Betty Crocker Pancakes

Best Basic Pancakes (Betty Crocker)

One Saturday morning, I woke up to two beaming youngsters. My daughter had pulled out a couple of cookbooks and found this recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. To my mind, it’s the first thing she ever really made, and she was around 10. I’m still boggled! The logistics of making and cooking pancakes is a lot for a child that age. Heck, it’s a lot for me (not a morning person.)

Betty Crocker Pancakes
Best Basic Pancake (Betty Crocker)

I thought these Betty Crocker Pancakes were (and are) some of the best pancakes ever! They brown beautifully and cook up light and fluffy with a lot of rise.

I remember my daughter being a little upset because they were so high and she was more used to pancakes that were a little thinner – more like a flapjack – but this is what I think a pancake should be.

Sometimes, though, I do have to thin the batter just a little bit. I think it really depends how much moisture is in the flour. For these pancakes, I added a little blueberry, completely optional.

Betty Crocker Pancakes
Best Basic Pancake (Betty Crocker)

Pancakes are really so easy to mix up, especially a basic pancake like this that requires no buttermilk, no separating of the eggs and no fancy ingredients.

It hardly makes sense to pay more for a mix (although some of them are really tasty) if you have a reliable recipe like this. These can be mixed up in a jiffy.

I like to double this recipe, then freeze any extra cooked pancakes on a parchment or plastic wrap covered sheet pan. When frozen, bag up in a ziploc for instant pancakes to heat in the microwave on a busy morning. If you’d like to see some of my other pancakes breakfast items, check out this menu. 🙂

Best Basic Pancake (Betty Crocker)

Betty Crocker's Basic Pancake

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup milk (perhaps a bit more if batter needs to be thinned)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat egg till fluffy, add remaining ingredients and whisk together. Do not over mix or pancakes will be tough. Add a little more milk if batter feels too thick.

Bake on an oiled griddle or frying pan. It is hot enough when a few drops of water skittle and evaporate when tossed on the griddle. Turn the pancakes when bubbles appear on the top.


  • Batter may need to be thinned a bit.
  • Makes 8 small pancakes. I generally double the recipe to serve our family because no-one wants just two.
  • I often add about a cup of blueberries to the batter.


Nutrition Facts (with 3/4 cup blueberries
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 15 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 11 %
Monounsaturated Fat 5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 53 mg 18 %
Sodium 215 mg 9 %
Potassium 91 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 3 g 7 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 2 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

31 thoughts on “Best Basic Pancakes (Betty Crocker)”

  1. Love a good dependable well tested recipe like this Molllie– and I agree about the pancake mix– takes literally 2 minutes longer to mix up pancakes with basics you have on hand. !

  2. Love a good dependable well tested recipe like this Molllie– and I agree about the pancake mix– takes literally 2 minutes longer to mix up pancakes with basics you have on hand. !

  3. Love a good dependable well tested recipe like this Molllie– and I agree about the pancake mix– takes literally 2 minutes longer to mix up pancakes with basics you have on hand. These look fabulous! And– love the view out your window– beautiful bright flowers!! Happy pancakes! xoxo

  4. I love a good pancake recipe. I would definitely have to double up on this one for the family. I too, like to make extra and freeze, it certainly makes life easier, for those busy times. Beautiful pancakes Mollie, thank you 🙂

    1. We do seem to be on a kick lately!! 🙂 Myself, I’m not a huge pancake person, but my folks just love them. Anytime I say, “How about pancakes for breakfast?” my Dad is just like “Wow!” Really? So I’ve been all about trying to give them some variety…

  5. I tell anyone and everyone who will listen that pancakes are my one true love. My goodness, these look delicious. Tall stack for me please 🙂

    1. Michele, you’re guaranteed success with this one, then. I am always trying different pancakes just for the heck of it and I’m always surprised how many recipes are “off.”

  6. Kudos to your daughter for making these at 10yrs old. I could never have done it.
    I’ve been making sourdough pancakes for the last year or so with my discard sourdough starter but a good old fashioned pancake is delicious. I’m not a morning person either. Thank goodness pancakes freeze so well. 🙂

    1. I LOVE sourdough pancakes, though!! My daughter is pretty amazing – I sometimes wonder how I got so lucky. Well there were a few tough teenage years but all came out right in the end. 🙂

    1. I think I remember you mentioning them. I always try new recipes but when I want to just toss out some no brainer pancakes in the a.m. I always end up coming back to this one!

      I’ve been on a bit of a pancake kick lately because they’re so easy to eat…one of the folks (not naming any names, lol) lost the bottom set of teeth…

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