Coffee Pancakes

Breakfast, Pancakes

Two days ago I got the sickness. All that ran through my head was that I had the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, I’M SO SICK, OMG, (!!) I HATE THAT STUPID NYQUIL COMMERCIAL thing going on.

No biggie. I put on my happy sick face (it’s cute, seriously!) and embraced it.

I made a stack of pancakes, threw on some sweats, curled up on the couch and watched Wet Hot American Summer for the thousandth time. Best remedy for a cold ever.

For the record, I made these pancakes twice this week. Twice!!

The first time I was too sniffly to stand on chairs, take pictures and try to make stuff look pretty.

Once I was feeling a little better, I made them again. 

They’re everything pancakes should be: light, fluffy, slightly sweet, a little tangy with a total bonus flavor: coffee!

Yeah, I’m seriously patting myself on the back for this one. It’s no big secret I love coffee. I’m a big time addict.

It took me a few times to get these right. The first time I tried them with really good, strong espresso…and it no workie. The coffee flavor wasn’t strong enough and the batter was watery. Big time bummer.

Second time around I decided to use instant coffee granules and added them to the buttermilk and egg mixture. Worked! Done! Boom! A cup of coffee in pancake form.



Coffee Pancakes

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 234kcal
Coffee Pancakes are fluffy pancakes that taste just like your favorite cup of coffee. Perfect for any brunch or breakfast when you want double the coffee flavor.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk , shaken
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules


  • Pre-heat oven to 250˚F so you can keep the pancakes warm while the others are cooking.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  In a large measuring cup (or small bowl), beat together the egg and buttermilk.
  • Next, whisk in the instant coffee until completely blended. In two batches, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps.
  • Heat up your griddle or cast iron skillet over medium low-heat and brush with 1 tablespoon of butter. Using a 1/4 cup measure, add the batter to the warm skillet and cook until bubbles form along the sides and in the center. Flip. And cook on opposite side until golden brown.  Transfer to oven until you've gone through all the batter. Serve with warm maple syrup and a dollop of butter.
CourseBreakfast, Brunch
Keywordcoffee pancakes recipe, how to make coffee pancakes, mocha pancakes, one-bowl pancakes, pancakes
Nutrition Facts
Coffee Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Abby June 2, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Adrianna these look great but I think maybe you forgot to add the amount of coffee? Hope you are feeling better girl! Feel icky yet still so witty….you go sista!

    • Reply Adrianna June 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Thanks, lady. It’s in there now!

  • Reply Rachel June 2, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Coffee AND Pancakes? Two of my favorite things! 🙂

  • Reply Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) June 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

    coffee IN pancakes? I LOVE IT!

  • Reply heather June 2, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Sometimes great inspiration comes from feeling less than perfect. Strange, isn’t it? I do hope you’re righted by now, but am glad your illness inspired such a killer ‘cakes recipe! I’ll have to surprise my fiancée when he gets back from Texas on Saturday morning. Huzzah for coffee!



  • Reply annemineli June 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Ellerinize sağlık…mucuk.mucuk…..

  • Reply Janice June 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

    As always, gorgeous pictures – the lighting in your kitchen is magnificent! This recipe is also a perfect idea for a father’s day breakfast. 🙂

    Also am curious how much coffee you put into the mixture?

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment June 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

    this sounds great! the coffee is not listed in the ingredients tho…

  • Reply Becky June 2, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Oh my, how yummy! My hubby isn’t a coffee drinker so I’ll have to scarf down a batch of these by myself – darn! ; )

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Reply Katrina June 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I’m in love! Yum!

  • Reply EatLiveRun June 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

    yum!! I got that same sickness last week so I can totally relate. Making these this weekend for sure!

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! June 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

    omg, I love coffee, and I love pancakes, and I’m sick too, and I love you. Hey I just wrote a poem without trying. #awesome

  • Reply Mollie June 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

    GENIUS! Coffee+pancakes = match made in heaven! I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before – thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Johnna June 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

    aww! feel better! (also go to earthbar and get one of those b shots I’m so serious)
    as for the pancakes I’m trying to imagine the flavor and not having luck, so I’m just gonna have to make them or have you make them for me!

  • Reply Beth June 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    That really is a perfect way to start the day!

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven June 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Love coffee and Love pancakes! Wonderful idea!! YUM!

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    Yeah, so I totally use hashtags outside of twitter. Your hashtags cracked me up!

  • Reply Jessica June 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Umm…you’re a genius. I’ve never thought of combining my two favorite loves together!

  • Reply Sam June 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I love the little bottle with flowers. So pretty. These pancakes look delish.

  • Reply Baking Serendipity June 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I love this! Any way to get extra coffee into my world makes me seriously happy!

  • Reply Angharad June 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    These look beyond fabulous dear woman. If I get sick will you come and make me some?

  • Reply Pete June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Hi future breakfast!!

  • Reply Joanne June 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I wonder if I can get a caffeine fix from these….after all, I can always use a caffeine fix. Awesome! And feel better!

  • Reply The Newlywed Chefs June 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Oh, heaven! Looks perfect. What if you made Nyquil pancakes? Just kidding… but really… haha.

  • Reply Erica J. June 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Seriously tempted to have breakfast for dinner and make these…only I want to add chocolate chips to make mocha pancakes.

    • Reply Adrianna June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

      I like how your brain works.

    • Reply Yoleah March 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

      I concur!

  • Reply Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen June 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I love this! Your friend Diana (in Florida) told me about your blog after I told her I had one. So glad she did, your site is great!
    Those coffee pancakes sound SO good right now…omg.

    • Reply Adrianna June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Diana? I’m not sure I know a Diana…? 🙁

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  • Reply Kelly Hartman June 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I LOVE coffee…MUST try this one!

  • Reply Dana June 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    These look like a recipe I should have on hand if I ever find myself in the dog house. Coffee pancakes would certainly garner forgiveness in my household.

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    Coffee pancakes! Deeeeelish!

  • Reply Pam June 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Are you supposed to add the coffee to hot water first or do you just add the coffee granules, period, no water?? This sounds amazing! Oh, happy birthday week!

    • Reply Adrianna June 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Nope. Just add to the buttermilk and the coffee granules will dissolve. Oh and it’s Jenna’s (from Eat, Live, Run) birthday, not mine. 🙂

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    My love for coffee prompted me to read through your whole post since I’m not normally a fan of pancakes. This recipe may just change my mind about them!

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    Wish me luck.. 🙂
    thank you for sharing. It is really great

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    These are SO good! The batter smelled just like iced coffee and they’re excellent when cooked! This recipe is a keeper! I am trying your Pretzel Milk Pancakes soon. 🙂

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      Oh yay! So glad you loved them. The pretzel pancakes are sort of my favorite ever!

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  • Reply Yasmin Malik August 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I just tried these for breakfast this morning! They tasted wonderful. It was a great start to a day. I’m so in love with these pancakes. They are sooo yummy!!! 😀 😀 😀

    Thank you <3