IHOP Pancakes (copycat)

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 These copycat IHOP Pancakes are golden and fluffy pancakes that taste just like the ones from the popular restaurant chain. My family devours these every time I make them. They are the best!

These pancakes are golden and fluffy pancakes that taste just like the ones from the popular restaurant chain IHOP. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI have to admit it. I love me some IHOP pancakes. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to eat at restaurants, though it’s funny, because I’m normally a savory foods girl. I like to order chicken fried steak, bacon or eggs. BUT there’s always an exception when we go to IHOP. I always get their pancakes. They are amazing! Especially with their butter pecan syrup. Yum!

This copycat version comes from a recipe I found on Pinterest and read all the reviews. I always like to read reviews before I try a recipe. They were all great and everyone said they loved them. Some commented they were better than IHOP’s. So that was the seller to me. I printed off the recipe and made them for dinner. 

We absolutely loved these pancakes, and I agreed with the reviews. They were BETTER than IHOP’s. Maybe it’s because they were homemade, and who knows what the restaurant puts in theirs (not that I care because I’ll still eat them). 😀 

These pancakes are golden and fluffy pancakes that taste just like the ones from the popular restaurant chain IHOP. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com


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IHOP Pancakes (copycat)

Fluffy and delicious homemade pancakes that taste like the ones from IHOP restaurant!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly


  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar


  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine egg and buttermilk. Whisk together until blended. Add to flour mixture, stirring only until smooth. Add melted butter and sugar to batter and whisk until combined.
  • Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Grease griddle with cooking spray or butter. Drop 1/4 cup batter on pan and spread into a 5-inch circle. Cook until bubbles begin to form on surface and edges begin to brown. Gently flip and continue to brown other side. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve with butter and warm syrup. Enjoy!




These pancakes are golden and fluffy pancakes that taste just like the ones from the popular restaurant chain IHOP. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.com


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53 thoughts on “IHOP Pancakes (copycat)

  1. 4 stars
    I substituted Bob’s Red Mill Gkuten Free 1to1 flour for the all purpose flour and these were amazing! I finally have a light & fluffy gluten free pancake made from scratch❤️

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect and I enjoy making it. Very very close to Ihop and very delicious. Thank you for posting this. I have made this recipe and also as an alternate added 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Both versions come out great every time!!.

    1. 5 stars
      I did the same with the vanilla! And I make buttermilk with milk and lemon as opposed to real buttermilk. The kids rreally like it!!

        1. Put 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar ( we like the taste of apple cider vinegar) in the bottom of your 1 cup liquid measure, fill will whole milk, half & half, or cream to the 1 cup mark. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir and use the amount that is needed.

    2. 5 stars
      I have made this recipe a few times now, everyone in my family loves them. I tried adding the half teaspoon vanilla, and they love them even more. Thanks for the tip!

  3. My families loves these pancakes! We have experimented and learned to add a splash of vanilla for flavor and a splash of whole milk for thinning the batter just a bit. Perfect!

  4. 5 stars
    The best pancakes I’ve ever made! Just like IHOP! I doubled the batch and kept them in the oven at 170 until they were all done – so good! Going in my recipe box!

  5. 5 stars
    Our new go to pancake recipe, so delicious. We use the lemon with milk combo and turns out great every-time. Husband is obsessed.

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing! Love love love your recipe. Pancakes turned our perfect – light, fluffy and delicious. Curbed my ihop cravings here in France 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh these pancakes were legendary. 7 stars. No doubt about it. I ate 2 before I even gave 5hen to my family

  8. 4 stars
    They were easy To make and i like the fluffy thickness of them. Served theM with Butter, maple syrup and fresh sliced strawberries. ThAnk you For a gReat recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    Tried the recipe. BeSt pancakes I’ve made at home. DissOLved in my mouth. Batter a bIt thin. Will Cut buttermilk to a cup next time and add half teaspoon vanilla. If too thick will add milk by tablespoons to get proper consistency.

  10. 5 stars
    Made the pancakes. Best at home pancakes I ever had. THey dissolved in my mouth. Only complaint is they were a bit too thin and crePe-liKe. Next tIMe I’ll cut thE buttermilk to onE cUp and add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. They didn’t taste liKE IHOP pancakes but who cares? They were great.

  11. 5 stars
    Can you use almond milk? Out of regular milk to make buttermilk. Ive made them before as the recipe is written, theyre Fantastic!! Passed it on to my daughter.

  12. 5 stars
    These were awesome!!! I Followed recipe exactly. I prefer to try recipes as written before later adding my own twist, that way I can give a honest review.
    I had a craving for ihop pancakes and these were the next best thing. Will never use another recipe. Next time I’ll add a little vanilla extract to the batter.

  13. 5 stars
    I didn’t have buttermilk, but I just made fresh yogurt and it was still warm so I used that. My batter immediately fluffed up when I added wet to dry, and the warmth meant the butter blended in so smoothly. Wow these pancakes were everything I was looking for! Fluffy but dense enough to not deflate as soon they came off the STOVe. 100% will make these again

  14. 5 stars
    Start with the color of the pancake, it was beautiful, it was fluffy and soft. problem i was getting the backlash, of the baking soda taste’, i will try it again, beware, of the baking soda, i give it 4 stars, much better than my fake pancakes, hahaha………thanks for sharing

  15. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh fInally i found a PERFECT recipe! All this time i thought it was my fault, but nope… iT was the recipes i was using. These turn into perfect pancakes (even color).

  16. 5 stars
    i never rate recipes but THese pancakes Were simply amazing! Buttery, fluffy, melt in your mouth delicious! Besides adding a bit of vanilla, don’t change a thing!

  17. 5 stars
    Awesome pancakes! Thanks for the recipe. (Side note: it will only let me type in all caps, even though my text keypad is lowercase.)

  18. 5 stars
    I worked at IHOP on and off for 20 years and somehow I still love pancakes, but i hate syrup. Now that I’m not there anymore I’ve been on the hunt for perfect pancakes – fluffy, not dense, has just enough sweetness that I don’t need to add any….these are it! My poor husband has suffered through my pancake experiments and told me i can stop – these are the ones!

  19. 5 stars
    Made THese this morning, made them dairy free (Used oatmilk added lemon juice 2t to sour it, buttermilk sub). Turned out perfect. Also sugar free as we like to pile on maple sYrup. Reminded me of my trip to the usa and my ihop visit. Perfect

  20. Good day
    I’ve been gracing IHOP ever since I left USA 8 years Ago. Called hubby to bring me buttermilk from the store and can’t wait to make them in the morning. Was wondering if I can add some chocolate Chips?

    Thank you
    I’m super excited

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