Fluffy Homemade Pancakes Recipe

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Wondering how to make pancakes from scratch? This easy Homemade Pancakes Recipe makes fluffy old-fashioned pancakes! Get ready to dig into a stack of the best pancakes you’ve ever had with this simple recipe.

A stack of pancakes with a wedge taken out, topped with berries.

Fluffy Old Fashioned Homemade Pancakes

When you have a little time on a weekend morning for a fun breakfast, pancakes are perfect! They are easy to throw together and are made with ingredients you typically already have. Plus, they are easy to change up with different mix-ins and toppings. Pancakes are a simple, versatile breakfast sure to satisfy all!

And to make things even better, this recipe yields the most fluffy pancakes! No thin, tough pancakes here.

I’ve actually been giving these to the twins a fair amount lately. Their swimming lessons are early in the morning and they’re only allowed to eat carbs before the lesson, so pancakes have been a hit. They are loving these and I love how easy they are to make.

pouring syrup on a stack of homemade pancakes

What You’ll Need

Making pancakes from scratch only requires a few simple ingredients. (You can even use this recipe to make a DIY pancake mix ahead of time – see details later in this post.)

To make homemade pancakes you will need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • egg
  • milk
  • butter
  • vanilla

That’s it! Odds are you already have most of this in your kitchen. These pancakes were meant to be.

Stack of pancakes on a plate with strawberries, blueberries and maple syrup.

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch

So now that I’ve told you these are easy, fluffy and delicious, let’s talk about how to make them.

  • Combine the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. Mix the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a large bowl for the dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Gently fold them together. You don’t want to do this too brusquely or overdo it. It can over develop the gluten in flour and end up giving you dense, tough pancakes. You’ll end up with some lumps in your batter and that’s ok.
  • Heat the griddle. Let the batter rest while you heat your griddle or pan. Give the batter another little stir before using it and you’ll notice any remaining lumps will break up a bit.
  • Cook your pancakes. Spoon batter onto your griddle about 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup at a time, depending on how large you want your pancakes to be.
  • Flip. You’ll know they are ready to be flipped when they’ve got bubbles coming through the top and the edges are set. I usually cook them until they are just about done, so after I flip them, they just need a little more time to finish cooking the other side so that it’s golden.
  • Dig in! Finally, serve your pancakes warm with your favorite maple syrup!
These Homemade Pancakes are fluffy, easy to make and quick to throw together in the morning!
Cross section of pancake stack

Tips for the Best Pancakes:

  • Don’t over mix. Be sure not to over mix your pancake batter so that you don’t get tough, dense pancakes. Lumps are ok.
  • Use a flat cooking surface. For a nice looking pancake, cook on a flat surface. A griddle is preferable.
  • Make smaller pancakes. Don’t make your pancakes too large, or they’ll be difficult to flip.
  • When to flip a pancake: Your pancakes are ready to be flipped when you see plenty of bubbles coming through the surface and the edges are set.
  • Pancake mix-in ideas: Mix ins make these even more fun! Try adding sprinkles, chocolate chips or fresh fruit to your batter.

How to Make Pancake Mix

If you wanted to make these pancakes even easier to make, you could combine the dry ingredients ahead of time and have it in your pantry as a pancake mix. You’ll want to put it in an airtight container. It should keep well, as long as the flour and baking powder you use is fresh.

A stack of pancakes on a plate topped with mixed berries.

Can I Freeze These?

These pancakes do wonderfully when frozen and reheated! I’ve been doing it a ton with the boys. The mornings are rushed, so frozen is a nice shortcut.

You can either layer parchment paper between the pancakes when you freeze them so they don’t stick to each other, or you can lay the pancakes out individually onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze them that way. Once frozen, pop them all into an airtight container or bag.

How to Reheat Extras

To reheat them, microwave one pancake for about 20 seconds. Add another 5-10 seconds as you add additional pancakes. If you know you’re going to have pancakes in the morning, you could even pop the number of pancakes you’ll need into the fridge the night before so they thaw (which is what I’ve been doing). Either way, these reheat beautifully.

More easy breakfast ideas:

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Easy Banana Bread
Overnight Baked Banana French Toast Casserole
Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake
Overnight Cinnamon Apple Baked French Toast Casserole

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Best Homemade Pancakes Recipe | Old Fashioned Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Homemade Pancake Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Homemade Pancakes Recipe makes soft & fluffy pancakes. Get ready to dig into a stack of the best pancakes you’ve ever had!



  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp (52g) sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) milk
  • 4 tbsp (56g) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. In a large measuring cup, combine the egg, milk, butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold them together until well combined, but still a little lumpy. You don’t want to over mix them or they could end up less fluffy and tough. The batter should be relatively thick, but easily pourable.
  4. Set the batter aside to rest while you heat the griddle, 5-10 minutes. Any remaining lumps with start to soften as the moisture soaks in. Gently stir again.
  5. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan over medium-low heat and melt a little butter to grease it. Pour batter onto the pan and let it spread out into a round pancake. I used about 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
  6. Allow to cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges are set, then flip and cook until golden.
  7. Continue cooking with the remaining batter.
  8. Serve pancakes with maple syrup or your choice of toppings.

Keywords: homemade, easy, fluffy, easy, from scratch, best

Recipe originally from Cafe Delights.


A stack of pancakes, then another stack with a wedge cut out

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  1. Lori

    Woke up craving pancakes! This is the best recipe ever and has officially become the standard in my household – loooooooove!

  2. Salina

    Damn this pancake is super delicious…… my kids loved it and me too. It just melts inside your mouth…. thank you so much for this delicious recipe. Loved it.

      1. Patrick

        So I am In the process of making these right now so good luck to me lol. But it would be helpful if the recipie was clear on pure vanilla vs vanilla extract since there can be a huge difference in how much to use.

  3. Laila Kelley

    I tried this recipe Today. It’s My first time making pancakes with the ingredients I have available at home as I usually buy boxed pancake mixes. Turned out perfectly. I used 1 Whole can evaporated milk instead coz we ran out of fresh milk and added a little water to reach the desired consistency of the batter. 

    1. Sunflower

      I used can milk also. Maybe adding water is what I should do next time. As my batter is fluffy, thick. I have to scoop the batter then spread out. They taste great and are fluffy. My family loves them, they’ve become once a week guarantee.

  4. Tisha

    I usually use aunt jemima mix to make my pancakes…but after using your recipe, im not going back. My kids enjoy these pancakes and so do I. They are easy to make and sooo delicious. Thank you for sharing 😊

      1. Katrina

        I wanted fluffy homemade pancakes but I’ve never made them from scratch. I found this recipe and they were delicious!!! I’ll never make them from a mix again!!

  5. Karen Klyczek

    My 3 year old twin granddaughters requested pancakes for their birthday dinner. We made your recipe. OMG they are simply delicious! This will be our pancake recipe from now on. Thank you!!!!

    1. Sara

      These are fantastic!! So light and fluffy and delicious – rave reviews from the whole family! They yield a lot so if it’s for 2 people you can half the recipe, (depending on how hungry you are.) 11/10 would make again! 

  6. Katrina

    Boy do I wish this recipe was posted a few days ago LOL.
    I wanted homemade pancakes for breakfast on Saturday and looked up a recipe. Followed it to a “T” and it was awful! We ended up having cereal (again!). These look amazing and i will definitely try them next time! Hope you and your family are doing well!

      1. Sharon

        Hi, I made this recipe yesterday and was very happy, so I sent it to my son, he lives in California with his wife and daughter. He loves pancakes to. I made it again this morning, the best pancakes ever. Light and fluffy and better than any store bought. The recipe is easy, simple and just plain good. Really doesn’t even need syrup. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to make them for all my grands.

      2. Emmy

        I LOVE these pancakes. Like they’re the best ever,  thank you so much!!! I’m totally going to send this recipe to my friends!

    1. Naomi

      We ran out of pancake mix so I found this recipe on lin to make them from scratch. My kids said these were the best pancakes ever and I don’t have to buy mix anymore! Sooooooooo tasty!

      1. Sharon

        These pancakes are the best. Nice and fluffy. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you!

      2. Dina Caudillo

        I LOVE this recipe the pancakes are delicious but I was wondering instead of milk can I use buttermilk ?? 

    2. Jh

      Just made these. Added some coconut, awesome recipe. Much better than boxed garbage. I used 1% milk, but will try buttermilk next time. These are extremely light, fluffy and thick.

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