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IHOP Pancakes Copycat Recipe
IHOP Pancakes
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Calories: 350
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.7 (215 reviews)
Even though the early press runs of the first book, Top Secret Recipes, excluded buttermilk in this recipe—a very important ingredient if you really want pourable batter—many figured out the missing ingredient on their own and the error was quickly corrected in later copies. Now we just like to call those copies of the book the "Collector's Editions." For any of you who were lucky enough to get one of the "Collector's Editions" we'd like to say "Congratulations!" Now here's the recipe—with the complete list of ingredients—to make pancakes just like those served every day at IHOP.

Source: Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

Nonstick Spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Use a pan with a nonstick surface or apply a little nonstick spray.

2. In a blender or with a mixer, combine all of the remaining ingredients until smooth.

3. Ladle approximately 1/3 cup of the batter into the hot skillet, forming 5-inch circles.

4. When the edges appear to firm up, after a minute or two, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown.

5. Cook the pancakes on the other side for the same amount of time, until golden brown.

Makes 8 to 10 pancakes.

Best pancakes ever
Submitted on: 05/20/17
I was amazed at how good these were. Even with all the positive reviews I had my doubts, but these came out great. Best of all they were super fluffy and soft. Just how I like them. Thanks!
Submitted on: 03/30/17
First time making pancakes from scratch. This recipe made me look like a pro! 🤗💃🏻
Great recipe
Andre G  
Submitted on: 03/26/17
The pancakes came out great! Very close to IHOP
Food Lover
Sharon Orrand  
Submitted on: 02/28/17
Thank you for sharing the IHOP Pancakes Recipe. Our family luvs pancakes. I can't wait to cook the best pancakes.
Best ever
Submitted on: 02/23/17
My. grandchildren love this recipe. I shared this to my daughter. Whenever my grandchildren ask their mother to make pancakes they will say "we want granny's pancakes. Unknowingly I got the recipe from here. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Family pleaser
Submitted on: 02/15/17
Searched for many years for a great pancake recipe and this is it. First time I made these, they were so runny, and I had to add more flour. I never buy buttermilk, but I make it myself using lemon juice and milk. Family craves these pancakes and ask for them weekly.
C. Williams  
Submitted on: 02/01/17
This recipe really works for me and my family. They loved it. I can't wait to try out many more. Thank you! I want tell. Your secret stays with me.
Submitted on: 10/05/16
Best recipe ever made
Lizbeth Salinas  
Submitted on: 08/31/16
IHOP at home
Shanice Tavita  
Submitted on: 08/28/16
Wanted IHOP pancakes but no IHOP money, made these at home and tasted just like IHOP. My husband loved them and my son!
spot on
Submitted on: 08/09/16
living in a country without an IHOP is so sad so this made our morning
Family LOVED It !
Submitted on: 07/30/16
I used cake flour ( is what I had ), subbed out oil for Kerrygold butter ( Good butter makes a big difference ) also added vanilla extract. I didn't have buttermilk so I added vinegar to 1/2 portion 1% milk and 1/2 portion of half and half ( richer favor ) let it sit for a bit until it just starts to curdle. Pancakes turned out fluffy & FANTASTIC !
Submitted on: 07/28/16
I love this recipe! I went looking for a great pancake recipe after a bad experience at IHOP. We don't waste money going out for breakfast anymore. The whole family loves them!! I wouldn't change a thing
IHOP pancakes
Submitted on: 07/08/16
These are the closest to the real thing I had. Just a tad too sweet. I'll use a little less sugar next time.
Submitted on: 06/07/16
Fluffiness and texture are there. Just need some more salt (1/2tsp) and vanilla and/or almond extracts.
light and fluffy
Submitted on: 06/03/16
These came out perfect. A golden brown. Light and fluffy. They are delicious even without syrup. Next time I'll have to double the batch because my Kids ate them up they were gone quick! Thanks for the awesome recipe.
Double The Recipe
Submitted on: 05/25/16
This is by far the best pancake recipe ever. Now I double the recipe because they will disappear quickly. I managed to freeze a couple and they are still great. Thanks for posting.
Submitted on: 05/08/16
So light and fluffy absolutely delicious!! Anyone saying these are horrible did not follow the recipe
Submitted on: 04/24/16
Made these today and they were great textures is like IHOP's and the fufflyness as well. Taste is good even without syrup.Added vanilla like people said to and they were good.Kids loved them too
Truly Fantastic
Submitted on: 04/21/16
The best recipe I have tried by far! Well done. They were a hit!
Submitted on: 04/09/16
This recipe is absolutely amazing. I only changed 2 things and that was to add 1/4 c more of milk to thin the batter out and I used only 2 tbsp of sugar. I'll make these again and again!
Muy delicioso!
Submitted on: 03/27/16
Best pancake recipe!!
Submitted on: 03/13/16
Just made these this morning for my husband who's an IHOP fan - these got two thumbs up and a request to make again. So light and fluffy and the taste is perfect. Thank you for publishing!
Sunday breakfast favorite
Submitted on: 03/13/16
I am from INDIA and I always love IHOP pancakes. I tried with self raising flour and added blueberriess they tasted delicious. Now my family wants it every sunday!! Awesome recipe!!!
Love it!
Submitted on: 02/28/16
I loved the recipe!
Submitted on: 02/25/16
Fucking delicious
Gordon hamsey  
Submitted on: 01/17/16
Absolutely brilliant. I've used boxed pancakes for years, this is my first time making such delicious pancakes from scratch. I'm going to eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
wonderful pancakes !
Submitted on: 01/02/16
This recipe is great. Pretty straight forward and any one should be able to make great pancakes. I would say a rounded teaspoon of baking powder is the right description. Also use melted butter in place of the oil, then skip the butter on top of the finished pancake and just because, add a good dash of vanilla . This is a family favorite of ours.
Submitted on: 12/29/15
Best pancakes yet Fluffy, delicious Mmmmmm
Delicious Pancakes
Submitted on: 12/02/15
The recipe is very easy to make. The results are some really delicious pancakes. Thank you so much for sharing making it a staple.
Best Pancakes EVER!!
Submitted on: 11/26/15
These pancakes are melt in your mouth delicious!
Submitted on: 10/27/15
I made this recipe for my family they loved it and so did I they were so light and fluffy I also added a little vanilla and almond extracts.Yummy!!
New standard pancake recipe
Jacob W  
Submitted on: 09/29/15
I had a goto standard, now I've got a new one. My son loved these, because they're light and fluffy and slightly sweet.
Submitted on: 09/06/15
I have been making this recpie for more than 5 years and I thought it everyone who asked me about pancake recipe.. I can't describe how fluffy and soft they are ... It's the best recipe ever .. Tons of thanks Todd
Exquisite pancakes
Allie B  
Submitted on: 08/09/15
I hate to be "that foodie" but I must say that I wish that the low raters had just stayed out of the rating portion because some level of culinary flair is required to successfully execute this recipe, and if they rushed or didn't test the optimal heat setting on the first pour, then they wouldn't have a good outcome.
Submitted on: 07/27/15
This recipe makes absolutely delicious pancakes! It's the one I'll use exclusively from now on.
great recipe.
Submitted on: 07/12/15
I've made most of the pancake recipes on the big recipe sites and this one is the all around best. The ratios make for a perfect consistency, fluffiness and texture. I've made the recipe exactly as it reads and the only addition I've made is to put vanilla and a bit more salt. Thanks for a great recipe!
Submitted on: 06/24/15
I made this for my siblings, and they begged for more! Great with any kind of milk!
Best pancakes ever!
Submitted on: 06/01/15
I think I've found my go-to recipe for pancakes! These were so delicious and fluffy! They were sweet, but not overly so which I like. I made them exactly as the recipe said, but decided next time to substitute the oil for apple sauce and they came out perfect. For an added health kick, try adding a tablespoon or two of flax seed and cocoa nibs :)
Really Good!!!!!
Submitted on: 05/25/15
Its a perfect base recipe that allows you to change certain ingredients to better suit your taste!!! Love it
Submitted on: 05/16/15
I made these pancakes in my cooking class, they were outstanding. Im making them at home and my family loves them as well.
Best recipe with these extra tips
Submitted on: 05/08/15
This is literally the best pancake recipe, but it took me a few times and some research to perfect it. First, you have to use real buttermilk. And you shouldn't stir until smooth, there should be lumps and then let the batter sit for 5 minutes. I also put my stove on a 4 -so a medium low heat. The best way to get them to be a perfect brown color is to wait until you see a little steam come up from an UNgreased pan and then flip (don't worry, they're not burning).
Aunt Jemima Match
Pancake Queen  
Submitted on: 05/01/15
The only box pancake mix I tolerate is Aunt Jemima, and to me this recipe reminds me a lot of that brand. These were so good. I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 mashed banana's to the recipe, as I like banana pancakes. I think that if you were to put walnuts and banana's they would remind me of the banana walnut pankcakes IHOP once had. I will definitely be making these again!
Love This Recipe
Submitted on: 03/26/15
Definitely not IHOP, but definitely not Bisquick. Best HOMEMADE pancakes I've ever had.
Melts in your mouth
patty pancake  
Submitted on: 03/22/15
Thank you for the receipe! I've tried a few other homemade pancake recipes and they came out just ok. I followed this one and added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and it came out so good thank you for the receipe.
mucho bueno
Submitted on: 03/15/15
I dug this I used coconut oil loved it!
Veronica Chandler  
Submitted on: 02/28/15
I have been looking for a pancake recipe that I liked for a long time. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing!
Buttermilk shortcut
Submitted on: 02/14/15
I've been making this recipe for years. I don't buy buttermilk - you can make it by adding 1 1/4 tsp of lemon juice or vinegar to the milk to curdle it. Just let it sit for a couple minutes. Works like a charm!
Best Homemade Pancake!
Submitted on: 02/01/15
I was graving an IHOP pancake, so my daughter suggested this recipe. I'll never buy box pancakes again. These were easy and delicious!! I added vanilla, and they were light and yummy. I didn't use any syrup. They were great! Thank you.
spongey and runny
Submitted on: 01/23/15
They came out runny and very spongey. Never using this recipe again
Pretty good!
Submitted on: 01/11/15
This is my first time making pancakes from scratch and they werent a failure. I would have added more sugar and salt though, I could taste the baking powder. I've trued scratch revenues before and saw that the pancakes turned our hard even when I didn't overmix the batter, they were soft, fluffy and light! Good recipe, next time I will cater it more to my taste by adding more sugar :)
the best ever pancake recipe
Submitted on: 01/09/15
So good even my toddler ate them!
Submitted on: 01/07/15
I'm pregnant with baby #2 and saw an Ihop commercial for pancakes. Instantly I had a craving so I searched the Internet and found this recipe. They were almost identical to Ihop's! So fluffy and delicious, even my 19 month old was eating them faster than I could cook them. This recipe will definitely be a keeper. Oh, and I followed it exactly but used coconut oil as the cookig oil.
Submitted on: 01/01/15
These are the best pancakes I've ever eaten. I substituted milk and a heaping tablespoon of sour cream for the buttermilk. and made a blackberry sauce for the top. had to make these two days in a row they are so addicting. definitely my new favorite recipe! Thank you! :)
Best Homemade Pancakes Ever!
Submitted on: 01/01/15
I have made homemade pancakes before and they have always been heavy, thick... These pancakes were so light and fluffy.. I will be using this from now on... Very good! Thank you!
The Best
Andy T  
Submitted on: 01/01/15
Been using this recipe exclusively for several years now. I substitute whole wheat flour, add 1/4 cup of buttermilk and use stevia in place of sugar. Simply makes the best pancakes ever.
Submitted on: 12/27/14
I've been making Bisquick pancakes forever... but never again! This is hand's down my favorite pancake recipe. I used whole milk instead of buttermilk and added a teaspoon of vanilla... but otherwise, just followed it exactly. Yum!
good but not great
ava desolea  
Submitted on: 12/22/14
it isn't amazing but when u look at it, it looks good but when you eat it it ends up tasting good but once again the taste of the baking soda ruims everything. # it suuuuuccccckkkkkssss
Ralph Gutierrez  
Submitted on: 12/21/14
They're excellent i love your recipes
Submitted on: 12/17/14
I love this recipe. It is one of the best I have ever tasted...my family can't get enough of it and when we have guests over, this is always a request! :)
Better than IHOP
Submitted on: 12/14/14
These are fantastic pancakes. To the people who normally make pancakes from a box, consider the possibility that your ingredients or inferior or that you didn't do a good job on YOUR FIRST TRY EVER before rating this fabulous recipe poorly. Today was my fifth or sixth time making these and they're always great, I have successfully substituted yogurt for the buttermilk (1:1 + a little more milk) in a pinch.
If you rated this bad - you didn't use buttermilk
Submitted on: 12/07/14
Like most people I love this recipe. The only thing that I can guess about people who didn't like it is that they didn't use buttermilk or soured milk. The baking soda / baking powder ratio used in this recipe must have a acid component to react with and make the bubbles.
Submitted on: 11/29/14
These pancakes tasted so bland. They were nothing like IHOP's pancakes. I will stick with bisquick's pancakes.
Just like IHOP!
Submitted on: 10/26/14
Been looking for years for the ultimate pancake recipe to match the pancakes eaten in IHOPS on holidays. This one exceeds it! Thank you.
followed directions
Submitted on: 10/20/14
I followed the direction exactly. The taste was less pleasant than box buttermilk pancakes. On to the next one!
Best ever
Jim S.  
Submitted on: 09/17/14
Have been following this recipe for years now, and I am known in the family as "the" pancake cook. I do use the buttermilk, and it truly is a fantastic breakfast. If you like pancakes this IS the recipe.
Nothing special
Submitted on: 08/28/14
I've only made pancakes from a box. With this being my first time making them from scratch I was excited. But, I really can't tell the difference. Certainly doesn't taste like IHOP and I even bought the IHOP butter pecan syrup for this.
IHOP pancakes
Submitted on: 08/17/14
Perfection!!!! My family and I loved them. Permanent addition to my receipe box.
Very Good.
Evelyn t  
Submitted on: 08/06/14
Got it Right The first time!! They cooked perfectly. For those who know how to follow a recipe and have cooked pancakes should not have any problem at all...👍👍
Submitted on: 07/14/14
I just made these for my niece and myself, and I thought they were great! I didn't have buttermilk, so I substituted with 3/4 cup of sour cream mixed with 1/4 cup of water, then just 1/4 cup of 2%. Worked just fine! I'll be saving this recipe to my Pinterest.
in love
Submitted on: 07/14/14
Omg these are the best pancakes I've ever made and they are way better than 90% of the pancakes you can buy. I didn't have buttermilk so I used regular milk and added a spoonful of sour cream. I added a little vanilla extract, cinnamon, and used brown and powdered sugar. I cooked them in coconut oil. I cut up bananas sprinkled cinnamon and brown sugar on top and caramelized them on the stove. I put that on top of the pancakes and kept some Nutella near by just in case.
Betty in CA  
Submitted on: 06/26/14
Up until now all I used for pancakes was Bisquick but not any more. These pancake are yummy and I'll have to find another use for my Bisquick.
Proper Cooking
Big Al  
Submitted on: 05/31/14
Instead of following the cooking directions to a tee, understand that all pans and stoves cook differently. If your pancakes are falling apart when flipping they are not ready to be turned yet. Also, if you pan has hot spots then one side of the pancake may be ready while the other is not. Infrared thermometers are perfect for judging a pan. Hope this helps.
Submitted on: 05/22/14
I've never been good at making pancakes but this recipe shocked me they were so good. My husband asked for more and I will be making them again real soon just absolutely delicious!
Kathy in ND  
Submitted on: 05/18/14
I always get so many compliments when I use this recipe.
If you like IHOP's Harvest Nut Grain, THIS IS THE ONE!!!
Mz. Dee  
Submitted on: 05/16/14
I have been craving pancakes so I tried this recipe based on the reviews. The pancakes turned out perfectly. I did not have any cooking oil so I substituted unsalted butter (melted). I added a dash more of buttermilk so that they would not be too thick and I used raw cane sugar ( a little less than 1/4 cup) I also put in a splash of pure vanilla extract and some freshly ground black walnuts. These pancakes were excellent!! My husband does not care much for pancakes but he said that these were the best.
Great Recipe
Tim in Fuquay  
Submitted on: 04/19/14
I don't have the ihop pancake taste memorized to compare, but this recipe comes out great every time. Easy to make and nice fluffy results. Like others I also add a splash of vanilla. I never have buttermilk so I use 2% and a fat tablespoon of sour cream to worm with the baking soda.
Submitted on: 04/13/14
Horrible and disgusting... Waste of time, when I want a recipe off of the interney I want something my family will eat, they all hated it...
Amazing..Just Like IHOP!!
Ms. Maxwell  
Submitted on: 03/30/14
I added a lil bit of vanilla extract && these babies tasted just like IHOP pancakes. This is the only pancake recipe I make for my family now!!
Submitted on: 03/30/14
Thank you so much for posting this receipe. My Mother's pancakes were the Bomb! Sweet no need for any syrup, I came close in perfecting her receipe. Some of the older generation did not use measuring cups or spoons. Adding vanilla makes the pancakes Yummy!
So close
Submitted on: 03/29/14
I rarely have buttermilk, so I always have to do the vinegar/milk substitute. In this case, I did about 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar and 1% milk. Otherwise I followed the recipe. The texture was great! Fluffy and melt in your mouth, but the taste was kind of eggy. Would vanilla help with this??
no more boxed cakes for my family
Submitted on: 03/15/14
So happy I found this recipe! I had always used Bisquick with a few added ingredients, but that's history. The only thing I changed in this recipe was adding a touch of vanilla extract. Yum!
Disappointed Kids
Mom of 4  
Submitted on: 02/16/14
Followed the recipe to the T...no add-ins or anything. Although they came out fluffier than boxed, they were definitely not thee IHOP pancakes. On to the next recipe.....
best pancakes ever!
Submitted on: 02/15/14
i had been craving berry pancakes for the longest time, and where i live we dont have very good breakfast eateries; SO glad i read this recipe and decided to give it a try. YUMMMY i also made strawberry sauce using 20 strawberries, 2tbspn sugar, some lemon juice, heated them all in a pan for 10 minutes. spread over pancakes and voila! cravings answerd!
Submitted on: 02/12/14
No more boxed pancakes for me! This is so simple! Thanks!
Excellent Flappers
Submitted on: 02/09/14
I am also impressed. I wanted a pancake that wasn't tough to cut through, and fluffy. I didn't have buttermilk, so I went with the old stand-by of vinegar in milk. The trick is, whatever the quantity of baking soda is - double it for vinegar. For this recipe, for 1 tsp baking soda, put 2 tsp vinegar. Make sure the dry ingredients are well mixed, dump the wet into the dry and mix quickly but not too aggressively.
Best Homemade Panny cakes!!
Submitted on: 01/26/14
I LUV IHop pancakes. Crave them in fact. Found this recipe..took a couple of tries with the heat (to keep from burning them) but have perfected it. They are exceptionally VERY close to IHOP. Now if I can only replicate the "old fashioned" flavored syrup. :)
Pretty Good but...
Submitted on: 01/21/14
I thought this recipe was the closest I've had to IHOP but next time I would decrease the amount of sugar ( a little too sweet) and reduce the baking powder and soda ( the flavor of these 2 came out too much in the taste of the pancake). Otherwise, very good and I will make again. THANX
Submitted on: 01/19/14
Just like I HOP's pancakes. and so easy
Very High Quality cakes
Submitted on: 01/14/14
Steve: to make home made buttermilk all you have to do is add 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice to 1 Cup Milk, stir and let sit for 5 to ten at room temp... Its the acidity your looking for, not just butter and milk, just an FYI! The pancakes are in my opinion the best recipe I have come across in my search for the perfect pancake. I have tried many, and this one is as straight-forward and perfectly moist as any restaurant cake I've ever had! Thank you for the recipe!!!
Hajar Slade  
Submitted on: 01/13/14
recipe is super my family love it so no more box pancakes :) thanks for sharing
Submitted on: 01/13/14
I have tried many pancakes these by far are the best yet. Very easy, put leftover batter in the fridge and used the next day, perfect.
Submitted on: 01/08/14
I loved these pancakes, they were so fluffy. My son, who is a very picky eater loved them too! This recipe got him to eat about double what he usually does at breakfast! I did not have buttermilk so I improvised and made some and they were still the best pancakes I've ever mad e. I'm not sure how close they are to IHOP pancakes because it has been years since I have eaten at an IHOP, but anything my son asks for more of makes me happy!
Submitted on: 01/07/14
These pancakes are awesome!!!!They taste just as good as the ones at IHOP and super easy to make. I have made them several times and they have come out so fluffy and tender every time. I have even shared the recipe with family and friend. No more box mixfor me
Submitted on: 12/31/13
They were okay but definitely did not taste like IHOPS and I love IHOPs pancakes.The recipe worked NO crumbling or breaking, they were light and fluffy but they definitely do not taste like IHOPs 5 star pancakes.
Submitted on: 12/31/13
I have tried so many recipes for pancakes and could never find the ONE. Well, I have now! Thank you for sharing
Submitted on: 12/28/13
These pancakes were exceptionally delightful!
Submitted on: 12/21/13
Light, fluffy...I have been searching for a recipe like this! I also added a touch of vanilla. So yummy! Perfect for a Saturday morning. :)
Submitted on: 12/07/13
These are by far the best pancakes I have ever made at home. They do taste like the cakes you get at a restaurant. In used milk instead of buttermilk, but I added a half stick of butter. The butter melts as they cook! The BEST!
Yummy Pancake!!
Submitted on: 11/30/13
This is the best and easiest pancake recipe I've ever made! It is very light and fluffy! My family and my daughter's friends love them! Thank you for sharing it!!!
Tara Applegate  
Submitted on: 11/26/13
I have been cooking for over 25 years and have tried MANY pancake recipes. This one is BY FAR the best recipe ever! The one and only I go to every single time! MUST TRY!!
Little tweak
Submitted on: 11/15/13
I double these everyone and instead of doubling the oil I use 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of oil and they are awesome!
best ever!
Submitted on: 11/03/13
These pancakes come out fantastic every time! Its my go to pancake recipe!
Pancakes of the Gods
Submitted on: 11/02/13
We call these "Pancakes of the Gods" and ironically think they're better than the ones at IHOP! When we cook them, we heat the skillet until a splash of water just dances on the surface, doesn't immediately evaporate. We also add the egg last because the chemical reaction makes them fluffy so you want more bubbles right before you put them on to cook. We've been making them this way for years!
Great IHOP Alternative
Submitted on: 10/27/13
Light & Fluffy! Delicious!
Almost Speechless!!!!!!
Submitted on: 10/25/13
I have used this recipe since 1999. After eating these pancakes, you will never purchase the box again. They are quick and easy...Tip: Use Self-rising flour instead and skip the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Also, use melted butter or margarine instead of cooking oil.
Submitted on: 10/24/13
I made these for breakfast for my husband this morning as a surprise and he loved them!
Submitted on: 10/19/13
I bought an electric griddle just to make these pancakes. I will be returning the griddle. I took 3 bites and in the trash they went. followed the directions to a tee.
Awesome, but stick to it
Submitted on: 10/18/13
I've made this a couple times and today I omitted the oil in exchange for unsweetened applesauce. The pancakes VERY QUICKLY with applesauce, even if I watch them like a hawk. Just a word of warning. :)
Good pancake recipe
Submitted on: 09/07/13
Great basic pancake recipe. Added chocolate chips to some of the pancakes,which the kids loved. I don't eat IHOP pancakes, so I can't say whether it the same. But, these pancakes are light, fluffy, and taste great! I will use this recipe again.
Very Good
Submitted on: 08/31/13
I am very pleased with these pancake they are really good and I didnt even use the buttermilk I used almond milk and they are still great tasting pancakes!
A must try
Submitted on: 08/23/13
Been wanting some IHOP pancakes. These sure hit the spot. My whole family loved them. My husband and I loved the price.
Submitted on: 08/21/13
My kids love these..made it for the first time today. Don't think we will use store bought mixes anymore.
Best Pnacakes Ever!!
Punkins Pi  
Submitted on: 08/18/13
They are very easy and actually way better than iHop. I have used this recipe for years now!
Great Recipe
Submitted on: 08/17/13
I used milk/lemon juice instead of butter milk. Came out great with a great lemon essence. Good recipe.
Submitted on: 08/14/13
@georgiafox, you should check your grammer before you even begin to think about talking about LST. You have two "girls that makes", talking about stupidity.
Delicious Replica Kids Love
Submitted on: 08/11/13
These pancakes are the same if not better than Ihop pancakes. Follow the instructions exactly and they come out the way they should every time. Thanks! Great share
Submitted on: 08/08/13
I am a VERY picky pancake eater! I have made these many times. I have even made the batter the night before. I have never had bad pancakes. The flavor is even better if you can either shave everything at room temp or mix wet ingredient a few hours before and sit in fridge. I also use half real butter And half oil. Fabulous. FYI burnt or stuck is usually user error. Don't shy away from these they are great!!!
Submitted on: 08/03/13
This was the best recipe I have tried. I added some vanilla. Then followed the rest of the recipe. Perfect pancakes. My family said the best I have made yet
Inoperable pancakes
Submitted on: 08/01/13
This is my first time trying this recipe and it is sooooo good!!!! Taste just like Ihop!
Best I've ever made
Submitted on: 07/29/13
Needed a quick but delicious recipe for homemade pancakes and I came across this site. I substituted regular milk for the buttermilk since I wanted to avoid a trip to the store and the pancakes were still amazing. Definitely worth a try. I can't wait to try with buttermilk.
Submitted on: 07/21/13
@ Pancakes Kenny ~ lmfao!!!!! I have two 13 year old girls that makes this recipe. They have never have any STUPIDITY when making these pancakes. Kenny, you and I both suffer from LST ( low stupidity tolerance ).
Submitted on: 07/07/13
Great recipe. For those of you saying that this recipe is not good because your pancakes fell apart or they burnt....THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RECIPE!! It is the stupidity of the person cooking them....a recipe doesn't burn your food.
Good, but no ihop
Submitted on: 06/15/13
Followed the instructions precisely. They came out very good, but they are nothing like ihop pancakes. Tried it twice in case I missed something, same both times. Very Good, but not ihop.
Best pancakes I've ever made
Submitted on: 06/09/13
I followed the instructions and ingredients exactly (used coconut oil as the 'cooking oil' and butter to grease the pan) and they turned out perfectly. They are the most delicious pancakes I've ever made. Not too bready and not bland. They are tasty even before the syrup hits them. I've had pancakes this good (rarely) in some restaurants, but have never been able to get a satisfying result at home. This will now be my default recipe.
IHOP pancakes
Submitted on: 05/29/13
OMG, THE best pancakes I've ever had. I followed the recipe exactly and they were delicious. I had my heat too high though and the outside turned brown too quickly before the inside was cooked. I'll turn the heat down next time.
good recipe
Jabari McLain  
Submitted on: 05/11/13
I followed the instructions perfectly. came out great only recommendation is using butter instead of oil to coat pan.
Nikka Rose  
Submitted on: 05/11/13
An aspiring teen cook. Great & have these for almost every weekend breakfast. Light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Tip is to have your griddle extra hot before cooking, & to let your batter rest for at least 10 minutes to "relax the ingredients." If you don't have buttermilk, a substitution is 1 cup of milk, & 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Just mix them together & there you have it.
Fluffy and delicious!
Submitted on: 05/05/13
Wow! I've been trying for years to make a pancake this good without a mix. My whole family, who usually won't eat my pancakes but will eat at ihop, scarfed them down.
Submitted on: 04/29/13
I have made MANY different batches of pancakes, and I like trying new ones, but definitely NOT impressed with this one. On a skillet, about 2/3-3/4 fell apart when trying to flip. They don't hold their shape/form and crumble too easy.
Submitted on: 04/25/13
I made these low cal using splenda in place of sugar, and the lowest calorie yogurt in place of the oil, and added sugarfree caramel flavoring (used for coffee in starbucks, but great for other uses too), or vanilla is good too. These pancakes are the lightest, fluffiest, best pancakes I've ever made! You gotta try em :)
Submitted on: 04/21/13
These pancakes are the best that you can make. They are delicate and airy. Very tasty. You can use regular milk with a teaspoon of lime juice or lemon juice and I prefer them with half milk half water. Tell reviewer number 4 and 7 to READ the recipe properly! Good grief! Once again, brilliant recipe! My kids and I love it!
Submitted on: 04/21/13
These pancakes were great. I let the vinegar sit in the milk for about 20 minutes before stirring. I added two tsp of vanilla extract and blended everything on the lowest setting for about a minute. I dabbed a little butter on the top of each one before serving. The results were divine. (:
Experienced Cook
Submitted on: 04/20/13
I've wanted to ditch the box mix for years. I've tried many recipes- these get an all around thumbs up from my 16 yr old to my kids in their 20's . My go to recipe from now on. Thanks
Submitted on: 04/08/13
These pancakes are great. They are super easy to make. I added a tsp of vanilla and they we're perfect. This is my new go to pancake recipe.
Submitted on: 04/06/13
I finally told my husband I hated his Bisquick pancakes. I looked online and found this little treasure! We have made this recipe close to 6 times in 2 months since we've found it. It is AMAZING! These are the best pancakes we've ever made at home!! Total YUM!
great recipe
Submitted on: 04/03/13
I don't know why others had such a hard time with this recipe. It's simple and delicious. Mine came out super fluffy...no stick, no problem no mess. This will be my pancake recipe from now on! Thanks so much!
Fell apart and burned
Submitted on: 03/24/13
More pancakes ended up in the trash than in my kids bellies. I do not recommend for anyone to make these.
Submitted on: 03/23/13
This is sooooo good! I love this reipe, so glad i found it!!!! I put this on some pancakes my kids eat it alot!! ;)))) THANK U!!!!!
So so
Submitted on: 03/19/13
I followed this recipe exactly. It was just ok. I didn't even finish them. Definitely not the Ihop version. Has a funny aftertaste as well. Its an ok homemade recipe but I've had better. Will keep looking for an Ihop recipe.
Submitted on: 03/17/13
Submitted on: 03/16/13
sssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo gggggggggggggggoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddddddddddddddd
IHOP pancakes.
Submitted on: 03/15/13
This is the best recipe I had ever tried. They are as good if not better than IHOP. The secret is IHOP also add semolina flour in the mix. Try it and thank me too for it. LOL
Celestial Fitness  
Submitted on: 02/24/13
I used lactose intolerance skim milk and coconut oil. Eliminated the buttermilk and regular oil and they were great:)
Submitted on: 02/22/13
These pancakes were extremely delicious! I used a previous commenter's suggestion and substituted the buttermilk with milk and vinegar-couldn't tell the difference!! These were perfect!!!!!
Submitted on: 02/09/13
The best, never will go to store to buy those ready ones. This recipe is great.
Absolutely The Best...
Submitted on: 02/07/13
This is the best pancake recipe ever! They turned out light and fluffy and sooo good!
alex wilson  
Submitted on: 01/13/13
Living in the UK an 8 hour flight from my nearest IHOP I can enjoy a short stack of their famous pancakes here at home. One tip is to get the pancake griddle really hot before starting to cook. The first time I made these I mesed up a few pancakes by not having my griddle hot enough
Close, but not exact
K Williams  
Submitted on: 12/30/12
These were good, but the texture is not as fluffy & soft as are those at my local IHOP and the taste has a slight metallic element. They are more like a Denny's or other diner type pancake. They taste slightly better with only 2-1/2 tsp. of sugar.
Close but not quite
Jeremy Shadbolt  
Submitted on: 10/15/11
Try butter flavored oil instead of plain cooking oil. I have a pretty good idea that will make it just right..... Lol I ought to know......
Unbelievable !
Submitted on: 09/29/11
I'm seriously shocked, these pancakes were flat out amazing! As a kid growing up if Mom made pancakes they were from store bought mixes like Bisquick; so now at 29 I come across this recipe for homemade IHOP Pancakes and decided to try them - thank God I did cause the family loved them. I also gave the recipe to my Mom and after making them herself she apologized for ever using Bisquick. lol .. Make your pancakes from scratch. Follow these directions to the letter.
My opinion
Submitted on: 07/21/11
I think this smells exactly like the pancakes and taste really good but... I tasted the egg so I took out the egg at put 2 white and it was beautiful love it !! and taste good without vanilla but it taste good with it to :)
pretty good
Ashley Seman  
Submitted on: 03/13/11
The batter was pretty good and they turned out well but they were a little too fluffy. More than IHOP makes them otherwise as close as you can get for homemade.
Maddy and Anna  
Submitted on: 06/02/10
Great recipe, and as said below, you can make buttermilk with regular milk and lemon juice/vinegar. Our only problem was the first time we made it we had to put 2 cups of flour in... but that was not really a problem.
Submitted on: 02/17/10
This is by far the best pancake recipe out there! I will no longer buy pancake mix from a box again. I know alot of people say add vanilla but honestly.. this recipe taste superb without it. Pancakes are my favorite food in the whole world and this tastes exactly like the pancakes they serve at restaurants.I'm now just having a hard time finding the IHOP syrup but now I just use generic brands.:) Thanks soo much for this recipe.
Don B.  
Submitted on: 02/15/10
This is one of our families favorite breakfast items. Top with some butter and homemade maple syrup and WOW, that's good eatin'!!!
Submitted on: 11/24/09
LOVE this recipe! This was a big hit for me with my family. It really tastes like Ihop's pancakes. I added the vanilla, and I think that makes a big difference in the taste. This is a keeper!
Submitted on: 07/27/09
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla. Awesome!
Submitted on: 07/13/09
I'm usually not a pancake person, but I still thought these were AMAZING! If you don't have buttermilk lying around, you can substitute half milk and half unflavored yogurt or let the milk and a tablespoon or so of vinegar sit for a few minutes. I also added a capful of vanilla extract. Best pancakes I have ever made!
Submitted on: 03/15/09
These were very good. Light and fluffy. I doubled the recipe and added 2 caps of vanilla extract. My husband thought they were delicious. I don't usually eat pancakes but tried these and thought they were delicious. We had these for our dinner last night, which was a big change.
Submitted on: 02/07/09
OMG! this recipe is incredible! My mom told me to add just 1 cap-full of Vanilla Essence to it and i nearly cried. thats how good they are.
Submitted on: 01/11/09
I wasn't a big pancake fan until I made these. They are so light and fluffy. I will never use a box pancake mix again! My husband and kids request pancakes all the time now, even for dinner. I like them with lots of butter and warm syrup.
Submitted on: 01/02/09
They are very good pancakes compared to Bisquick or any other box mix but they are still not IHOP Restaurant pancakes. You just can't do it the same at home.
Submitted on: 11/28/08
These pancakes are a regular Sunday morning feature in our house now. We visited IHOP last year while on holiday in the US and whilst some here say they taste different they certainly transported all of us us back to the USA! Fab with a good blueberry jam.
Submitted on: 08/23/08
I'm sorry but I just don't think this recipe tastes anything like I HOP pancakces. This is still a fairly good pancake recipe in general but I love I-HOP pancakes and these just don't compare.
Submitted on: 06/05/08
We love this recipe. I grind my own wheat to use for flour and these pancakes come out so light and fluffy.
Kalinda R. Jones  
Submitted on: 02/05/08
Excellent! I love the sweet flavor of this recipe which makes it different than other pancake recipes but very similar to IHOP's. I put the batter in the refrigerator and use it cold. This was great for those of us who love really thick pancakes.
Submitted on: 12/23/07
These were great! The look on my sister's face when I told her she was eating IHOP pancaks was priceless. This will definitely be the recipe we use from now on.
Submitted on: 12/10/07
The wife of 32 years gave this a 5....lathered up with whipped cream and a couple dollops of blueberry compote and she was in Heaven.
Submitted on: 11/18/07
I think everyone should have this recipe in their books. This is the best pancake recipe that I have every come across. I have never had IHOP pancakes so I can't compare. When I mad these for my family I was King for the night, I couldn't make them fast enough. I used 1 1/4 teaspoons vineager instead of buttermilk (this method was mentioned by a previouse review). I added some vanilla and a pinch of something secret. This is a recipe that you can hand down the generations. Thanks for making this one free.
Submitted on: 09/29/07
This is an awesome, awesome recipe, this is the only one I will make now.
Submitted on: 09/24/07
We love these pancakes! We add a little extra water to the buttermilk for a thinner batter.
Submitted on: 02/23/07
Wow. I made this for my boyfriend and his brothers (19 and 9 yrs old)... and they loved it. I followed Valerie's hint to add vinegar in the milk as a sub for buttermilk. Worked fine (I used white vinegar). Also, used 1% milk and mixed it all in my blender, dry ingredients first. Will be a staple in my house!
Submitted on: 02/08/07
Loved it! Folks have most ingredients to make this recipe on hand; with the exception of the buttermilk. A substitute for the buttermilk can be made by whisking 1 teaspoon vinegar(the orange color cider vinegar works best)into 1 cup of milk. This recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups of milk so add 1 1/4 teaspoons vinegar to the milk. Who wants to run to the store for buttermilk?
Submitted on: 01/02/07
Great recipe & just about as easy as any box mix. Just have to remember to bring home buttermilk... :-) Great recipe!
Submitted on: 12/10/06
I made these pancakes for my boyfriend this morning and he said they were just as good as IHOP pancakes. I don't think we will be going there for breakfast anymore...that's a good thing!
Submitted on: 11/11/06
I've never had IHOP pancakes but this is the recipe I use all the time.
Submitted on: 11/04/06
I had hated pancakes my entire life until an IHOP restaurant opened up near our home and I fell in love. This recipe is it! The only thing I added was a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring. Also, these freeze extremely well. Just individually wrap in plastic wrap and place in a large freezer bag. When time is short and you crave pancakes, just unwrap a couple and microwave for about a minute. Great job on this recipe.
Submitted on: 08/11/06
I have been trying to immitate this recipe since first visiting IHOP 4 years ago. Now I have the recipe and we had them for breakfast this morning. Awesome! Delicious!
Submitted on: 06/13/06
Hey everyone, I loved the pancakes at ihop when I was over in the states (I'm from Belgium) and was looking for a recipe when I saw this one. Jamie Oliver, the British chef, usually tells you to beat the egg white first and then mix it with the rest of the dough. You'll find that the pancakes become very fluffy.
Submitted on: 05/27/06
Almost like IHOP. My buttermilk was a little old and the pancakes weren't as fluffy as IHOPS - but they were pretty darn close.
Submitted on: 04/15/06
Excellent. !!! I add one peeled and grated apple and a few dashes of cinnamon to the recipe. EVERYONE loooooves them. Thanks for a terrific recipe. Can't say if they are anything like IHOP's since we don't have the chain here in Canada but they're better then our local chain(Golden Griddle).
Sophia G.  
Submitted on: 04/10/06
Awesome recipe. I make these almost every Sunday. I use Splenda instead of sugar and they are just as great. When they are to thick, I add a little water. My husband loves these.
Submitted on: 03/27/06
Had to add a little more buttermilk the mix came out a little thick otherwise nice taste and texture.
Lilly and Marcela from Costa Rica  
Submitted on: 03/04/06
They are great.. We love this recipe! We bring them to the office to have a nice breakfast on Saturdays. Just add some strawberries and bananas in the same plate.
Submitted on: 02/21/06
This is a very good recipe. But I had to add about 1/4 cup extra flour, as the batter seemed too runny. I also added 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Otherwise they were light and fluffy and very tasty!!!
Submitted on: 02/21/06
This recipe is awesome!!! My husband never would eat pancakes from home...only when we went to IHOP. He ate three when I made this recipe!! Even my son who hates pancakes, had one!! Thanks so much!!!
Submitted on: 02/07/06
These are wonderful. Hard to stop eating them. Add a bit of cocoa and you have chocolate pancakes. Add a bit of choc. chips and whip cream and you have a wonderful breakfast or dinner. My teens love them and they are very PICKY.
Submitted on: 01/22/06
These were so good they didn't need anything on them. They were almost like cake. Great recipe.
Submitted on: 01/08/06
This recipe is amazing. Absolutely the best!!!!
This Recipe Rocks!  
Submitted on: 01/06/06
I tried this, after using mix after mix, and it is by far the best recipe that I have ever heard of!
Submitted on: 01/04/06
Made this recipe one long weekend for 8 people on a camping trip... they ALL said they were the best pancakes. My boyfriend, who said that he normally does not like pancakes, LOVED these!
Vessa from Norway  
Submitted on: 01/02/06
Theee cloned pancakes LOOK and taste like American Pancakes should! I have tried so many recipes on American Pancakes, but they never become thick enough or taste right. Also, these taste DELICIOUS topped with Pancake syrup! I can't wait to serve these to my family and guests! Thank you a million for this recipe!!!
Submitted on: 12/19/05
Yum, awesome pancake recipe. And if you think about it, not any more work than using a baking mix. Can't wait to try the apple pancake now, love that too!!!
Submitted on: 12/13/05
I didn't think they tasted like IHOP pankcakes at all. Although the recipe is good, it isn't IHOP. I think Krusteaz buttermilk box pancakes are a closer match and a lot less hassle.
Submitted on: 12/12/05
This is the only pancake recipe I will ever use! I loved it and I can not wait to share this with everyone! Thank you so much!
Submitted on: 12/06/05
Got this recipe from one of your books. This is my staple pancake recipe, I don't add as much liquid (I like a thicker pancake), but any way you make it is great.
Submitted on: 11/29/05
Submitted on: 11/23/05
OMFG THESE ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER INVENTED BY MAN!!!!!!! (always put their strawberry syrup on them....) i am obsessed with these pancakes....i've been there 3 times a day once just to have the pancakes!!!!!! EVERYONE SHOULD EAT THEM!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IHOP!!!!!
Submitted on: 11/21/05
I got this recipe from the website years ago and it is my staple pancake recipe on a well used piece of paper. WE LOVE IT!!! Thanks for putting out the great recipes!
Elizabeth Golden  
Submitted on: 10/30/05
These are the best pancakes...just like IHOP. I even found strawberry syrup which made them even better!!! Thanks!!!
Submitted on: 10/22/05
Out of this world, to say the least! No pancake mix can compare-we make up several of these "mixes", except for the milk/oil and even take them camping. Delicious!
Submitted on: 09/19/05
I didn't know anyone could make pumpkin pancakes. I can't wait for the holiday season to start because I now know I can go to IHOP and have delicious pumpkin pancakes. They are fluffy and have such a great taste.
Submitted on: 09/15/05
This recipe was soooo wonderful. I never knew pancakes could be so good!
Submitted on: 09/08/05
My family owned an IHOP... here is the other part of the secret.. Do not try to get out all the lumps. mix it gently until moistened.. then let the batter rest for an hour or so. When making the pancakes.. poor the batter on a medium-hot griddle and when many bubbles form and the edges begin to get dry looking flip gentley and DO NOT PAT DOWN
Submitted on: 09/06/05
I have always had trouble making great pancakes but not anymore! These are great pancakes!
Submitted on: 08/30/05
I make these a lot for years, they are the best. I like my pancakes a little thinner so I add an extra 1/4 cup of buttermilk, other than that they are the BEST!!!!
Maggie Hall  
Submitted on: 08/28/05
I used to ba manager at IHOP so I can vouch for this one... this is about as close as you can get. While I was working there I got sick of eating pancakes and actually lost weight. But since I've left, I missed them terribly. Now I can have them anytime I want. Yay me!!! By the way, IHOP uses Old Fashioned Maple Syrup. I don't know who produced it for them, but if you find a brand that calls it Old Fashioned, chances are you'll be pretty close. Here's another little hint, They are awesome with extra butter and with HOT syrup instead of cold or room temperature syrup. Happy Weight gaining all!!!
Submitted on: 08/25/05
Love love love these pancakes, they are sooo good. I love I.H.O.P. so much and these are just like 'em. All I need now is to know what syrup they use cuz Aunt Jemimah just doesn't cut it.
Julie Smith  
Submitted on: 08/02/05
Huge hit! Yummy! I make them always the night before... I also add a 1/2 tsp. of almond exctract as well as 1/2 tsp of vanilla! I also throw in a bag of frozen blueberries! Yum-yum-yum!
Submitted on: 08/02/05
My daughter and I make these pancakes almost every morning they are the best!
Submitted on: 07/31/05
My favorite pancake recipe! Light, fluffy and delicious!
Submitted on: 07/22/05
they were real good. Everybody should try them! Real fluffy! Great Job !
Kathy Moore  
Submitted on: 07/20/05
My daughter wants these constantly... This is the best pancake recipe in the world.
Submitted on: 07/19/05
These are the greatest - I've used this recipe for several years and everyone loves them. Thanks!