Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread PancakesI just realized I’ve posted 3 breakfast recipes in a row. I must have Christmas brunch on my mind! And since I’m thinking of it, if you’re looking for a delicious recipe for Christmas morning, you should definitely keep this one in mind. It combines classic pancakes with traditional gingerbread flavor -perfect for Christmas! Mike and I both really liked these. I’m more of a gingerbread fan than he is, but he voted them a 3.5 and ate enough of them to convince me that he liked them. They’re light and fluffy with a nice subtle flavor. I’ve already made them twice, and I’m wondering if I can fit them in again before Christmas. :)

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Gingerbread Pancakes


1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Packed Dark Brown Sugar
½ Tablespoons Baking Powder
¾ teaspoons Baking Soda
½ teaspoons Salt
½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoons Ground Ginger
⅛ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoons Ground Cloves
½ cups Water
½ cups Brewed Coffee, Room Temperature Or Cold
2 whole Large Eggs
¼ cups (1/2 Stick) Melted, Cooled Butter
⅛ cups Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice


Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a bowl. Whisk together water, coffee, eggs, butter, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Let stand 15 minutes (batter will thicken).

Brush a griddle or 12-inch non-stick skillet with oil and butter, heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking.

Working in batches of 3 or 4, pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto hot griddle and cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes with a spatula and cook until cooked through and edges are lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Brush griddle with oil between batches.

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23 Responses to “Gingerbread Pancakes”

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    Jessica — December 21, 2009 @ 11:58 am

    Yum!! Sounds sooo yummy.

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    lavienouveau — December 21, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    ooo! those look so kick butt! I will have to try!

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    Simply Life — December 21, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    oh YUM! these sound amazing!

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    Jana — December 21, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

    I think this is a must! maybe even today…I love holiday geared food Thanks Megan!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 21, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

    Oh my, those look delicious! Definitely adding it to my Christmas breakfast list.

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    Dawn Hutchins — December 21, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

    I LOVE gingerbread and in pancakes?! Divine.

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    Alexandra — December 21, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    Oh gosh. These look too good. Too, too good.

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    megan — December 21, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

    Jana – I hope you like them!

    amanda – I definitely think these will make a great Christmas breakfast :)

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    Fresh Local and Best — December 22, 2009 @ 12:29 am

    This looks like a wonderful item to have for breakfast. I like all of the sweet spices you added.

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    Erica — December 22, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    We're HUGE pancake fans over here. These look fantastic. I actually think these in combo with the graham cracker pancakes I made last week would be AMAZING. Cookies for breakfast :)

    I agree- I never use cookbooks any more. I always use google blog search!!

  11. 11 — December 22, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    I recently feel in love with gingersnaps and all things related. This sounds like a delicious Christmas morning breakfast! And we're in the same boat… I've been posting an awful lot of breakfast items too!

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    Charles — December 27, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    Your blog is so cute!

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    Cristie — December 29, 2009 @ 4:31 am

    Oh, I love gingerbread pancakes! Your post reminded me of how wonderful they are. We serve ours with a homemade buttermilk syrup (sounds disgusting, but it's out of this world) and they are to die for! Thanks for the post!

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    morethaneasymac — December 29, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

    Oooh, these look fabulous! Will have to try them soon.

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    Jacki C — January 2, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    I made these pancakes when I was staying with my family this Christmas. I didn't tell my sisters they were gingerbread because I thought it might scare them off. They were concerned with the brown color, thinking I may have smuggled in wheat flour, but I told them it was the cinnamon. Everyone loved them and we saved the extras in the fridge and reheated them for several days afterwards. This was a great Christmas recipe and I will make it again!

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    megan — January 4, 2010 @ 1:27 am

    Jacki C – I'm so glad you like these pancakes! Thanks for stopping back to let me know. :) I like that you disguised the fact that they were gingerbread…I've done the same thing before with my husband :)

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    Kelsey — January 16, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    I made these this morning! Amazing. But I think next time I make them they'll have more of the spices; I ended up putting a spice mixture as a topping along with applesauce and syrup.

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    megan — January 17, 2010 @ 1:52 am

    Kelsey – I'm so glad you liked them! I think your spice mixture/applesauce/syrup topping sounds wonderful!

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    Taz — July 30, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    I just wanted to let you know that I made these a few days ago and they were delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Cathy D. — November 17, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Hi Megan. These are my favorite, go to gingerbread pancakes, the best I’ve found. I put my recipe card in a plastic sleeve since I make them so often and can find the recipe easily. I make them with half wheat flour and top with pure maple syrup, yummy! Thanks for the great recipe :-)

    • megan replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

      Thanks for the comment Cathy – I’m so glad you like these :)

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