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Sweet Apple Pancakes with Cider Syrup

What a delightful way to start the day! Sweet apple flavor fills every delectable bite of these flapjacks. For an extra-special treat, top with sour cream and then add syrup. —Janet Vardaman, Zephyrhills, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 pancakes (1-1/4 cups syrup)


  • 2 cups complete pancake mix
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup grated apple
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a small bowl, stir the pancake mix, water, apple and cinnamon just until moistened.
  • Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until second side is golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, for syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in cider until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Stir in butter and lemon juice. Serve with pancakes.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 284 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • meliss.beyer
    Oct 31, 2017

    I thought these pancakes were simple to make. They weren't the best pancakes I have ever had, but they were good. The cider syrup was very good! It was something different from the traditional pancake or maple syrup.

  • amsm
    Feb 24, 2017

    I followed the recipe exactly, using apple juice in the syrup. I thought the pancakes came out a little gummy, and the syrup had a heavy nutmeg taste. We just didn't care for these pancakes

  • mumsay
    Jun 2, 2016

    I used Bisquick, eggs, and milk for the pancake mix. I added one apple and 4oz. of unsweetened apple sauce, plus the cinnamon to it. I followed the syrup recipe exactly. We loved this recipe. Very apple-y!

  • JMartinelli13
    Nov 20, 2015

    Absolutely loved the syrup. The pancakes froze and reheated great. Will definitely be making these again!

  • hazander
    May 10, 2015

    These pancakes are delicious and so quick and easy. The cider syrup really added an apple flavor to the pancakes. I made these for a Mother's Day brunch and everyone loved them. I would make this again and again.

  • bereitbach
    Dec 26, 2014

    I have only made the syrup and I love it! I did think it thickened almost too much the first time so this second time I added more cider (just personal preference). It tastes great and helps not to have to buy the real maple syrup so often which certainly helps with grocery costs.

  • grannyfromwisc
    Nov 11, 2014

    I just made the syrup using apple juice and it was fantastic! Not as sweet as the store bought and so full of flavor. I am going to try this receipe with blueberry juice. I did not make the pancakes.

  • rh2hart
    Oct 14, 2013

    Hubby and I are diabetics so one change, had a Splenda/cinnamon/nutmeg mix for apple pie so used that for sugar and spices. Also 1 tsp baking powder. Awesome!!

  • angelhairred
    Aug 24, 2013

    Can't wait to make this for a church brunch in Sept. I would LOVE it if TOH had a catagory for large group recipes.

  • Mumsy1972
    Nov 25, 2012

    Made these just yesterday for my daughter, son-in-law and myself. We give the recipe 3 thumbs up and 5 stars for excellent. We all thought they were delicious.