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Cranberry Orange Pancakes

As special as the holidays, these fluffy pancakes are drop-dead gorgeous, ready in just minutes and brimming with sweet, tart and tangy flavor. Seconds, anyone? —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    12 pancakes (1-1/4 cups syrup)


  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Orange zest strips, optional


  • In a small saucepan, bring the cranberries, orange juice and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cool slightly. With a slotted spoon, remove 1/4 cup cranberries; set aside.
  • In a blender, process cranberry mixture until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in maple syrup and reserved cranberries. Keep warm.
  • In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, milk, orange juice and zest. Stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in chopped cranberries.
  • Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup. Garnish with orange zest strips if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3 pancakes with about 1/3 cup syrup: 574 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 177mg cholesterol, 1055mg sodium, 94g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • deb3346
    Dec 28, 2020

    Yummy! Definitely recommend this recipe!

  • JMartinelli13
    Feb 4, 2016

    I can't make pancakes from scratch due to egg issues, so I used the Bisquick Shake N pour. I added 2T of orange juice to a measuring cup and then added water to the required 1 1/2c line. I added orange zest to the batter, but held back the chopped cranberries to add on the griddle. The syrup comes together easily and quickly, keep an eye on it or it will boil over in a flash. Excellent!

  • CoreyAnn
    Dec 24, 2015

    We have a new Christmas tradition that started this morning. These pancakes were amazing! They smelled delicious, they browned perfectly (which says a lot for this pancake-impaired chef) and there were no leftovers. Even my four-year-old kept asking for more!

  • cbenne12
    Mar 24, 2014

    Wonderful recipe! Very tasty.

  • grandmaabbott
    Dec 19, 2013

    I just made these for dinner tonight. They are fantastic. The syrup makes them. I did make my pancakes from scratch, however. I don't like to use Bisquick. I added the 1/3 C. Orange juice and 1/2 C. chopped cranberries and orange peel and about 1/4 tsp Orange Extract to the batter. They were so very good. I would suggest if you are making a large batch, to double the syrup. My pancakes made 9 good sized ones and we used all the syrup. Will definitely make again.

  • sschroe
    Feb 14, 2013

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  • mindy1374
    Feb 7, 2013

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  • quiltemup
    Nov 25, 2012

    My husband doesn't usually like pancakes, however, he found these to be a good balance between sweet and bitter. I have a pancake recipe of my own with butter or oil in them. I worried these would stick or have an odd texture. No need to worry! These cooked beautifully and had a nice airy texture.

  • SharonDetweiler
    Feb 15, 2012

    These were some of the best pancakes we've ever had! My husband and I made these together. The syrup is really good, We could almost have doubled it! We used 2 TBLS of maple syrup and it was perfect! This one is a keeper.

  • Maureengford
    Jan 17, 2012

    YUMMY! Will make again for sure!