Buttermilk Pancakes {my family’s favorite!}

Do you pour your pancake mix out of a box, and then stir in some milk and eggs? That’s how I did it for many years.

I just didn’t know any better.

Then, while in college, a friend intervened and rescued my life from what promised to be a very unsatisfying flapjack destiny. I was introduced to homemade buttermilk pancakes. Why in the world did I ever think they could only be enjoyed when ordered from a restaurant’s plastic slip-covered menu?!

These Buttermilk Pancakes are the best homemade pancakes around, overwhelmingly approved by every member of my family (plus lots of extended family members and friends!). They rise up light and fluffy, bake up golden brown, and are perfectly moist and tender. But the best part is the flavor. They taste like they came straight from Heaven’s diner. The buttermilk lends a little tang, while butter adds a hint of richness. And if you detect a bit of cinnamon warmth…yep, that’s in there, too. Shaking cinnamon into most every baked good is a trait I inherited from Mom, and one I’m happy to claim.

If you adore a good pancake and haven’t ventured out of the “pancakes from a box” method yet, I beg you to give this recipe a try. I’m willing to bet that you’ll give up your old ways after just one bite, and that you’ll never buy another pre-mix again.

My money’s on the table. I want to hear from you!

Buttermilk Pancakes {my family

Yield: 12 pancakes, about 4 inches in diameter


  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted, plus more for brushing the heated griddle
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


Preheat an electric griddle to 300°, or place a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the buttermilk, eggs, butter, and vanilla, and fold to combine. The batter should not be completely smooth. It should appear a bit lumpy.

When your griddle is heated, spread a 1/2 tablespoon of butter around the surface. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup (I like my pancakes on the smaller side...easier to flip, easier to have "just one more"!), pour the batter in pools, leaving an inch or two of space between each pancake. When the pancakes have bubbles on the surface, about 3 to 4 minutes, flip them. Cook until they are lofty and golden, another minute or 2. Serve warm with additional butter and your favorite syrup.


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36 Responses to “Buttermilk Pancakes {my family’s favorite!}”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Buttermilk pancakes are the best! What a perfect stack!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Those look like a perfect stack of pancakes! I love buttermilk pancakes!

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    Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — September 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Every time I visited my grandma as a little kid she would whip out the pancake mix and make HUGE (like 8 inches here) pancakes for me, my sister, and my cousin for breakfast. My mom also used/still uses a box mix, but I definitely prefer homemade pancakes. :)

    I’m going to add this to my growing pancake recipe pile :)

  4. #
    cassie — September 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Nothing beats homemade buttermilk pancakes. I love how fluffy these are Brenda!!

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    April V — September 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm


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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — September 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    These look fantastic! Buttermilk pancakes are the best… especially when you toss in blueberries :)

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    Michelle Corning — September 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    You should try adding some cut up gala apples! yummy!

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    Paula — September 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Every time a see a picture of a stack of pancakes with melting butter and syrup running down and pooling on the plate and immediately want some! Yours have caused me to take some bacon out of the freezer to go with my buttermilk pancake breakfast tomorrow!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — September 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I definitely used Bisquick pancake mix well into my twenties and I don’t think I’ll ever use a pancake mix again after making them homemade! Your family’s buttermilk pancakes look fabulous! I’ll try it out over the weekend!

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    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — September 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Those look “picture perfect” and I bet they taste great too!

  11. #
    Amanda — September 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I love love love buttermilk pancakes! Great recipe!

  12. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — September 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I just LOVE pancakes they look great!!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — September 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Those are some fluffy looking pancakes! Wish a had a couple right now!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — September 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Drippy syrup…The End. :) You are on a pancake kick girl. I knew I liked you for lots of reasons. :)

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    lisabella — September 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Awesome. I have buttermilk in the fridge that needs to get used up. These look fantastic!

    But I’ll still buy my yellow box of Bisquick. I can love both. :)

    • Brenda replied on September 24th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      No hard feelings about loving your box of Bisquick. :) Nice to hear from you, thanks for visiting!

      • lisabella replied on September 24th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        I grew up with it, like I’m sure many people did. It’s hard to let that go!

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    Erika — September 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I LOVE buttermilk pancakes, any time of day! Growing up, we made pancakes from Krusteaz mix, which wasn’t even good! When I discovered Bisquick, I was amazed how delicious they were. When I discovered homemade pancakes I was even more blown away! I can’t wait to try these!

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    Melanie — October 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your pancakes recipe. I’ve tried it last weekend and it has a real success in my family… they were very pleased of the taste.
    They are similar with the ones made from this mix: http://www.canadathestore.com/products/pancake-mix-maple-syrup, only that we can put maple syrup in them as well.

    • Brenda replied on October 7th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I’m so happy you liked this, Melanie! Yay!

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    Amanda — March 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

    THIS is the recipe I’ve been looking for. These pancakes cooked up light and fluffy and so tall! Great flavour, perfect for soaking up the homemade maple syrup we made this week. This will be my new go-to pancake recipe.

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I made these today, Brenda, and they were delicious!!

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Ahhhhh…so lovely to hear from you, Natalie. How are you?! I’m so glad you liked these pancakes, thanks for coming back to let me know! :)

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    Jodi — April 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Made these this morning and the batter came out super thick and unpourable. Only change I made was no cinnamon. Anyone have this problem? Thanks!

    • Brenda replied on April 15th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Jodi. This is a thicker batter (which I love!!). I don’t ever pour the batter…I like to use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to scoop the batter from the bowl onto the skillet.

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    Leslee — June 3, 2013 at 10:27 am

    can i mix all the dry ingredients together and keep it stored for quick use? with 5 kids we like to keep it simple!

    • Brenda replied on June 4th, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Hi Leslee – I haven’t actually done this myself, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work!

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    Lara Liles — August 3, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Using your recipe, I have become famous in my family for the best chocolate chip pancakes. My son’s birthday is today so I will be making a ton this morning for a bunch of hungry little boys. Thanks for making me look good!

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    Elena — February 20, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Using buttermilk makes them fluffy and spongy! My family loves this recipe. Paired with fresh fruit and honey!


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