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Maple syrup being poured over a stack of 5 chocolate pancakes garnished with mini chocolate chips, fresh strawberries, whipped cream.

Chocolate Pancakes


These fluffy double chocolate pancakes are homemade IHOP Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes. They’re light and tender with a crisp edge, soft center, and rich chocolaty flavor.


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Double Chocolate Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Non-stick cooking spray, for greasing the pan

Optional Garnishes

  • Powdered sugar
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh fruit, at room temperature
  • Maple syrup, warm (or chocolate ganache)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix lightly – just until no large dry lumps remain. The batter does not need to be perfectly smooth. Do not overmix. Add mini chocolate chips to the batter. With a rubber spatula, gently fold them in. Again, do not overmix.
  3. Let pancake batter rest for at least 10 minutes (up to 30 minutes).
  4. Heat a large nonstick griddle over medium heat. Lightly grease pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Ladle batter onto the grill with a 1/4 measuring cup. Cook until bubbles on the surface pop and form holes that stay open (about 2 to 3 minutes). Flip the pancakes. Cook until set and cooked through (about 1 to 2 minutes). Briefly remove pan from heat between batches.


The temperature of ingredients is important: The egg and milk should be at room temperature. The melted butter should be warm, not hot. When the batter comes together under optimum conditions, it can develop the proper structure it needs for fluffy pancakes. 

Non-stick Cooking Spray: This is the easiest way to grease a griddle. But if you don’t have this on hand, lightly wipe down the pan with a paper towel that has cooking oil on it. You don’t need much. Butter can also be used, but it can be a bit tricky to make sure it doesn’t burn. 

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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