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Copycat Pumpkin Pancakes

Copycat Pumpkin Pancakes, just like the ones they serve at your favorite local pancake house. But now you can make them right at home with this recipe!
Copycat Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

I seem to be out of words tonight, but luckily sometimes there are things that don’t need much of an introduction. This Copycat Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is an International House of Pancakes ® copycat recipe. You wouldn’t think that a couple of measly little tablespoons of pumpkin and cinnamon would change the flavor of a simple pancake that much, but these were divine. Fluffy, melt in your mouth, full of pumpkin flavor delicious!

IHOP is one of my favorite places to eat pumpkin pancakes…they certainly know how to do pancakes well. I guess that should be expected since they do have the word “pancakes” in their name! It’d be quite a shame if they didn’t do pancakes well.

One of our favorite things to do as soon as it turns fall is to head to IHOP for our annual Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast. After that one initial time in the fall, we skip heading out to the restaurant and instead make this recipe instead. It tastes almost exactly like the pumpkin pancakes you find at IHOP, but you don’t have to leave your house or even change out of your pajamas. You can enjoy your pumpkin pancakes right in the comfort of your own home, and much more affordably, I’ll add.

If you are a fan of pumpkin pancakes, I would definitely give this IHOP Copycat Recipe a try! Enjoy!

Copycat Pumpkin Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This copycat pumpkin pancake recipe delivers the same tender pancakes you'll find at your favorite pancake house in the fall!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with oil cooking spray.
  2. Combine eggs, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, sugar, and salt into a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to blend ingredients.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend with mixer until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter in 1/4 cup portions into the hot pan. Should form 5-inch circles.
  5. Flip the pancakes and cook other side for the same amount of time, until dark brown.


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  1. I like using plain or vanilla yogurt in pancakes too, to replace the buttermilk. We often buy Stonyfield Farms banilla yogurt and that is divine in pancakes and waffles!

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  2. I would never have thought of doing this! Thanks for the recipe Kristen and Merry Christmas!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the tip on the buttermilk substitute! I often buy a carton of it, only to end up tossing most of it before I can get it all used up!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  4. Pumpkin Pancakes sound deliciously festive. I have made them before, from a recipe in a pumpkin advertisement, and they were really delicious, one of my favorite pancakes in fact. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  5. My kids made me pumpkin pancakes for my birthday… It was such a treat.
    Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays!

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  6. Merry Christmas Kristen! May it be blessed!

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  7. Hi Kristen!

    I adore pancakes yours look heavenly!!
    Very good idea the buttermilk substitute I’ll apply to other recipes! ;)

    Merry Christmas for you and Excellent Holidays!!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

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  8. Our local breakfast place makes them on Sundays only and I love them so maybe I should just make them! Thanks for the recipe.
    Happy Holidays!

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  9. Yum, these look absolutely delicious. I haven’t had pumpkin pancakes yet but I might have to try these out for brunch this weekend :) THanks for sharing!

  10. Just dropping a quick note to say that I made these for Christmas breakfast this morning and we all loved them! Thanks for the recipe.

    Merry Christmas!

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  11. Looks so good.

    Merry Christmas!

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  12. I always use the same buttermilk substitute you do! Those pancakes do look very fluffy and delicious. Hope you had a great Christmas, Kristen! :)

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  13. Delicious!
    Merry Christmas, hope you had a fantastic day!

  14. …and the drooling commences. sometimes i like ihop, if only for the inspiration it provides. :)
    happy holidays!

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  15. I’m always looking for pancake recipes to try as I make them every weekend (that we are actually home!) for Grumpy! I will be trying this recipe.

    I do the same thing when a recipe calls for buttermilk, unless I actually have it in my house (which is rare!)

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  16. Mmmmm- wonderful. We had eggnog pancakes this AM! Love all variations of pancakes. Thanks for the mention of the pumpkin cake!

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  17. Grr. I cannot make pancakes. I swear they are my worst enemy! I love pumpkin though… maybe I’ll give it another go!

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  18. Copycat or not, I like how this sounds :) Cinnamon and pumpkin pancakes? Mmm

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  19. We actually went to IHOP for my mom’s birthday and I got these pancakes, but they didn’t taste much like pumpkin. I bet the homemade version is better!!

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  20. Now if you could only copy the recipe for the eggnog pancakes…mmmmm!

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