Cracker Barrel Pancake Recipe


Cracker Barrel pancakes are simply irresistible. From my first taste, I was hooked. Their unique texture and flavor inspired me to recreate them at home.

I was thrilled when I discovered a copycat recipe. My first attempt was a success, and my family loved them. Now, we regularly enjoy these pancakes for breakfast and snacks.

The secret to Cracker Barrel pancakes? It’s all about the ratios. While the ingredients are similar to other pancakes, getting the proportions right makes all the difference.

And the reason I use this copycat recipe is that all its proportions work for me as it provides five servings each time I prepare it or 12 pancakes in total. It is simple and easy to make in no time. The use of buttermilk, along with some butter, gives these pancakes a distinct flavor and an earthy aroma.

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How to Make Cracker Barrel Pancakes

Now the wait is over, with this quick and simple copycat cracker barrel recipe you can make a delicious pancake in no time.

Start with the batter and then prepare the griddle to cook the pancakes. If you don’t have a hot plate, which is likely the case with most of us, then simply use a nonstick flat pan for cooking the pancake. Avoid overcooking of the pancake to keep golden and soft.

If you are not ready to serve them immediately after cooking, then always keep them covered in a plate with a plastic wrap.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancake Recipe

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This buttermilk cracker barrel pancakes recipe is right on the money when it comes to creating a copycat recipe. We’ve expertly recreated the masterpiece breakfast you find at the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Morning has never been so sweet.


  • 2 cups 2 all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon 2 baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • 1 cup 1 buttermilk

  • 2 medium 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons 2 butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon 1 of sugar

  • Extra butter, for the griddle

  • Pure maple syrup

  • Selection of fruits such as blueberries and strawberries (optional)


  • Take a large-sized bowl and add baking soda, salt and flour to this bowl.
  • Lightly mix this mixture until flour is well mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Now take another mixing bowl and crack the egg in this bowl.
  • Use an electric beater to beat the egg while adding buttermilk and melted butter.
  • Continue adding the dry flour mixture and beat the mixture well until a smooth and creamy cracker barrel pancake batter is made.
  • Keep this barrel pancake batter aside and prepare the pan for cooking.
  • Take a medium-sized skillet and lightly grease it with cooking oil spray.
  • When the skillet is heated, pour about ½ cup of the batter to get a large-sized pancake or ¼ cup of the batter to get small-sized pancakes.
  • Cook the barrel pancake batter in the skillet for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown from both the sides.
  • Transfer the cooked pancakes to the serving plate and allow them to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Drizzle maple syrup or butter over the pancake for garnishing.
  • You can also use chocolate syrup to serve the delicious cracker barrel pancake.
  • Enjoy and devour.


  • Although fruits are used for decorative purposes they are not required to replicate this copycat recipe.
  • Ensure the surface you’re cooking on is nicely greased or you will end up with leathery pancakes.

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Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

Serving Size1 servings

  • Amount Per ServingCalories320
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 4.1g 7%
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g 5%
  • Cholesterol 98mg 33%
  • Sodium 1370mg 58%
  • Total Carbohydrate 56g 19%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.6g 4%
    • Sugars 9.2g
  • Protein 13.6g 26%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Serving options

    To keep the menu fun and exciting, I keep finding ways to bring variations to add to the flavor. So, every time I make these pancakes, I try to serve them with different topping or side. In this way, I never get bored of the same pancakes. Here are some simple yet delicious ideas to go for when you are serving these fluffiest pancakes on the table.

    These ideas work best when you are serving the pancakes in the breakfast, but you can always use them to serve as a snack.

    Nutella Spread:

    I just keep finding ways of adding Nutella to my menu and if find these pancakes a great way to enjoy my hazelnut Nutella spread. It is one good way to add variety to the breakfast.

    Strawberries & blueberries:

    It can be any combination of healthy fruits that you decide to add to these buttermilk pancakes. I personally like strawberries and blueberries with everything as they taste sweet and refreshing.

    Peanut Butter

    Besides Nutella or chocolate syrup, peanut butter is the next best thing that people of all ages love to enjoy with their pancakes. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the pancakes before serving; then, you can also add a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

    Scrambled eggs and bacon

    If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then serving the pancakes with poached or scrambled eggs is another delicious and healthy option. You can also add crispy bacon to the plate to complete your breakfast menu.

    Have these pancakes in the morning, cracker barrel meatloaf in the evening and finish up with this coca cola cake for dessert.

    What are Cracker Barrel pancakes made of?

    Cracker Barrel pancakes are made from simple, wholesome ingredients. The base of the batter consists of all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt for the dry ingredients.

    The wet ingredients include buttermilk, which gives the pancakes their characteristic tang and fluffiness, along with eggs and melted butter for richness. Some versions of the recipe also include a touch of vanilla extract for added flavor. The result is a stack of soft, fluffy, and delicious pancakes that are a favorite among Cracker Barrel patrons.

    Substitutes for Buttermilk in Pancakes

    If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make a homemade substitute using everyday ingredients. Here are a few options:

    1. Milk and Vinegar/Lemon Juice: Add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup. Pour in milk until you reach the one cup mark. Stir and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. The milk will curdle and thicken slightly, resembling buttermilk.
    2. Yogurt and Milk: Mix 3/4 cup of plain yogurt with 1/4 cup of milk. Stir until well combined. The result is a great buttermilk substitute due to the acidity and creaminess of the yogurt.
    3. Sour Cream and Water or Milk: Mix 3/4 cup sour cream with 1/4 cup water or milk. This mixture can also mimic the tangy flavor and creamy consistency of buttermilk.

    Remember, these substitutes may not perfectly mimic the flavor and texture of buttermilk, but they will perform similarly in pancakes and other baking recipes.


    Now you know how to make a good cracker barrel pancake with the same flavors and texture right in the comfort of your home. With simple ingredients and correct proportions, even the cooking beginners can make these pancakes like a pro.

    The exciting part is that due to their neutral taste, they can be served in a variety of ways, you can either serve them with scrambled eggs or crispy bacon in the morning, or you serve them with a Nutella spread or maple syrup on top. Perhaps it all depends on you, how do you like your pancakes.

    The convenient part is that you can also keep the batter stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and then use it whenever needed. So, add these pancakes to your breakfast menu and let us know how tasty and soft you found them?  

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