There came a point where I had to ask just somebody, “Is Applebee’s getting worse?” Or as a kid did I just have a really low food standard?

When I was 10 years old, I viewed Applebee’s as the highest culinary achievement in dining. The food there was sooooo good. Then, I went back about a year ago and it was, well Applebee’s. I think maybe both happened. I grew up and they got a little more… frozen? Microwaved?

(Same question to Forever 21. Am I getting more modest or are you getting more trashy? Ready for this see-through t-shirt trend to be over).

Pancake mixes are my final example. As a young pup at many slumber parties, waking up the next morning and making pancakes (from a box) was soooo yummy and I just sat at my plate wondering if food could ever be better.

Fast forward 15 years and I made these homemade p-cakes after living a life of box mixes. I nearly dropped my fork.

Oh, this is what pancakes can taste like.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes from Rachel Schultz

Old-Fashioned Pancakes
Serves 7-8 large pancakes

1 and 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 and 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add milk, egg, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes from Rachel Schultz

Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into circles. Flip once bubbles appear and sides are lightly golden.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes from Rachel Schultz

5.0 from 7 reviews
Serves: 7-8
  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 and ¼ cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add milk, egg, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Pour ¼ cup batter into circles.
  5. Flip once bubbles appear and sides are lightly golden.

Adapted from All Recipes.

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I love these pancakes! It’s the only recipe I use. I don’t know when you posted this recipe, but I’ve been using it for maybe 2 years now? I’m particular on my pancakes and waffles and this is THE perfect pancake. I actually use almond milk instead of cows milk because the consistency is better in my family’s opinion. With regular milk, the batter is too thick and the pancakes are a little too fluffy. Thank you for this!

The salt is way too much. I doubled the recipe and only did 1tsp of salt and it was too much. Doubled it again and mixed it together with no salt and it was perfect. 1/4 tsp is perfect for this. Other then that these are amazing!!! Made a buttermilk syrup and these disappeared so fast. Will make again for sure.

Our recipe is really similar except it’s 1 1/4 c flour, 1 cup of milk and 2 tbsp of oil. No butter or vanilla.

By the way – 3 tbsp IS a T or tbsp so you might want to fix that on the baking powder.

Thanks for this recipe! I have to double it since they go so fast in my house. I use an iron pan and they come out perfect everytime :)

Very good. I understand the Applebee’s culinary mine was Taco Bell I thought that’s how Mexican food tasted. Oh my! This pancake recipe is very good this comes from a very picky husband…flavor good…body good…these are different where did you get the recipe. My grandson requested chocolate chips to his. Thanks for a quick and easy pancake.

I found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and had a mild freak-out this morning when I realized I forgot to actually pin this recipe after trying it! Thankfully, I found you again and breakfast was delicious :)

Tried these today after realizing we were out of bisquick. I was a little hesitant as I have googled pancake recipes on a whim and they haven’t always turned out right. These seem to be a great medium for everyone. They are not “flap jack” thin nor are they the super thick overly bready type. But I know some people prefer the thicker “heavier” ones. These are NOT that. Hubby did enjot them however. I made my own butter milk ( simply add 3 tsp white vinegar to the milk) & used that instead. They were not very “fluffy” but they looked exactly like the ones pictured here on this page. All and all I would use this recipe again, but they are not the absolute best pancakes ever, more like a 7 rating.

Pancakes were great! I liked how big and fluffy they were. Will probably use less baking soda, and little more milk, but overall a great pancake. Use almond extract instead of vanilla.

You say soda powder in your comment but in the recipe she use baking powder. You only use baking soda when theirs something acid in your recipe^… If you use butter milk then you will add baking soda. I would do 1 tsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of baking powder.

Love the taste of these pancakes, but how on earth do you get them to spread?! I used the bottom of the ladle but it doesn’t work out so well and I end up with misshapen super thick pancakes that aren’t quite done in the middle.

Add a little more milk to the batter to thin it out a little. Don’t over stir though. The more you stir the more tough they get.
Less liquid for thicker pancakes more liquid for thinner pancakes. Experiment with it till you find the consistency you prefer.
Good Luck.

Add more milk to the batter. Try not to over stir the batter though. The more you stir the tougher they get. For a thinner batter add more liquid, for a thicker batter add less liquid. I prefer a thinner batter to get pancakes like Perkins.
Experiment to get your perfect pancake.

Made last night. Easy steps. All ingredients in my cupboard already. Great texture & flavor. Fluffy how I like them. Have tired a handful of pancake recipes this one is the BEST overall. This will be my “go to” for great pancakes. Thanks.

Made this recipe with vanilla almond milk, it was amazing. Thanks for your post. Also, cut it in half, didn’t need too many pancakes and it worked beautifully.

I literally just finished making these and wow. They are scrumptious. Puffed up well light and fluffy and definitely tasty. Beautiful on its own but even better with vanilla ice cream on the top. Yummy

By far the best pancake recipe I’ve made, I now have it memorized. Never going back to store bought pancake mix. Thanks for sharing!

I made these pancakes this morning and I’m glad as I only had one egg on hand. These fluffed up very nicely and not one pancake was left. I did, however, find the batter really thick so I did thin it out with more milk until I got to a consistency I liked. I will make these again.

My kids love these but they definitely aren’t turning out fluffy, They are kind of flat (nothing like the photo) Any suggestions on what I may be doing wrong? Cooking is not my strong suit so I’m sure there is something I’m missing. The batter is pretty thick, should it be?

I agree with the woman who said these pancakes turned out too salty, however when I make them again, & yes that’s a WHEN, not an IF, I’ll just reduce the amount. These pancakes come out fluffy & oh so delicious. I couldn’t get enough! I made them with almond milk & a sugar substitute & added chocolate sprinkles for my toddler & they were an absolute family favorite! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I’ve made them 3 times so far, the last 2 times with fresh blueberries…they are AWESOME! The husband (who is very VERY particular) said he’d never had better. WOW. I’ll never use a mix again :)

Made these this morning because I was out of our normal pancake mix. I was hesitant to try something new because my husband is finicky when it comes to pancakes, but he loved these and couldn’t stop talking about them! Thank you for the recipe!

Made these for the first time today. We were out of pancake mix and my daughter was having a meltdown. This was the first recipe I found on Pinterest and I am glad I found it. These turned out terrific. I love how the batter fluffed up in the pan and the taste was on point. Thanks for the recipe.

Will be trying out for the first time today but for some reason I always remember that you do the mixture the night before and I did oh well less to do as well for brunch

This is my favorite recipe! Whenever I’m feeling pancakes I refer to this! I love it!!! I don’t really perfectly measure out ever but they always turn out tasty! Not one ingredient really sticks out from the others. And I try to have a mason jar with all the dry ingredients ready to go! thank you!!

This recipe is our favorite pancake staple. However, this morning as my children were begging for pancakes I realized I had no eggs and no baking powder. So I substituted flax seed for the egg ( 1 tbs with 3 tbs of water then let sit for a few min) and baking soda with lemon juice for the baking powder ( 1/4 tsp 3 times with dry ingredients and 1/4 tsp of lemon juice 3 times with wet ingredients) I have to say these pancakes were just as delicious as ever. My kids just said “Yay” when I asked how they liked them. Hope this helps if you find yourself out of eggs and other key ingredients.

Hi Ashley, why do you say 1/4 tsp three times instead of 3/4 tsp? Just wondering if there’s something I’m missing about baking and measuring.

I made these for brunch & they we’re delicious! They were fluffy. We usually use betty crockers recipe that’s in her oldrecipe book. The recipe she has online isn’t the samerecipe but these were pretty similar but a bitt better. It makes me laugh when ppl buy pancake mix! It’s so gross, & expensive.. &making them yourself Is so much cheaper and soo delicious&easy to make.

Hey I made the pancakes and I doubled the recipe, they came out great! thanks for the recipe definitely will be usining it many many more times again!

Just mede these step by step and my pancakes never fluffed up :/ more like flatcakes..lol..the taste was quite good though