When I married my husband, I was determined to teach myself how to cook (and bake) from scratch more, and from cans and boxes less.  Over the years this determination grew even more once I became a mother. 

My desire to cook most things homemade has always been rooted in a desire to create memories and traditions for my family, not by food politics or popular movements.

I want to create familiar recipes my children will look forward to around certain holidays or on any given Sunday morning.  When my children move away from home and start their own families, I want them to look back fondly to the recipes of their childhood and remember the times we spent together – even long after I’m gone.

Today’s recipe for Sour Cream Pancakes is special to me.  Everyone in our family, as well as our friends, loves this recipe.  The pancakes are fluffy and melt-in-your mouth.  They are superior to any box mix you can buy off the store shelf.

If you’ve ever been hesitant to make your family homemade pancakes, this easy recipe will win you and your family over.

*Note:  In my opinion, the secret to perfect pancakes is the smoothness of the batter.  If you have a blender, mix the wet ingredients in the blender on a medium low speed.  Slowly add the dry ingredients until you have smooth and lump free batter.  Using a 1/3 measuring cup to make the perfect sized pancakes with a uniform size.

Recipe: Sour Cream Pancakes

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 15 min(s)

Fluffy Homemade Sour Cream Pancakes


  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Whisk the milk, sour cream, eggs, butter, and vanilla until well mixed. Tip: Use a blender on medium-low speed to make the most smoothest batter.
  2. Stir in the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until the dry ingredients are incorporated and the batter is smooth.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and coat it with non-stick spray.
  4. Pour 1/3 cup of the pancake batter onto the pan. Watch for the pancake to form bubbles and the griddle side of the pancake golden, just under one minute.
  5. Gently flip the pancake over and cook for 30 seconds or until golden.
  6. Spray non-stick spray between cooking new pancakes.
  7. Serve immediately.

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15 Responses to “Sour Cream Pancakes: Video”

  1. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    Now I know what we’re having for breakfast on Sunday!

  2. Gloria

    I was taught not to stir the batter too much and that a few lumps were ok? How will the smooth batter change the way they turn out?

    • Alice Currah alice

      Hi Gloria,
      It has been from my experience smooth batter has better consistency in texture as well as solves the problem of finding tiny pockets of flour in the pancake it self.

  3. Cathy

    I made these on Sunday. Great recipe, thanks! Really light and fluffy.

  4. JON

    My grandma left us w/ tons of recipes and she always made everything from scratch. The number 1 being sour cream pancakes. We have always thought it was a family secret on how to make these and after reading website after website on how people make sour cream pancakes we can now confirm it is truly a family secret. Yes of course sour cream is one of the many ingredients but all the recipes are missing 2 ingredients and 3 steps that make all the difference. I’ll never post it on the Internet because it would truly ruin a family secret but asking nicely in an email may get u somewhere.

    • Amy Hedman Turnbull

      Jon, My grandma had her secret Sour Cream recipe and I identify with everything in your post! LOL!

  5. Diana Senn

    Hi Jon! Can’t figure out how to email you. Maybe you will check back here again! I would love to have your gram’s recipe! My email is SpclyDi@gmail.com! Please write to me! Thanks, Diana

  6. Heidi Haley

    Hello Jon, I have been trying different “from scratch” pancake recipes on and off for years…and I always end up giving up for a while, only to come back and try, try again. They just never turn out “right”. If you check this blog again in the future and will email your secrets, I would be eternally grateful! My email address is heidihaley78@gmail.com
    Thank you, Jon!