Need a reason to wake up in the morning? These buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and go from griddle to table within minutes!
best buttermilk pancakes

We had a wool sock morning kind of weekend, and those kinds of days can only call for one thing…PANCAKES!

Not that one ever really needs an excuse to pancake, but when it’s 40F degrees outside and your building’s super hasn’t designated that cold enough to turn on your heat yet…

…electric griddle == makeshift space heater.



If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, then you might remember that I am typically a pancake-making FAILURE.

IΒ won’t even discuss the number of times the.boy has stared at me in bewilderment as I struggled to get the batter to the “right” consistency, but typically have no trouble with layer cakes. It’s an enigma!

Well, somehow the tide has turned and I suspect it is because I have started using this buttermilk pancake recipe as my base for EVERY PANCAKE FROM HERE UNTIL ETERNITY. They’re light, they’re fluffy, and you can get them from mixing bowl to griddle to table in under 20 minutes.

That’s just enough time for my hanger to reach “almost intolerable”, meaning that nobody gets hurt because I’ve mistaken them for an edible substance and have attempted to eat them.


It’s a wonder the things that cold toes and an empty belly can drive you to.

In the best way.

Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Need a reason to wake up in the morning? These buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and go from griddle to table within minutes!
Yield: 12 pancakes
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  1. Heat griddle to 375F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, and butter until combined. The batter should still be slightly lumpy.
  2. Grease the griddle with butter. Using a ½-cup scoop, pour the pancake batter onto the griddle, leaving about 2 inches in-between pancakes. When pancakes start to have bubbles in the center and the outsides start to look a bit dry, flip. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute.
  3. Repeat until all of the batter is used up. Serve with maple syrup.
Recipe from Martha Stewart
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3-4 pancakes



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45 Responses to Best Buttermilk Pancakes

  1. Buttermilk pancakes are my favourite! These look great Joanne. The perfect weekend comfort food – gotta give the recipe a try! πŸ˜€

  2. Kate says:

    I’m so jealous of wool socks and warm pancakes

  3. It’s settled then, I’ll be at your place for breakfast every day this week!

  4. Erica says:

    Beautiful. Warm pancakes with syrup and some coffee? One of the best ways to spend the morning! So making this before my vacation month is over.

  5. Trisha says:

    I NEED this recipe in my life! I baby-sat two kids this weekend and made them pancakes from a box on Sunday morning. The texture and taste was really good, but I was like, I need to figure out how to make these from scratch!! And here you are with the perfect recipe! πŸ™‚

  6. Absolutely LOVE buttermilk pancakes. Perfect for a wool sock kind of weekend morning! You’re onto something here πŸ™‚

  7. It’s fuh-reeeezing here too! And I’m like reaaaally wishing I had a big pile of these warm fluffy pancakes to warm me up!

  8. Now these pancakes would definitely get me out of bed on a cold dark morning. Pancakes are a favourite in our house.

  9. There’s nothing more delicious to me than pancakes! These look delicious and perfect for a chilly morning. Or evening because dinner-pancakes means I’m actually fully awake when I eat them πŸ˜€

  10. These look perfect! Classic buttermilk pancakes are a perfect weekend breakfast in my book.

  11. Julia says:

    Wool sock and pancake mornings are the BEST! I say bring on el nino, the winter, and all the snuggies + carbs!

  12. I’m sitting in front of the fireplace wishing I had a huge stack of these pancakes. You can’t go wrong with a classic buttermilk pancake!

  13. Monica says:

    That just looks like a cozy blanket for my tummy! And it’s just what we need this morning. I am with you on fluffy soft, comforting pancakes for breakfast. These big ones look awesome!

  14. SallyBR says:

    Pancakes are a very rare event in my life, but wow, those do look good!

    worthy of a couple extra miles jogging πŸ˜‰

  15. Oh yes, I loooooove pancakes, especially with the cooler weather, super cozy!

  16. grace says:

    i REALLY like a bit of a crust on my pancakes (which i why i usually prefer waffles), and i see it on yours! delicious!

  17. so fluffy and soft! I need these for my breakfast too.

  18. Heather says:

    I love pancakes! I also agree… in the winter, it’s a great excuse to pull out the electric griddle and have a place to warm your hands. πŸ˜‰ Ha ha.

  19. Hi Joanne,
    My recipe is quite similar, but I whip the egg whites sepparately (ok, it takes more time and trouble – but it is totally worth it!!) and then fold them in πŸ™‚ I also think my batter is a bit thicker (bigger flour percentage). Not sure, but they are on the blog in any case. They get quite thick, golden and fluffy. I love pancakes and yours look delicious! I’ld love to have some as a late afternoon treat!!
    Have a nice week,

  20. Sues says:

    These are most definitely a reason to get up in the morning (or to leave work immediately, go home, put on sweatpants, and make these).

  21. The pancake vs. waffle debate is as big as coke vs. pepsi, but I’ll take these buttermilk pancakes over all, any day of the week!

  22. Pam says:

    These pancakes look way better than my egg and dry toast. Bookmarked.

  23. cheri says:

    I would definitely get up bright and early for these. Buttermilk always makes the best pancakes.

  24. These look unreal! Classics are the way to go πŸ™‚

  25. Marissa says:

    Hello beautiful, fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Granted, I just ate dinner, but now you’ve made me hungry again!

  26. haha, I’ve got to try this recipe. . b/c I suck at making pancakes. . my husband is the pancake master over here!! pinning!!

  27. These pancakes look so perfect. Looks like I’m having breakfast for dinner!

  28. Christine says:

    I’ve eaten dinner, but now I’m thinking of tomorrow’s breakfast! Yum!

  29. easypeasy says:

    We love buttermilk at our house so I can’t wait to give this a try. They sound to good to be true! πŸ™‚

  30. The batter always gets to me! Sometimes, they end up being runny and sometimes, they’re like cake batter! These classic buttermilk pancakes are the way to go! What a fab way to start the day!

  31. I can’t believe it’s cold where you are already!! I’m still wearing shorts around Sacramento! Yes, buttermilk pancakes are the best thing in the morning!

  32. Actually, come to think of it. Having visited NYC around this time a few years ago, I CAN believe that it’s 40F!

  33. So fluffy! It looks like you’re on a winning recipe – and a heating stopgap until your central heating is turned on :S

  34. YAY!!! You’ve done it! Now there’s nothing left for you to master! πŸ™‚
    Joanne – these pancakes sound so good – PERFECT for wool-sock mornings!

  35. Katie says:

    lovely looking pancakes, perfect woolly sock food! x

  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the shot of the maple syrup being poured over the pancakes. I’m not the best at making pancakes either – the first few in any batch usually go to the dog. I do love pancakes first thing in the morning xx

  37. Lynn says:

    I do love a pancake and haven’t made them in a while. These look so good!

  38. These pancakes look pretty baller! I’m a pancake-making failure, myself. I honestly don’t know what my issue is… Waffles, cakes, cupcakes, brownies: no problem. Pancakes? Burnt, disgusting messes.

    I’ll have to try this recipe out this weekend!

  39. I love pancakes. These look like they are simple to make and they look delicious. I don’t usually make buttermilk pancake, I guess I need to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Nothing beats a plate of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. These look fantastic!

  41. Susan says:

    It’s been so long since I’ve make pancakes but you’re right about the weather cooling down that makes having a pancake breakfast some to mind! Gotta whip up a batch of these this weekend!

  42. All mornings should really have pancakes! I try to tough it out without turning the heat on as long as possible, but we had to this past weekend πŸ™ It’s back off now though – it’s been a lovely week.

  43. oooh these pancakes turned out PERFECT! Now I’m thinking I’m def in need of some, myself!

  44. Why am I not surprised that you have figured out how to make Perfect Pancakes? Because you are AWESOME. πŸ™‚

  45. Chris says:

    Yay, we are making pancakes this morning so I don’t have to sit here and drool πŸ™‚

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