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Mini pancakes are a fun way to mix up breakfast! These bite-sized cakes are perfect for dunking into maple syrup.

Mini Pancakes on plate with syrup and raspberries
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This breakfast idea makes us smile just looking at the platter: try these Mini Pancakes! Here’s how to make breakfast more fun: make a miniature version of your favorite steaming platter of flapjacks.

These cakes can be eaten with a fork, or eat them with your hands, dunking into a pool of maple syrup! It’s a natural recipe for kids, but we think they’re just as fun for adults too. (Both of us have a thing for miniaturized stuff!)

Ingredients in mini pancakes batter

These mini pancakes are so much fun, and we love making them for entertaining: especially when there are kids around. You can essentially use the batter from any of your favorite pancake recipes, but there’s one catch. It’s easiest to make these using a squeeze bottle, so you’ll want to have a nice smooth batter that won’t get stuck in the bottle.

Our mini pancakes recipe is a spin on our classic pancake recipe, which features both all-purpose and whole wheat flour for a developed, hearty flavor. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for mini pancakes:

  • Pantry: All-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla
  • Dairy and eggs: Milk, eggs, butter (or oil)
  • Fresh ingredients: Lemon juice (or vinegar)
Mini pancakes dunking into syrup

Key tool: a squeeze bottle

The best way to make uniform mini pancakes? Use a condiment squeeze bottle, which helps to make perfect circles that are similar in size. You can also use a spoon or 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to spoon out the batter, but it gets messy and takes much longer than the squeeze bottle method. (Trust us! We’ve tested it out so you don’t have to.)

We highly recommend getting ahold of a squeeze bottle for this recipe! You can also use them for sauces and garnishes, like making a nice drizzle of sour cream over enchiladas, for example.

Tips for how to make mini pancakes

Mini pancakes are a little trickier than standard pancakes because they’re so small and you make so many at once! This recipe makes a total of 55 to 60 mini pancakes. Here are a few things to note about the process:

  • Use a large griddle: non-stick is helpful. You’ll want a large surface since you’ll be cooking so many cakes at once.
  • Use that squeeze bottle! It’s the easiest way to make dozens of mini pancakes at a time. If you don’t have one, consider making smaller batches since the process is slower and messier.
  • Experiment to find the right heat level. Medium low heat is ideal, but it’s different on every stovetop. It should take a few minutes to get the pan up to heat. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect at first: keep adjusting as you cook. Remember that batches after the first batch will cook faster than the first since the pan is hotter.
  • Don’t worry if the first batch of pancakes doesn’t work! Use it as a test for honing in your skills.
Mini pancakes

Ways to serve mini pancakes

Mini pancakes are designed to be handheld: so you don’t even need to use a fork! But you can eat them on a plate too. Here are a few ideas:

Or course, you can add things chocolate chips or whipped cream: if you like dessert for breakfast! Let us know how you plan to serve these in the comments below.

Mini Pancake on platter with syrup

More pancake recipes

Love flapjacks for breakfast? Try these tasty pancake recipes:

Dietary notes

This mini pancakes recipe is vegetarian. For vegan, use this Vegan Pancakes recipe and use the technique in the recipe below.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of making mini pancakes?

Faster Cooking: Mini pancakes cook much quicker than regular pancakes, making them perfect for busy mornings or feeding a crowd.
Fun for Kids: The bite-sized portions are perfect for little hands and encourage playful eating.
Endless Possibilities: They’re a blank canvas for creativity! Experiment with toppings, fillings, and flavors.
Portion Control: Mini pancakes help with portion control, allowing you to enjoy more without overindulging.

Do I need a special pan for mini pancakes?

No! You can use a regular frying pan or griddle set to low heat. It’s helpful to have a condiment squeeze bottle for making the pancakes.

Can I use leftover pancake batter for mini pancakes?

Absolutely! Leftover pancake batter works perfectly for mini pancakes (as long as it is not too thick). Just give it a quick stir before using.

How do I keep mini pancakes warm while I cook the rest?

We like to place them under an inverted bowl to keep them warm. Or, pre-heat your oven to the lowest setting (around 200°F or 93°C). As you cook the mini pancakes, transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and keep them warm in the oven until you’re ready to serve.

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Mini Pancakes

Mini Pancakes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 55 to 60 mini pancakes 1x
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Mini pancakes are a fun way to mix up breakfast! These bite-sized cakes are perfect for dunking into maple syrup.


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter or neutral oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar*


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then whisk in the milk, melted butter (or oil), vanilla extract, and lemon juice (or vinegar).
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms. (It will thicken after it sits 1 to 2 minutes.) Pour the batter into a squeeze bottle. 
  4. Lightly butter a skillet or griddle and wipe off the extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet to medium low heat. Make about 2-inch diameter circles using a squeeze bottle (or you can use 1 tablespoon measure to scoop the batter onto the skillet and flatten into a circle**). Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden, then flip and cook until cooked through (about 1 to 2 minutes per side). 
  5. Place the cooked pancakes under an inverted bowl to keep them warm. Repeat with the remaining batter. If necessary, add a teaspoon of milk to keep it a drizzlable consistency (if using a squeeze bottle, you can shake it in!). Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain an even temperature. Serve immediately with maple syrup for dipping.


*Adding an acidic ingredient helps to make fluffy pancakes. If you don’t have fresh lemon juice on hand, use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.

**The squeeze bottle method is much easier and essential for this recipe, in our opinion. Here’s a link to the squeeze bottles we use.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!