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Gingerbread Spice Pancakes

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Make a batch of these fluffy, spiced gingerbread pancakes for a relaxed winter breakfast or holiday brunch.

Gingerbread Spice Pancakes

A stack of the best homemade pancakes on a relaxed, lazy morning — doesn’t that sound like a perfect way to start the weekend?

These gingerbread pancakes will remind you of a gingerbread cake or spice cookie, because they’re seasoned with traditional aromatic dessert spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Image showing a batch of Gingerbread Pancakes on a white plate on top of a linen napkin.

To add depth of flavor and ensure that each bite is fluffy but not dry, I added a bit of cocoa and some molasses to the batter.

Because isn’t a delectable cake-like texture exactly what you’re looking for in a pancake?

Image showing a batch of Gingerbread Pancakes on a white plate with a pitcher pouring syrup and a fork on the side.

Pancakes are always a comforting, homey option for breakfast (and even dinner), but these spiced-up cakes will elevate a dreary, chilly morning and make a weekend brunch extra-special.

Image of a stack Gingerbread Pancakes on a white plate with a fork on the side.

Fun facts about spices used in gingerbread:

  • The scent of cinnamon (and cassia) has been shown to be a mood-lifter. The spice is one of the most-used in the world.
  • Ginger has long been a medicinal remedy for digestive ailments. And in colonial times, gingerbread cookies were allegedly used as bribery to sway voters from one candidate to another.
  • Cloves are powerful and pungent — a little goes a long way in cooking. In addition to being used to treat toothaches, cloves are a key ingredient in ketchup.
  • Large (we must assume very large) doses of nutmeg are poisonous and can cause hallucinations akin to an LSD trip. Culinarily, nutmeg is essential in pumpkin pie, eggnog and French four-spice.
Gingerbread Spice Pancakes

Gingerbread Spice Pancakes

Karen Tedesco
A recipe for gingerbread pancakes with warm baking spices – warm, fluffy and everything nice!
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4.88 from 8 community reviews
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine comfort food
Servings 14 pancakes


  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (110 g) dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) molasses
  • 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup, warm


  • Sift the flour, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.
  • Whisk the eggs sugar, oil and molasses in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Spray a griddle with non-stick spray or grease with butter; place over medium heat until hot.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto griddle. Cook until small bubbles emerge and start to pop on the surface of the pancakes; turn with a spatula and cook until second side is lightly browned.
  • Dust the pancakes with powdered sugar and serve with warm maple syrup.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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  1. We just made these this morning. We were out of ginger and molasses so they were just spice, not gingerbread. But still very yummy!

    We did two batches:
    One without cocoa for one child who doesn’t like chocolate and one with the cocoa. Both were a big hit.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. 5 stars
    YUM! These pancakes look utterly amazing! I love gingerbread, and these would be just perfect for the weekend ♥