Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup

Spiced with traditional cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, these fluffy Gingerbread Pancakes are drizzled with a fresh lemon-buttermilk syrup. Christmas morning, I got your back. 

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan

Yesterday Eric gently shook me awake. I looked up at him, bleary-eyed, and he says to me, “Karen, something amazing has happened.”

So, tell me, if your spouse woke you up (after too little sleep) and said this, what would you guess in the few seconds before you found out? You know how fast your brain can think of  stuff like this. To quote Han Solo, “I can imagine quite a bit.”

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan

“U2 is going on tour next year, and I can buy tickets a day early!!”

It is, of course, a question of WHEN we will buy tickets, not if. Eric’s U2 obsession devotion love knows no bounds. His face looked exactly like Charlotte’s when I tell her that it’s okay to jump in the puddles as hard as she can.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan

I swear I did not coordinate their shirts, by the way. She and her cousin just have excellent taste, and serendipitous tendencies.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan

Here’s my last post for gingerbread week! We started on Monday with these craaaazy awesome Frosted Peppermint Gingerbread Bars, then on Wednesday I shared these Nutella Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies. Never enough gingerbread! Represent.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan

Today we’re talking breakfast. I made these pancakes for the first time a few weeks ago, and that day my nephew requested them for his birthday party that weekend. My friend Kate tried them, and needed the recipe to make them for her in-laws who were visiting.

So this recipe officially falls under the “I literally can’t wait until you post” category. I get a text, “When are you posting X recipe?” “Uh I don’t know a couple weeks probably.” “You have to email it to me. Now.” That’s when you know you’ve found a winner.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup from The Food Charlatan

These gingerbread pancakes WIN. And the lemon-buttermilk syrup. Ooooh, the lemon-buttermilk syrup. I’m kind of regretting not dedicating an entire post to that recipe. Stuff of DREAMS you guys.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Syrup

Yield: Makes about 15 pancakes

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


    For the lemon syrup
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (buy 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3-5 teaspoons lemon zest, plus more for garnish
  • For the pancakes:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • butter or nonstick spray, for frying


  1. Start with the lemon syrup: In a 2-quart saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add lemon juice, 1/2 cup buttermilk, and sugar. Stir occasionally over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and immediately stir in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda. The mixture will bubble up and foam like a science experiment (this is why you need a larger pot).
  4. Add the lemon zest and stir. It will take a few minutes for the foam to calm down, just stir it every now and then. Let rest while you get the pancakes ready, or keep it on low.
  5. For the pancakes: In a medium bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and cloves. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, molasses, egg + yolk, butter, and vanilla.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  7. Heat your griddle or skillet to medium. (350 on my griddle)
  8. Grease the pan with butter or nonstick spray, just enough to coat it.
  9. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form the pancakes. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until bubble have formed all over the top. Then flip with a spatula and cook until light brown, another 2 minutes or so.
  10. Serve with warm lemon syrup. Sprinkle each serving with lemon zest.


Keep the first few pancakes warm by placing them on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet, in the oven at 170 degrees F (the warm setting).

You may have leftover syrup. This is not an apology. DRINK THAT STUFF.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Sauce from The Food Charlatan


Use about a 1/4 cup per pancake. Mmm.


Good Old Fashioned Pancakes:

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Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake:

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes:

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes from

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes from Picky Cook
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from Minimalist Baker
Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes from Becky Bakes





  1. Sarah says

    My grandma and I used to eat lemon curd on fluffy gingerbread cake together. Sounds weird, tastes like heaven. After this week I’m beginning to think gingerbread is the ultimate secret dessert weapon.

  2. says

    I bet Eric is quite excited about the U2 concert! Should be a fun date night for you two. My sister and I had a similar conversation this week when we found out Lana Del Rey was coming to the shoreline, and we could get a password to buy the tickets a whole day early. Which is what we spent yesterday morning doing. So fun! And oh my stars these pancakes! Want!
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  3. says

    These look completely amazing! I’m picturing them for a cozy, holiday breakfast. Had to laugh at the U2 tickets thing. I was all excited about buying tickets for Foo Fighters at Shoreline but by the time I got on Ticketmaster, all that was left was lawn…. I think I’m too old for lawn tickets!

  4. says

    Your husband and daughter are absolutely adorable. And that “jump in puddles as hard as you can” look… I can totally imagine it. I used to go around doing that during 4th grade on rainy days on the playground. My mom realized she couldn’t fight it and just bought me better rain boots. ;) And if I stop by late one night when we’re both staying up to work on blog posts, can we have brinner with these pancakes?? Mmkay thanks. :) Pinned!
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  5. says

    Gingerbread!! I am actually scratching my posts I had planned for next week because of an intense gingerbread craving over the weekend! Gingerbread and lemon sound lovely together- who would have though? PS- my husband is also super excited about U2, just glad I didn’t get woken up to hear about it!

    • says

      I’m OBSESSED right now Alex!! It’s kind of ridiculous. If you are having cravings just stop by my place, you are guaranteed to find something. :) Can’t wait to see what ginger lemon combo you come up with! Best ever!

  6. Hepzibha says

    Wow.. it looks soo yummy.. can’t wait to taste it..
    I am from India.. i don’t think I ll be able to find Molasses here, can u plz suggest me any other alternative for this.

    • says

      Hey Hepzibha! Can you find dark corn syrup? If not you could replace with honey or maple syrup, though any of these will change the flavor a bit. But it will still be delicious! I hope it works out for you!

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