Eggnog (without Eggnog) Pancakes

Eggnog Pancakes

Eggnog Pancakes with a slight hitch.  Eggnog Pancakes without the Eggnog.
You should know that I’m going to capitalize Eggnog in this here post. If that bothers you…. apologies.

My Grandfather is the first person to pull a carton of grocery store branded Eggnog out of the refrigerator every year about this time.  When I see him reaching for the carton on the refrigerator door, I avoid all eye contact.  There is no offering.  There are no questions.  If Papa decides to pour you a glass… and it will be a GIANT glass… then you have to sit there, and drink every last bit… unless you want to be called a goshdarn vegan hippie.  Sure.. being a hippie might not be all that bad… but…well Eggnog shouldn’t be punishment and hippie shouldn’t be a bad word.  Dang!


To avoid cartons of Eggnog coming from my fridge, I’ve created an Eggnog flavored pancake.  Not a dollop of actual Eggnog in sight.  Nothing to worry about here.

Can I tell you something about these pancakes… you know, because you’re here and all… they are crazy/heck yes/ omg good.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Weekend breakfast?  The answer is… yes!

Eggnog Pancakes

Eggnog Pancakes

I’ve broken down Eggnog into a few simple elements and thrown those elements into pancake batter… not all that genius, but outta this world delicious.  All you need to rally that spot on Eggnog flavor is a bit of brown sugar, freshly grated nutmeg, eggs, milk and whiskey or rum.  If you don’t want to use the alcohol for your pancakes… well that’s totally understandable.  A good dose of pure vanilla extract will treat you just fine.

Eggnog Pancakes

Egg Nog Pancakes

This recipe make enough pancakes for two.  Double the recipe to make a family sized portion.

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1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

heaping 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of ground allspice

3 Tablespoons butter melted until browned

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1 Tablespoon whiskey or spiced rum or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

butter or a lightly colored oil for cooking pancakes

maple syrup for serving

In a small sauce pan, melt butter until much of the water has evaporated and little brown bits appear in the bottom of the pan.  Remove from the flame and add the nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.  Set aside to cool a bit.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with the buttermilk.  Add the melted butter, being to sure to scrape all the browned bits and spices into the buttermilk and egg.  If the butter seizes up a bit in the cold milk, that’s ok. Add the whiskey/rum or vanilla extract and just whisk it all together.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to incorporate.  Don’t overmix.  It’s ok if there are a few lumps.

Let the batter rest, untouched for 5 minutes while you heat a griddle or skillet.  Add a tablespoon of canola oil or butter to the hot skillet.  Dollop heaping tablespoonfuls onto heated and oiled skillet and cook until evenly browned, flipping once.  Place cooked pancakes on an oven-proof plate in a warm oven until ready to serve.

88 thoughts on “Eggnog (without Eggnog) Pancakes

  1. To me, Chanukkah is about ALL pancakes, not just potato latkes. Think we’ll have some of these tonight for Day 7! Love your pancakes!

  2. I do like Eggnog, but only my FIL’s special recipe…which being preggers this yr I can not have. I will def try these out for a weekend breakfast. Do you think I could replce the buttermilk with anything?? My DD can not have dairy..I dont know if non-dairy there is anything as thick as buttermilk.

  3. I will definitely have to try them this weekend.

    It’s finally started snowing here and they sound like the perfect warm winter breakfast!

  4. Yum! Around here, we love eggnog and we love pancakes! In fact I just made a batch of homemade eggnog since we can’t buy it where we’re living. And i was thinking… I wonder if there’s any way to make eggnog pancakes without just replacing the milk with my precious eggnog!!! And here you are to save the day. Thanks!

  5. YUM!! I adore pancakes. They’re so filling and warm. And eggnog is so wonderfully wintery! I’ll probably take your advice and use the vanilla extract in place of alcohol, since I do think it should be at LEAST noon before the rum comes out!

    Thanks for this fantastic recipe!

  6. omg. joy. you’ve outdone yourself yet again. (and I don’t say so just because I am a fellow pancake super-enthusiast. though I’m sure that’s part of it.) seriously, though. these look SCRUMPTIOUS. now why did I read this post right before going to bed …??

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