Funfetti Pancakes

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Take breakfast from boring to fun with Funfetti Pancakes. Make them on a Sunday morning or for a special occasion such as a birthday.

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Funfetti pancakes topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

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What ingredients do I need for Funfetti Pancakes?

An at a glance list of what you need for this funfetti pancakes recipe:

  • Flour – the recipe uses all-purpose
  • Baking powder – NOT soda
  • Sugar – granulated sugar is used here
  • Salt – I use sea salt but table salt is fine
  • Eggs – use large
  • Milk – either 2% or whole milk is acceptable
  • Half and Half – substitute whipping cream if you don’t have half and half
  • Vanilla – Use pure vanilla extract
  • Butter – needs to be melted
  • Sprinkles – I used rainbow sprinkles but use what you have on hand

How to make funfetti pancakes

I made these as funfetti birthday pancakes for my son’s birthday and they were a huge hit. His big smile was my reward for all the dirty dishes.

They are no more difficult to make than regular pancakes. When making any pancakes these are great tips to keep in mind.

  • Have your sprinkles or other add-ins ready before beginning.
  • It is important to let the batter rest while the griddle is heating up.
  • Use a light coat of butter to grease the griddle. You can use a neutral oil but butter has more flavor. Olive oil is not recommended.
  • Use a cookie scoop to put the batter on the griddle. Trust me on this there’s less mess than if you use a measuring cup.
Close-up of a funfetti pancake on a griddle pan.

Quick tips for the best pancakes

Use Fresh Ingredients | Don’t Over Stir the Batter | Cook on a Hot Surface | Know When to Flip | Serve Warm |

When is the right time to flip pancakes?

Yes, there is a correct time to flip pancakes. The batter hits a hot griddle and puffs up. Bubbles will begin to form in the center and around the edges of the pancake.

When you flip, the bubbles should be many and broken, and the edge of the pancake should look like it’s starting to cook, with an almost matte appearance. The pancake should be about two-thirds done when you flip.

Ideally, you should flip only once. Once you do flip, the second side will cook quickly.

Two golden funfetti pancakes on a griddle.

How do you serve pancakes?

I like to butter each pancake and serve them in a stack with maple syrup. Some prefer them to be fanned out on the plate. Either way, we like to top them with whipped cream and they are delicious.

These funfetti pancakes are the perfect way to start off a birthday celebration breakfast. They became a new tradition in my house a few years ago.

Funfetti pancakes on a plate with bite on a fork showing the inside of the pancake. The stack is decorated with whipped cream, sprinkles and a happy birthday pick.

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Funfetti Pancakes

Take breakfast to the next level with Funfetti Pancakes.
5 from 26 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅓1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter slightly cooled (plus more butter for greasing griddle)
  • cup rainbow sprinkles jimmies

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt. Mix briefly until blended.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. For fluffy pancakes, briefly mix until blended taking care not to over mix the batter. The pancake batter will be thick with some small lumps, which is perfectly fine.
  • With a silicone spatula, slowly, gently, carefully fold the rainbow sprinkles into the pancake batter until just incorporated. Do not stir as this may cause the colorful sprinkles to bleed into the batter. Allow batter to rest while the griddle heats up.
  • Generously butter a pancake griddle. Place it on your stovetop over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and hot, ladle the pancake batter onto your griddle using a 1/4 measuring cup. Allow the pancakes to cook undisturbed for approximately one minute.,
  • When the sides of the pancakes begin to look cooked AND you see small bubbles rising to the surface, quickly flip the pancakes over. Allow the pancakes to continue cooking until done.

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