Make adorable mini pancakes at home with this passed down family pancake batter recipe. Perfectly fluffy, lightly sweetened, and fit in the palm of your hand, silver dollar pancakes are a tasty choice for breakfast any day of the week.
What's cuter than a stack of mini pancakes for breakfast?! Freezer-friendly and a quick grab and go breakfast, mini pancakes are a classic for a reason.
I have to confess, when we first got married, Michael and I would just use whatever recipe came up first in a quick Google search when we were in the pancake mood. And they never were quite right.
Eventually, we got my dad's recipe. The one that was passed down to him and the one he used all during my childhood. This is my dad’s recipe-- and nothing compares.
A good pancake recipe is a tool every chef needs to have in their back pocket. It's a classic! And if nothing sounds good for dinner? How about breakfast food! The batter can be used for regular sized pancakes, mini pancakes, even waffles.
It is important to note one of the ingredients so that you don't assume it's a typo. You will notice that this recipe calls for a lot more baking powder than you may be used too, but that's what creates this wonderfully textured pancake. Make sure that your baking powder is fresh, because unlike cornstarch, baking powder can lose its potency over time.
Why you'll love this mini pancakes recipe
- These pancakes are not overly sweet (so that you can add whatever toppings you may see fit).
- They have just the right consistency, light and airy without being so fluffy that they lose substance.
- You can adjust the size to however you'd like. Make them micro mini, mini, regular, or jumbo, this batter will work for them all!
- baking powder
- melted butter
How to make mini pancakes
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Mix in milk, and add melted butter.
Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just blended.
Heat nonstick griddle over medium high heat. You can add butter or cook on the pan bare.
Once hot, cook pancakes until lightly brown (around 30-45 seconds per side for small pancakes).
Helpful pancake making tools
- A nonstick skillet. Some people swear by cast iron, but for me, a nonstick skillet or griddle is the perfect pancake making pan. Not only does it make them super easy to flip, but they come out nice and golden brown as well!
- A silicone spatula. Silicone is great because it won't scratch your pan and is gentle on the hot cakes.
- A pouring device. This will vary depending on what size of pancake you are trying to make. If you are making regularly size or silver dollar pancakes you should be just fine using a small ladle. If you want to make extra small miniature pancakes (think for bite-sized finger foods or pancake cereal) you may want to invest in a pancake squeeze bottle.
What to serve alongside silver dollar pancakes
Any breakfast item you can think of! Because of their small size, silver dollar pancakes are great as a side for other breakfast items like sausage, bacon, basic french crepes, scrambled egg bake, an omelet, and this mexican frittata.
Or enjoy on their own topped with favorites like maple syrup, butter, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or strawberries.
For another breakfast classic, try biscuits and gravy!
Can you freeze mini pancakes?
Yes! Mini pancakes freeze beautifully and are actually easier to freeze and thaw than the regularly sized pancakes. There is less chance of ripping and easier to portion out when removing and thawing.
To freeze, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for one hour. Place in freezer bags and remove as much as air as possible. Freeze for up to 4 months. They can be microwaved from frozen or thawed in the fridge by taking out the night before.
Mini Pancakes (Silver Dollar Pancakes)
- 2 cups flour sifted
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup butter melted
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs.
- Mix in milk, and add melted butter.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just blended.
- Heat nonstick griddle over medium high heat. You can add butter or cook on the pan bare.
- Once hot, cook pancakes until lightly brown (around 30-45 seconds per side for small pancakes).