Chocolate Chip Pancakes

By Maria Lichty

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes-these light and fluffy homemade pancakes are dotted with chocolate chips, making them the perfect breakfast for a special occasion or any day!

stack of Chocolate Chip Pancakes with maple syrup being poured over the top

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Special Breakfast

Do you want to see a BIG smile on a sleepy face? Tell someone you’re making Chocolate Chip Pancakes first thing in the morning!

We love pancakes at our house, our Buttermilk Pancakes are the BEST, but when we are feeling decadent, we bust out the chocolate chips.

My chocolate chip pancake recipe makes fluffy, sweet pancakes with bits of melted chocolate scattered throughout. It’s a true weekend morning dream come true…or any morning! I think chocolate for breakfast is always a good idea!

Pancake Ingredients

You likely already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen ready to go!

  • Flour-Use all-purpose flour. If you need the pancakes to be gluten-free you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour.
  • Sugar-Sweeten the hot cakes with a little granulated sugar!
  • Baking powder AND Baking Soda-To make the pancakes rise! Check the expiration date to make sure they are fresh.
  • Salt-Salt is always important!
  • Buttermilk-Make sure the buttermilk is at room temperature!
  • Butter-I use unsalted butter. The butter gives the pancakes a rich flavor!
  • Eggs-You need 2 large eggs!
  • Vanilla Extract-Pure vanilla extract is the best!
  • Chocolate Chips-I use semi-sweet chocolate chips. Guittard are my favorite. You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even mini chocolate chips!
stack of Chocolate Chip Pancakes cut into

How to Make Chocolate Chip Pancakes

It’s a classic pancake recipe! Here’s how I get perfect, golden pancakes every time…

  • Start with your dry ingredients! Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Now the wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla get mixed in a  medium bowl. Pour this over the whisked dry ingredients.
  • Mix until just combined. The batter will be lumpy, but don’t keep mixing! If you over mix your pancakes will be tough and not light and fluffy.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Remembering NOT to over mix!
  • Let the batter sit for 5 minutes. Resting the batter lets the gluten relax and the lumps will smooth out slightly.
  • Add a dollop of butter to your hot griddle or skillet and spread it around until it’s melted and your surface is greased.
  • I’ve found that ¼ cup is just right for pancakes. Use a measuring cup to spoon the batter onto the hot skillet or griddle. Cook until small bubbles form across the tops of the pancakes, which should take about 3 minutes.
  • Now we flip! Cook the other side until golden brown and repeat until you’ve used all the batter. Serve them warm with butter, maple syrup, or any toppings you love.
Chocolate Chip Pancake batter in a bowl

Topping Ideas

Mmm, pancake toppings! I love all of the different options. Get creative and top your top your Chocolate Chip Pancakes with:

  • Butter-more is MORE!
  • Maple syrup-pure maple syrup is my fave!
  • Strawberries-strawberries and chocolate, a match made in heaven!
  • Raspberries-my boy’s favorite!
  • Peanut butter-have you tried peanut butter on pancakes? SO good!
  • Jam-spread your favorite jam on top of a hot cake!
  • Whipped cream-breakfast or dessert? Who cares:)
plate of Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Serving Suggestions

…or any of your favorite breakfast foods! Or you can just eat a big stack of pancakes! That is the perfect breakfast if you ask me:)

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes-these light and fluffy homemade pancakes are dotted with chocolate chips, making them the perfect breakfast for a special occasion.
4.87 from 22 votes



  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract together.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter will be lumpy and that is ok. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. You don’t want to over mix the batter. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a pat of butter to the griddle or skillet and spread it around until melted.
  • Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, spoon the batter onto the hot griddle or skillet. Cook until small bubbles form all across the top of the pancakes, about 3 minutes, then flip and continue to cook until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve pancakes warm with butter and maple syrup, if desired.


To keep pancakes warm, place in a single layer on a large baking sheet and place in a 200°F oven.


Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 505mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t think I needed to try another pancake recipe but I’m super glad I did- so yummy! The recipe is a keeper

  2. We absolutely love these pancakes! I just wish mind turned out as pretty. I’ve made several pancake recipes over the years and these are by far a family favorite. My husband actually requests these! He’s normally like whatever with food haha

  3. 5 stars
    The best pancakes ever! So so fluffy and light, I added a half cup more of chocolate chips and a half cup of walnuts they were delicious. This recipe is the best one ive ever tried. Loved it thank you!

  4. Hello
    I am happy you use Guittard Chocolate Chips since I work there
    The pancakes came out great

  5. How many pancakes do these make? And is the calories s per the total 6 servings? or just one serving?

  6. 5 stars
    Just made these for Mother’s Day brunch. These are the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever made. They are delicious! No syrup needed.
    Next time I’ll withhold the chocolate chips and just add as a garnish. Mine tended to burn a little while insuring the pancakes were cooked through.

  7. 5 stars
    These turned out great and they were really delicious! I’ve been craving chocolate chip pancakes for awhile but there are so many recipes with completely mixed reviews I had a hard time deciding which to try. I made a half recipe for myself, knowing I’d inevitably burn a few but could freeze extras if they all turned out. I’ll definitely be making them again the next time a craving for chocolate chip pancakes hits.

    In case anyone has issues with them cooking properly, especially because these are a thicker pancake than I normally make, I will say that having my burners at medium-high was WAY too hot (on my electric oven anyway- a Samsung.) The first batch came out just fine, but the burners must have reached full heat after that batch because the next started almost burning, the next after that almost burned the outside while leaving the inside still completely raw. Setting my burners at about a 5.5/6 (on a 1-9 dial) worked perfectly.

  8. 5 stars
    I wanted to not love this recipe as I’ve been loyal to a very old Betty Crocker recipe for a long time, but it’s fantastic! The pancakes cooked up thick and fluffy, but with a slight crisp crust from cooking in the butter (almost like a fritter edge) – to me, this is my ideal type of pancake as I don’t love purely cakey pancakes. Also, the recipe quarters beautifully when making for just 1-2 people (I just beat one egg separately and added half of the liquid). It will be my new go-to recipe in the future!

  9. 5 stars
    Made these today for my husband’s birthday. They were probably the best pancakes I’ve made. Light, fluffy, with an ever so slightly crisp exterior.
    I did do things slightly different due to time contraints and what I had on hand.
    – used half buttermilk and plain whole yogurt
    – let it sit for a few hours
    – added like 1/4 cup half n half so it wouldn’t be too thick as another recipe was
    – held off on adding the chips until I was ready to cook, they didn’t sink to the bottom at all which surprised me
    This will now be my go-to pancake recipe.