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Pancake Muffins are the perfect breakfast or brunch! Simple to make with the ease of a muffin and the deliciousness of pancakes! Easy make ahead favorite!
One of my favorite breakfasts to make for my family has always been a large batch of buttermilk pancakes. They always love them and they are just right for a warm, delicious, comforting breakfast. No matter which side of the bed, right or wrong, I got up from, pancakes always seem to perk up my mornings.
But, let me tell you about these pancake muffins. They are similar to ebelskivers, yet you don’t have to worry with standing over the pan on the stovetop and flipping them while they cook. The oven does all of the heavy lifting in this recipe, leaving you free to do other things that need your attention!
Perfect Pancake Muffins Recipe
One recipe will make about 36 pancake muffins, making just the right amount to serve for showers, brunches or when entertaining guests over the weekend. But let me tell you, my favorite part about this recipe is that you can easily freeze these little babies to make your mornings super delicious and super easy.
How to Make Perfect Pancake Muffins
Thankfully, these muffins couldn’t be any quicker or easier to make!
- flour – all-purpose flour is the flour of choice for these muffins. You can use a blend of whole wheat and white, if you prefer.
- sugar – a little sugar is used to sweeten the batter as well as to help give the muffins structure as they bake.
- baking powder – baking powder helps the muffins to rise
- baking soda – baking soda is also used to help the muffins rise since this recipe uses buttermilk.
- buttermilk – if you do not have buttermilk already on hand, use my simple two ingredient trick for making homemade buttermilk.
- egg – you’ll just need one egg for this recipe
- butter – I like to use melted butter in this recipe. You can also use cooking oil if you prefer.
- maple syrup – warmed maple syrup is perfect for serving with these muffins! However, use whatever syrup you would normally use with your pancakes.
Prep. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
Make batter. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, and melted butter in a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour the buttermilk mixture slowly into the flour mixture, stirring to combine as you pour. Allow the batter to rest for about 3 minutes.
Scoop and bake. Scoop the pancake batter and fill each indention of the mini muffin tin about ½ full. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve. Then, just dip them into warmed maple syrup and then pop them straight into your mouth! No forks needed for these little babies!
Make Ahead Ideas
They are so practical for those rushed mornings since you can just reheat the number of pancake muffins that you need in the microwave. They store well in an airtight container on the counter overnight or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to Freeze
- Cool. Once cooked, allow to cool completely.
- Place in Containers. Portion into an airtight, freezer-safe container(s), label, and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Thaw. Allow to thaw overnight.
- Reheat and Serve. Reheat in oven or microwave until warm and serve.
Here’s my Perfect Pancake Muffins recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!
Perfect Pancake Muffins Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- maple syrup warmed
- Preheat oven to 350º F oven. Spray a mini-muffin tin with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, and melted butter or cooking oil in a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour buttermilk mixture slowly into the flour mixture, stirring to combine as you pour. Allow to rest for about 3 minutes.
- Scoop pancake batter and fill each indention of mini muffin tin about ½ full. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve with warmed maple syrup for dipping.
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If you freeze them, how do you recommend reheating them? How long in the microwave? Thank you in advance for your reply!
When I freeze these muffins, I reheat in my microwave. Microwave ovens vary, so the time will vary with them as well. You can try using your reheat setting or at 50 to 60% power and heating the frozen muffin in 20 second intervals until warm. I hope this helps. Enjoy your muffins! Thanks! xo
Made these delicious beauties today and my husband would not stop raving about them!!! I sprinkled a cinnamon/sugar mix on top of each mini-muffin before baking-a recipe my husband makes in big batches for when he makes his homemade cinnamon rolls-more cinnamon than sugar! I even added some of the cinnamon/sugar mix to the warm syrup…YUMMY!!! After he left to work I made another batch of them to freeze since it was so easy, fast, and scrumptious!!!
I’m so glad you and your husband both love them, Cathy! They are definitely easy little things to whip up and I love having them in my freezer for busy mornings! xo
I don’t want to rate the recipe as written because I made a dairy free version due to a milk alllergy in the family. I substituted coconut oil for butter, almond ‘butter milk’ for buttermilk and used 1/2 c whole wheat flour + 11/2 c all purpose. The texture and flavor are a bit underwhelming to say the least. I love the idea and I’m sure the recipe as written is lovely but my dairy free version was a bit of a failure. My advice is to stick to the recipe if you don’t haveto make the required dietary adjustments that my family does.
So, i guess i didn’t get the mini muffins part, i made regular…now 15 min later they are still not done. Waiting patiently.
I hope you enjoy them, Njeri. The recipe is written for mini muffins, so they will need to cook longer if you make them as regular sized muffins. Thanks!
I made these this morning for my toddlers. Even my husband who does not like pancakes liked them. Great recipe. I added blueberries, put them in big muffin tins and baked @350 for 20 mins. Will be making these again .
Try putting 3-5 blueberries in each mini muffin or a small piece of cooked sausage.
All my grandchildren LOVE these. Have made them many times!
I’m so happy your grandchildren love these, Jane. My son and I always had so much fun making these when he was younger.
I have made these amazing muffin pancakes for the grandkids when they come over. They love them. I add a swirl of syrup to the top before baking them. That way there are no sticky hands.
Delicious! Made them as written (oil instead of butter per recipe) and did mix ins including colorful sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or blue berries (the kids had a blast helping with this) and I made some with turkey sausage precooked links, cut into small pieces and dropped into the center of each pancake “muffin” to make “pigs in a blanket.” They were a hit. This recipe was a perfect base for these mix ins. Easy school day breakfast – make them on a weekend, they reheat well in the microwave, and kids jump out of bed for them. Keeper!
Erica, I’m so glad that your children seem to love these pancake muffins as much as my son did when he was little. He loved to help me make them, too. They are great reheated for a quick school day breakfast.
have you ever made this with Bisquick?
Debbie, I haven’t used Bisquick with this recipe.