Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

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Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup — These apple pancakes are packed with cinnamon and other fall spices. Slather with butter and dunk them in some homemade vanilla maple syrup! 

stack of Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Easy Apple Pancakes Recipe

It’s that time of year where apples are starting to turn up everywhere. From caramel apples to apple pie to pancakes that taste like apple pie. I confess, I’m not much of a pie-maker. We really don’t need a whole pie at once, and I tend to make bars and cookies because they seem to disappear quicker than a whole pie does.

These apple pancakes are the answer to my pie-less prayers. And they’re much faster to make than making a pie. I know you won’t miss rolling out pie crust. This recipe is adapted from my friend Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen’s cookbook, Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. Adrianna’s recipes are written in a way that leaves nothing to guess, which is so appreciated. I try to write my recipes with lots of detail, and I always appreciate it when I read blogs or cookbooks that are the same.

I am just blown away by how creative she got with the recipes. Carrot Cake Pancakes, Red Velvet, Coffee, Cinnamon Bun, and Banana Bourbon Pancakes all caught my eye. There are also Dinner Pancakes, like Jalepeno Corn Cakes and Smoked Gouda Sweet Potato Latkes.

stack of Apple Pancakes with bite missing

But since it’s approaching fall, and since I have sweet teeth, I went with Apple Pie Pancakes. It’s standard pancake-making, a bowl of dry ingredients, a bowl of wet poured over dry, and then one grated apple is stirred into the batter before griddling them.

The only changes I made to the recipe were with the spices. I added more cinnamon and nutmeg, and threw in a pinch of cloves. She also suggested peeling the apple but I didn’t bother. Fiber never hurt anyone.

I added vanilla extract to my maple syrup to bring out that apple pie flavor profile. I wanted to make something new, but vanilla maple syrup is my favorite pancake, French toast, or waffle topper.

The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves pair so perfectly with apples. Your house definitely will smell like fall after making a batch of these. The bits of grated apple lend just a touch of texture to the otherwise soft, fluffy, and lightweight pancakes.

Although summer is my favorite season, if I have to ring in fall, pancakes that remind me of apple pie are always welcome. And so are sky-high fluffy stacks.

stack of Apple cinnamon Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

What’s in Apple Pancakes?

For these apple cinnamon pancakes, you’ll need: 

  • Light brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Whole milk
  • Egg
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Grated apple
  • Pure maple syrup

homemade apple pancakes on floral plate

How to Make Apple Pancakes

To make these easy apple pancakes, simply whisk together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry in another. Combine the two, then fold in the grated apple. 

Preheat your skillet or griddle and brush with melted butter or oil. Scoop the batter onto the skillet using a quarter-cup measure. You’ll know the pancakes are ready to be flipped once you see tiny bubbles appear all over the top. Flip the pancakes, and continue cooking until golden on both sides. 

To make the vanilla maple syrup, all you have to do is whisk together the syrup and a little vanilla extract. Serve the apple cinnamon pancakes warm with a drizzle of vanilla maple syrup and enjoy! 

stack of Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup and butter

How to Keep Pancakes Warm 

If you’re making a big batch of pancakes, you can keep the cooked pancakes warm in a 200ºF oven while you make the rest of the batch. You’ll want to use a baking tray for this and not a plate, as not all plates are oven-safe. The oven temperature needs to be set quite low, otherwise you’ll dry out the apple pancakes. 

how to make apple pancakes

What are the Best Apples for Pancakes? 

You can use any apple variety you’d like in these apple pancakes! For sweeter pancakes, use Honeycrisp or Gala apples. If you prefer something a little less sweet, opt for Granny Smith.

piece of Apple Pancake on fork

Can I Freeze Pancakes? 

Absolutely! To freeze pancakes, first let them cool to room temperature before sealing them inside a freezer bag. You can easily reheat the frozen pancakes in the toaster or microwave. 

stack of fluffy apple pancakes topped with butter

Can I Use Another Fruit Instead of Apples? 

I’m not sure. You may be able to use whole, small berries in this recipe, but I can’t say for certain. Different fruits release different amounts of juice once cookies, so use your best judgement when adapting this recipe. 

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup - Just as good as apple pie but healthier & way less work!

Can I Use Non-Dairy Milk? 

Maybe. Whole milk has more fat than most non-dairy milks, and it keeps these apple pancakes incredibly moist and flavorful. If you substitute a non-dairy milk, let me know how your pancakes turn out! 

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup - Just as good as apple pie but healthier & way less work!

Can I Use an Egg Substitute? 

Again, I’m not sure. I’ve only ever made these apple cinnamon pancakes as written so I don’t know if you can use an egg substitute in this recipe. 

Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup — These apple pancakes are packed with cinnamon and other fall spices. Slather with butter and dunk them in some homemade vanilla maple syrup! 

Tips for Making Apple Pancakes 

Preheating your pan is really important for perfect pancakes. If the skillet isn’t warm enough when you make the first pancake, it won’t rise properly and won’t become golden brown. To test whether or not your skillet is hot enough, flick a little water onto it and see if it sizzles. 

If desired, you can adjust the amount of spices in these apple pancakes. I like my pancakes to be super flavorful, but if you’d rather use less cinnamon or cloves, go for it. 

If you have extra time on your hands, you could cook down some diced apple with a little cinnamon in a small saucepan and top these apple pancakes with that as well as the vanilla maple syrup. Extra apple pie flavor is always a good idea!  

Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup — These apple pancakes are packed with cinnamon and other fall spices. Slather with butter and dunk them in some homemade vanilla maple syrup! 

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Apple Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

By Averie Sunshine
These apple pancakes are packed with cinnamon and other fall spices. Slather with butter and dunk them in some homemade vanilla maple syrup!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 pancakes
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Ingredients  

Pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, original recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated apple, about 1 medium apple
  • Butter or vegetable oil for skillet

Vanilla Maple Syrup

  • about 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed gently
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean

Instructions 

  • Make the Pancakes
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • In a measuring cup or small bowl, measure out the milk. Add the remaining wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  • All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps; don’t overmix or try to stir them smooth.
  • Gently fold in the grated apple.
  • Preheat your skillet over medium heat and brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
  • Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes, and then flip.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook on the opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown. (My pancakes were slightly larger than 1/4-cup of batter each, and I yielded 7 rather than 8; and they took slightly longer to cook than recipe indicates).
  • Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200F oven to keep warm.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to the skilled when needed. Serve immediately.
  • Make the Vanilla Maple Syrup
  • Stir together the syrup, vanilla, and serve over pancakes. Optionally, serve with Vanilla Maple Butter.

Notes

Recipe reprinted with permission and adapted from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 131mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are heavenly! I subbed the ground cloves for cardamom and added a handful of walnut pieces. I served them with homemade apple butter.

    Total keeper, thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicioso. Outstanding recipe. Thanks for sharing these Apple Pie Pancakes, this one is so amazing.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicioso. Outstanding recipe. Thanks for sharing these Apple Pie Pancakes, this one is so amazing.

  4. 5 stars
    Delicioso. Outstanding recipe. Thanks for sharing these Apple Pie Pancakes, this one is so amazing.

  5. 4 stars
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  6. 4 stars
    It’s ok recipe. The texture of the pancakes are kind of doughy. Probably because of the apple but it might be how I cooked it. Loved the spice flavor!

  7. 3 stars
    It’s ok recipe. The texture of the pancakes are kind of doughy. Probably because of the apple but it might be how I cooked it. Loved the spice flavor!

  8. 4 stars
    It’s ok recipe. The texture of the pancakes are kind of doughy. Probably because of the apple but it might be how I cooked it. Loved the spice flavor!

    1. I haven’t ever tried so you could do it and see what happens but I can’t say one way or the other how it will go. I am thinking the apples will be too chunky and overall it will change the consistency of the batter and you may need to make dry ingredients changes.

  9. 1 star
    These came out terrible, wouldn’t cook in the center no matter how long I fried them. Ended up throwing them in the garbage.

  10. 5 stars
    We love these pancakes! What a great recipe! We always add Soda water to our pancakes. Do you think this would work too?
    We also loved your video of this via Pinterest and have shared.
    We are wondering what program you used to make your video, as would love to try and do and are always inspired by your recipes. Thank you

  11. 5 stars
    We love these pancakes! What a great recipe! We always add Soda water to our pancakes. Do you think this would work too?
    We also loved your video of this via Pinterest and have shared.
    We are wondering what program you used to make your video, as would love to try and do and are always inspired by your recipes. Thank you

    1. I use a professional videographer.

      Soda water would probably create more air bubbles in the pancakes but really it’s hard to say unless you try it.

      Glad you love them (then I wouldn’t actually change the recipe)!

  12. 5 stars
    These pancakes were absolutely fantastic! I substitute the egg for egg replacer due to allergies and they were just too delicious to have only one! Oops! Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

  13. 5 stars
    These pancakes were absolutely fantastic! I substitute the egg for egg replacer due to allergies and they were just too delicious to have only one! Oops! Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these were fantastic and that egg replacer worked great too!

    2. 5 stars
      These are heavenly! I subbed the ground cloves for cardamom and added a handful of walnut pieces. I served them with homemade apple butter.

      Total keeper, thank you.

      1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad this is a total keeper for you! The homemade apple butter sounds like a heavenly touch!

  14. 5 stars
    My husband asked for apple pancakes this morning … said his mom used to make them and he thought it was something she learned to make in Holland.  I searched for something like he described and this recipe seemed to fit!  I substituted a brown sugar alternative and used half regular and half almond flour. 2 tsp of cinnamon was perfect. I chose not to add cloves. The only apples I had were gala, and I think I’d use Granny Smith in the future for a stronger apple flavor. My husband absolutely loved them! This is a keeper!

  15. 5 stars
    My husband asked for apple pancakes this morning … said his mom used to make them and he thought it was something she learned to make in Holland.  I searched for something like he described and this recipe seemed to fit!  I substituted a brown sugar alternative and used half regular and half almond flour. 2 tsp of cinnamon was perfect. I chose not to add cloves. The only apples I had were gala, and I think I’d use Granny Smith in the future for a stronger apple flavor. My husband absolutely loved them! This is a keeper!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad you and your husband enjoyed these! Glad to hear that half regular and half almond flour worked fine, too!

  16. 4 stars
    Made this this morning. Very delicious. Used gluten free 1:1 flour, a Tbsp of baking powder and a bit more cinnamon and vanilla plus a pinch of allspice in place of the other spices. Even my husband who is a pure buttermilk pancake guy liked them. 

  17. 4 stars
    Made this this morning. Very delicious. Used gluten free 1:1 flour, a Tbsp of baking powder and a bit more cinnamon and vanilla plus a pinch of allspice in place of the other spices. Even my husband who is a pure buttermilk pancake guy liked them. 

  18. 5 stars
    Fantastic. Reminiscent of the apple pancakes my Mom used to make. I love the fall flavors, though I might go with 1.5tsp instead of 2 of cinnamon, and I was tempted to try a chai seasoning (next time).

  19. 5 stars
    Fantastic. Reminiscent of the apple pancakes my Mom used to make. I love the fall flavors, though I might go with 1.5tsp instead of 2 of cinnamon, and I was tempted to try a chai seasoning (next time).

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these remind you of the pancakes your mom used to make! Chai would be lovely here I am thinking!

  20. 2 stars
    The batter was very thin, pancakes were dense and we followed the recipe! We won’t be making again, sorry! I’m glad it worked for others though!

  21. 5 stars
    I love these! My so. Has dairy and egg white allergies so I used Soy milk and two egg yolks and sunflower oil instead of butter.
    I also made them a little smaller so I got 12 pancakes, My kids are only 2 & 3 so they don’t like large pancakes.
    I think I would use less clove next time but that’s a personal taste preference. My toddlers ate these up!

  22. 4 stars
    I love these! My so. Has dairy and egg white allergies so I used Soy milk and two egg yolks and sunflower oil instead of butter.
    I also made them a little smaller so I got 12 pancakes, My kids are only 2 & 3 so they don’t like large pancakes.
    I think I would use less clove next time but that’s a personal taste preference. My toddlers ate these up!

  23. 5 stars
    I love these! My so. Has dairy and egg white allergies so I used Soy milk and two egg yolks and sunflower oil instead of butter.
    I also made them a little smaller so I got 12 pancakes, My kids are only 2 & 3 so they don’t like large pancakes.
    I think I would use less clove next time but that’s a personal taste preference. My toddlers ate these up!

  24. I really love your amazing pancake recipe but, I’m a bit stuck when you add the grated apple to the pancake mixture- are you suppose to fry it?

  25. I made a double batch of the original recipe and the flavor was really good but the pancakes turned out pretty dense. While cooking the second half of batter I added 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and it made all the difference in the world. They were light, fluffy, and delicious!!

  26. The recipe as written had great flavor, but the texture was too dense. I made a double batch, and for the second half of the batter I added 1T. Apple Cider Vinegar and 1t. Baking Soda. It made all the difference in the world!! They were fluffy and delicious!!

  27. I don’t usually leave comments on recipes, but I have to say, we didn’t care for these. I found the cloves to be too much and they were rubbery like the previous poster commented. I do use King Arthur flour and I buy the bread flour. My baking powder was just purchased 2 weeks ago so I am really not sure why these didn’t turn out. If I made them again, I would decrease the amount of cloves and I’m wondering if adding baking soda would have helped them turn out fluffy. As is, I would not make them again, but I encourage others to try it and adjust it how you see fit.

  28. these were delicious! I was making them for myself so I cut the recipe down by 4, and they still turned out perfect! I loved the syrup with them. the only thing I might change is adding a few chopped pecans or walnuts for crunch!

  29. These are good but pretty heavy on the spices, and I only put 1.5 tsp of cinnamon rather than 2. I will absolutely make them again but really cutting down on the SPICE!

  30. I made these with my girls as we had leftover apples from apple picking and these were amazing!!!! My husband who will not touch a pancake asked “is there more”? We all commented on how much flavor  these had ,I wish I had made a triple batch! Thanks so much for a beautiful and tasty start to a fall day! 

  31. I just made these and they were truly light and fluffy just as promised. However, we all found the amount of cloves to be overpowering. I will try these again, but would halve the amount of cloves.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the pancakes and yes, with seasonings like that, you can always adjust to taste since everyone’s preferences are different.

    1. Sorry you had problems with the texture. It’s not my recipe but one I got from the cookbook I linked to and I’ve never ran into any issues personally but thanks for trying the recipe.

  32. Just made these this morning.   The taste is indeed very good but the texture pretty poor with a rubbery consistency.   Compared to my old faithful from Anne Lindsay they are pretty inferior.  I’m thinking the problem is that it should be a tablespoon of baking powder not a teaspoon.  Anyway, a good idea and I’m going to add the spices and apple to Anne’s healthy wholewheat recipe next time and see how thye turn out.

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and the recipe is from the cookbook and author whom I referenced at the bottom of the post, so not my original recipe, but I reprinted it with her permission. I didn’t experience what you’re mentioning so not sure what to say.

  33. My batter was really runny so I added 1/4 cup of rolled oats. I also used olive oil instead of butter and turbinado sugar instead of the brown sugar.

    1. Making the substitutions you made could have contributed to the runny batter (oil rather than butter does tend to make things more runny and loose in general in baking) but glad it all worked out with the oats.

  34. I made these for dinner tonight. They had a fantastic flavor….but mine were not fluffy like yours. The batter was thin and so were the pancakes. My baking powder was fresh. It is not only your recipe it seems like every pancake I make are thin, never fluffy. Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong? 

    1. Switch flour brands! King Arthur brand all-purpose flour has more gluten than other brands and just the slight bit more gluten will help give lift and thickness to anything from cookies to pancakes. Totally worth the extra few bucks! Also maybe try adding a few extra tablespoons of flour if the batter seems overly thin, but try K.A. first!

      1. Thanks for the suggestion…I put the King Authur flour on my shopping list for this week. Cant’t wait to try them again. 

  35. Oh. Em. Gee! Just made these and they were lovely!!! I used an ice cream scoop to dollop out the pancakes and spread them out a wee bit. This is huge for me because I don’t usually like pancakes. Thanks for sharing, Averie!!!!

  36. hello, thanks for the recipe. My pancakes came out doughy and the clove overpowered the dish. If I were to try it again I would omit the clove and maybe more baking powder.

    1. The recipe is from the acozykitchen.com cookbook. If you have issues with it, you may want to write to her for trouble-shooting advice.

  37. Just made these and they were amazing! Had some apple butter handy as well and added a dollop to the batter in the pan and folded the pancake over like a turnover!! SOoo Yummy :) Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Made these this morning and they were absolutely delicious! I think the strawberry sprinkle pancakes are next on my list.

  39. I just made these tonight for a late supper. I had apples just picked from the tree! I didn’t have cloves and used skim milk, but we both loved them! I have just enough for a serving for breakfast…for me!

    1. Glad you loved them and have just enough for breakfast! Perfect timing for your freshly picked apples :)

  40. So I just made these (to freeze and reheat for my toddlers’ breakfast during the week). I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out with almost no flavor. They didn’t fluff up when cooking and were almost rubbery. Any idea what I might of done wrong?

    1. Sounds like your baking powder could be old/expired if they didn’t puff at all. That would create the rubbery texture, so can overmixing. If you don’t think the flavor is strong enough, add more spices, to taste. Make sure your spices are high-quality and fresh too as that really impacts final results, too!

      1. Thank you. I think I need to buy new spices as well. I was excited about these and it seems I am the ONLY one who has had a problem with them. I will buy some new baking stuff and try again tomorrow. Plus the Vanilla I had was weird…Bought it brand new, doesn’t expire until 2015 and it was thick & syrupy. I’ve never seen vanilla like that before.

      2. When I read the comment, I just had a feeling you probably just need to scrap things and start fresh! Glad that you’re doing that!

      3. I will let you know how they turn out. I was reading some other comments about them being to “doughy” which mine were as well and some of the replies stated too much baking soda….is there baking soda in this recipe? If so it isn’t mentioned in the directions. I just added baking powder.

      4. The recipe is directly from the cookbook that I sited. If you’d like to ask the author of the cookbook these questions, she blogs at acozykitchen.com

        I had no issues with them and they worked out great for me but for detailed inquiries, she’s the pancake expert!

  41. Happy Pancake Day! We just had these for breakfast, delish! You won me over with “pancakes taste like apple pie”. :)

  42. Any idea if these are any good with dehydrated apples? I’d like to make the dry mix to send to someone so they can add the wet ingredients and be ready to be floored.

  43. Wow, Averie you are making me so hungry over here! Those pancakes look fabulous. I would like a whole stack, please. :)
    They are so perfectly puffy and thick. ahhh, in love with these!
    Pinning!!

  44. Averie, I had to tell you that i made these this morning and they were absolutely delicious! The Husband and I inhaled them. It was seriously like eating apple pie for breakfast. (but so much easier to make). This is going into my regular breakfast rotation. Thank you thank you thank you :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed them and that they’re going into your regular breakfast rotation – that’s wonderful. And that the hubs inhaled them. Love it!

  45. I make pancakes once a week for my son and thought this looked like a wonderful new variation that he would love! However, I made them this morning and they were all seemed undercooked and “doughy” no matter how long I cooked them for. Any suggestions on what went wrong? I re-read the recipe and it seems like I followed it correctly. Thanks!

    1. Hmmm, not sure what to say. I had a couple people write this morning to say they made them with great success. The recipe is from the cookbook mentioned and I didn’t adapt it other than to change the level of spices. If they seemed doughy no matter how long you cooked them, maybe make smaller pancakes, like silver dollar size and on the thinner side, so they have the best chance of cooking through. I didn’t have any issues though.

    2. Hi Robyn,

      I’m not sure what happened. It bums me out to hear you had trouble with this recipe. The only thing I can think of is that maybe you forgot to preheat your pan? Or maybe you used too much baking soda/baking powder resulting in super thick pancakes, which usually is the reason behind doughy pancakes? It has me puzzled–definitely want to help.

      1. Thanks, Adrianna, for chiming in! Not often that the author of a cookbook is around to help troubleshoot – so appreciated that you are! :)

    3. I had the same problem. They tasted great… but the texture was doughy. Very bummed. I double checked ingredients as I went and preheated the pan. And my baking soda was fairly new. Wonder if my apple was just very juicy?

      1. I just forwarded the author of the cookbook your comment and someone else had the issue you did, and she said to preheat the pan, which you said you did. All I can think is to cook smaller sized dollops of batter, try silver dollar pancakes (maybe a huge ‘wad’ of batter is the culprit but a small amt would be better?) And yes, your apple could have been super juicy, adding moisture to the batter and leeching out as it cooked. Thanks for trying them!

    4. Same!! I threw away the first one because it wouldn’t cook through. Maybe the apple I used was too big?!?

  46. These pancakes are so fluffy and thick, just how I like them. Sigh! I wish someone would make them for me this morning.

  47. As if the apple pie pancakes weren’t delicious enough, you went and made vanilla maple syrup?? Holy goodness right there girl!

  48. I kind of love the fuss and drama that’s involved in pie making but I’d happily put down the rolling pin for a batch of these!! (Your plates are lovely!)

    1. Thanks! I got them at the thrift store for about a buck each. That’s about my limit for plates I know will be used one time, maybe twice :)

  49. These look fabulous, I’ve put the recipe into my recipe box – we’ll be making these at the weekend for breakfast, perfect!

  50. INSTANTANEOUSLY PINNED….OMG…Avery….FIRST Sky-High Apple Muffins…now “Sky-High Apple Pancakes”….These are Sunday Brunch…that is all…Bravo for the exquisite recipe and superlatively photographed results…a stunner and a keeper.

    1. Thanks for instantly pinning :) And if you make them on Sunday, please LMK how they went over! I’ve already had a few people make them and were really pleased!

    1. Sorry, year later, almost, but I’ll volunteer to make you a stack and you won’t have to kill anybody in the process. :)

  51. They look so appetizing that I want to try to make them by myself. The recipe is really easy and I like that apples are involved, because they add special taste to these pancakes. I wonder, what other topping can be added?

  52. Averie these are beautiful pancakes! Apple pie is my very favorite dessert and has been for a long time. We just had some for my friends birthday when we were in Chicago last weekend. I love apple season and I’m so happy it is here! These pancakes make me jump for joy because they remind me of something my mom used to make when I lived at home after college. Yes, she’d make me pancakes every so often when I was 23 haha.

    Brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon – and that syrup? I wanna drink it. I am dying for a huge stack of these this early morning!!

    1. I know you’re an apple pie fan and I bet you’d like these a ton, Sally! And the spices/syrup and the flavors, mmmm, so good. I wanted to drink it too :)

  53. So can you please pass that plate of stacked pancakes?! I NEED IT! Jason and I are in SF in a hotel room and even though we had an amazing french soul food type dinner, it doesn’t beat these pancakes!

    1. just pinned your tomato post without commenting on it :)

      And SF has the BEST restaurants. Omg love.love.love that town. You are making the right call…wow, so awesome and excited for you guys!

  54. I am so with you when it comes to loving summer. But there is something about the move to fall that makes me feel so much closer to home, as in where I grew up in Alaska! I have such fond memories of the change of weather: we had the state fair and warm, thick sweaters and delicious apple and pumpkin treats! I love to bake with apples. Every year, I make apple butter from our friends’ orchard, although last year I didn’t. Our next door neighbor has an apple tree and just gave us a paper sack full of delicious pink apples. I am definitely going to give these pancakes a test TOMORROW morning! Funny thing, pancakes was already on the menu! I have made thousands of pancakes and never even follow a recipe anymore, but I am going to have yours next to my stove and follow it exactly. Everyone of my guys is going to LOVE these. They LOVE apple pie! Can’t wait to make them!! :-)

    1. I am so impressed that on your fast, you’re cooking. Ironically the DAY I started a 3 day juice cleanse last week, I made these. Do you see those little triangles in the picture? I ate 1 triangle so I could write about them and it was the best 1-inch bite of my life. My daughter hit the jackpot with these :) Lmk what your boys think! And your apple butter/neighbor’s apple tree – wow, incredible!

      1. Well, I made these pancakes for breakfast this morning, vanilla maple syrup and all! They were absolutely delicious, according to the men in this house! I doubled this recipe and believe it or not, they all got eaten! I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out just like your photos. I wish I had good photography skills and a decent camera. I would have taken a photo just to share – somewhere! I LOVED the way our house smelled when these were cooking. Smelling it was almost like eating them! Almost…:-)

      2. So glad you loved them and with your gang, I can see a double batch being gone pretty darn fast! And if you ever want to take a pic, just post it to my FB wall with the link to the recipe you made – it’ll probably inspire others! xoxo

  55. Oh, Averie, these pancakes look so good! So fluffy! I am drooling just thinking about apples & spice with vanilla maple butter…

  56. How wonderful these look. I just picked an entire paper grocery bag of honey crisps from my tree and their are many many more waiting. I will be trying this recipe with these apples!! Thanks so much for the lovely post.

  57. When I treat myself to gluten foods, I always go for pancakes.
    It’s that warm pancake with the crispy edges and the pure maple syrup that kills me.
    So glad you made an apple pie version!

  58. These look great. I think I might try them with a little whole wheat flour. Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing!

  59. I think I just died a little bit on the inside. I adore apple anything, and these sound like little round fluffs of heaven. The photos are delicious and I’m saving this for future reference. >:)

  60. Yum! I love pancakes so much and I love apple pie, but I’m with you and never have the time to make a pie (also I don’t want my husband and I to get stuck eating the whole thing). This is the perfect way to get the flavor. And pie for breakfast? I’m in!

  61. I am SO going to make these this weekend. Apple pie is welcome in my life at any time and in pancake form?! With no pastry to make?! Totally awesome. My husband adores apple flavoured food so he’ll go nuts over these. Love your photos too, Averie. Your pancakes look unbelievably thick ‘n fluffy.

    1. Thank you for pinning and you’re the breakfast/pancake queen. I am in lust with your recent pancakes and the French toast, too!

  62. I am truly, madly, deeply in love with these pancakes, Averie! … And yes, I just quoted a 90’s song title. Amazing recipe!

  63. I just made apple pancakes this morning! How funny! But, um, after looking at these, I could totally go for another stack! Gorgeous, Averie.

  64. You made pancakes! I know you said that you rarely make them, but these look so perfect, love how puffy they are.

    1. I really don’t make them tons, but tis the season for cooler weather and apples. Except it’s 90F in the shade in San Diego right now!

  65. yum! pancakes are my dad’s favorite and these sound awesome so I’m going to have to make these for him for sure!

  66. Averie! These look so incredible. I love the addition of vanilla in the maple syrup! Yum. Thank you so much for sharing. And thank you for your super kind words. Much love! xo

    1. The book is a joy to read and I adore how your personality shines through in all the recipe headnotes and the attention to detail in which you wrote all the recipes. Nothing is left to the imagination (i.e. no room for error) – which is so appreciated. You should be so proud. Job well done my friend!! :) xoxo

  67. Love this idea. Apple picking begins around here this weekend. I’m sure we will be putting together some apple pizza. Like pie just simpler and disappears much faster.

    1. Your idea sounds about perfect. I put a recipe in my cookbook for a ‘peanut butter pizza’ – same idea with peanut butter, drizzle of chocolate sauce, some apples or bananas on tortilla shells, bake it, and done. So much faster & easier than a pie!

  68. Back in my pancake eating days, I could put away a stack in no time. I ate them for breakfast almost daily for about a year, and if a resetauarant served breakfast all day, it was my favorite restaurant. And a no-brainer order. These….DAMN. I’d have ordered these in a heartbeat.

    I’m not ready to concede summer yet and embrace the fall flavors, since my tomatoes are just starting to ripen, but in a month or so? I’ll be all over this.

    1. I found a recipe I didnt post from when I was in Aruba. It’s going up tomorrow. It’s full on summer. No apples or pumpkins at all :)

      It’s hot as all get out here. Like 90F every day the past week. Last week was oppressively hot. It’s always like this, this time of year. It’s surreal to think some people are baking fall stuff. And in June, when it’s freezing here, it’s surreal to see posts about ice cream. I’m still drinking hot chocolate!

    1. When I was pregnant, the only thing I wanted was white carbs…pizza crust, Saltines, and pancakes except I was too tired to make them. Lol

  69. good flipping crap, lady. Those look amazing. How can I order up some in 5 min before I send this kiddo off to school?

  70. I’m tempted to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of these pancakes. No one will ever know, right? :)

  71. I love pancakes and just need to make more of them!! And the addition of cloves with nutmeg and cinnamon is always nice. I bet these are delicious!

  72. I bet those smell heavenly. And I always add more cinnamon than a recipe calls for. That and vanilla.

  73. Pancakes are so comforting! I always add lots of spices, but apple sounds like a great addition. Always keep my pancakes warm in a low oven – works like a charm. You should totally make pie now and then. it’s such treat and you can freeze the leftovers.

  74. This is one perfect looking stack of pancakes! I cannot wait to get some amazing crisp fall apple soon! We are not big on fruity pies either, but pancakes? We love pancakes! I have been dreaming about Adrianna’s book for weeks. I need to order it! I mean a book all about pancakes? Now that is right about there with a book all about peanut butter!

    These look awesome and so fall like. I can’t wait to make them soon!

    1. And if you knew the next book I’m writing, you’d probably be the happiest :) But yeah, go on a little Amazon field trip. Cheap thrills girl. That’s how I look at all the cookbooks I buy. Even if I never make a single recipe, the $12 or $20 bucks I spent provided me dozens and dozens of hours of reading (I read them like novels!)

  75. I am always looking for new pancake ideas – these look SO good! Aaand, I am the biggest fan of fall and can’t wait to start making all sorts of apple recipes! :)

    1. Well these are fall on a platter! And all your cookies and goodies on your blog the past few weeks, I caught up finally and gosh, it’s been delicious at your house, hasnt it!

  76. These are so THICK and decadent looking! I am going to feature this on Saturday with my husband as the main taster (and me as well). :)

  77. Oh pan cakes! I am not pie marker my self, due to the fact I am bit scared of pastry and apples never seam to last long enough to go into pie! i am apple addict, not the computer kind;)
    i am looking forward to trying these when I get better!

      1. Thank you so much! I love looking at stunning holiday snaps. this has made my day.

  78. LOVE Adrianna’s book! I haven’t tried these yet from it, but this post is definitely making me crave them! Your photos look so gorgeous – I can practically taste how light and fluffy these are!

  79. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves–the perfect spice trio for fall fruits and squash! I love the generous amounts of them in this pancake recipe…and the size of the batch too. I can handle flipping 7 pancakes. I could also eat one of these smeared with peanut butter and rolled up. I like to make applesauce and sautéed apples when I come into an abundance of them. I just tried an apple cucumber smoothie with mint and ginger yesterday…different and very tasty.

    1. apple cucumber smoothie with mint and ginger <-- sounds like you're one step away from going on a juice cleanse :) That sounds awesome and like many of the juices I drink when I juice. Normally mint is either absent or very subtle and they use a lot of lemon (I'd prefer mint though!) And I am SO NOT a pancake flipper either but this batch size is nice and manageable :)

  80. I’m not really a pancake person, much preferring waffles for the texture and butter-catching squares. ;) This looks delicious, though, and maybe I will give it a shot in a waffle iron.

    1. waffles for the texture and butter-catching squares <--- now I know why I always preferred waffles! Butter catchers! love that :)

  81. YUM! I am a nut for pancakes! My favorite recipe is my dad’s. it makes a denser, thinner pancake, although light fluffy ones have their place and time, too:)

    1. Dense yet thin – now that’s a form you don’t see that often. They’re usually thick and dense. Now I’m curious about the recipe. If you have a link, send it over!

      1. I don’t have it up online…yet. But I really ought to soon so as soon as I do I’ll let ya know!