Pancake Puppies

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Over the summer, my middle son got a job at a new local Denny’s restaurant. We haven’t had a Denny’s in our area for years and I could even tell you the last time I ate at one. However, with my son working there, we would periodically go over there to have a meal and see my son in action at his first real job.

Since my son worked there, he would eat there everyday he had work, which was a lot because he worked almost full time hours during the summer.  So I would ask my son for recommendations on what to order, since he had tried a lot of the menu. Pancake puppies was one of his recommendations and I must say that it has now turned into a favorite of mine.

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So pancake puppies are basically a pancake version of what is know as hush puppies. Scoops of the pancake puppy batter is fried in oil. Then they are served with a sprinkling cinnamon sugar along with a side of syrup for dipping. They are little morsels of pancake heaven I tell you.

So, of course, since I loved them so much. I had to attempt to make a copy cat version of them at home. I must say they turned out pretty darn good. Now, I like them with a sprinkling of the cinnamon sugar on them but my husband prefers to have them rolled in the cinnamon sugar like the ones in the picture.  So it’s just personal preference. I think they are too sweet to eat with the syrup if you roll them in the cinnamon sugar.

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Pancake Puppies

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  • 3 cups pancake mix the kind that you just add water to
  • cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp oil

Cinnamon Sugar mixture:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • tsp cinnamon
  • maple syrup for dipping


  • Pour several inches of oil into a dutch oven or other large pot
  • Heat oil to 375 degrees over medium while making the batter.
  • In a large bowl, add the pancake mix, 1/3 sugar, milk, eggs and oil. Stir together just until combined.
  • Combine the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Drop scoops batter up using a spoon or a small cookie scooper into the hot oil. Don't make the scoops too big or they won't fully cook in the center.
  • Work in small batches, flipping them around as they cook. Cook until golden brown.
  • Place on a paper towel lined tray to drain excess oil. Then sprinkle or roll with cinnamon sugar and serve with syrup for dipping.
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Recipe adapted from The Country Cook.

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  1. I can’t believe I haven’t made these yet! I was scrolling through your recipes again and I thought I should email the recipe to myself. Then I noticed I already had when you first posted them! Ha! I’ll be making them soon. 🙂