The Best Buttermilk Pancakes You’ll Ever Have

How do you like your pancakes? Plain with syrup? Mixed with blueberries or chocolate chips? Sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar? However you take them, a stack of warm pancakes is always delicious and comforting, and they’re the best way to kick off a weekend. Happily, Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen agreed to share her favorite recipe (and genius tips)…

The Best Buttermilk Pancakes You’ll Ever Have
By Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen

On a hazy Saturday morning, the only thing I want is a fluffy stack of buttermilk pancakes. Making them from scratch is just as easy as the mixes. The recipe below is incredibly simple. Instead of using a whisk—which ends up with batter stuck in the center—I recommend using a fork. When it comes to mixing the wet ingredients into the dry, be sure not to overmix the batter. Over-mixing will overdevelop the gluten, which will result in rubbery, tough pancakes. Instead simply combine until you no longer see any flour bits.

Recipe: The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

You’ll need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ¼ cup buttermilk, shaken
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, measure out the buttermilk. Add the egg, melted butter and vanilla extract; beat until thoroughly combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, being sure to not overmix. The batter should have small to medium lumps.

Heat up your griddle (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat and brush with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Scoop the batter, using a 1/4 cup measure (or tablespoon measure), onto the warm skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, and then flip. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook on opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.

Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Proceed with the rest of the batter until you’re done. Serve with warm maple syrup.

Pancakes are easily modified, too. For heartier pancakes, consider adding ¼ cup whole-wheat, buckwheat, rye or barley flour, and decreasing the all-purpose amount to ¾ cup. If you’d like them a bit sweeter, simply add one to two more tablespoons of sugar. If you’d like to brighten them up, fold in fresh lemon or orange zest. If you’re in the mood for fruit, add blueberries, raspberries or strawberries; instead of adding them to the batter—which will result in them sinking to the bottom—add them to the pancakes on the griddle.

Delicious. Thank you so much, Adrianna!

P.S. More mouthwatering recipes, including chocolate-chunk cookies and cheesy pasta

(Photos by A Cozy Kitchen. Thanks to Shoko for her help with this series)

  1. Glitterati says...

    I’ve been making these for years now, since I first saw them on your site. Just had some again this morning — so easy, delicious, and foolproof! Thanks Jo!

  2. Carla Abernathy says...

    I made these for dinner. They were delicious; the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten and looked just like the picture.

  3. Heat up your griddle (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat and brush with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Scoop the batter, using a 1/4 cup measure …

  4. These are super! I’ve never made anything like this. The ‘best egg sandwich’ and the ‘best buttermilk pancakes’ posts you have are truly that:-)

  5. These really are delicious! Recipe is a keeper!

  6. I’ve made these several times now. They are the BEST! Thanks again :)

  7. I just made these and they came out perfectly! I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand, but the 1C milk + 1Tb white vinegar conversion did the trick. Thanks so much! I think I’ve found my new go-to pancake recipe!

  8. Yum! I adore pancakes, and these ones do look perfect. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Wild Salmon

  9. Made these this morning because I had some leftover buttermilk–delicious!!

  10. These ARE the best buttermilk pancakes I’ve ever had! And the recipe was so easy!!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I made these this weekend for my sick toddler and they were a hit. Thanks for the recipe. I featured it on my blog just fyi.

  12. I don’t usually make pancakes because I’m horrible at flipping them and they always come out ugly so I generally stick to Belgian waffles in the waffle maker. I had some leftover buttermilk and decided to try your recipe and WOW! Hands down best pancakes I’ve ever made. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Very interesting pancake recipe! I love to make them because i can use so many combinations :)

  14. Chantel B. says...

    Thanks for posting this recipe!!

    I have struggled with pancakes for YEARS (too thick…too bland…too cakey…) and finally have found an excellent pancake recipe. They were delicious which is a great sign since nothing normally tastes as good when you make it yourself :)

  15. thanks for the new recipe! we ate these up! so yummy, I don’t think mine even made it to the plate for syrup – they were too good!

  16. Made these tonight. They were delicious and everyone and my family loved them! They were commenting on how these were better than the box mixes :)

  17. Made these tonight. MMMM! I always have a hard time figuring out when to flip them. Lost the blueberries on the flip on a few of them. Delicious flavor with the added lemon zest.

  18. Found this recipe via Pinterest just now and HAD to try them! They really are the best pancakes I’ve ever tried. I added just a touch of lemon juice to my pancakes and they were absolutely delicious!! Perfect consistency and flavor. YUM! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I made these last night for dinner with my husband. May have been that I was really hungry or that we had berries and fresh Vermont maple syrup on top….but they really were the best buttermilk pancakes I’ve ever had. Thank you.

  20. thank you for the receipt!!!

  21. Jenni P. says...

    My husband makes the best buttermilk pancakes! He uses Martha Stewart’s recipe. I can’t wait to have him try this recipe for comparisons sake (sigh, it’s good to be a taste-tester!) My husband makes them at least every Saturday (and often on Sunday too–I usually can’t do it–too often and they aren’t as special!) He slathers them with peanut butter and syrup (which is pretty good, actually…lately I’ve been smitten with the cookie butter from Trader Joes :D)

    However, one of the best tips he has (beside whipping the eggs separately) is that once you get the hang of it, you may need to add more liquid or flour to make sure the batter is the right consistency (it can depend on the humidity). That way they always turn out light and fluffy. He usually makes them with 1/2 whole wheat flour, and they are never dry. I will have to ask him to put a little vanilla in. That sounds yummy!

  22. We just started making all of our own jam so we skip the traditional maple syrup and butter and pour jam on pancakes. Last Saturday morning was Cherry Almond jam with buttermilk pancakes and this weekend we’re going for Strawberry Lime jam with buckwheat pancakes. I may even attempt to make blintzes on Sunday morning for a bunch of 11 year olds, depending on how late they keep me up at the slumber party Saturday night!

  23. I have never eaten pancakes! Can’t you believe it! It’s about time, I gues…

  24. i’m obsessed with belgian pancakes. and i love them with blueberries and lemon curd!

    or maple sausage in them and syrup! yum! now i’m hungry.

  25. If you take out the buttermilk, and the butter, and a tablespoon of sugar, you can get some really good Pancakes. It’s the kind I use, I just butter them up and it’s like buttermilk without actually having to buy buttermilk. They really are simple to make, I moved from my hometown and they didn’t have my favorite diner with my favorite pancakes, so I searched for a recipe and now I never buy mix.

  26. I’ve never made pancakes without pancake mix before, but this sounds easy!

  27. i actually can’t stand how insanely delicious those look. i need them now.


  28. I’ll tell you how i like my pancakes on my plate..
    chocolate chip pancake on the bottom. butter. sliced banana. maple syrup. another pancake. more butter, more syrup.

    this is the best way to eat pancakes.

  29. These look so yummy! Pancakes just happen to be one of my favorite foods of all time—and what we’re having for dinner tonight! Why relegate something you love just for breakfast, I say.

  30. Pancakes are a battle in my house. I love fluffy cakes, hubby likes them flat and slightly burnt (in fact, I met him while I was waitressing my way through grad school. He used to come into the cafe I worked at and would order four flat pancakes instead our traditionally three fluffy pancakes). I’ll save this recipe for when I have a night to myself (because pancakes taste better at dinner).

  31. Anonymous says...

    I have got to make these. They look fantastic.

  32. They look delicious! I have bookmarked this :)

  33. Oh dear lord. These look so amazing. I have tried almost all of the recipes you posted. They are all amazing.

  34. This is the recipe that is a staple in our house, a must for all breakfasts!

  35. leathergal says...

    must. eat. pancakes. now. thanks!!

  36. Yum!!

    I’m definitely all about putting berries (especially blueberries and raspberries) or bananas in my pancakes, but I’ve actually never made buttermilk pancakes before!

  37. There are few things more precious in this world than a stack of delicious, warm pancakes on a sunny Saturday morning. Just the best way to start the weekend. Yum!

  38. Yum! These look easy and delicious! Thanks!

  39. Great! Now I’m impossibly hungry from your gorgeous photos. Pancakes, especially buttermilk, are my favorite things!
    -kw, ladiesinnavy

  40. Banana Chocolate Chip have to be my go-to pancake

  41. i like them in stolen bites off of somebody elses plate :)

  42. I am a Vermont Maple Syrup kind of gal!

  43. Sarah says...

    Seriously? A pancake recipe?

  44. Anonymous says...

    I love my pancakes with syrup and bacon on the side.

  45. Anonymous says...

    These look really delicious! I never have success with pancakes, but now I think it is because I over beat them to make sure there are no lumps. Thanks for the tip! I can’t wait to try these. ( Also, I think you make your own buttermilk with mild and a teaspoon of vinegar (google it) – I never have buttermilk on hand.)

  46. have you tried Finnish pancakes? OMG… so delish. A little difficult to make since they are thin and kind of hard to flip… but i’m working on it. ;)

  47. I always make breakfast on the weekend (about the only time I actually enjoy cooking) and so I’ll definitely make these for us! Thank you. They look amazing.

  48. i LOOOOOOVE pancakes! i always have to have butter and syrup on mine. my husband never puts butter on his and i just can’t wrap my mine around that! sometimes, if i’m in the mood, i sprinkle some chopped walnuts or pecans in the batter on the griddle for a little crunch and texture. SO GOOD!

  49. omigoodness! pancakes are one of my weaknesses for sure. i am a huge ‘breakfast at any time of the day’ kinda gal. i love mine with chocolate chips in them with drizzled warm butter and warm (it must be warm!) maple syrup =)

    this post made me crave them…


  50. Mersey says...

    Peanut butter with syrup!! It’s the best combination!

  51. Those look delish!

    My husband just made me pancakes last weekend and put flax seed in them…it was such a wonderful addition to add a little crunch b/c the seeds are the not that large and just have a little taste to them.

  52. Oh I’m so excited to try this recipe. I’m kind of obsessed with finding the perfect pancake recipe! So far I love the recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book….but these look amazing!!

  53. YUM! The best pancakes I ever had were actually crepes, but I was staying with a friend in Austria who called them pancakes because her English teacher was French and yada yada yada. We put apricot jam on them, rolled ’em up, and stuffed ourselves until I thought I’d burst from all that deliciousness :) (Maybe you could do a post about the best crepes you’ll ever eat!)

  54. Breakfast for dinner is a favorite of mine… I think you’ve solved my problem for dinner tonight. Those pancakes sound amazing!

  55. I absolutely love AMerican pancakes…I used to have them in my favourite diner in the east village when I lived in NY….silver dollar blueberry panckes with bacon and mayple syrup…I have to try this recipe!!!

  56. My husband made pumpkin pancakes for me on the morning of our wedding day.

    We sat and ate together and enjoyed the early morning before all the craziness started. It’s still one of my favourite parts of the day!

    Plus, every time we have pumpkin pancakes now it totally takes me back to that morning and our special day. The warm rich flavour is so perfect for Autumn, or any time of year!


  57. love pancakes with strawberries and mascaropne cheese!

  58. Oh dear LORD, my mouth is watering! I can’t wait to try these!! xx -b.

  59. Love it! Thanks for sharing! :) xoxo

  60. mmm-makes me want to have pancakes for dinner. with fruit , or British style with lemon and sugar.

  61. This imagery is not helping my summer diet! :D

  62. I’ve been too lazy to make special breakfast these last few weekends but I think it’s time to snap out of it. Saturday’s coming! These look amazing, check out the perfect brownness.

  63. Joanna what are you doing to me?! You’re giving a pregnant woman more cravings than she needs! :)

  64. Oh! Plain with Syrup and Butter all the way! My future-father in law (one month to go!) always pushes whole wheat pancakes on us, and although I understand the logic behind it they are dry dry dry… NOTHING beats fresh fluffy pancakes.