Easy Brown Sugar Pancakes

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Try out our super quick and easy pancake recipe; these brown sugar pancakes are so delicious they will be gone right before your eyes!

If you love McDonald’s breakfast hot cakes, then you are really going to love these pancakes. They taste just like the goodies from the drive through.

Stacked brown sugar pancakes on a white plate, with eggs, milk and maple syrup in the background


These pancakes are made with brown sugar and vanilla extract, it’s a different way of making pancakes but it really does re-create the basic pancake recipe!

This will become a sure favorite in your house, just like it has in mine; enjoy!

How To Make Brown Sugar Pancakes

These pancakes are just as easy to make as the mix you buy in a box. If you know how to measure, pour, and mix, then you can make these tasty flapjacks.

A stack of Brown Sugar Pancakes on a red tea towel with a glass of milk and a bowl of eggs in the background

What You Need

Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need from the store before you begin. All the exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

A stack of pancakes on a white plate, with a fork beside it. A red tea towel sits in the background, along with a mason jar glass of milk and a bowl of eggs

Homemade Pancake Tips

If you follow the steps in the printable recipe card, you can’t fail. They are that easy to make. Even so, I have some more tips that will help you out too.

Let the Batter Sit

As highlighted in the recipe card below, allowing the batter sit for 10 minutes makes your pancakes the fluffiest it can possibly be! This is because it gives the baking powder time to create bubbles that make the pancakes nice and airy.

Adding dry ingredients to make Brown Sugar Pancakes to a large glass bowl, with a plaid tea towel in the background

Freeze The Extras

Double the batter and then freeze the extra pancakes. To freeze them, I suggest wrapping them individually in parchment paper before you put them in the Ziploc freezer bag.

Then, you can reheat them in the microwave or toaster.

Adding wet ingredients to a bowl full of dry pancake ingredients - being mixed with a spoon

No Need To Separate The Wet and Dry Ingredients

The best part about this recipe is that there’s very little clean-up involved. You can make the batter in one bowl: just be sure to start with the dry ingredients and work in the wet ingredients afterward.

Letting brown sugar pancake batter rest in a large glass bowl

Are There Any Ingredient Alternatives?

Feel free to replace the milk with your milk of choice: almond, coconut, or oat. You don’t have to change the amount. Just remember to always use unsweetened milk. Since the pancakes are made with brown sugar, they are already sweet enough without adding even more sugar from the sweetened milk alternative.

Brown Sugar Pancakes in the process of cooking in a non-stick frying pan

Grease or Butter The Skillet

To prevent your pancakes from sticking, always spray the skillet with nonstick spray or add some butter and let it melt first. I prefer to use full-fat butter because it gives the pancakes and nice and crispy coloring and a little extra flavor.

A stack of pancakes on a white plate, with a fork beside it. A red tea towel sits in the background, along with a mason jar glass of milk and a bowl of eggs
Stacked brown sugar pancakes on a white plate, with eggs, milk and maple syrup in the background
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Easy Brown Sugar Pancakes

Print Recipe
Try out our super quick and easy pancake recipe, these pancakes are so delicious they will be gone right before your eyes!
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:7 mins
Resting Time:10 mins
Total Time:22 mins

SERVINGS

10

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp butter

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Next, add the wet ingredients into the bowl: egg, milk, vanilla and oil. Mix together thoroughly and allow the batter to sit and rest for about 10 minutes
  • Add butter to a non-stick pan and allow to melt over medium heat.
  • Add pancake batter to the heated pan, making each pancake about 4 inches in diameter.
  • When the pancake starts to pop bubbles, flip over and cook on the other side for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve and top with your favorite pancake garnishes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast pancakes, brown sugar pancakes, kid friendly
Servings: 10 pancakes
Calories: 147kcal

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