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Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe ~ Thick, Fluffy & Delicious!

Thick and Fluffy Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe by


I LOVE breakfast!  It’s just in my blood.  My mom loves breakfast, my dad loves breakfast and I was just made to love that wonderful meal.  And anyone who loves breakfast knows that pancakes are a staple for the breakfast lover.  They can’t just be any pancakes either.  They must be fluffy, thick, have the perfect density and cooked to golden perfection.  So today I am sharing a recipe that has been in my family for years!  It isn’t anything edgey or new, but rather a classic!  This is my family’s go to buttermilk pancake recipe, or in other words, a breakfast lover’s definition of perfection.

Thick and Fluffy Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe by

When I make these I can never keep them around for long, but for us this is definitely enough for one sitting and sometimes two.  It makes about 12 medium sized pancakes (or 9 circles and 2 monsters in our case haha!)

To make the most perfect buttermilk pancakes of your life, there are just a few steps.  Hardly more than a store mix, but WAY yummier!

Classic Buttermilk Pancake Recipe ~ Thick, Fluffy & Delicious!

Thick and Fluffy Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe by

First measure and mix your dry ingredients in a  medium bowl.  Then pour the buttermilk, oil and eggs right on top.

Now you will mix the pancakes, and this is a very important step.  You want to mix them so they are just combined, meaning there are no large lumps of dry or wet left in the batter but it isn’t completely smooth.  If you over mix your pancakes they can turn out thin, or tough.  Neither of which fit the bill for  a perfect pancake!!!

Then using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop and pour your pancakes onto a skillet or griddle on medium heat.  I love to use a griddle for making my pancakes so I can make them {read eat them} as quick as possible, I set my griddle to about 375 degrees F.

Thick and Fluffy Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe by

You will let them sit about 2-3 minutes or until the batter has bubbled and the underside is golden brown and then flip.  I usually cook the second side a bit less than the first so that the inside is just set.

Pile ’em up. Add lots of butter.  Pour on the syrup and enjoy this magnificent breakfast feast!  Classic buttermilk pancakes to please even the most discriminating breakfast lover.

Now as a warning… you might fall in love with these.  In the case that you or your family does, here are a few tips we use.

1.  I like to quadruple the dry ingredients and keep it in a ziplock bag in my pantry. That way I can make these super quick on any morning.  I just measure out two heaping cupfuls of the dry mix and continue as directed with the wet ingredients.

2.  If you have leftovers you can throw the pancakes in the fridge and pop them in the toaster the next morning for a quick and easy breakfast.  I have also been known to swipe them out of the fridge and eat them cold as a late night snack, but you won’t tell anyone right?

3.  You can also double or triple the pancake recipe, cook it all and freeze your leftovers.  All bread products, these pancakes included freeze really well and make a heck of a choice over an Eggo waffle!

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe ~ Thick, Fluffy & Delicious!


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 1/4 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add buttermilk, oil, and eggs.
  3. Mix together until just moistened so there are no large lumps of wet or dry, but the mixture isn't completely smooth. Do not over mix!
  4. Use a 1/4 cup measure to pour pancakes on a skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  5. Cook until it is bubbly and the underside is golden brown about 2-4 minutes, then flip and cook the other side until just browned.
  6. Serve hot!

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  1. says

    My husband is our pancake maker so I am going to share with him. The one time I tried making them, the kids said “these don’t taste like dad’s…” So now it’s official. He is in charge of pancakes. I make eggs. :)

  2. says

    I love pancakes! In estonia we normally make thin ones, like crepes. Have never tried the American version. I sure have to give this recipe a try!

  3. says

    I have never made pancakes from scratch. I am a lazy cook who just grabs a box of pre made mix lol. This year I want to do more cooking from scratch. This looks like a great recipe to start with!

    • says

      It definitely is! If you follow the notes at the bottom you can have a big batch to store just like the mi from the store so you can be lazy still most of the time haha!

  4. says

    I am not a big breakfast person, but when pancakes are on the menu, I have a smile on my face. This recipe is so basic and wonderful. Your photos are great.

    • says

      Really? I would have never thought that! It is so inexpensive and readily available here. I will have to see if I can find you a substitute!

    • says

      Well, I think we probably eat them more than we should haha! I hope you get motivated to make these soon! If you make a large batch like I recommend in the notes at the end, it makes it super easy.

  5. says

    Came back to comment again – for some reason…. i think i failed this one.. lol…

    It has large lumps… it doesnt seem to become liquid lol. there are surrounding butter but the flour seems to form in large pieces or so :((

    • says

      Oh no! You can add more buttermilk if it seems to need more liquid! I do that every once in a while if my flour gets too packed and there ends up being more dry. Then make sure to stir it enough to break up all the large flour lumps. It does start out with big lumps sometimes. Sorry it didn’t go as planned. I promise I have been making these for YEARS and they are delicious.

    • says

      Thanks Michelle! Sometimes the classics are the best. These have been in my family for so long and are so good we won’t be getting rid of them anytime soon!

  6. Sokha says

    My boyfriend is a huge pancake lover and I love to cook. Lately I have been making everything from scratch and I am so happy I found your recipe. I absolutely love this recipe and so did he. I love it so much i made it into a pancake popper for snacks. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It will forever be in my recipe book!


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