Classic Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Yes, fine.  You’ll probably save about 3 minutes of time if you decide to make your pancakes from a box mix.

I know those 3 minutes are important minutes that you could be spending shouting at your children to brush their teeth, searching for shoes to put on everyone’s feet (shoes that match, even, because you are Super Woman), and maybe you need that time to explain to your husband that no, his shirt really doesn’t match his tie and he sort of looks like a hobo.

I get it.

You’re busy.

These pancakes are worth the hobo-looking husband and the children going to school in mismatched shoes with stinky breath.

Take the extra 3 minutes, make the pancakes from scratch, and rejoice in all that is buttery, fluffy, and delicious.

I’ve been making these fluffy pancakes my whole life and when I dare cheat and grab a box of pancake mix, my family revolts. So, yeah. Make these and enjoy!

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Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

These pancakes always cook up super fluffy and flavorful! They're just as easy as the box mix, but they taste so much better.


1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk (or 3/4 cup regular milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar - let sit for 5 minutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and oil until well combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together until most of the lumps are gone. Do not overmix.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet and cook until bubbles form on the surface. Flip the pancake and cook until browned on the bottom and the center is done.

pancake recipe adapted from


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30 Responses to “Classic Buttermilk Pancake Recipe”

  1. DessertForTwo April 23, 2012 @ 9:45 am (#

    I love that this only makes 4 pancakes! Hooray!


  2. Cookbook Queen April 23, 2012 @ 11:35 am (#

    Pancakes are my ultimate comfort food but I always go with Bisquik. Definitely trying these…I have feeling they’re worth the 3 minutes!!


  3. Erin April 23, 2012 @ 4:49 pm (#

    These look delicious and very easy to make! I have a pancake recipe that I love, but I think I need to expand my pancake horizons and make some buttermilk ones! They look lovely!


  4. Joanne April 23, 2012 @ 7:18 pm (#

    You should know RIGHT NOW that I am a pancake disaster. In a serious way. But these might be the key to my secret inner pancake prowess…


  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 23, 2012 @ 9:52 pm (#

    Wow, these do look incredibly fluffy. Well done!


  6. CherylK April 24, 2012 @ 9:29 am (#

    I also love that this is a small recipe…I’ve been making my pancakes from scratch for years but without the added spices…great idea… this looks excellent.


  7. Susana April 24, 2012 @ 11:03 pm (#

    Yummy!! Me loves me some pancake!!


  8. grace April 25, 2012 @ 1:37 pm (#

    karly! you’re getting syrup all over your utensils! that’s a good way to end up with sticky fingers, which lead to a sticky face and sticky clothes. ah well–pancakes like this are worth it! :)


  9. Molly May 23, 2012 @ 10:02 am (#

    I used this recipe to make pancakes and waffles for my friends this morning. They were a big hit! I was surprised, though, by how cinnamon-y they tasted. Unexpected, but definitely tasty.


  10. Tracy July 12, 2012 @ 4:46 pm (#

    I thought these tasted so much like Bisquick, YUM!
    Any thoughts on why mine were flat? I want fluffy but these were not, I wonder if humidity or altitude or something like that could affect them?
    Thank you!


    • Karly replied: — July 12th, 2012 @ 8:29 pm


      I’m not sure about the altitude or humidity. Did you mix the dough too much? You don’t want to over mix. :)


  11. Len December 15, 2012 @ 2:25 am (#

    Don’t have buttermilk but will definitely be trying this recipe. Was just curious as to to reason adding the vinegar when using regular milk.


    • Karly replied: — January 4th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      Hi Len!

      Sorry I missed this comment. Let’s blame it on the holidays. 😉

      If you’re using regular milk, you can sour it with the vinegar, thus turning it into a good buttermilk substitute. I often do this as we don’t usually keep buttermilk on hand.


  12. Lindz January 4, 2013 @ 12:04 pm (#

    @ Len – The reason you are adding vinegar to the regular milk is because that is what is making a buttermilk substitute.

    Yum, thanks!


    • Karly replied: — January 4th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Lindz! I totally missed that comment. :(


  13. Trish Backlund January 17, 2013 @ 9:48 pm (#

    I made these tonight and they were AMAZING!!! Thanks!!!


  14. Jenne May 2, 2013 @ 7:41 am (#

    These were delicious! Unfortunately my eggs scrambled when I added the butter so I had to add an egg and a little extra buttermilk. I did sub the baking soda for baking powder, I hate the bitter taste of baking soda. And being pregnant and all, I taste everything! I think next time I might add some other spices or something. But this is a great basic pancake recipe! Thanks!!!


  15. Amanda October 14, 2013 @ 4:25 pm (#

    Holy smokes, those pictures are gorgeous. I want these framed in my kitchen! Fabulous :)


    • Karly replied: — October 19th, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much! :)


  16. Sadaf November 21, 2013 @ 9:10 am (#

    Tried it n recipe is super!!!! Is it possible if we can make a batter at nite n use the batter in the morning?? plz reply. Thnxx


    • Tricia replied: — June 21st, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

      I bet you could mix the dry ingredients together the night before and add the wet ingredients in the morning. That might make a fresher-tasting pancake than mixing the whole batter the night before.


  17. Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering February 22, 2014 @ 7:56 am (#

    I’ve made this recipe countless times, even doubling it with great success. I had friends staying over recently and they loved it so much. I’ll be making a double batch for my church brunch tomorrow and I’m sure they’ll love it too. Crazy good fluffy pancakes :-) If only I had more than 2 thumbs.


  18. Rebecca September 20, 2014 @ 4:10 am (#

    mmm! So Delicious… Those Photos are really Gorgeous!


  19. Jacquie February 21, 2015 @ 11:19 am (#

    LOVE these pancakes! And I am a firm believer that those 3 minutes are better spent cooking than matching shoes. Even if my husband’s clothes don’t match (like many days) I’ll know he’s well fed and happy, right? Plus the kids don’t even listen when I yell at them to brush anyway 😉


  20. Gay April 13, 2015 @ 11:14 am (#

    These are awesome just made them,Best I have made and tasted


    • Karly replied: — April 13th, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

      So glad to hear that!



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