Silver Dollar Pancakes

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These silver dollar pancakes are light, fluffy and tender. With sweet vanilla, melted butter, and lemon in the batter, they almost melt in your mouth. Half the size of regular pancakes, they’re ideal for Sunday brunch. Pair them with other breakfast favorites like eggs and crispy bacon.

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A stack of silver dollar pancakes on a small plate with fruit.

👩🏻‍🍳 Why This Recipe’s a Keeper

  • We adore the small size of silver dollar pancakes. Because they’re half the size of regular pancakes, they’re ideal for meals like Sunday brunch, where there are several different breakfast favorites and you want to enjoy a bit of each. They’re also great for families with children, and for smaller appetites.
  • This recipe produces the fluffiest pancakes. They’re light and tender, not heavy and dense. And we love that they’re made with basic pantry staples.
  • These hot cakes taste amazing. They have the perfect combination of ingredients. Cooking them in melted butter produces richer and more flavorful hot cakes.
  • You can use this recipe for regular-size pancakes too. Instead of 2 tablespoons of batter for silver dollar pancakes, use 1/4 cup batter for larger pancakes.
  • Leftover pancakes save well. Just slip them into a zip-top bag and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Rewarm them in the microwave, or in a conventional oven. So quick and easy.
Fluffy silver dollar pancakes served with honey.

🛒 Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour: Provides strength and structure for the pancake batter.
  • Granulated Sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Baking Powder: This leavening agent is a mixture of baking soda, an acid like cream of tartar, and a moisture absorber. It provides a quick and immediate release of carbon dioxide bubbles when it comes into contact with liquid and heat. These initial bursts help the silver dollar pancakes rise quickly. It gives them a fluffy, tender texture.
  • Baking Soda: For optimal leavening. It reacts with the acid in lemon juice in order to produce air bubbles during cooking. This further lightens and aerates the hot cakes.
  • Kosher Salt: Helps balance the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Whole Milk: Provides the moisture needed to create the batter. I prefer whole milk, but feel free to use 2% milk if desired.
  • Lemon: For freshly-squeezed lemon juice. It adds acidity and freshness.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor of the sugar, butter and lemon.
  • Large eggs: Help bind the ingredients in the batter together.
  • Melted Butter: Adds rich tasty moisture to the batter. We also use butter for greasing the grill. It makes the silver dollar pancakes even more delicious.
Ingredients for making silver dollar pancakes.

📖 Recipe Steps

Recipe Tip: It’s important not to overmix the batter. This will help prevent the hot cakes from having a rubbery texture. We want light fluffy pancakes that almost melt in your mouth.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
A metal mixing bowl with dry ingredients for silver dollar pancake recipe.
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix gently and briefly, until almost incorporated. Pour melted butter over the batter. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will still have lumps, and that’s okay. Let the batter rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Wet ingredients mixed with dry ingredients in a metal mixing bowl.
  1. Heat a griddle to 350ºF over medium/low heat, until the surface is hot enough for droplets of water to skitter across the surface. Brush the griddle with melted butter.
  2. Using a tablespoon (from a measuring spoon set), ladle 2 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until bubbles rise to the surface and begin to pop, and the bottom of the pancakes are golden. Flip (just once) and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Serve straight off the griddle with butter and syrup, or your favorite toppings.
A mixing bowl with pancake batter.

🍽 Best Pancake Toppings

Breakfast should never be boring. Top silver dollar pancakes a variety of ways. Mix things up. Try new toppings!

  • Raspberries, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
  • Whipped butter plus maple syrup, honey or agave nectar.
  • A sprinkling of powdered sugar.
  • Yogurt (plus nuts or granola), or a generous dollop of ricotta cheese.
  • Salted caramel sauce, Nutella, hot fudge, or jam.
  • Fried egg plus two strips of crispy bacon.
Stack of silver dollar pancakes on a small breakfast plate.

🧑🏼‍🍳 Expert Tips: For Fluffy Silver Dollar Pancakes

  • Add lemon juice to the pancake batter. It gives the pancakes an extra lift.
  • Do not overmix the batter. Use a light gentle hand when mixing. Whisk just until the ingredients come together. It’s okay for the batter to have some lumps.
  • For an extra boost of fluffiness: Separate the eggs. Add in the yolks with the wet ingredients and mix until blended. Whip the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Then gently mix the egg whites into the batter.

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Flavor testers said these are the BEST silver dollar pancakes. Delicious, light, tender, and fluffy, they can rival any hot cakes from a pancake house. The testers appreciated the easy of the recipe, and that they’re made with simple ingredients most of us already have in the pantry.

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These silver dollar pancakes are light, fluffy and tender. They almost melt in your mouth. Half the size of regular pancakes, they’re ideal for pairing with other breakfast favorites. They’re also perfect for children, and for smaller appetites. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted (plus more for greasing the griddle)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, mix the wet ingredients together: eggs, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix gently and briefly, until almost incorporated. Pour melted butter over the batter. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will still have lumps, and that’s okay. Let the batter rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a griddle to 350ºF over medium/low heat, until the surface is hot enough for droplets of water to skitter across the surface. Brush the griddle with a generous amount of melted butter.
  4. Using a tablespoon (from your measuring spoon set), ladle 2 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, until bubbles rise to the surface and begin to pop, and the bottom of your pancakes are golden. Flip (just once) and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  5. Serve straight off the griddle with butter and syrup, or your favorite toppings.

Notes

Secrets for fluffy pancakes:

  • Adding lemon juice to the pancake batter. It helps with the rise.
  • Not over-mixing the batter so the pancakes are light and fluffy, not thin and rubbery.
  • For an extra boost of fluffiness: Separate the eggs. Add in the yolks with the wet ingredients and mix until blended. Whip the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form (the whites will stand up on their own). Then gently mix the egg whites into the batter.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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76 Comments

  1. Oh man, I haven’t had from-scratch pancakes since my roommate moved to Canada! I miss his pancakes, I’m goubg to have to try making these-they look so good!

  2. YUM! wow, these look incredible, we’ll both give it a go come the weekend, can’t wait! This breakfast pizza looks absolutely delicious!

  3. I’ve never made pancakes from scratch, but your recipe looks pretty easy. I would’ve never thought about using lemon juice to make them fluffy. Thanks for sharing a tasty recipe!






    1. I never would have thought of that either, but one day it just came to mind. I could never go back now.

  4. WOw these look really fluffy and so sooo good! We love pancakes in our house. It’s one of our favorite breakfast. Topped with fruits and syrup, it’s just delicious. Lovely photos, btw. Makes me wanna grab these pancakes from the screen. ;)






  5. As weird as this sounds, I have never made pancakes from scratch before. I have always used a mix in the past. I may have to try this recipe!

  6. This perfect recipe for thanksgiving day breakfast, soft fluffy pancakes. I can add some sprinkles and make it as Christmas day breakfast too. I will let you know how my experiment turned out.






  7. These look amazing!! OMG now I’m tempted to whip up a batch! I’ve not had pancakes in a while..it’s always such a treat when we do make them. Perfect recipe for holiday mornings <3

  8. I cook pancakes a lot. Sometimes I prefer them fluffy, sometimes I like them flat but one thing stays the same – I can’t get tired of them as well as of experimenting with various recipes. Yours is amazing!

  9. I love fluffy pancakes and these do look fluffy. Love how simple and easy this recipe is too. Nothing beat a nice stack of fluffy pancakes for a weekend breakfast.






  10. Pancakes are a Sunday staple in our home, I will have to try the lemon juice next time to see the fluffy pancakes difference!!

  11. I wish I had everything on hand to make this recipe right now. It looks so yummy, and perfect to make a delicious Sunday brunch for my family.






  12. It’s been years since I’ve made pancakes. I’ve forgotten how good they taste and I’ve lost my recipe on how to make them. Lucky for me that you posted the recipe!! I’m going to pin it and make them this week.






  13. OMG, I love homemade pancakes! Is there any other way? Thanks for this awesome recipe, bookmarked!

  14. I love to make pancakes. I haven’t made them homemade, without a box mix in years. i don’t know why, these sound amazing.

  15. We LOVE pancakes in our home and your from scratch recipe sounds absolutely delicious. Pancakes have turned out so fluffy and yummy looking.

  16. I would love to make pancakes like this! I’m gonna try it this way and see if I can get fluffy pancakes! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Pancakes taste so much better from scratch. I love that you served it with fresh fruit. So much fresher than butter and syrup.

  18. My husband makes homemade pancakes every Sunday. His recipe is pretty similar to yours but he does not use lemon juice. I have to share that tip with him






  19. Beautiful plate of fluffy pancakes! I love blueberries with mine, but my all time favorite is warm maple syrup!






  20. Now this is my favorite breakfast! I want to eat pancakes every day! I’m sure this is very tasty. This is a great recipe for me.






  21. Pancakes are a family tradition in our house. I love your detailed instructions. Can’t wait to try some of your tips and tricks!






  22. I love making pancakes. We do a breakfast for dinner usually about once a month and will make pancakes. I will definitely try these. They are delicious I am sure.

  23. Oh wow, you aren’t kidding about these being fluffy! These look so delicious, and perfect for breakfast on a cold morning






  24. Your pancake mix with lemon is delicious! The key is not to over mix the batter and you will have lovely fluffy tall pancakes. Always make homemade syrup that will tops them off.