German Pancakes, AKA Fluffy Pancakes!


German Pancakes, AKA Fluffy Pancakes! – a family favorite, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner. My kids always get so excited when I make this recipe!

This recipe is one of our family’s favorites! My mom would always make these growing up, and we all loved them! You must try them, and you must top them with candy syrup. Yummmy!

German Pancakes, AKA Fluffy Pancakes! - a family favorite, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner. My kids always get so excited when I make this recipe!

German Pancakes, AKA fluffy pancakes!


  • 3 T melted butter
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 3 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Place melted butter in an 8×11 pan. You could also just place the butter in the pan and put it in the oven to melt while you mix up the other ingredients.
3. Mix flour, sugar, salt in medium sized bowl. Add milk, vanilla and beat in ONE egg at a time.
4. Pour mixture over melted butter and bake 15-20 min. The pancakes will rise up really high in the corners and then fall down after it has been taken out. It’s really fun for the kids to watch!

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German Pancakes, AKA Fluffy Pancakes! - a family favorite, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner. My kids always get so excited when I make this recipe!

Enjoy with candy syrup, maple syrup, jam or cinnamon sugar.

German Pancakes, AKA Fluffy Pancakes! - a family favorite, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner. My kids always get so excited when I make this recipe!

YUM!! Enjoy!

Post originally published May 4, 2011; republished with new images March 14, 2016. Below is an original photo from the original publish date.

German pancakes

Have you tried German Pancakes? If not … what are you waiting for?!

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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53 comments on “German Pancakes, AKA Fluffy Pancakes!”

  1. Love these! we’ve had these since i was a child too. i’ve only ever made them using 4 ingredients. flour, milk, eggs, butter. i think i might give your additional ingerdients a try. i am so craving these now!

  2. These look so yummy!!…they would most def send my blood sugar through the roof (type 1 diabetic)…but nothing a little extra insulin can’t cover lol!!

    Delighted Momma

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      lol yes definitely with the candy syrup… you could use a different syrup.
      they are even good just plain. YUM!

  3. they look FANTASTIC!!!!!

  4. We calls these Egg Ocean. The first time I made it (it’s one of my husband’s favorite), I freaked out when I opened the oven door. No one told me what it was going to look like!!! I took pictures and everything. I even made my husband come in and see, and he just said, “Didn’t I tell you it did that?” It was so awesome!! And now I love it too!!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      ha ha I love that.. Egg Ocean. I never thought of that but it totally looks like an ocean!

  5. Oh nommy! I made these a long time ago and had forgotten about them. Must make again!

  6. You had me at pancake……I’ll be making these in the morning.

  7. Mmmm, I’ve been making German pancakes forever, but what is candy syrup?!? Sounds delish!

  8. Amanda Andrus Reply

    I am agree with Tanya. I grew up having german pancakes only we called it by a different name. I want to know what candy syrup is?

  9. German pancakes is one of my favorites foods. My grandma used tomake them for us at lunch on saturday. We’d eat applesauce with it. I still do, and I also like to smear Nutella over them! Cheers

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      How fun! AND YUM… nutella! I’ve never tried that.. but I’m definitely going to!

  10. These look awesome!! I love German pancakes big time! I’d love for you to link it up to my Sweet Treats party today– Hope to see you there!!

  11. Totally made these on Conference. One of my favorite breakfasts growing up! PS I am in love with your plates!!! Did you make them like that or did you buy them??

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      SO fun! There one of our family’s fave traditions too! I got the plate from Home Goods… 3.99!

  12. Adri@dreambookdesign Reply

    Those look insanely amazing!!!!! I am visiting today because Mandi told us we could schmooze the judges if we wanted to, and I’m all for it;) jk! I am in the top 15 and hopefully will make it to the top 5!! But really, have been following your blog for awhile now and just love it!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      haha I’m all for it! GOOD LUCK!! Your blog is so cute, that would be so fun if you win!

  13. We love German Pancakes! My kids call them Fluffy Eggs – I just did a post about it – LOL. We love ours with Butter Syrup, but I think it’s similar to your Candy Syrup – love that name.

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      haha yeah they are kind of like fluffy eggs! Love that. And yes candy syrup is like buttermilk syrup… I just named it that because it is SOO good! :)

  14. We love us some German Pancakes around here. I’m from Utah and a lot of people here know them as puffy or oven pancakes. SO yummy. Our recipe uses more butter, but I’ll have to try cutting it back. Also, the recipe that was handed down to me combines everything in a blender – it’s SO much faster and never any lumps to work out. My 5-year-old likes them with syrup, but the adults go for a more traditional topping – a dusting of powdered sugar and lemon juice. It’s amazing!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      I’m going to have to try it in a blender… that does seem easy!! And yum.. fresh lemon and powdered sugar would be amazing!

  15. We love them, too. I just did a post on mine not long ago..strawberries and creme…yummy.
    xo bj

  16. Mmmm. ..will be trying it soon!

  17. Drooling over your stunning photo. If I got this breakfast on Mother’s Day, I might stay in bed forever!

    We love your darling idea and will be linking back to you in our Saturday Snaps post tomorrow on the SNAP! blog.

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      Thanks Tauni! haha I know seriously.. who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? YUM!!

  18. Made these this morning with the candy syrup and WOW what a response I got from my in-laws! My very picky father in law ate three pieces! I have a few ideas springing in my head about how I will tweak the syrup for a desert my Husband loves at a local restaurant. The flavor is so close to what we have been trying to figure out I will let you know how it turns out!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      So glad you like it!! Your going to have to tell me how the blondie turns out. Sounds yummy!!

  19. My sister is famous for these! This is a great post for Mothers Day because they are so easy that kids can make them… hint hint!

  20. Oh my god! I made these right after I read your post! Thank you sooooo much they are delicious!!!

  21. yummers!!
    thumbs up!
    happy crafting!

  22. How funny I ran across your post today, I’ve been craving these for days. I learned how to make these in my cooking class in middle school and have loved to make them ever since. I usually squeeze a little bit of fresh lemon juice over the top for a little bit of tang.

    Thanks for sharing your version! I need to make these tomorrow morning.

  23. Ahhh I have been craving and eating waffles all week long! I am so excited to try these out. They look delicious.

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      haha I’m always craving breakfast foods too! Let me know how you like them! Have a great weekend.

  24. YUM! These look delish. I’ve never even heard of German Pancakes before. I’ll definitely be trying these over the weekend. Thanks for sharing :)

  25. From the addition that you can just melt the butter in the pan while the oven is heating, I am assuming it is 3 tablespoons of butter, melted. Not 3 tablespoons of melted butter? Right?

  26. Looks yummy!
    I haven’t heard of these before. It “seems” like it must be healthier than traditional American buttermilk pancakes. Right? Lol
    I have heard of, but never made, Dutch Babies. Are these similar??

  27. Those German pancakes look really yummy!
    Easy to make also!
    Thanks for sharing.
    My daughter will love this recipe.

  28. We used to make german pancakes all the time, but we haven’t made them in months! We’re going to have to make them one night this week!


  29. HI,

    Looks Yummy. I’m sure my toddler is gonna love it.Since we dont eat eggs, is there any substitute or even with any eggs the pancakes will taste the same.

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      One of my sons has an egg allergy and it’s quite difficult to do egg substitutes. There’s a few different things on the market, but the best luck I’ve found is cooking equal amounts tapioca flour with water until thick and gooey, let cool for 10 minutes then substitute 1/4 cup of the mixture for each egg – but I’ll warn you, it’s still not at all the same as using eggs in an recipe. Best of luck!

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