Coffee Pancakes

in 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

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Yields 8 small pancakes

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

Pre-heat oven to 150˚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.

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

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!


Adrianna June 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Thanks, lady. It’s in there now!


Rachel June 2, 2011 at 4:13 am

Coffee AND Pancakes? Two of my favorite things! :)


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

coffee IN pancakes? I LOVE IT!


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!




annemineli June 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

Ellerinize sağlık…mucuk.mucuk…..


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?


Adrianna June 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Should be in there now!


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

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


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!


Katrina June 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

I’m in love! Yum!


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!


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


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!


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!


Beth June 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

That really is a perfect way to start the day!


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

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


DessertForTwo June 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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


Jessica June 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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


Sam June 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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


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!


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?


Adrianna June 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Of course. Duh.


Pete June 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hi future breakfast!!


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!


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.


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.


Adrianna June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

I like how your brain works.


Yoleah March 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

I concur!


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.


Adrianna June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

Diana? I’m not sure I know a Diana…? :(


Kelly Hartman June 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I LOVE coffee…MUST try this one!


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.


Michelle June 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

Coffee pancakes! Deeeeelish!


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!


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. :)


courtney June 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

I thoughtI was the only one who thought of this awesome idea! Your recipie sounds delicious!


Michelle @ Taste As You Go June 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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!


Aragos March 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

looks so yummy.
I love coffee.. so I will have a try myself.
Wish me luck.. :)
thank you for sharing. It is really great


Danijela October 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

What a lovely idea. Coffee and pancakes – just perfect.


Coral March 3, 2013 at 5:41 am

Yes please!!!! Thanks for sharing!


Rachel April 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

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. :)


Adrianna April 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

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


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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


Adrianna Adarme August 5, 2015 at 7:08 pm

Oh yay!!


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