This copycat Denny's pancake recipe tastes like the real deal and saves you from having to put your shoes on and find the car keys. You're going to love these golden fluffy pancakes made from scratch in your own kitchen because it's even easier than you think!
These are the best ever buttermilk pancakes from scratch and once you try this recipe yourself, you'll be hooked. every bite is so fluffy and soft, the right amount of flavor in every bite, it's an addictingly good pancake that will have you eating stacks at a time.
We love Denny's so much but now that we live a good 40 minute drive from the nearest one, it's hard to justify the drive and costs. Making this Denny's pancake recipe at home has been a huge budget saver.
Before we moved, we were ordering Denny's for delivery a few times per month (way more than pizza) so you can imagine our savings. These pancakes taste like the real thing and even more so when you use leftover Denny's syrup and some whipped butter over the top of a warm stack of golden pancakes.
- Canola oil
- Baking soda
- All Purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
For the exact measurements, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
Check out how to make Denny's pancakes with these simple step-by-step instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until well mixed.
In another bowl whisk together the egg, oil, and buttermilk until blended.
Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and whisk until combined and no flour streaks remain. Do not overmix. The batter will be lumpy.
Scoop the batter by the ¼ cup measures onto a preheated greased skillet over medium heat.
Cook for about 1-2 minutes per side or until both sides are golden in color.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Do not overmix the batter. Your goal is to get the flour incorporated so that there are no more streaks and the batter should retain a few lumps.
You know your pancake is ready to flip when the edges look set and there are bubbles in the center. You may need to have a few test pancakes as you adjust to the proper heating temp.
Do not squish your pancakes when you flip them as this will press out the air and cause the pancakes to turn out rubbery and flat. You want them tall and fluffy, so let them rise to the occasion.
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(Copycat) Denny's Pancake Recipe
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour ($0.14)
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar ($0.01)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder ($0.04)
- ¼ teaspoon salt ($0.02)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda ($0.01)
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten ($0.08)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil (vegetable oil works too) ($0.09)
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk ($1.18)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until well mixed.
- In another bowl whisk together the egg, oil, and buttermilk until blended.
- Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and whisk until combined and no flour streaks remain. Do not overmix. The batter will be lumpy and thick.
- Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes while you preheat your skillet to medium heat (about 350 degrees F).
- Scoop the batter by the ¼ cup measures and round out into circles. Cook for about 1-2 minutes per side or until both sides are golden in color.
- Do not overmix the batter. You should only try to get the flour incorporated so that there are no dry streaks left in the batter. Overmixing will result in rubbery pancakes. There should be a few lumps.
- The pancakes are ready to flip when the edges look set and there are bubbles on top.
- Do not squish the pancakes. Squishing will make them rubbery and dense. Let them rise naturally. If the outside is cooking faster than the insides, turn down the heat.
- Leftovers. Keep your leftovers stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat again before eating.
Jen Talley says
Every time we pass Denny's my 10 year old daughter asks if we can go. It has become a joke in the family. She has never been to Denny's, but I think it would be fun to try these pancakes as home!
Ha gotta love kids. The good news is you can save a drive by making these at home 😉