Apple Gingerbread Pancakes

gingerbread pancakes

I modified this from my grandma’s gingerbread muffin recipe. The most awesome part is that they taste exactly like gingerbread muffins, but they cook a whole lot faster. And, to me, while muffins are awesome and rad, they don’t really say “breakfast”; they say more like, “tea time” or “stoner munchie time”, know what I mean?

So I added some apple and cut back on the sweetening and increased the buttermilk and came up with a really delicious gingerbread pancake recipe. We both really liked these with just butter, but they’re also good with a little maple syrup or molasses if you really like the taste of molasses. I do, but I know I’m in the minority and pretty much everyone else in my club is over 90 years old. We molasses-lovers are a dying breed. I imagine that these would also be just out of this WERLD with some fresh whipped cream (maybe a pinch of sugar and cinnamon beat in?) or a smear of apple butter even. What do you think? What are you going to top these with?

These come together just like any other pancake recipe, but you’ll want to cook them over a slightly lower heat (medium instead of medium-high) and watch them carefully. The molasses and sugar makes them more apt to get overly browned or even burned. You might want to try one the first time around to get the hang of it and the temperature right for your stove and your griddle.

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Apple Gingerbread Pancakes

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or yogurt thinned with milk or water)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated apple (any variety)
  • 1 cup flour (AP or whole wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice


  1. Combine the molasses, butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in egg and buttermilk until well-combined.
  3. Stir in apple.
  4. Whisk dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture, stirring until just combined.
  5. (Refrigerate up to 8 hours if making the batter ahead of time. Allow to come to room temperature before cooking.)
  6. Heat a griddle over medium heat until a drop of water splashed on sizzles.
  7. Lightly grease the griddle and drop batter by 1/4 cup measures, spreading if necessary to make cakes about 4 inches diameter. You should get 8 pancakes.
  8. Cook about 2 minutes or until the edges look dry-ish and there are a few bubbles appearing on top of the cakes that pop and leave craters. Watch them closely; with the increased sugar content, they go from cooked to burned pretty quickly.
  9. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or so on the other side.
  10. Serve hot. Keep pancakes warm in a 200º oven on a baking sheet if needed.

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  1. Jack J Foley on December 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    We’ve done something similar to this in the past. We had one addition that we loved. We served this with maple whipped cream. Just add a little real maple syrup (or fake if your into that) to your cream before your whip it – insert Devo here. Definitely crazy good.

    • Hilah on December 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Yum! I love real maple syrup – that fake stuff just tastes gross to me. Thanks for the maple cream idea, Jack!

  2. Diane on December 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    YUM! I’m making these Christmas morning.

    • Hilah on December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Yay! Perfect for Christmas.

  3. Brad on January 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I made these and they came out very good. I also used the spices, molasses and apple in my normal buttermilk pancake recipe and it also came out great. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hilah on January 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Yay, Brad! I’m glad you liked them and that you did your own thing with it, too. 🙂

  4. Austin on January 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Just a question, but could I make these in advance and then freeze them? For breakfast for a few days? I have a hard time making stuff in the morning so being able to heat something up in the morning an have it be good would be awesome. Also, if I could do that, what would be the best way to heat them up?

    • Hilah on January 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Austin! Yes, you can do that, I’m pretty sure. I mean, I have done so with standard pancakes by cooking, cooling, then layering between waxed paper and freezing in airtight bags. Reheat in a toaster oven, preferred, or over low heat in a skillet.

  5. OSCARPHUAWEIJIE on December 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm


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