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Copycat Pancake House Pancakes

4.89 from 45 votes

posted: 04/29/15

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These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!


I’ve noticed something recently . . . . people are super nice to you when you are out shopping with three kids.

The other day I was at Trader Joe’s picking up a few things and seriously everyone there was so nice to me. I was apologizing to literally everyone we passed/ran into with our small circus of three carts (two mini, one normal) and they all were so nice! Oooing and awing at my kids acting like they are cute and not monsters. I even had one other mother, with one kid in tow, bow towards me asking me how I do it.

I told her that she is only seeing me for thirty seconds, she’d be less impressed if she saw me all day long.

These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!

As I left, someone grabbed my cart for me and put it away saying, “Oh, no worries, you look like you have your hands full!” So nice! I told Nathan I was considering moving into Trader Joes.

And it’s been happening everywhere!

It’s been happening so much in fact . . . . that I’m kind of considering only shopping with my three kids. Like all of them. I mean, they are relatively well behaved. And people are so much nicer to me when I have them all with! I mean with them, it’s reasonable that I’m sleep deprived, no make up, hair a mess, and occasionally running into things. Without them I just look like a crazed lunatic.

Cheers to your kids making your insanity seem normal, right?!

These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!

I don’t have a good segue from that into these pancakes. (See above about being a sleep deprived crazed lunatic.)


So I’ve made about 15 versions of these pancakes, tweaking this and that. And now I have what I think comes amazingly close to Pancake House pancakes. If you don’t have an Original Pancake House near you, I’m so very sorry. No wait! I’m not! Because now you can see just how amazing their pancakes are in your own home! The idea for using cake flour int he pancakes came from someone on FB after I shared these Silver Dollar Pancakes with Real Housemoms. Genius.

These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!


4.89 from 45 votes

Copycat Pancake House Pancakes

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  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 TBSPs sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  • Place a skillet over low heat.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the oil, eggs, and buttermilk. Stir together until just combined. The batter will be lumpy, do not overmix.
  • Spray the skillet with cooking spray and pour 1/4 cup of batter on the skillet and spread it out with the bottom of the measuring cup. As soon as bubbles begin to develop on top, flip the pancake. Be careful, the pancakes will be think and cook quickly. Allow it to cook another 30 seconds or so on the other side and remove to a plate.
  • Wipe down the skillet, spray with cooking spray and cook the next pancake.
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  1. Brett says

    Wow I can’t wait to try them !

  2. carrie says

    Made these pancakes today. They were fluffy and yummy. Thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad to hear that, Carrie! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know!

  3. Kara Richards says

    4 stars
    Made these and they were very good! Wasn’t quite the taste though. I talked to a waitress at our original pancake House.. and the secret is they use yeast, more specifically sourdough yeast. That’s what gives them a bit more of a unique flavor.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Interesting! I’m not sure if I would be able to incorporate into this recipe, but it might be worth try!

  4. Jaresa says

    3 stars
    This recipe was good. It did not taste like the original pancake house here in Michigan.

  5. Gargamel says

    This is a really good recipe. However, the buttermilk pancakes at the Original Pancake House have a unique yeasty flavor to them that separates them from all other gourmet pancakes on the planet. They claim it to be the result of a sourdough starter incorporated into the batter. After nearly 25 years of trying, I can assure you that their perfect texture, color and flavor are nearly impossible to replicate.

  6. Lior says

    This is a great recipe and I added a tablespoon of starter, based on the comments related to adding the sourdough started. I also added some vanilla extract :)

    Definitely added a nice flavor to the mix but curious if 2 tbsps might make it work better.

  7. Mommyo4 says

    5 stars
    I am a mom of 4, and have been making pancakes for years, I was in a rut using the same old recipe for ages, and though tried and true we were tired of them. This recipe really revived my family’s love of pancakes. I quadrupled the recipe and added just a bit more butter along with the oil, and maybe an extra tsp of baking powder since I lost track as I was putting it in oops Ha! I just wanted to thank you for this, we have a OPH down the road but once my we had 3 kids we stopped taking them out for breakfast as regularly. (Crayons being thrown at fragile looking seniors wearing oxygen was my last straw)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Laughing so hard at the crayon comment – I can totally relate. I’m so glad to hear these were a hit!

  8. Tara says

    Looking forward to trying this recipe. What oil substitute would you suggest for veg oil? We do not use seed oils in our home.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ve only tested it as written, but you could use coconut oil in liquid form or melted and cooled butter.

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