Gingerbread Pancakes


Gingerbread Pancakes should become a new tradition during the Christmas season! They’re perfectly spiced and flavorful, they’re deliciously light and fluffy and they taste just like gingerbread. It’s like a treat for breakfast and no once can resist! 

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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 it’s definitely my favorite day of the year. And every Christmas we have some sort of festive breakfast like these gingerbread pancakes!

They taste just like a gingerbread cookie but in tender 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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About the Pancake Batter

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 fitting for the holiday season!

Serve them with a side of scrambled cheesy eggs, crispy bacon and a glass of fresh O.J. and you’ve got a simple holiday breakfast everyone will love!

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Gingerbread Pancakes

5 from 1 vote

Gingerbread Pancakes should become a new tradition during the Christmas season! They're perfectly spiced and flavorful, they're deliciously light and fluffy and they taste just like gingerbread. It's like a treat for breakfast and no once can resist! Makes about 12 pancakes.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together water, molasses, and eggs then mix in butter. 
  4. 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).
  5. Butter griddle then immediately pour batter onto griddle about 1/3 cup at a time. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Serve warm with maple syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 612mg17%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingerbread Pancakes
Calories: 311 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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