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stack of pumpkin pancakes cut into on a white speckled plate on top of an orange linen

Pumpkin Pancakes

These light, fluffy, and perfectly spiced pumpkin pancakes are surprisingly easy to make. Learn to make these easy pancakes with step-by-step photos.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Pancakes 1x


Units Scale
  • 250 grams (2 Cups) All-Purpose Flour
  • 50 grams (1/4 Cup) Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 12oz (1 1/2 Cups) Buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 8oz (1 Cup) Pumpkin Puree, at room temperature
  • 2 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin puree, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  3. Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a spatula to gently fold, mix until majority of the flour streaks have gone, a few are fine, but you don't want to overmix and overdevelop the gluten. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as well. Let pancake batter rest for at least 10 minutes, no less.
  4. In a large saute pan or skillet over low-medium heat add a slither of butter, honestly too much and you'll burn the pancakes. Using a third cup measuring cup scoop one serving of the pancake batter into the pan. 
  5. Depending on your pan and the heat your pancakes may cook a little differently, you will start to notice after the first one. Start by timing 1 minute 30 seconds, you should see air bubbles popping on top of the pancake, you want a few bubbles but not the whole pancake, if you wait until the whole pancake has bubbles you'll most likely have burned the bottom of the pancake.
  6. Using a plastic spatula gently slide it under the pancake, then shimmy it around a bit to get a good place covering the majority of the pancake. Using your wrist, not your whole arm, gently flip the pancake and cook for another minute and 30 seconds. Place pancakes on a wire rack and place them in a warmed oven (200F/93C) while you cook the remaining. Serve with warmed syrup.


  • Freezer Instructions: Let the pancakes cool completely then place in a freezer-safe container, placing a piece of parchment paper between each pancake to prevent them from sticking together. Or if you have a large enough freezer place the pancakes on a sheet pan in a single layer then let them freeze there.
  • Reheating Instructions: Place pancakes on a sheet tray in a single layer and cover tightly in foil then bake at 350F/180c for 10 minutes, if you do not cover the pancakes in foil they will dry out. To microwave pancakes place on a plate and microwave 45-60 seconds
  • Homemade Buttermilk: Fill a liquid measuring cup with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar then fill the rest up with milk until you reach 2 cups/ 16oz.
  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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