IHOP Copycat Pancakes

IHOP copycat pancakesWith all of the pancake recipes I have on this blog, I was shocked to find out that I didn't have this, my basic recipe, on here somewhere.  In fact, I think I remember posting it when I started in 2008, but for some reason, it is gone.  Perhaps the photos were terrible (which most pre-2011 are).  However, this is a recipe that you must have.  I have never met a breakfast eater that didn't love them.ihop copycat pancakesThese babies are light, but chewy, just like IHOP or Denny's makes their pancakes.  When my sons were little, we'd often take them to "kids eat free" night.  Two kids free per adult made our little outings rather cheap.  Then those stinkin' kids grew up, got old and started eating like ravenous wolves.  Now we tend to take them to "all you can eat" places instead; and only when we are feeling rich.Ihop copycat pancakesI make these pancakes all of the time.  I usually have to double the recipe to feed the gang.   The nice thing about this recipe is that you cannot over beat it.  Unlike most quick bread type dishes that warn you to only stir until combined, this recipe needs abuse.  Stir, have your kids stir, then stir some more.  You want it as smooth as possible.
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IHOP Copycat Pancakes
  • 2 cups buttermilk or milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
  1. Combine we ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add dry ingredients and stir until there are no lumps.
  3. Cook on a preheated, greased, medium hot griddle or frying pan until bubbly, then flip.


16 thoughts on “IHOP Copycat Pancakes

    1. Thanks for stopping by! My husband adores IHOP pancakes and was after me to come up with something close. We have enjoyed this recipe for over a decade and it is really, really close to the real thing.

  1. Hooray! Finally a pancake recipe that needs some work! I can make pancakes from scratch (with help) but when I use basic recipes they don’t turn out well unless I have someone else do the stirring. This is my match for a pancake recipe!

  2. I looooove big fat pancakes like these. I’ve only been to IHOP a couple of times (since they don’t have any locations up here in Canada), and while I can’t say they knocked my socks off, I can tell that your copycat version totally would. YUM.

  3. OMG! Made these this morning and they were phenomenal 😀
    My family raved about them all day!!!! Will never go back to box pancake mix again…

    1. Reasons your pancakes might turn out flat: 1. too much liquid, 2. old baking powder, 3. the griddle wasn’t hot enough to start with. Next time, if you double them, cut back a little on the milk. If that doesn’t help, I don’t know what to tell you. I am glad your kids liked them!

      1. THANKS! I will be giving these another try on Saturday. 🙂 Appreciate it so much. The kids ate them like they were candy! The little things in life…LOL

  4. Sorry, these were not even close to IHOP. It just tasted like a blander version of the aunt jemima store bought buttermilk mix I already had. Bummer.

  5. This recipe was a huge disappointment. They tasted horrible and bland. I recommend using the Food Network pancake recipe. I decided to try this as something different but I regretted it.m

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