Cornmeal Molasses Pancakes

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Cornmeal Molasses Pancakes ~ The morning after a holiday always means pancakes.  I don’t know why.  That’s just the way it is.  Don’t bother fighting it.

I’ve made Gingerbread, Cocoa, Banana, 7 Grain Pumpkin, Whole Wheat Oatmeal, and now these.  I’ve loved them all, but I still get super excited about each new incarnation.  The cornmeal, molasses and spices in these pancakes are reminiscent of  Indian Pudding, an venerable old New England dessert that goes back to colonial times.  Cornmeal, molasses spices, and milk are slowly cooked in a low oven into an unbelievable thick porridge-like pudding that is jaw-droppingly good with vanilla ice cream on top.  But that’s another story.  These pancakes have some of that deliciousness going on.

Be sure to serve these with lots of good maple syrup, the pancakes get their sweetness from the syrup, there is no sugar in the batter.  The combination of the syrup with the nutty cornmeal, the molasses, and all the spices is a good one!


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Cornmeal Molasses Pancakes


wet ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

dry ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves


  • Whisk the wet ingredients together in a measuring cup.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the wet to the dry, stirring just until combined, don’t over mix, lumps are ok… If the batter seems to thick, add a little more buttermilk.
  • Cook on a hot griddle.

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    August 16, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I absolutely love Indian pudding, I will have to make it for the blog this winter!

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    November 27, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Well these pancakes look perfect. Beautiful photos too. My husband and I did go out on Friday night and went to our local Best Buy. I think we missed the crowds and were darn happy about it!

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    katrina hall
    November 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Oh my word – these look wonderful! But I was seduced when I saw your Banana pancake link: what isn’t to love? Hmmmm. Maybe I’ll try all of them and report back:)

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    November 24, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Oh, these pancakes look fantastic! We drove to our cottage and well I did go shopping, in Saco, ME @ Reny’s, it’s a “Maine Adventure.”

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    November 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    wonderful pancakes 🙂 you make the best ones

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Love all the linkbacks to your previous creations – thank you!

    “Cornmeal, molasses spices, and milk are slowly cooked” — wow that sounds so good! I almost never make pancakes but you made me want to change all of that!

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    Karen Robbins
    November 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    The pancakes look great! No shopping for me today, did that once and swore I would never do it again!!