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.

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

Follow my “Breakfast Breakthroughs” Board on Pinterest!!

Toffee Nut Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

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  • 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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last updated July 2, 2018

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  8. [email protected]posted June 11, 2013 at 6:10 am Reply

    I’m on my way over with coffee!

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

    These look DIVINE!

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  12. Andreaposted October 30, 2012 at 1:38 am Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted October 30, 2012 at 6:45 am Reply

      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.

      • Andreaposted November 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm

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

    • Tia Loachposted January 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm Reply

      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 :-)

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 3, 2012 at 10:39 am Reply

    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!

  14. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted February 23, 2012 at 10:51 am Reply

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

  15. Medejaposted February 23, 2012 at 3:11 am Reply

    It definitely sounds like a perfect pancake!

  16. [email protected]posted February 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm Reply

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

  17. Joyposted February 22, 2012 at 10:08 am Reply

    The pancakes look great.

  18. soniaposted February 22, 2012 at 7:29 am Reply

    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 !

  19. Kathy - Panini Happyposted February 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm Reply

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

  20. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilyposted February 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply

    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.

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

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

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

    These pancakes are gorgeous, Sommer!

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

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

  24. 5 Star Foodieposted February 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply

    So scrumptious with toffee bits!!!

  25. vianneyposted February 21, 2012 at 5:35 am Reply

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

  26. amy @ uTryItposted February 21, 2012 at 12:37 am Reply

    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.

  27. Living The Sweet Lifeposted February 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm Reply

    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!!

  28. Dmarieposted February 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm Reply

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

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

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

  30. Mariaposted February 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Love these! Perfect for National Pancake Week too!

  31. France @ Beyond The Peelposted February 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply

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

  32. Russell van Kraayenburgposted February 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply

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

  33. Cookin' Canuckposted February 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm Reply

    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.

  34. jennifurlaposted February 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm Reply

    I am swooning over that syrup pouring picture…swooooonnnnn

  35. Carolynposted February 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm Reply

    My kids would go ga-ga for these pancakes!

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

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

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

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

  38. Deannaposted February 20, 2012 at 11:26 am Reply

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

  39. Heleneposted February 20, 2012 at 10:40 am Reply

    Amazing pancakes. They are so fluffy.

  40. Christineposted February 20, 2012 at 10:03 am Reply

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

  41. Amandaposted February 20, 2012 at 9:48 am Reply

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

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

    WOW. I am SO making these this weekend!!

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

    These sound so yummy! Love this idea!

  44. Katarinaposted February 20, 2012 at 5:54 am Reply

    Yummy looking pancakes!

  45. Belinda @zomppaposted February 20, 2012 at 5:43 am Reply

    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.