Honey Bun Pancakes Recipe

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Honey Bun Pancakes

I thought about waiting for a little while to post this recipe, since it’s, oh I dunno, the billionth breakfast recipe I’ve posted in the past week. Buuuuuuuuuut, then I thought… nah! You guys seem to love breakfast as much as I do, so what the heck? Might as well ride the breakfast train as long as we’re on it anyway! These honey bun pancakes are the absolute best.

Besides, these Honey Bun Pancakes are so much fun and out-of-this-world delicious, and I just couldn’t wait to share. Especially since this recipe is from a cookbook that I have been suuuuuuper excited to get my hands on!

It's a Honey Bun! Only in a warm, fluffy, delicious pancake smothered in Buttermilk syrup...
It's a Honey Bun! Only in a warm, fluffy, delicious pancake smothered in Buttermilk syrup...

You guys. A cookbook wholey dedicated to PANCAKES! Does life get any better than this?!

Stack Happy was written by my sweet friend Karly Campbell, who you may know better as Buns in My Oven. She absolutely hit a home run with her cookbook, and it’s already a favorite of mine. Among the many recipes I can’t wait to try are Hoecakes (I’m just dying over these– think cornbread and honey!), Cinnamon Sugar Donut Pancakes, Raspberry Cookie Butter Pancakes, and Roasted S’mores Pancakes.

And it’s so much more than sweet pancakes– she’s got savory more than covered too! Including: Sloppy Joe Corn Cakes (omg), Loaded Potato Pancakes, and Corn & Jalapeno Cakes with Cheddar Sauce (I think I’m the most excited about that one).

There’s even an entire chapter devoted to sauces and syrups!

And guys. The photography. Just oh-em-gee. I mean, there are full two-spread pages that are nothing but photo, because they are glorious. And is it just me, or does having better photos somehow make all the recipes taste better? I think it helps ๐Ÿ˜‰

Honey bun pancakes with syrup

Let’s talk a little more about the recipes I chose: Honey Bun Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup.

First of all: my favorite thing about these pancakes is the cinnamon honey swirl in the middle. Basically the same way you make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (you’ve seen those, right?). The problem with cinnamon roll pancakes is generally that the cinnamon swirl makes a huge mess. It leaks out from the pancake, spills all over the griddle, and burns horribly. They’re difficult to make in my experience!

But apparently a honey swirl is a totally different story. Because there was no spillage or burnt sugar. All it did was cook beautifully into the pancake and make it actually taste like a real HONEY BUN! Seriously amazing.

Honey bun pancakes with syrup

If the honey swirl was my favorite thing, then the Buttermilk Syrup had to be next up. Maybe it’s even my real favorite– it’s an impossible decision! This syrup was everything I could have ever wanted and more.

And if I might just make a suggestion here: don’t be afraid to use a heavy hand with the syrup! Normally when I eat pancakes, I’m really good about measuring out some ridiculously small portion of the syrup. Like a tablespoon or something. But let’s not pretend here– these pancakes are all kinds of decadent and delicious. There is no room for syrup portion control in a dish like this one. Really. There just isn’t.

So throw any notions of using this stuff sparingly out the window and give these pancakes a good bath in the stuff. You will be so, so, so happy you did ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy! And be sure to pick up a copy of Karly’s Stack Happy cookbook for WAY more amazing pancake recipes like this one!

It's a Honey Bun! Only in a warm, fluffy, delicious pancake smothered in Buttermilk syrup...

Honey Bun Pancakes Recipe

Yield: 10-12

It's a Honey Bun! Only in a warm, fluffy, delicious pancake smothered in Buttermilk syrup...


For the Pancakes:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp honey, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Buttermilk Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


For the Pancakes:

  1. Heat a large skillet or electric griddle to medium heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 3/4 tsp cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg, oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, and the vanilla.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until a lumpy batter forms.
  5. Combine the remaining 4 tablespoons of honey and 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon together in a small squeeze bottle or piping bag (I used a sandwich-sized ziploc baggie and snipped a small opening in the corner).
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the well-greased griddle or skillet. Starting in the center of the pancake, squeeze a swirl of the honey mixture into the pancake-- like a cinnamon roll.
  7. Allow the pancake to cook for a few minutes until the edges appear a little dry and there are bubbles in the top that don't fill back in when popped. Flip the pancake and continue cooking until cooked through. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

For the Buttermilk Syrup:

  1. Place the butter, buttermilk, and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the butter is melted and the brown sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and mix in the baking soda and vanilla extract.
  2. Serve warm!


Use real buttermilk in this recipe (not the vinegar + milk sub). Partly because this will yield the fluffiest pancake. But it's especially important in the syrup-- remember what happens when vinegar and baking soda combine?! You'll want to avoid a science project volcano happening in your saucepan by using real buttermilk instead of a vinegar substitute!

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11 thoughts on “Honey Bun Pancakes Recipe”

  1. I love the science experiment notation at the end of the recipe and how to avoid that ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

    And I love how good the pancakes look but that syrup!! I’ve made similar syrups before and I don’t even need the pancakes. Just a spoon ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

    Congrats to Karly on her book and beautiful job bringing these to life, Ashton!

  2. Yay, yay, yay! I’m so glad you liked the pancakes and the syrup!! And my word, your photos are gorgeous!!ย 

    Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write this review and share a recipe! You’re amazing.

  3. A cookbook devoted to pancakes?!?! I need that! These pancakes look delicious! And that syrup… I don’t think I could possibly use portion control even if I tried.

    I love your picture of the syrup pouring too!

  4. Your photographs are beautiful! I am drooling over these pancakes, and the homemade buttermilk syrup has got to be the best part!


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