Pancake Syrup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


2 cups

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
My husband has fond memories of this pancake syrup recipe. Every Sunday morning, his dad would get up early to make the family pancakes and homemade syrup. They didn't have much money, but the kids never knew that. What they do remember is that their dad always had time to make their Sundays extra special. —Lorrie McCurdy, Farmington, New Mexico
Pancake Syrup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugars and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring. Refrigerate leftovers.

Pancake Syrup Tips

What is the best pancake syrup?

Pancake syrup is a must-have for a pancake breakfast (check out which boxed pancake mix we think is best!). It needs to be slightly sweet, easy to pour and have a great maple flavor. Learn the difference between pancake and maple syrup.

Is there a healthy pancake syrup alternative?

Although pure maple syrup has a good amount of natural sugar, it contains several antioxidants and contains minimal additives. Opt for this option over processed pancake syrup. Or, try topping your pancakes with fresh fruit jam, cut fruit, melted peanut butter or any of these pancake toppings instead.

How can I amp up pancake syrup?

Maple and bourbon are a common flavor mash-up. Add 2 tsp. bourbon to the syrup for a slightly less sweet (and boozy) surprise! Be sure to try out these unique pancake syrup flavors, too.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 102 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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