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.

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: 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


  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: 377
  • Sugar: 9.3 g
  • Sodium: 543.6 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.2 g
  • Protein: 10.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.4 mg

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81 comments on “Brown Sugar Pancakes”

  1. 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.)

  2. Smhhhh only heathens use dark brown sugar. Miss me with all that extra molasses. But half-jokes aside this recipe looks amazinggg, I’m about to give it a try 🙂

  3. Haven’t tried this yet im trying to loose weight but want to keep my Sunday brunch and usually that pankcaes! Is this healthier than a normal recipe?

  4. hi shelly! can’t wait to make these!!! can 2% milk be used or does it have to be whole milk/buttermilk? thanks 😉

    1. You can use milk…or you can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a scant cup of milk!

  5. These are absolutely the best pancakes ever!!! Never thought to put brown sugar in them, now that is going to be the only thing that I do. You don’t get a overwhelming brown sugar flavor but you do get a depth of flavor that I’d never experienced before in a pancake…and breakfast is my most favorite meal!! When you cook them low and slow in the butter, you get a carmelized, brown butter yumminess that cannot be beat!!! Absolutely loved this recipe!!! Thanks!!!

  6. I have been trying different recipes for pancakes. My son doesn’t like syrup and just plain pancakes. We have finally found the recipe that he loves. I did add a little more milk and also like rich flavor, so added some heavy cream as well.

    These are amazing!!

  7. This is an awesome pancake recipe. Super light and fluffy and the perfect amount of sweet. Everyone loved them. I don’t think I’ve ever made a pancake this fluffy before. Recipe was perfect, didn’t need to make any changes. Thank you so much for this! New go to for pancakes!

    1. SO glad you made them and loved them! I am obsessed with thick fluffy pancakes, so these are my favorite too!

  8. These are Delicious!! We are horrible and cook bacon on our griddle then cook the cakes in the bacon grease..So healthy!? Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I made this recipe and the pancakes kept falling apart. I would add a lot more milk and a lot more brown sugar. If you struggle with pancakes I would not recommend this recipe. They taste pretty bland and not like brown sugar, so if you do decide to make it, add more brown sugar.

    1. Jane Walkinshaw

      wow I’m so glad I did’ent take any notice of Displeaseds comment, as these were so so good, never thought of using brown sugar before, but everyone loved loved them, hubby and the grandsons we have staying, this will be our go to receipe from now on. I’, also p[leased I stuck to the receipe, and did’ent add extra stuff. I totally recommend this for the best pancakes ever.

  10. Best pancake recipe ever!
    I only changed the butter for coconut oil and they were so delish!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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