancake batter onto the greased griddle/skillet and cook until the bubbles begin to pop. Flip and cook the other side.

Keep Batches Warm

If cooking in batches, transfer pancakes to a warm (200°F) oven once cooked. Place an open casserole dish or sheet pan in the oven. That way they stay nice and hot, and you can serve them all at once at the table along with other fixings.

Pancakes being cooked in a frying pan

Tips for The Best Pancakes

  • Don’t Overmix: The batter should be slightly lumpy and should pour easily. If it’s too thick add a splash of milk. If it’s too runny add a bit of flour to get the right consistency.
  • Medium Heat: Cook over medium heat. It takes longer but the results are better (a non-stick skillet works best).
  • Use Oil: Butter can burn after a couple of batches. For golden pancakes, heat the oil and then give it a gentle wipe with paper towels before adding the batter.
  • Additions: Add things like blueberries, sliced bananas, or chocolate chips to the pancakes in the skillet instead of stirring them into the batter so they don’t burn onto the pan.
Stack of pancakes on a plate with butter and syrup

Make Ahead

On busy weekday mornings, it’s great to use homemade pancake mix but even better to have pancakes cooked and ready to go, so all they need is warming.

Much like crepes, pancakes can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and kept in the freezer for 2 months. Seal them in a freezer bag or an airtight container for storage (with a piece of parchment in between).

To Reheat Pancakes

Toaster: Pop homemade pancakes straight into the toaster. And it makes them a tiny bit crisp which is delicious.

Microwave: The microwave works too, just heat about 20-30 seconds for 1 serving.

More Favorite Breakfast Recipes

Any of these delicious breakfast recipes can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in th morning!

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Perfectly Fluffy Pancakes

The best pancake recipe to make from scratch. They are fluffy and so easy to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups milk or as needed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a medium bowl, whisk milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet mixture. Gently stir the batter until just combined, the batter should be slightly lumpy.
  • Preheat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat (or to 350°F). Lightly grease with butter or vegetable oil.
  • Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the heated griddle for each pancake. Cook on one side until bubbles form and begin to pop, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until both sides are golden brown.
  • Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate or a warmed oven and repeat with the remaining batter.



If you prefer a sweeter pancake, add a little bit more sugar.
To Make Large Batches: If making large batches, preheat the oven to 175-200°F and keep a baking sheet in the oven. Keep pancakes warm on the baking sheet.
To Make Whole Wheat Pancakes: Substitute 1/2 cup of white flour for whole wheat flour.
To Make Ahead: Cook and cool pancakes. Separate pancakes with a layer of waxed paper and place in a freezer bag. Reheat in the microwave, toaster, or oven
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 129 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Favorite Pancake Toppings

My kids’ absolute favorite thing to do to pancakes, is to spread them with seedless raspberry jam, then drizzle warmed up heavy cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon over them. Trust me when I say this is actually a delicious combination! Other favorite toppings include:

  • Butter and real maple syrup, of course!
  • Whipped cream and honey… delicious on crepes, too!
  • Sliced strawberries… or blackberries, raspberries, blueberries…or all four!!
  • Sprinkles, like these fun birthday cake pancakes!
  • Various kinds of jam with clotted cream!
  • Nutella… this is basically like having dessert for breakfast!
  • Cinnamon with a homemade cream cheese topping.
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  1. Too much baking powder. I thought that but didn’t realize till my husband mentioned they tasted terrible. Why so much?2 stars

  2. Made this for my family this morning….. OMG I AM NEVER EVER EVER buying the complete pancake mix again. These are INSANE!! I am not a breakfast eater, but my husband couldn’t finish his (no one was more surprised than I was lol) so I managed to snag some and I am so glad he didn’t finish!5 stars

  3. These are definitely my favorite pancakes! I’ve made them so much that I memorized the recipe!
    How would you alter the recipe using gluten free flower? I tried once, but it was super runny. I know GF flower is totally different, so just curious if you have any pointers there.5 stars

    1. I am so happy to hear you love this pancake recipe so much! I haven’t tried it gluten-free so I can’t say for sure Haileigh, but maybe another reader has some insights!

  4. Super fluffy and soft! These had a mild eggy taste which we liked. Wrap a piece of bacon and your in heaven. Can I freeze left over batter?

    Looking forward to the holiday recipes!5 stars

    1. So glad you enjoyed these! I haven’t tried freezing the leftover batter so I can’t say for sure. If you do have extra batter, you can cook the pancakes and freeze the leftover pancakes.

  5. This is similar to the recipe l’ve been using over 40 yrs, buttermilk gives cakes a tangy taste. l also add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda & cream of tartar & cut baking powder down to 2 & 1/2 teaspoons.4 stars

  6. These were outstanding. Definitely will make these again. Full of flavor and fully OMG so fluffy. I ate one without any of the fixings so good.5 stars

  7. Loved the waffle recipe and was very optimistic with this as I put it together. However, I couldn’t get the pancakes to bubble. They aren’t flat so not sure why it didn’t bubble. All leavening agents are not expired.3 stars