Sour Cream Pumpkin Pancakes

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pancakes

Yield: 4 to 6  |  Total time: 10 min
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sour cream pancakes.kimsunee

Even after I’ve fed a crowd of twenty or so (like this past Thanksgiving) and packed up goodie bags for all my guests, I still seem to have an abundance of food, including those wayward bits and pieces that don’t quite amount to an entire meal. I’ve found everything from leftover pumpkin purée and a quarter cup of sour cream to some bread cubes, a stray roll or two, a whacked off end of butter, and more.

As much as I'm a buttermilk pancake kind of gal, I love this sour cream version I made recently for a morning-after leftover brunch.  I was low on buttermilk. The result is a moist and tender cake, with the added oomph of pumpkin, which you could leave out altogether, if you prefer.  I used vanilla extract but you could add in cinnamon or nutmeg or even some nuts.  


    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk (or buttermilk)
    • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus more, as needed, for cooking the pancakes
    • For serving: maple syrup, fruit jam, leftover cranberry sauce


    1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, milk, pumpkin purée, egg, vanilla, and melted butter together and stir until just blended. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir a few times but just until blended; it’s OK if the batter is a little bit lumpy. Over mixing the batter can result in a tough pancake.

    2. Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. If your griddle is truly non-stick you won’t need to grease it; otherwise, lightly grease with an oiled paper towel or brush with a light layer of melted butter. Wipe away any excess. Spoon batter (I use a 1/3 cup measure) onto the griddle or skillet without crowding the pan; you don’t want the pancakes to touch and leave enough room to flip them. Let cook until bubbles start to form around the edges; gently lift and flip to the other side. Let cook another 1 minute or so until golden and cooked through. NOTE: If pancakes start to brown too quickly, reduce heat to medium.  Serve warm with maple syrup, fresh fruit jam, or leftover cranberry sauce.

    Date Published: December 1, 2014

    All recipes have been tested by the Test Kitchens unless otherwise noted.

3 comments... read them below or add one


  1. February 22, 2015 7:08 am by Anne Reply

    Really awesome! Light and fluffy. I made them just as written–so good–though next time will try some spices and/or nuts.

    • March 18, 2015 8:15 pm by kim Reply

      Glad you like these. Spices or nuts would be good; let me know what you add next time.

  2. March 28, 2017 8:07 am by Gwen Reply

    Best pancakes that we’ve ever made! These are our go-to for nice breakfasts when it’s time to indulge. Easy to put together as well.

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