Brown Sugar Pancakes

These Brown Sugar Pancakes are the best homemade pancakes ever! Made with simple ingredients, this easy pancake recipe makes soft, fluffy pancakes that cook perfectly every time.

A stack of pancakes with syrup and butter

Fluffy Brown Sugar Pancakes

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!

Why From Scratch is the Way to Go!

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!

A stack of pancakes with syrup and butter

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!

A bowl with flour,brown sugar and a whisk.

What You’ll Need

I wasn’t kidding when I said these homemade pancakes just needed a handful of simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • All Purpose Flour – Any brand will do.
  • Baking Powder – This is what will help make your pancakes fluffy.
  • Kosher Salt – I like to use kosher salt for these. It is too easy to over salt if you use table salt.
  • Dark Brown Sugar – You can also use light brown sugar if that is what you have on hand.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla – Use pure vanilla extract.
  • Milk – Any kind will work. Full fat, low fat, non fat and plant based milks are all great in pancakes.
  • Butter – You’ll need melted butter for the pancake batter, the more butter for frying.
Pancake batter cooking on the griddle.

How to Make Brown Sugar Pancakes

Ok let’s jump into making these pancakes:

  • Mix your dry ingredients. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar.
  • Mix the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and milk.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  • Add the melted butter. Stir until combined. The batter will be a little lumpy but that’s ok. Set it aside and heat your griddle over medium-low heat.
  • Cook the pancakes. Melt a small pat of butter on your heated griddle, then scoop 1/2 cup of pancake batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until the edges are set and bubbles form on the top of the pancake. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until browned.
  • Serve!
A stack of pancakes.

Tips for Success

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!
  • 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.

Want to Make Fluffy Pancakes EVERY Time?

Here’s the secret to success: 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!
A stack of pancakes with syrup and butter

Serving Suggestions

When you are done making your pancakes, you will have is a gorgeous stack of brown sugary goodness. I suggest topping them with a little extra butter…yes, more butter.

And a healthy drizzle of real maple syrup, of course!

Or an unhealthy drizzle. No judgy.

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Brown Sugar Pancakes

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

Nutrition Information:

2 pancakes
9.3 g
543.6 mg
14 g
55.2 g
10.3 g
106.4 mg

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March 22, 2020 1:16 pm

Best homemade pancakes I ever made.

January 6, 2022 9:20 am

I substituted the vanilla for a 1/4 tsp of almond extract and it was delicious! Love this recipe.

November 28, 2021 11:58 am

I just made them! I didn’t have kosher salt, so risked using regular salt. I also added a table spoon of Splenda and chocolate chips! This is my first time making homemade o pancakes and the kids loved them. I had just enough butter to mix in. I ended up spraying Pam butter on the pan though.

November 21, 2021 8:54 am

Just confirming, this is supposed to have 2 Tablespoons of baking powder, not Teaspoons? Haven’t seen that much used for 2 cups of flour so just want to be sure before I make these. They sound delicious!

September 5, 2021 9:25 am

I found this recipe way too salty/bitter as others have mentioned. Either needs less baking powder or some white sugar too.

Sherry FOUST
July 9, 2021 9:54 am

Way too much baking powder making the after taste terrible. Sorry! I really wanted to like this recipe. Sounded amazing and the pancakes looked so pretty. My family and I were disappointed. ☹

April 21, 2021 12:22 am

Do I need to make any modifications to use whole wheat flour?

March 27, 2021 5:47 am

Was absolutely great. Perfect

March 19, 2021 7:14 pm

Can I use brown sugar instead of dark brown?

October 18, 2020 12:30 pm

I just made these for the first time today. I wanted to try something other than your basic pancake . I’m so glad I found this recipe!!All I can say is YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!

September 29, 2020 12:23 pm

Im making it now and it definitely needs more milk. My batter was too sticky. Also couldnt taste the brown sugar AT ALL. Reason for 2 stars is that it does make fluffy edible pancakes that’s better than boxed.

Chad Oglesbay
September 14, 2020 10:04 am

I’m so looking forward to trying these! I was hoping to use this for a camping recipe, do you know if there are any issues putting all the wet ingredients together overnight and mix them with the dry in the morning?

July 23, 2020 6:14 pm

My personal opinion, use a bit more sugar and a lot less butter. The pancakes don’t even taste sweet, they taste salty ad fatty from all the butter. I actually feel like whoever made this recipe only added so much butter to compensate for the lack of sweetness from how little brown sugar was used. It’d be much better if more sugar was added instead of butter so I wouldn’t have felt like my heart is clogged from high cholestoral. Maybe 1 teaspoon of butter and 4 to 5 tablespoons of sugar would be better.

Sarah Roberts
July 19, 2020 11:37 am

Literally best pancakes ever! Whole family agrees!!!

July 13, 2020 11:33 am

I usually make a “plain” pancake batter, and use either sweet or savoury toppings to my taste. But today, I decided I wanted to make a sweet batter. Yours was the first recipe that popped up in my search, I had all of the ingredients on hand, so off I went. Wonderful! Nicely sweet, not cloying, and absolutely delicious. This will be my new batter for when I want a sweet pancake! (I’ll save the “plain” batter for my cheese-and-salsa days.)

July 13, 2020 5:35 am

i love these pancakes ,easy recipes for breakfast

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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