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Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe

Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe

I like to joke that these pancakes are so light, you have to hold them down! When we have a chance, we'll make them with freshly ground cornmeal bought at local festivals. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Pancake syrup


  • 1. Combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles on top begin to pop; cook until second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Cranberry-Orange Variation: Stir 3/4 cup chopped fresh cranberries and 1 teaspoon orange zest into prepared batter.
Blueberry-Lemon Variation: Stir 3/4 cup fresh blueberries and 1 teaspoon lemon zest into prepared batter.
Bacon Variation: Stir 4-6 cooked and crumbled bacon strips into prepared batter.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • For the lightest, fluffiest pancakes, mix batter quickly and gently (there may still be a few lumps) after combining your other ingredients.
  • Less is more: Resist the urge to flip these bad boys multiple times. And for goodness' sake, don't press down with a spatula lest you find

  • yourself with a stack of gummy flapjacks.

  • If you like the idea of variations but have picky eaters, mix the goodies with butter instead. Stir chopped dried fruits, cirtus zest, honey or maple syrup into softened butter before serving.
  • Nutritional Facts

    2 pancakes: 321 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 709mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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    amsm User ID: 8302234 260765
    Reviewed Feb. 4, 2017

    "These pancakes are light and fluffy yet sturdy enough to stand up to whatever you choose to add to them. The cornmeal gave these a nice texture, a little more solid than a pancake without cornmeal. I prefer my pancakes thinner, so I gave these a 4 instead of a 5."

    mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 245337
    Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

    "Very good. I used gluten free flour, 1/4 cup sugar, less salt, & vanilla extract. The batter spread out so they were pretty thin but that was fine with my hungry husband and me. :)"

    pgarven User ID: 906079 240035
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

    "Just enough cornmeal to give a wonderful flavor, but not so much as to weigh you down for the next five hours,"

    debbiewren User ID: 8339943 224965
    Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

    "Just made these on my cast iron griddle - they are fabulous and fluffy!!!"

    happyhank User ID: 8196853 216777
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

    "Nice crunch to them like you'd expect from cornmeal. And very light!"

    Nan Mock User ID: 611392 67326
    Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

    "My family and I enjoyed these very much! The pancakes were light and had a slight chewiness from the cornmeal. They soaked up the real VT maple syrup that we poured over them. Great recipe!"

    Cmaclean214 User ID: 7771383 62556
    Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

    "Didnt work as pancakes at all! Hope they come out as muffins"

    mikibunny31 User ID: 7066772 151831
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

    "These were soo good! I was really not expecting it to come out so well. I did add the 1 tsp of vanilla extract as many other reviewers suggest and I think it did help. The pancakes were not grainy like many things that have cornmeal and were a beautiful even brown. Will definitely make again"

    digger54 User ID: 7608820 67130
    Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

    "I thought they were great.I want to try them with brown sugar."

    bakergirl00 User ID: 1291183 62555
    Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

    "Great texture and taste. Makes a huge batch!! The left overs heated up great the next day. I popped them in the toaster oven on warm for 15 min and flipped half-way thru."

    mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 80030
    Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

    "These were wonderful! But take note, it makes A LOT of pancakes! They are best hot off the griddle. We made on a night when serving chili and not wanting to heat the oven for corn muffins. I d id take the suggestion of adding a tsp of vanilla. Very yummy, melt in your mouth!"

    Helsi User ID: 7290830 153437
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

    "Fantastic recipe! This was my first recipe using cornmeal and I'm very impressed with the flavour. As I was making this for my little boy, I halved the recipe, reduced the salt and used melted butter. I was a little worried when the liquid mixture was a bit lumpy because the butter had solidified, but they came out perfect. I put a little butter on my son's pancake and he gobbled it down. Definitely making this again, this weekend!"

    BrittMDltn User ID: 6904168 64602
    Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

    "With the initial recipe, I found these to be too salty and a little eggy. I did decrease the salt after reading prior reviews but they were still too salty. With several modifications they were amazing:

    - doubled sugar to 4 tablespoons
    - 2 egg whites instead of whole eggs
    - 1/4 cup melted margarine instead of oil
    - 1 tsp vanilla
    - i added maybe a tablespoon extra of milk and a tsp extra of margarine to compensate for the omitted egg yolks"

    UnhappyTransplant User ID: 2296483 132629
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

    "I thought these were really good. My husband didn't care for them as much, but he has his own recipe that he likes to make for pancakes.

    I would definitely make these again. I put a little butter and grape jam on mine instead of pancake syrup. They were nice and thick and yummy. :D"

    pambklyn User ID: 6667425 131119
    Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

    "These are great -- very light and tasty! Really nice fluffy texture. I made them with "Skim plus" milk and about 3/4 tsp of salt, but otherwise followed the recipe to a T. They remind me of my favorite pancakes at Cafe Luluc on Smith St in Brooklyn. Yum!"

    Zaharaluv User ID: 6497172 156871
    Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

    "The pancakes were very tasty ! They have an airiness to them with a hint of that cornbread taste that just make them delish!"

    KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 132628
    Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

    "I LOVE these pancakes. They are light, but hearty. My whole family loves this recipe."

    Brown0wl User ID: 6189835 153436
    Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

    "Love this cornmeal pancake recipe! It is soooo delicious. I made a few changes and had positive results. My pancakes turned out light and fluffy. The only thing that I might do differently is add a bit more moisture. They were just a touch dry. Not really noticeable but I know they can probably be a little moister.

    My changes were: brown sugar instead of white and added vanilla and lemon extract. A teaspoon of vanilla and 3/4 of lemon. I also held back on the salt just a little.
    The trick to pancakes that are light and fluffy is just stirring until it is moist and still pretty lumpy and not stirring anymore at all. 1/3 measuring cups make great sized cakes."

    gaarafangirl54 User ID: 5969062 131116
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

    "Sweet and salty. They were nice but not as fluffy as I wanted them to be. But I will still make again!"

    Troyellen User ID: 5723051 156870
    Reviewed May. 28, 2011

    "This is the same recipe I have used for over 35 years. But, forget the syrup. Spread on the butter and eat like a piece of bread with chili, stew or a pot of beans."

    [email protected] User ID: 3677615 67124
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

    "I love these pancakes. I thought they would be heavy,but so light and fluffy. Ther better then the box mix. I will make these again."

    jwynn90 User ID: 5169690 58482
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

    "These were very good. The texture was perfect, and they are pretty quick and easy if you're trying to find something to please a hungry crew."

    kayakbabe1 User ID: 1292154 99246
    Reviewed Aug. 7, 2010

    "If you are looking for a hearty pancake with a great taste, then this is it. We added a mashed banana, which made it even better!"

    haleyjune User ID: 2681620 148337
    Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

    "The pancakes were good and easy to make, this is my first time using cornmeal. So i wasnt expecting the grainy texture. but yes, i will prob make this again :)"

    Supermingo4 User ID: 4461621 153433
    Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

    "These Pancakes are great, not to sweet and very filling! I will deff. make these again."

    bittie629 User ID: 3850099 156869
    Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

    "I tried this recipe one morning for my husband before work. I had to sit and ejoy these pancakes! They were very soft and tasted wonderfully. The consistency of the batter made it easy for me to spoon it on the pan and they cooked quickly. Thank You!!"

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