Brown Sugar Pancakes

Brown Sugar Pancakes are an easy pancakes recipe

Brown Sugar Pancakes are the best pancake recipe ever! These pancakes are made with simple ingredients, so they are easy, soft, fluffy and cook perfectly every time.

My Brown Sugar Pancakes Recipe make the BEST homemade pancakes EVER!

If I could eat breakfast food all day long I absolutely would! And pancakes top my list of favorite breakfast foods! Today I’m sharing the only from scratch pancake recipe you will ever need, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

Perfect Brown Sugar Pancakes are an easy pancake recipe

Homemade Pancakes are an easy breakfast idea!

There once was a time when making homemade pancakes from scratch scared me. I mean I wasn’t scared OF pancakes…but I was scared to MAKE them. It wasn’t some overly dramatic phobia…it was just that…well…every time I tried I epically failed.

Dang pancakes, with all their simplicity…I just couldn’t get the hang of it! I either uncooked and flipped too early, resulting in splattered batter errwherrr. OR I overcooked, burned and tried to disguise said burn with an unhealthy waterfall of maple syrup, fooling no one. Homemade pancakes were just one of those foods that I just preferred to leave up to the profesh staff at my local ihop. or is it iHop? APPLE YOU’RE RUINING MY LIFE!

Anywhooooo. Since I am not a quitter…except when it comes to diet and exercise…I grabbed a fun spatula and got back on the horse. Also, let’s just say that buying a fun spatula sometimes is all the incentive one needs. That and the promise of sugary carbs at the finish line.

ps- I know that’s “supposedly” an Omelet spatula, but let’s all move on.

This easy pancake recipe is a game changer, and I am confident to say this pancake recipe will be part of your Saturday morning routine!

Making brown sugar pancakes is easy

Tips on how to make the perfect homemade pancakes!

Not only have I mastered the pancake…I am inclined to say I am victorious in the pancake game. Let’s talk about why my brown sugar pancake recipe is the best pancake recipe!

  • Using brown sugar makes the whole situation a little more pulled together. Like all along the pancake was just crying for brown sugar and no one listened. They don’t necessary taste like brown sugar, there is just an added depth of flavor that sets this pancake recipe apart!
  • The batter is remarkably simple. No Bisquick is ever necessary. You most likely have all the ingredients to make these pancakes in your kitchen right now! Simple ingredients make this an easy pancake recipe.
  • When you are cooking your pancakes, the key to to cook them low and slow. Actually medium-low and slow-ish. When you have your heat on too high the pancake brown without cooking all the way through, making flipping your pancake a messy situation.

How to make the best pancakes

How to make FLUFFY Pancakes every time!

Butter. Doesn’t butter always make things better?

  • If you are going to make the BEST pancakes, I strongly encourage that you cook the pancakes on a griddle that has been greased with butter. Certainly there is nothing wrong with nonstick spray, or oil, but the butter just adds that extra delicious crisp on the outside of your pancake.
  • Also, this brown sugar pancakes recipe includes baking powder, which really keeps these pancakes light, fluffy, and thick!

This Brown Sugar Pancakes recipe shows you how to make pancakes from scratch

This Brown Sugar Pancake Recipe is an easy pancake recipe you will LOVE!

When you are done making this easy homemade pancake recipe, you will have is a gorgeous stack of brown sugary goodness, that you should definitely top with a little extra butter…yes, more butter.

And a healthy drizzle of real maple syrup.

This easy pancakes recipe is brown sugar pancakes topped with butter and syrup

Or an unhealthy drizzle. No judgy.

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Brown Sugar Pancakes

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 10 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Pancakes
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


These Brown Sugar Pancakes are easy, fluffy, and thick! They’re the BEST!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • butter for frying


  1. In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar together.
  2. In separate bowl whisk the eggs, vanilla and milk together.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Lastly mix in the melted butter and stir until combined, the batter will be slightly lumpy. Set the batter aside while you heat your griddle to medium-low heat. Melt a small pat of butter on the griddle and then scoop out 1/2 cup of pancake batter onto the hot griddle.
  4. Cook until the edges are set and bubbles form on top of the pancake. Flip and cook until browned.
  5. Serve warm.


Serve warm

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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64 Responses
  1. Julie G

    Love this recipe! Using brown sugar was brilliant and something I never thought to do. Had some buttermilk so I used that up and added sprinkles to half the batter to make some of them funfetti! Just delicious.

  2. Sienna

    I officially have this recipe bookmarked, because I keep coming back to it! It’s perfect on its own, and super easy to customize (vegan substitutions, added protein, etc). Thank you for sharing!

  3. Heidi

    These were sweet, fluffy, and delicious! I did add 1/2 cup more milk to the batter and I sprayed the griddle with cooking spray. Perfect!

  4. Susan Johnson

    Had these for “breakfast for dinner” this evening. Very tasty! Not sure I could actually taste the brown sugar but the aroma of the pancakes was great. A keeper recipe.

  5. Kara

    These are AMAZING!! They were definitely a hit with the family…my husband said to throw away any other pancake recipe (and he is very picky about his pancakes and waffles). 🙂 Light, fluffy, super tasty, and easy! Loved the post, too…excellent directions and pictures. These are the only pancakes I’ll be making from now on. Thank you!

  6. Nadine

    Okay so I added an extra tablespoon of brown sugar. And another half tsp of vanilla, because I prefer a sweeter pancake. But the butter on the skillet didn’t turn out well because even though it was only on medium heat, the butter burned quickly and the pancakes blackened quickly as well. I ruined about half the batch because the pancakes cooked so quickly. The ones that didn’t burn were delicious, but I had to switch to oil for the skillet rather than butter.

      1. Jane Walkinshaw

        yep no extra sugar is needed, my daughter tried that and she said hers burnt and the boys were so disappointed she had’ent followed the receipe Nana gave her.

  7. Jeri Markle

    Be honest, one of your favorite snacks is mixing butter and brown sugar…right!? Mine too!
    These pancakes are totes awesome. I just doubled the recipe for the busy week ahead. {parent-teacher conferences…ACK!} My kids are thrilled for pancakes all week! And I am thrilled to be done with breakfast for the week! Super win!

  8. Candace Lopez

    You had me at Brown Sugar also!!! Love brown sugar in anything. This sounds like something I must try!!!! thank you!!!!!

  9. Jennifer

    I have always had trouble with pancakes!! I keep trying and failing, blaming it on my pan, my stove, now my griddle, that was supposed to make it all better but hasn’t. Ugh! I am going to keep trying and am thinking the low and slow idea will help. Fingers crossed! These sound delicious, gonna give it a try and hope for the best! Thank you!

  10. Kathy Mader

    I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pancake recipe. Will def try this. I am with you, though, I love restaurant pancakes. Maybe I’m weird but I like the stretchy texture, I call it. And I’ve asked at restaurants how they do it. I’ve heard 7-Up in the batter and I’ve heard of beating the batter to death, which is totally contrary to everything we’ve ever read. Anyone know the secret to restaurant pancakes?

    1. Coral

      Answering a question asked over 3 years ago seems a bit pointless, but whatev’s. I read somewhere that the secret to Ihop’s pancakes is that they let the batter rest a while (I think it was like 30 minutes) before cooking them.

      1. Shelly

        I have heard that too…and it makes sense, because they probably make a ton of batter at a time and so it sits as people order. I wonder if fully pancakes was just a happy accident?! Thanks for the comment!

  11. Teri Giese

    Agreed on 2!Always the real maple syrup,and finally do the homemade pancake! Am not a morning person and definitely not a morning chef! So was both when younger! Promise to work on that with your recipe! Thanks, I think?!?

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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