Spiced Apple Pancakes

filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on October 2, 2019

For a warm, comforting breakfast that will have everyone hopping out of bed, these Spiced Apple Pancakes are the perfect blend of sweet and spice to get your day or weekend started! For another breakfast favorite, try my Best French Toast recipe!


Spiced Apple Pancakes

‘Fall’ into the season by warming everyone up with Spiced Apple Pancakes. Topped with a sweet homemade apple topping, your family will be running into the kitchen for breakfast! Pancakes have been around for centuries, and have been called many things, even out of style for a while! But, I am so glad that pancakes, johnnycakes, flapjacks, hotcakes, or whatever you call the cakes, are back in style to stay! I also love the idea that pancakes are not just for breakfast anymore! Serve them with my Sausage Patties for added protein!

Stack of Spiced Apple Pancakes

Spiced Apple Pancakes Recipe

Pancakes, on their own, are a favorite around here. Adding my homemade apple pie spice to the pancakes is one thing, but I also made my own apple topping for this Spiced Apple Pancakes Recipe to really make this breakfast stand out! Don’t grab the box of pancake mix–you got this on your own! You will need ingredients for both the pancakes and the apple topping.

Ingredients for Spiced Apple Pancakes

Pancakes Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk–Did you know that you don’t have to buy buttermilk?!? In fact, I have four different ways to make buttermilk, if you want to give them a try!
  • Eggs–Room temperature eggs are best for the fluffiest pancakes!
  • Vanilla
  • Vegetable oil
  • Apple pie spice

You start with your dry ingredients in a bowl and then incorporate the wet ingredients. Once your batter is light and creamy, you can start to assemble the pancakes!

Apple Topping

  • Butter
  • Apples–Choose any kind of apples for this topping, just make sure they are peeled, cored, and chopped.
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple pie spice
  • Water
  • Corn starch


Forkful of Spiced Apple Pancakes

How to Make Spiced Apple Pancakes

To make the pancakes, pour out about a 1/4 cup of batter onto a skillet that is set at medium-low. After 2-3 minutes, or when you notice the batter bubble a little, flip it over to brown the other side. Did you know that the world record for flipping a pancake is 140 flips in one minute?!?! That record has not been broken, so if you go for it, let me know how you do! Once you have attempted to break the world record of flipping a pancake, prepare the apple topping to smother the apple pancakes.

For the apple topping, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, apple pie spice, and water. Stir these ingredients together and prepare the water and corn starch mixture in a small bowl. Add the water and corn starch mixture to the apple mixture and cook it all together for 10-15 minutes. This will thicken the topping and be the fruity sweetness you will pile on the pancakes. Some people may even want seconds of the topping, without the pancakes! Yes, it’s that good! But, for those who want the more traditional syrup topping, add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the recipe.

Cut into Spiced Apple Pancakes

Spiced Apple Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

Topped with a sweet apple topping, Spiced Apple Pancakes are a perfect hearty breakfast to get you ready for your day!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Pancakes, Apple Pie Spice, Spiced Apple Pancakes
Servings: 10 pancakes
Calories: 390 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt, (can omit if desired)
  • 2 cups (490g) buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Apple Topping
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 large apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 water (reserve 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg, vanilla extract, and oil, until incorporated.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat, and spray it with nonstick spray.
  3. Using a 1/8-1/4 size measuring cup, pour batter onto skillet. Spread the batter out more if necessary, to about 4-inch diameters.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  5. Cook the pancake 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it is golden brown on the bottom.

  6. Gently but quickly flip over pancake. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes (with the temperature still on medium-low), until the other side is golden as well.

  7. Repeat with the remaining pancake batter.

Apple Topping
  1. In a small saucepan melt butter. Add apples, brown sugar, apple pie spice, and water. Stir to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining tablespoon of water and pour into apple mixture. Stir to combine and cook until soft (about 10-15). Mixture should be slightly thick.

  3. Serve pancakes topped with apple topping.

Looking for More Breakfast Favorites?

From savory to sweet, I have a variety of breakfasts to make your morning special!

Sausage and Zucchini Breakfast Skillet

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

Hash Brown Waffles

Pecan Sticky Buns

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  • Carolyn says:

    Apple topping: “…1/2 water”? You mean “1/2 cup water”?

  • Lakeria says:

    Love this evey day i am looking for something good

  • Elena Hegarty says:

    Amanda I love your recipes and yes I have to be gluten & Lactose free. So any recipe that calls for milk I use my whole Lactaid Milk…and I love cheese so from time to time I will make my cheese since it takes no time to whip it up and I don’t use regular sugar…I use a substitute…but believe it or not …if I don’t tell anyone how I’ve substituted all these ingredients, they’d never tell the difference. The first time after being diagnosed as having Celiac and Lactose intolerant..it was close to Thanksgiving and dinner was going to be at my home. I had to research so I could make my pumpkin pie and how was I going to make my stuffing? Well it all came out fine and of course I never told anyone that I made a completely gluten and lactose free dinner. Nobody complained at all.