Everyone raves about these fluffy pancakes. – they’re deliciously fluffy.

This pancake recipe uses staples you likely have on hand – flour, milk, eggs, and baking powder and take no time at all to whip up.

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You’ll Make This Pancake Recipe on Repeat Because..

  • They’re light, fluffy, and super yummy.
  • This recipe uses staple ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • Homemade pancakes are easy to make and don’t require much more effort than boxed mixes.
  • You can double or triple the batch and freeze them for quick weekday breakfasts.

Ingredients for Homemade Pancakes

This pancake recipe uses staples you likely have on hand.

  • All-purpose flour: This is the base. You can substitute ½ cup of whole wheat flour for ½ cup of all-purpose flour if desired.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the batter.
  • Baking powder & soda: These are the leavening agents that make the pancakes fluffy.
  • Milk: Adds moisture and creates the batter. Any kind of milk can be used, including non-dairy milk like almond milk.
  • Eggs: They bind everything together and add richness.
  • Melted butter: A bit of fat adds flavor and helps with browning. Replace butter with vegetable oil or melted coconut oil if desired.
  • Vanilla extract: Is added for flavor – you can also add a pinch of cinnamon.

How to Make Pancakes

You’ll love how simple it is to make this homemade pancake recipe.

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients (recipe below). In another bowl, whisk wet ingredients.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined; the batter should be a bit lumpy.
  3. Cook on a griddle or skillet and serve with butter and maple syrup.

Keep Batches Warm

This pancake recipe can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.Preheat a casserole dish or shred pan to 200°F in the oven. Once cooked, transfer the pancakes to the dish to keep warm while you cook the remaining batches.

Pancakes being cooked in a frying pan

Tips for The Best Pancakes

  • Don’t Overmix: The batter should be slightly lumpy and 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 gently wipe it with paper towels before adding the pancake batter to the pan.
  • Additions: If adding fruit like blueberries or sliced bananas (or chocolate chips), add them to the pancakes in the skillet instead of stirring them into the batter. This will keep them from burning on the pan.

Favorite Pancake Toppings

  • Butter and real maple syrup, of course!
  • Fresh fruit like sliced strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries…or all four!!
  • Peanut butter, Nutella, or jam.
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Make Ahead and Storing

This pancake recipe is great to prepare ahead and then to have pancakes to warm for busy weekday mornings.

Cooked 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).

How To Reheat Pancakes

Toaster: Place homemade pancakes straight into the toaster and toast until slightly crisp and heated through.

Microwave: For softer pancakes, reheat them in the microwave. Cooking times can vary but you can account for about 20 to 30 seconds per 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 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes
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  • 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
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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