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!

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

I 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!

We absolutely loved these pancakes. In my family’s opinion, they were BETTER than IHOP’s. Maybe it’s because they were homemade, I’m not sure. They were just amazing!

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

Whip your family up a batch of these and you’ll have some happy campers sitting at your breakfast table. These iHOP Pancakes are a great way to start off a great day! 🙂


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IHOP Pancakes (copycat)

These copycat IHOP Pancakes are golden, fluffy, and taste just like the ones from the popular restaurant chain!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly


  • 1 ¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons salted 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!



Delicious buttermilk pancakes.
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100 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❤️

    1. 5 stars
      I made these for the first time during this covid quarantine bc I wanted IHOP pancakes. We all loved them. Today, I told my family I was making pancakes for breakfast and these were requested when my boyfriend said, “can we have the good kind? The ones like ihop?” This is a winner!!

  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
    Just like IHOP! Completely delicious, thick, and fluffy. Better than I ever expected and very hard to mess up!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 5 stars
    This are the BESt pancakes hands down!! No need to go to ihop. Pass the recipe over to my daughter they love it !! Thank you

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 5 stars
    This is my first ever comment on any recipe and all I gotta say is, they were literally perfect. Bravo. Thank you.

  17. 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

  18. 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).

  19. 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!

  20. 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.)

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 5 stars
    I’m from New Zealand and since we’re far away from the rest of the world we don’t have Ihob so I don’t actually know what they taste like or how accurate it is to this recipe. Although out of the hundreds of pancake recipe i have tried this one is by far the best pancakes i have ever had. These pancakes were so delicious that i had to make a second batch because they were amazing. 100% would DEFINITELY reccomend

  25. 5 stars
    After weeks of making these every Sunday, Just thought I should say I love them! My husband loves only Ihop pancakes, and I think this is as close as it gets. He loves them too. Thank you for sharing!

  26. 3 stars
    Batter tasted good but was way too thin. The first pancake came out really flat. Added more fLour and they Came out a bit better

  27. 5 stars
    I Made these for dinner a few daYs ago. I’m usually not a pancake lover (even the IHOP ones) but i love these. My husband, who is on a diet, started Witn two pancakes and enDed up eating four ☺️. ThaNks for sharing the recipe!

  28. 5 stars
    Made these with blueberries for sunday morning breakfast. These were so good we are Never going back to store-bought pancake mix.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  29. 5 stars
    GreaT recipe! I add 4 tablespoons of Hershey’s cocoa and 1/3 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. Then after cooking, i drizzle with hershey’s chOcolate syrup and Whipped crEam. Grandkids love it!

  30. 5 stars
    Love, love, love these pAncakes!!!
    I make them as the recipe says but use 50/50 milk and sour cream cuz I never have buttermilk. Fluffy, delicious and never rubbery!! Thanks to your recipe, I finally can say I have mastered pancakes!

  31. 5 stars
    These were the best and did have the signature IHOP taste. The only thing I added was a splash of vanilla and used soured milk v buttermilk.

  32. 5 stars
    WoW! – these really are better than ihop or denny’s i’d never made buttermilk pancakes before in my life but these were quick, simple and totally deelish! I used my grandma’s 100 year+ old cast iron frying pan and they browned up golden and fluffy just like the real deal. This will be my go to recipe for weekend flapjacks for sure! – thank you

  33. 5 stars
    Made these, only had milk, not buttermilk, unfortunately, but even still, definitely tasted like ihops! Thank you for a great recipe!

  34. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS AND AMAZING! this is a keeper for me. i didn’t use 1 1/4 cups buttermilk because the comments said the batter was too thin because of too much buttermilk. i reduced the buttermilk to 1 cup (1 T lemon juice and filled up the rest of the cup measure with milk to make buttermilk.) When it was time to pour the pancakes, it was too thick to pour, so I ended up adding 2 T more milk to the batter, and i used a 1/4 cup measure to scoop out the batter on to the skillet. i think there is confusion because the recipe says 1 1/4 cups sifted flour. i have found that if you sift the flour first and then measure it, you won’t get enough flour and the pancake mix will be runny. i suggest you spoon your flour into your measuring cups first and then sift it into your bowl. I went exactly with the recipe, except I only used 1 cup + 2 T milk instead of 1 + 1/4 cup milk. Also, I measured out 1 and 1/4 cup flour with a spoon into my measuring cups and then i sifted it into the bowl. i don’t know if this is right so guidance regarding this would be welcome. however, at the end of the day, if it’s too runny add more flour and if it’s too thick add a little milk. (My batter was still kinda thick and gloppy, but it tasted wonderful)

  35. 5 stars
    OH WOW. Didn’t expect these to be as good as they were! So simple and delicious. Definitely my go-to now.

  36. 5 stars
    Yum! We also used bob’s RED MILL gluten free 1 to 1 bAking flour. These came out light, fluffy, and delicious. A keeper! Thanks for a great recipe!

  37. I always make these For my boys turns out light and fluffy. I use pastry/cake flour and half yogurt half water.

  38. 5 stars
    Delicious and fluffy. I subsTituded oatmilk for regular milk and used vegan butter and they were still amazing! My kids loved them (ages9,14,15) and they had no idea thEre eas oatmilk. Delicious!!!

  39. I never seem to have buttermilk on hand so I used regular 2%milk with some white vinegar. Tastes great and my oldest loves them so much I need to put leftovers in the fridge for breakfast the next day. No more mix for me!! I will try apple cider vinegar next time as it sounds interesting. (A DOUBLE batch is always needed!)

  40. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I added just a little vanilla flavoring to enhance the taste. Easy, quick and delicious!!!

  41. 5 stars

  42. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe, but if you want to take it up to exactly like ihop pancakes, make sure all your wet ingredients are room temperature when you make your batter. Trust me, it makes all the difference.

  43. Holly, I love IHOP’S pumpkin spice pancakes, how much would I add to the batter along with the pumpkin spice?

    1. Hi Emmi, I would add about a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the dry ingredients and then make the rest of the recipe as directed. I haven’t tried it this way but I am sure it would be so delicious!

  44. 5 stars
    these are amazing!!!! better than IHOP! I want to thank yo for posting this recipient from the bottom Of My stomach, pancakes will never be the SAMe at my house these pancakes are the new fluffy golden standard, this is the absolute best recipe I ever made, because of the SLIMPIcity/eas of making it and the quality of the finished pancake 10000/10

  45. Mmmmmmm 🙂 soooo good. i make 2 batches. to one i add mashed bananas and grround cinnamon. just simply delicious. Thank you

  46. 5 stars
    These pancakes are just awesome. This has been my go to recipe for over a year now. I can’t believe I wasted my time and money in the past using the boxed pancake mix. Thank you for sharing!

  47. 5 stars
    I gotta give you props. I’ve come here to use this recipe at least 5 times. it’s great and my go-to now.

    thank you so much

  48. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh these pancakes were so good! I’m not a big pancake eater but I had one, and my husband loves them too. Fantastic! He said he wanted pancakes, I said let me see if Holly has a recipe. Anything I’ve ever made with one of your recipes is never a fail!

  49. 5 stars
    Delicious and Great!!!!! I’m so happy you shared this recipe! my family loved it and I’m so pleased with the presentation. I’m a big fan of presentation making a dish more delightful. I thankful also you shared what to look for when flipping the pancakes. Thank you. Could you also share any recipes you have on cakes?

  50. 5 stars
    Best pancake recipe. I subbed the extra 1/4 cup of buttermilk for sour cream and used less sugar, no salt. Amazing!

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