Easy Copycat McDonald’s Pancake Recipe


Copycat McDonalds Pancake Recipe

I am so excited to share our delicious copycat McDonalds pancake recipe with you. In the details to follow, I will walk you through the step-by-step instructions in which you can make these delicious pancakes from scratch, to enjoy at home anytime you wish.

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This copycat recipe will show you how to make a delicious breakfast like McDonald’s pancakes which you can enjoy at home anytime. This is one of the best breakfast recipes because it is easy to make, and you can’t beat the delicious fluffy pancakes.

Whether you have enjoyed eating McDonald’s pancakes recently and are looking for a homemade version. Or you simply remember McDonald’s as having a perfect breakfast combo and want to be able to enjoy it for a reasonable price your entire family can enjoy. 

Although it’s not exactly the same, our copycat McDonald’s recipe for pancakes comes pretty close, and allows you to enjoy the best breakfast from home, and for a fraction of the cost. It is my hope you enjoy this copycat recipe! Let’s look at what you will need for McDonald’s pancakes ingredients. 

The Best Copycat McDonald’s Pancake Recipe


Mixing bowls. You will want to have a few mixing bowls on hand to combine your wet and dry ingredients. 

Wire Whisk. I strongly recommend using a wire whisk to mix your pancake batter. You’ll get a much better result mixing your pancake batter by hand using a whisk, than you will if you use a mixer. 

Measuring cup. It’s also a good idea to have some measuring cups, and measuring spoons on hand to measure the correct amounts of ingredients.

Simple Ingredients

All-Purpose Flour. You don’t need any fancy types of flour for this pancake recipe, your basic all-purpose flour will work perfectly.

White Sugar. A little bit of white sugar or granulated sugar is what I would recommend you use to sweeten the pancake batter. You may substitute it for another alternative sweetener if desired, but the best in fluffiest results will be had when you use regular white sugar.

Baking Powder. Baking powder is an essential ingredient because it helps your pancake batter rise and become fluffy.

Salt. A little bit of salt will help to make your pancake batter taste amazing. You can use your favorite type of salt. I would recommend using kosher salt, sea salt, iodized salt, or Himalayan salt as your best options, but you can use your favorite type of salt that you prefer.

Eggs. A couple of eggs, added to your pancake batter will help to hold it all together as it cooks.

Milk. You can use your favorite type of milk or milk alternative for this pancake recipe. My personal favorite to use as whole milk or 2% milk which gives you the best overall flavor, but you can use whatever type of milk you have on hand.

Vegetable Oil. For this recipe, I would recommend using vegetable oil for the best results in making your pancakes. However, if needed you can substitute olive oil, or your favorite type of oil, instead of vegetable oil.

Optional Favorite Toppings

When making pancakes, it’s sometimes fun to add delicious toppings to your pancakes, either while they cook, or after they have been completely baked. Here are a few ideas for you:

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Freshly-cut fruit
  • A pat of butter
  • Real maple syrup (Yum!)
  • Peanut butter

These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking, you can add any of your favorite toppings to your pancakes as desired. 

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How to Make McDonald’s Pancakes at Home:

Mix the Batter Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, start by combining your dry ingredients. When they have all been added to the large mixing bowl, take your wire whisk, and mix them together in a circular motion for the best results.

Next, in another large bowl, combine your wet ingredients. Take your wire whisk and whisk them until combined. 

Pour the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, whisking them thoroughly until your pancake batter is made. Let your pancake batter rest for a few minutes at room temperature while you heat your griddle or frying pan.

Tip: I prefer to use a griddle as it tends to cook pancakes much better if you have the option. Another great option is to use a seasoned cast iron pan! 

Prepare your Non-Stick Skillet or Hot Griddle

Heat the frying pan over medium heat or allow your griddle to warm until it becomes hot. 

To get a nice crispy outer shell to your pancakes, melt butter in the frying pan or griddle. If you don’t have butter, you can use cooking spray or oil to help prevent your pancakes from sticking as well.

Cook your Mcdonald’s Pancake Batter

Into the hot griddle or frying pan, scoop the prepared better, then let it cook until it bubbles, and around the edges you begin to see it become solid. Then use a spatula to carefully flip the pancakes over and cook the other side. Cook your pancakes on each side until you have beautiful golden brown hotcakes. 

Repeat these steps above, until all of your pancakes are made. 

Serve your delicious pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup, or other desired toppings. Serve as soon as they are prepared and enjoy!

Topping Ideas:

Real Maple Syrup

Real maple syrup will take these delicious hot cakes to the next level, over using your basic pancake syrup.

Freshly-Cut Fruit

Fresh cut fruit is another delicious topping for your pancakes. Some great options include blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Whipped Cream

Ready prepared whipped cream or homemade whipped cream are other great topping ideas.

Nutella or Peanut Butter

If you would enjoy more of a savory topping option, you can’t go wrong with Nutella or peanut butter on top of your pancakes.

Chopped Nuts

Using chopped nuts is another good topping idea. Some delicious nuts to use are almonds, pecans, and walnuts.

Powdered Sugar

A light dusting of powdered sugar on top of your pancakes is another tasty way to serve your homemade McDonald’s pancakes.

Storage and Reheating

How do you keep the pancakes warm until they are all made?

Keeping all the pancakes warm until they are all made, and you’re ready to serve them can be a challenge. You can serve them as soon as they are prepared, which everyone enjoys eating fresh pancakes, but you don’t always get to eat together.

Here are a few ideas for you which will help you to keep the pancakes warm until they are all made. 

Aluminum Foil. First, after your pancakes are made, I would suggest placing them in a cake pan, bowl, or serving dish, and wrapping it with aluminum foil, which will help keep the heat in.

Warm Oven. After your pancakes in their serving dish have been wrapped in aluminum foil, you can place them into a warm oven. If your oven has a warming function I would recommend using that.

Otherwise, you can turn your oven onto the lowest possible heat setting, usually 170°F, or 180°F depending on your specific oven.

Microwave. If you would rather not place them in your oven, you can also place your wrapped pancakes in the microwave. Do not turn the microwave on!

A microwave is well insulated, so this serves as a warming box for your cooked pancakes. You do not need to heat them in the microwave, and you definitely do not want to if they are wrapped in aluminum foil.

Towel Wrap. Another option would be to simply wrap your pancakes in their serving dish in a thick towel such as a bath towel. This will help to keep them warm for a short amount of time.

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How to Store Leftovers

How To Store Pancakes:

At Room Temperature. Our copycat McDonald’s pancake recipe can be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours when your room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F.

When your room temperature is 90°F or above, then these pancakes should be kept at room temperature for no more than one hour.

In the Fridge. If you happen to have leftover pancakes, that you wish to keep for longer, the best way to store them is to transfer them into an airtight container, or seal them in a plastic storage bag, then place them in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

How to Freeze Pancakes:

In the Freezer. Leftover pancakes can also be stored in the freezer, for longer storage if desired. To freeze them, place your pancakes in a freezer bag, or wrap them securely in plastic wrap. Label and date them, then place them into the freezer for up to three months.

How to Reheat Pancakes

There are a few different ways you can reheat leftover pancakes if desired. While many methods can work, they don’t all have great results. 


Microwaving your pancakes to reheat them for a minute or two will do the job, but it’s not always the best results. If you need to microwave them, place them on to a microwave-safe plate, and cover them with a very lightly damp paper towel. Microwave pancakes for one or two minutes, just until they are warmed through. 

In the Oven

One of the best ways to reheat your leftover pancakes is in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to 350°F, then place the pancakes on a cookie sheet, and put them into the oven. Warm them in the oven, for approximately 10 minutes, or until they are warmed through. Please note that the amount of time it takes to reheat the pancakes may depend on your specific oven.

Toaster Oven

Another way to reheat leftover pancakes is in the toaster oven. The toaster oven works well if you like a crunchy outside to your pancakes. Keep in mind you’re just trying to warm the pancakes, and not necessarily toast them. The amount of time it takes to warm your pancakes will vary depending on your specific type of toaster oven.

Air Fryer

You can also air fry your leftover pancakes for a few minutes at 350°F just until they are warmed. This works well if you are wanting to reheat just a few pancakes at a time and want them warmed in a short timeframe. Typically, it will take around five minutes to warm your leftover pancakes in the air fryer, but this time may vary depending on your specific air fryer.

What to Serve with Pancakes:

There are many delicious foods that you can enjoy served with your copycat McDonalds pancake recipe. Some of these ideas include a combination of bacon, sausage patty, or sausage links. It’s entirely up to you if you prefer sausage patties as opposed to sausage links, or bacon.

You may also enjoy your pancakes with hashbrowns, or scrambled eggs. Feel free to mix it up and enjoy your copycat McDonald’s pancakes in your favorite way!

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Frequently Asked Questions about this Copycat Recipe – FAQ

Can I make these pancakes ahead of time, how to store them?

Yes, you may prepare this copycat McDonalds pancake recipe ahead of time, and store it until you are ready to serve it. The best way to store them, if you are waiting only a little while, is to wrap them in aluminum foil, in the oven on warm.

Otherwise, you can put them in an airtight container in the fridge. Then reheat them in the oven at 350F when you are ready to serve them.

What is the difference between hotcakes and pancakes?

The key difference between hotcakes and pancakes is that hotcakes are usually smaller, and have a dense texture. This is compared to pancakes that are usually a bit bigger, and have a lighter, fluffier texture to them. McDonalds pancakes are usually known as hotcakes, but may sometimes be refferred to as pancakes.

Can I freeze the cooked leftover pancakes for later consumption?

Yes, you can easily freeze the cooked copycat McDonalds pancake recipe for later. To do this you will want to let the cooked pancakes cool to room temperature. Then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Place them in the freezer for up to three months.

McDonald’s Copycat Pancake Recipe

Making your own homemade version of McDonald’s hotcakes is a fun weeknight breakfast-for-dinner dish, or breakfast anytime recipe! If you’re looking for a delicious copycat recipe, or simply a great-based pancake recipe, you can use this McDonalds pancake recipe, and add your own favorite ingredients, toppings, or desired twist to this recipe that you want.

This copycat McDonalds pancake recipe is easy, and you can enjoy one of the best pancake recipes, in just a few minutes.

I hope that you take the time to try out this recipe, and I hope that you enjoy it! Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out our recipe!

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