Gingerbread Pancakes


Only 5 days until Christmas!! It always comes and goes so quickly but thankfully it comes every year. I love Christmas and how excited my kids get for it every year! It’s just like the movie Elf where Buddy screams “Santa’s coming!!” That has been my kids for the last month. There’s just no holiday like it and I think it’s safe to say it’s my favorite day of the year, and I pretty sure I’ll still love it just the same 60 years from now. Another thing I will probably still love 60 years from now at Christmas time are these gingerbread pancakes! They taste just like a gingerbread cookie but in soft and fluffy pancake form! They are brimming with spices and packed with the rich flavor of molasses. These would also be delicious with some sort of cinnamon syrup, which I haven’t yet shared a recipe for but if you have one or can find one I think it would be a could pairing. Maple syrup is also delicious with these though if you don’t want to put in the extra effort.

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The batter for these will be runnier than your traditional pancake batter but they should still cook up nice and  fluffy. They are probably the most flavorful pancakes I’ve ever had and I love that they are totally perfect for the holiday season! Christmas breakfast is a big deal at my house and I have far too many breakfast foods I love to choose from. For now I’ve narrowed it down and it’s between these Gingerbread Pancakes, this Eggnog French Toast and my favorite Belgian Waffles. Maybe I’ll make them all! Only kidding, I don’t get that crazy. But there will be one of the aforementioned, fresh O.J. and bacon!! I live for bacon. I eat it far more than I should I’m sure. On Christmas though I’ll have all the bacon I want and a generous pile of sweet whipped cream on whatever I want :)! Gotta love the holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

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Gingerbread Pancakes

5 from 1 vote

Yield: About 12 pancakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter , melted, plus more for griddle
  • Maple syrup , for serving


  1. Preheat an electric griddle to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves for 20 seconds. Make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together water, molasses, and eggs then mix in butter. While whisking, pour molasses mixture into well in flour mixture, and mix just until combined (batter should be slightly lumpy and it will also be pretty runny - if you'd like you can let it rest for about 3 minutes and it will thicken).
  3. Butter griddle then immediately pour batter onto griddle about 1/3 cup at a time. Cook until bottom is golden brown and bubbles start to appear on surface edges of pancakes then rotate and cook opposite side until golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Jeanette: I am seriously considering these for Christmas morning, they look wonderful! Thanks for sharing. December 22, 2015 at 5:45am Reply

  • Jane: Hi! First of all I wanted to say I really love your blog! So many great recipes!
    I want to try also this one but im more like a pancake-dummy :) I wanted to ask : If I don’t have an electric griddle can I make them in a normal pan and if so, which one? I mean any nonstick pan or better the one for making crepes? I do not own crepes pan but im willing to get one in any case soon.
    And greetings from Italy!
    xx December 22, 2015 at 6:03am Reply

    • Jay: You can cook pancakes in any type of oiled skillet, only difference will be how low to medium-high the temperature of the burner should be. I personally like cooking thrm in my cast iron skillet that i spray w/coconut oil. I love the crisp edges the cast iron gives them! Once you see bubbles appear it’s time to flip them over. Enjoy! December 23, 2015 at 4:28am Reply

  • Serena @ Serena’s Kitchen: These look amazing! I love desserts you can count as breakfast ;) December 22, 2015 at 10:47am Reply

  • Tanith: Ooo these look and sound yummy! One question though, what can I use instead of the molasses? as its hard to get hold of here.
    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! x December 22, 2015 at 2:54pm Reply

  • Tania Montgomery: Thanks for lovely recipe.
    Will certainly be doing this one for that day! December 22, 2015 at 5:48pm Reply

  • Chels: Those look perfect! What kid wouldn’t be thrilled to wake up to a huge stack of those pancakes and presents! YUM! December 22, 2015 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): That is one gorgeous stack of pancakes, just what I want for breakfast on Christmas morning! December 23, 2015 at 12:35am Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: These pancakes look perfect! I love all the gingerbread flavors at this time of year! December 23, 2015 at 9:29pm Reply

  • June @ How to Philosophize with Cake: what festive pancakes! Love the little gingerbread pan on top,that is so adorable :) December 24, 2015 at 8:39am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Gingerbread pancakes are my favorite! Merry Christmas, Jaclyn! December 25, 2015 at 6:41am Reply

  • Lin J. Leek: I love that you added ranch! I love easy recipes like this! January 1, 2016 at 7:34am Reply

  • Mel: I made these pancakes for Christmas morning, and my husband has requested them again today. Delicious! January 9, 2016 at 12:30pm Reply

  • Janey: These look marvelous! Just wondering, must the liquid be water, or would it work if I used milk or even buttermilk? January 17, 2016 at 3:24pm Reply

  • Purplebeary83: There is not enough liquid. I just made these and they are not runny, but more like a dough. November 1, 2016 at 5:57am Reply

  • Danielle Tung: These were great! Our whole family – including the 14 month old – loved them. Thank you for sharing! December 16, 2017 at 5:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the positive feedback Danielle! December 18, 2017 at 4:01pm Reply

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