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Coffee Pancakes

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You guys.

Get ready for utter ridiculousness also known as coffee pancakes. It’s no secret that I am a mega coffee fiend and I really have no idea why it’s never dawned on me before to combine my two great loves together. And by two great loves, I clearly mean coffee and pancakes. Together. As one. Amen.

This recipe comes straight out of my friend Adrianna’s new cookbook. In it, there are 72 recipes for pancakes of all types, both sweet and savory. I’m kind of obsessed with the fact that she loves pancakes so much that she wrote a book about them. If you’re a pancake lover like I’m a pancake lover, you NEED this book in your cookbook collection.

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It was hard to pick a recipe out of this book to share with you guys because they all looked so delicious! I can’t wait to try more. Totally worth an extra set of crunches, if you ask me.

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So, I’m now convinced that that the only scent better than coffee brewing is the scent of the coffee pancakes cooking. I mean, really. How could it not be? They are extra thick and fluffy and highly caffeinated, with a whopping two tablespoons of instant coffee in the batter! I used two Starbucks VIA packets for these and they turned out superb.

I can’t wait for you guys to try these for yourself! I froze extras for quick weekday mornings — just a quick pop in the oven or toaster oven and I’ll be set. Since getting married, my husband has developed a taste for coffee {I’m such a good influence} so I know he will love these, too!

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Coffee Pancakes

recipe from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack

yields about 8 pancakes

Print this Recipe!


1 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk, well shaken

1 large egg

2 tbsp instant coffee granules

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled


In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a measuring cup (or small bowl), combine the buttermilk, egg, instant coffee granules and melted butter. Beat until well combined and coffee granules have dissolved.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined (batter will still be slightly lumpy – be sure to not overmix).

Heat up your skillet and spray with nonstick spray or oil. Using a 1/4th cup measure, scoop the batter onto the hot skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side and flip. Serve warm with butter, maple syrup and more coffee.


30 minutes



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  • Sophie
    July 31, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Oh my word, these sound insane. Definitely pinning these to make next weekend πŸ™‚

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 31, 2013 at 4:31 am

    These sound like heaven! NEED to try these!

  • Anne @
    July 31, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Wow! I confess, I am not the world’s biggest pancake fan, but you have me sold on these guys! They look like heaven on a plate.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    July 31, 2013 at 4:37 am

    oh.em.geeeeeee!!!! I have no words except pass me a fork, please! πŸ˜‰

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 31, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Oh my gosh, 72 different pancake recipes?!?!? I think I need this book, even if it’s just to drool over the photos!!

  • Kelsey @aslolife
    July 31, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I love the idea of making extras and freezing them–so need to do this before I go back to work!

  • DessertForTwo
    July 31, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I’ve been so curious about her new book! I knew it would be full of gems like this. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


  • shelly@ohshellsbells
    July 31, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Yes. Just yes. I made cookies once with instant coffee and they were amazing. Pancakes feel like a natural segue.

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life
    July 31, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Yes! Genius. I would have never thought about combining these two things.

  • The Spatularettes
    July 31, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Woah. This is totally my dream. I love dreaming up new and creative pancake recipes, but this one just shot straight to the top of my list!

  • Lisa
    July 31, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Coffee+pancakes? AMAZING!

  • Amy @curlscoffee
    July 31, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Oh I so hope this book is available in the UK! We are seriously lacking good pancake places πŸ™

    Amy x

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    July 31, 2013 at 5:33 am

    And these with a cup of coffee on the side, right?
    Also, I like how much you use the term “my husband.” πŸ™‚ Someone is a happy bride!

  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Coffee and pancakes together at last!!! This is killer!

  • char eats greens
    July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

    For the newbie coffee addict in me, these sound superb!! And why have I not thought about freezing pancakes before?! I feel like I want to run to the kitchen RIGHT NOW, make 100 pancakes and freeze them…at least that way, I’ll get through a few days πŸ˜‰ haha

  • Tieghan
    July 31, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I want that book!! It looks amazing and I mean a book about pancakes? Yes, please!

  • deva
    July 31, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Oh these sound like heaven! With some whipped cream or cashew cream? OMG.

    My husband is not a coffee person, sadly. More for me, right?

  • Alexis @ Hummusapien
    July 31, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I totally need this book! I’m a HUGE pancake fan, savory or sweet. I’ve never even tried coffee flavored pancakes, so I’m super stoked to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    July 31, 2013 at 6:17 am

    this just got forwarded to my husband, also known as chief pancake maker around our house. holy cow.

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    July 31, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I always read your blog in the morning before work and I would give anything to have that stack of pancakes in front of my face right now. Yum!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    July 31, 2013 at 7:14 am

    yummmmmmmmm! I think I’ll have to make these this weekend!

  • pippa@popovertopippas
    July 31, 2013 at 7:24 am

    What a brilliant idea, can’t wait to try these!!!

  • Kristin
    July 31, 2013 at 7:36 am

    these sound incredible!

  • MichSmith
    July 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Yummm! These look amazing–and that’s saying something since I am not the world’s biggest pancake lover! Also, I love your mug!!

  • Dana
    July 31, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Fantastic idea! These are beautiful! Love is totally brewing at the sight of these. πŸ™‚

  • allie@sweetpotatobites
    July 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

    ooh i’ve never had coffee in pancakes before! definitely giving this a try!

  • Caroline L.
    July 31, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Stop, these are unreal. I don’t believe you. Ridiculous.
    And “my husband” – adorable! Hope you guys are loving every second of married life πŸ™‚

  • Kristin
    July 31, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Perfection!!!! Would never have thought of using coffee in pancakes!

  • Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen
    July 31, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Oh my word. This has to be one of the best combinations ever created! There is a real chance that I will be having coffee pancakes for dinner tonight πŸ˜‰

  • Morgan
    July 31, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Yum! Not usually a pancake girl, might be sold on these. Last time I made your chocolate chip cookies, I used lindt sea salt chocolate pieces in addition to the regular morsels….and a tbsp. of espresso πŸ™‚

  • Marissa@ohhhsolovely
    July 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

    i bet these are quite delicious! we’ve been experimenting a bit with pancakes recently – think i’ve finally found a good gluten free recipe for us!

  • Sarah K
    July 31, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Yum! These sound amazing! I can’t wait to make them

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have a copy of her book on the way and I cannot wait to try all of Adrianna’s wonderful recipes! You did these coffee pancakes proud! Mmmm, I want! Pinned!

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    July 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

    A book solely devoted to pancakes?! That sounds wonderful! Also love that these will put a little pep in your step πŸ™‚

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    July 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Love this! I’m sure I could have this for breakfast every morning!

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    July 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    LOVE. Pancakes are my very favorite food. I always eat them right before a long run as good luck, and my mama used to make them for me as an after-school snack (not kidding) bc I adored them so much.

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    July 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    As SOON as I find a replacement coffee pot (blah, glass on the floor!) I am so making these!!

  • Kim
    July 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Mmm! Interesting! I’m not a big caffeine person, but I’d be willing to try these with decaf!

  • Leah
    July 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Yum; what a great idea! I’m curious how they would taste with some dark chocolate chips thrown in…

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    July 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Mmm- I like the idea of coffee anything, so I definitely want to try this one out πŸ™‚ Thanks for the delicious idea!

  • Jess
    July 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    This sounds COMPLETELY amazing! Yummy!

  • Amy @
    July 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I saw this and almost spit my iced coffee all over the screen. I must try this…I MUST buy this book. Thanks for this post!

  • M.C. @ThousandStoryKitchen
    July 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Gosh- yum! Never would have thought of this, but now I’m totally excited to try it. Coffee? Pancakes? Together?! Nice one.

  • Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book
    July 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Sounds delicious! So glad Starbucks came out with Via because instant coffee before Via was so bitter.

  • Lucie
    August 1, 2013 at 4:34 am

    These look like THE perfect summer breakfast!

  • Shashi @
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    Oh Gawsh! love the sound of these pancakes!

  • Kameron Curay
    August 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I never heard about coffee pancakes before but now I’m interested to try it! Like you, I am also addicted to both coffee and pancakes. This is an incredible recipe that I can’t wait to experiment on. Thanks for sharing! These will surely land on tomorrow’s breakfast table.

  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite
    August 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I am literally drooling right now. 2 of my favorite things combined!? omg I need to make these ASAP!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    August 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You are right. Why did I not think about adding these two together. The perfect marriage. Cannot wait to try this weekend.

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    These look incredible!! I have never tried Starbucks VIA, do the granules dissolve well without being grainy?

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  • Julia
    August 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    These sound great, thanks for sharing.
    Also, I love the coffee cup in the pics with the blue dots! Did you make it or buy it, and if you bought it can you share from where?

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    These look great! The perfect breakfast for a coffee lover like myself πŸ™‚

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    August 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, that is just beautiful. I can’t wait to try that recipe.

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