Toffee Nut Pancakes

This recipe is because I love you. I do. I would not serve Toffee Nut Pancakes to just anyone…

Awesome Toffee Nut Pancakes

You may have heard the end of Linda Anderson’s poem:

“Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often, love adds a little chocolate.”

Think of these pancakes as a parallel. Obligation (or perfectionism) can offer a killer pancake, but love adds English toffee bits and pecans.

Sorry to be so sappy today… I don’t know what came over me. *wink*

Toffee Nut Pancakes

I wrote a guest post for my friend Angie, of Eclectic Recipes, last year including a recipe for “Perfect Diner Pancakes.” This was a pancake recipe I’d been working on for a while, because homemade pancakes often don’t have the same appeal as old-fashioned diner pancakes.

After a bit of what we’ll call “research,” I discovered diner, or soda-shop pancakes, were/are generally made with malted milk powder as a flavor enhancer.

If you have never eaten pancakes with malted milk powder, you are truly missing out. The deep, yet airy, malt flavor will warp you straight back to childhood in a moment’s time. It’s distinct. It’s the thing that makes you say, “Now THIS is a proper pancake!” as you sit at the soda counter swinging you legs in youthful bliss.

Best Pancakes Ever - Toffee Nut Pancakes

Now then… add English toffee bits and chopped pecans to an already perfect pancake recipe, and you’ve got something completely irresistible.

You’ve got LOVE on a plate.

Toffee Nut Pancakes ARE the perfect pancakes, in my opinion. Rich buttery flavors, light and fluffy texture, cake-y enough to absorb as much syrup as you like, without dissolving.

Exceptional pancakes send a clear message. Share them with caution.


Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Toffee Nut Pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup malted milk powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup English toffee bits


  1. Heat the griddle (or a large non-stick skillet) to medium-high.
  2. In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk to blend. In a smaller bowl, whisk the milk, egg, and vanilla until frothy.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the dry mix and whisk until smooth; then whisk in the melted butter and the end.
  4. Allow the pancake batter to rest for 3-5 minutes before cooking to thicken. It should be so thick that it barely pours. Once the griddle is hot, stir in the pecans and toffee bits.
  5. Make one pancake as a test-batch to ensure your heat in accurate. Use a 1/4 or 1/3 cup scoop to ladle the batter onto the griddle. Cook for 1-3 minutes per side. Flip when small bubbles rise to the top of the batter. If the pancake turns dark too quickly, lower the heat. Makes 8-10 pancakes.

More Breakfast Breakthroughs:

Date and Macadamia Nut Smoothies

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons

Hash Brown Omelet Skillets ~ Never Enough Thyme

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Frittata ~ Rustic Garden Bistro

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43 Responses to “Toffee Nut Pancakes”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — February 20, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Aww…I feel it! I absolutely adore toffee, makes my knees weak, and how I wish this was actually in front of me right now.


  2. #
    Katarina — February 20, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Yummy looking pancakes!


  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 20, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    These sound so yummy! Love this idea!


  4. #
    the wicked noodle — February 20, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    WOW. I am SO making these this weekend!!


  5. #
    Amanda — February 20, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Oh my gosh girl, how gorgeous are those pancakes! They look impossible light and fluffy. Delicious!


  6. #
    Christine — February 20, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    These sound amazing! I loooove toffee! Thanks for loving us so much! ;)


  7. #
    Helene — February 20, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Amazing pancakes. They are so fluffy.


  8. #
    Deanna — February 20, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    I have malt powder and toffee chips. I think I’m set to make pancakes. Yum!


  9. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 20, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    Looks amazing! I kind of have a thing for pancakes!! :)


  10. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 20, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Oh my… so delicious. I can hardly take it.


  11. #
    Carolyn — February 20, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    My kids would go ga-ga for these pancakes!


  12. #
    jennifurla — February 20, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    I am swooning over that syrup pouring picture…swooooonnnnn


  13. #
    Cookin' Canuck — February 20, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Be sappy anytime you want, Sommer – particularly if it comes paired with a gorgeous pancake recipe like this one! English toffee has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a kid and I can’t think of a better way to sweeten up a pancake.


  14. #
    France @ Beyond The Peel — February 20, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    I don’t think anyone can argue pancakes with pecans and toffee isn’t incredible. How about dessert pancakes…or anytime pancakes!


  15. #
    Russell van Kraayenburg — February 20, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Mmm. This is my kind of breakfast. So much so that I’m very tempted to make this for dinner!


  16. #
    Maria — February 20, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Love these! Perfect for National Pancake Week too!


  17. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 20, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Oh how I would love to start my day with a stack of these beauties!!


  18. #
    Dmarie — February 20, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    oh, my, I will soo be making these. thanks, Spicy!


  19. #
    Living The Sweet Life — February 20, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    I’m so glad you love us … because I am SO in love with these pancakes. If I had to choose my last meal, it would involve pancakes – – I can’t get enough of the fluffy-goodness. This is on the top of my to-make list!!


  20. #
    amy @ uTryIt — February 21, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    These pancakes looks absolutely scrumptious! Now, I’m craving for some. My hubby is probably wonderful why I’m reaching my hands toward the computer monitor! hahaha….gosh…I gotta book mark this down and make some this weekend.


  21. #
    vianney — February 21, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    They look amazing!! pass me a heaping plate!!


  22. #
    5 Star Foodie — February 21, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    So scrumptious with toffee bits!!!


  23. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 21, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    WOW. I came across these on Pinterest. They are beautiful and drool worthy!


  24. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 21, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    These pancakes are gorgeous, Sommer!


  25. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — February 21, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Breakfast, lunch or anytime – give me a call and I can help you eat those!


  26. #
    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — February 21, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    Oh I wish I would have seen this recipe before Valentines Day. My husband LOVES toffee. I’ll have to bookmark this for Father’s Day.


  27. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — February 21, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    These sound so wonderful – I can’t wait to dress up my standard buttermilk pancakes with some toffee bits! :-)


  28. #
    sonia — February 22, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Wow…there is a new twist to the pancakes. Adding toffee bits, thats amazing and am sure my little son is gng to love you for this wonderful recipe. Enjoy !


  29. #
    Joy — February 22, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    The pancakes look great.


  30. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — February 22, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    Ooooh, malted milk powder in pancakes – brilliant! These pancakes look amazing. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Yum!


  31. #
    Medeja — February 23, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    It definitely sounds like a perfect pancake!


  32. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 23, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Wow, these are amazing! I love toffee, never would have put it in pancakes. Can’t wait to try it!


  33. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 3, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Thanks for the perfect excuse to open the container of malted milk powder that’s been staring at me from the pantry. These pancakes sound delish!


  34. #
    Andrea — October 30, 2012 @ 1:38 am

    Hi Sommer, love you blog.
    I had a question- how do you get your pancakes to be so evenly brown like the resteraunts serve them? I can never get mine this way.


    • Sommer — October 30th, 2012 @ 6:45 am

      Hi Andrea, It could be the griddle or pan you are using. Try turning the heat up just a tab and using a little more butter, and see what that does.


      • Andrea — November 5th, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

        Thanks. I’ll let you know how it goes next time.

    • Tia Loach — January 5th, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

      Hi Andrea, previously I’ve also facing the same problem. But since i tried Perfect Pancake Maker, everything’s fine. You can read my blog for the details.

      Next I’ll try Toffee Nut Pancakes :-)


  35. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — June 11, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    These look DIVINE!


  36. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 11, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    I’m on my way over with coffee!



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