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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.

Toffee Nut Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 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.

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posted in Breakfast
last updated January 19, 2015

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43 Responses to “Toffee Nut Pancakes”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted February 20, 2012 at 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. Katarinaposted February 20, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Yummy looking pancakes!


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted February 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

    These sound so yummy! Love this idea!


  4. the wicked noodleposted February 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

    WOW. I am SO making these this weekend!!


  5. Amandaposted February 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

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


  6. Christineposted February 20, 2012 at 10:03 am

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


  7. Heleneposted February 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Amazing pancakes. They are so fluffy.


  8. Deannaposted February 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

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


  9. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted February 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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


  10. Jessica @ How Sweetposted February 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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


  11. Carolynposted February 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    My kids would go ga-ga for these pancakes!


  12. jennifurlaposted February 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I am swooning over that syrup pouring picture…swooooonnnnn


  13. Cookin' Canuckposted February 20, 2012 at 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 Peelposted February 20, 2012 at 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 Kraayenburgposted February 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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


  16. Mariaposted February 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Love these! Perfect for National Pancake Week too!


  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted February 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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


  18. Dmarieposted February 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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


  19. Living The Sweet Lifeposted February 20, 2012 at 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 @ uTryItposted February 21, 2012 at 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. vianneyposted February 21, 2012 at 5:35 am

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


  22. 5 Star Foodieposted February 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    So scrumptious with toffee bits!!!


  23. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted February 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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


  24. Robyn | Add a Pinchposted February 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    These pancakes are gorgeous, Sommer!


  25. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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


  26. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilyposted February 21, 2012 at 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 Happyposted February 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm

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


  28. soniaposted February 22, 2012 at 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. Joyposted February 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

    The pancakes look great.


  30. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted February 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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


  31. Medejaposted February 23, 2012 at 3:11 am

    It definitely sounds like a perfect pancake!


  32. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted February 23, 2012 at 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)posted March 3, 2012 at 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. Andreaposted October 30, 2012 at 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 :-)


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  37. Jamie @lifelovelemonsposted June 11, 2013 at 6:34 am

    These look DIVINE!


  38. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted June 11, 2013 at 6:10 am

    I’m on my way over with coffee!


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