Easy Fluffy American Pancakes

Published Date: February 24, 2023

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Homemade pancakes topped with berries on a white plate.

Easy Fluffy American Pancakes are made with pantry staple ingredients to make the best homemade pancake mix that you’ll turn to every time!

Add more tasty breakfast recipes to your morning menu by also checking out these Easy Jelly Filled Donuts and Easy Ham And Cheese Quiche!

Homemade pancakes topped with berries on a white plate.

Nothing compares to a stack of warm and thick Easy Fluffy American Pancakes! And we don’t just save them for breakfast around here – instead, we also serve them up with sides for a hearty breakfast for dinner!

American Pancakes stand out from French and even British pancakes by their texture alone. French and British pancakes are very thin, whereas American pancakes are thick, fluffy, and cake-like!

All About Easy Fluffy American Pancakes

Taste: American pancakes have a subtly sweet flavor that makes them the perfect foundation to layer on your favorite toppings! Take it easy and use store-bought toppings or go the extra mile to make homemade whipped cream, you decide!

Texture: Since American Pancakes are made with baking powder, you can count on them being incredibly fluffy! A delicious texture that’s matched a with golden brown, ever so slightly crisp exterior.

Homemade pancakes topped with berries on a white plate.


Every stack of American Pancakes is best served with lots of yummy toppings to choose from! Traditionally pancakes are enjoyed with a thick drizzle of sticky, sweet maple syrup.

However, the options are endless! I love mine with fresh fruit, such as banana slices, strawberries, and blueberries, all hidden under a heaping dollop of whipped cream.

Another fruity way to enjoy these pancakes is to use jams or even homemade strawberry sauce! For a sweeter take on these pancakes, sprinkle on some mini chocolate chips and add a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

Ingredients to make homemade pancake mix on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Pancake Mix

The homemade pancake mix in this recipe is one to make ahead and store in your pantry! Making it quick and easy to cook up a batch of American Pancakes any time!

To do so, only combine all of the dry ingredients. Then when you’re ready to make the pancakes, you just simply add in the eggs, milk, and oil.

When measuring out the dry ingredients, really focus on the flour. Too much flour in this pancake recipe will result in really dense and thick pancakes when we want them to be deliciously fluffy!

It’s easy to add too much flour into a recipe since the common method is to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Unfortunately, this method packs the flour in and results in too much flour!

The best way to measure flour is by using a kitchen scale to measure out 120 to 125 grams of flour per cup. However, you can also still use a measuring cup method by first fluffing the flour with a fork or a spoon.

Then use a separate scoop to transfer flour from the container into the measuring cup. Once it piles over the sides, use a knife to level it off!

Homemade pancake mix in a jar on a dish towel.

Helpful Tips For Making The Best American Pancakes

  • Pancake Size – Keep in mind this recipe is written to yield about 8 pancakes. If you love larger pancakes and are making these for your family, you may want to double the recipe!
  • Cooking Spray – Be sure to spray the griddle with cooking spray before pouring the pancake batter onto it. This prevents the pancakes from sticking to the cooking surface, giving your perfectly shaped pancakes every time!
  • Large Batches – If you’re feeding a crowd and cooking a large batch, you’ll want to keep your pancakes warm as you work through cooking all of the batter. To do this, place the cooked pancakes onto a baking sheet and keep them in the oven at 200 degrees F. This way, all of the pancakes go to the table nice and warm!
  • Toppings – Of course, the best pancakes are covered in toppings! Use whatever you have on hand, like maple syrup, or grab what your family loves, such as fresh fruit!

Storage Instructions For Leftover American Pancakes

Transfer the leftover pancakes into an airtight container or wrap them up tightly in tinfoil. Then store them in the fridge to enjoy for 3 to 4 days.

Can I Mix Mini Chocolate Chips Into The batter?

Yes, you can mix mini chocolate chips into the batter! Sometimes the chips do sink, though, so I prefer to sprinkle them onto each pancake once the batter is on the griddle.

Why Did My Pancakes Cook On The Outside But Not On The Inside?

If the pancakes are cooking on the outside but not on the inside, they’re being cooked at too high of a temperature. Therefore, try lowering the heat on the next batch!

Can I Make Pancakes Without A Griddle?

Of course! You can make pancakes in a skillet right on the stovetop instead.

What Kind Of Milk Should I Use In This Pancake Recipe?

I prefer making pancakes with whole milk; however, you can use any milk or milk substitute you have on hand.

Homemade pancakes topped with berries on a white plate.
Homemade pancakes topped with berries on a white plate.

American Pancakes (Homemade Pancake Mix)

Easy Fluffy American Pancakes are made with pantry staple ingredients to make the best homemade pancake mix that you'll turn to every time!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fluffy pancakes, homemade pancake mix, homemade pancakes, pancake mix
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 115kcal


Pancake Mix

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

To Make Pancakes

  • ¾ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil


Pancake Mix

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined
    1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Store it in an airtight container in the pantry, or use it right away.

To Make Pancakes

  • Continue using the bowl you prepared the mix in or dump the stored mix into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the milk, egg, and oil and mix until combined but still lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes before cooking.
    ¾ cup milk, 1 large egg, 2 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • Preheat the griddle to 275°F. When ready to cook, coat with cooking spray.
  • Portion out the batter with a ¼ cup measuring cup onto the hot griddle and cook the pancakes for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and cook for 1 to 2 additional minutes until golden brown.
  • Place cooked pancakes on a baking sheet in the oven at 200°F to keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Serve immediately with butter, syrup, or fresh fruit.


  • Store pancake mix in the pantry for up to 1 month.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg

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