Butter Pecan Pancakes – The Best Pancake Recipe Ever

by Pamela

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Why is eating breakfast, for dinner, such a guilty pleasure? A meal is a meal isn’t it? Food…on a plate…eaten with silverware (unless in a fit of cavemanism or the dishwasher hasn’t been run) it’s all pretty basic. But something happens to me when I get to eat breakfast for any meal other than breakfast. It’s like I’m 12 years old and eating Oreo’s smuggled out of the kitchen and into my bedroom while hiding under the blankets so mom can’t hear me crunching on them or something. But stirring butter pecan ice cream into pancake batter seriously makes for the best pancake recipe ever and you’ll want to be eating this 24/7.

I want to be a kid again to be able to ‘sneak’ cookies and eat stuff like these pancakes coated in caramel sauce and NOT have it immediately go to my butt and thighs. I’d also like to be a kid again so when I did eat stuff like this, my first concern would not be where will it show up first..on my but or on my thighs? I would like to have more important things to have crowding my brain like, does Danny think I’m cute, will Cheri and I go to the mall tonight, will Bob and I hold hands at the skating party next week or will my parents figure out that I was the one that broke the vase and ground me for the rest of my life.

Butter pecan pancakes with pecan caramel sauce

Alas, I am an adult and thus I create the occasional calorie bomb, albeit a delicious one, like these butter pecan pancakes with butter maple pecan caramel sauce just so that my adult brain has more stuff to worry about than will our property taxes go up, has the dog been walked, did I turn off that burner and whose birthday did I forget this week? So clearly I am subconsciously sabotaging my thoughts with recipes like these just so that I will be worried about which part of me is going to expand first? UGH! Sometimes I really hate my brain.

Several months ago, I wrote a post titled What to do with Vanilla Ice Cream. In that post, I listed 5 things that you could do with vanilla ice cream above and beyond scooping it into a dish and eating it. This recipe uses one of those suggestions. Butter pecan ice cream added to a box of corn meal muffing mix makes the best pancake recipe you’ll ever have.

If you’re looking for easy breakfast ideas, for the pending influx of friends and relatives that will be bunking with you over the holidays, look no further. You’ll be feeding lots of people and the last thing you need is some complicated breakfast or brunch recipe to deal with on top of the usual holiday feast recipes.

Easy breakfast ideas - pancakes and caramel sauce

Just in case the pancakes aren’t enough for you, there’s a caramel sauce topping these babies. Oh, and just to make this caramel sauce that much more special, it too uses butter pecan ice cream in it. You guessed it…this isn’t your normal everyday caramel sauce (although it is just as easy to make). This butter maple pecan caramel sauce is the rich and decadent last bit to take these pancakes right over the top.

Add this to your file of easy breakfast ideas and make yourself happy by making the best pancake recipe ever!

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Recipe: Butter Pecan Pancakes


  • 1 8.5 Ounce Box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 Cup Melted Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Batter should be the same consistency that you are used to from pancake batter.
  3. Let batter sit for about 10 minutes so that the dry ingredients are completely saturated with the wet ingredients.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan over high heat and melt a bit of butter in the pan.
  5. Once the butter is melted, pour 1/2 cup of batter into the center of the pan.
  6. Cook pancake until edges begin to slightly brown and bubbles appear in the center of the pancake.
  7. Carefully flip the pancake and cook until browned on the other side.
  8. Remove from pan and slide onto a plate.
  9. Continue with remaining batter.

Quick notes

Recipe makes 4 large pancakes, if using 1/2 cup measure and 8 medium pancakes if using 1/4 cup measure.

To keep pancakes warm, place them in a 200 degree oven in between cooking them.


You could use your favorite ice cream flavor in these pancakes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Recipe by Pamela Braun.[/print_this]


Recipe: Butter Maple Pecan Caramel Sauce

Summary: Makes 1 1/2 Cups Caramel Sauce


  • 6 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Melted Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Pecan Halves (or pieces)


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy medium size (preferably deep) saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add sugar and maple syrup, stirring frequently (with a whisk), until the sugar is melted and is a deep golden brown color (you may start to smell a slightly burning aroma or notice that the edges begin to look like theyโ€™re burning).
  3. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in half of the melted ice cream (mixture will bubble pretty violently, so you may want to be wearing long sleeves when you make this – ice cream should be at room temperature). Stir in the remainder of the ice cream until thoroughly combined.
  4. Whisk in the vanilla and salt.
  5. If any lumps form, return the pan to low heat and whisk until the lumps are dissolved.
  6. Stir in the toasted pecans.
  7. Pour the caramel into a heatproof container and allow caramel to come to room temperature.
  8. Cover and chill in refrigerator until completely cool.

Quick notes

If you use a dark colored saucepan to make the caramel sauce, you may have a hard time seeing the color change, look at your whisk and watch the edges of your saucepan.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Recipe by Pamela Braun.[/print_this]


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Georgie October 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I think I love you!

Pamela October 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Georgie, we’ll see how much you love me when you’re squeezing into your jeans after eating this. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I have to admit that it’s totally worth it. LOL

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

This is such an ultimate comfort food for breakfast.

Belinda @zomppa October 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

That’s definitely dessert breakfast! Great excuse – satisfies the sweet tooth and then some.

Pamela October 23, 2012 at 6:30 am

Brenda, this is definitely the definition of decadence. I think the only thing missing on the plate is some whipped cream. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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