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Spiced Apple Cider Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup

Warm up your autumn weekends with spiced apple cider pancakes, and to really take them over the top, whip up a little maple bourbon syrup!

This recipe for spiced apple cider pancakes is one of the older posts on our blog – originally published in November of 2012! Hilariously, for a reason I simply can’t recall, we photographed them alongside starfruit. STARFRUIT. While starfruit is wonderful, is there anything less akin to fall, spices, and apple cider? Must have just been one of those many situations when I temporarily lost my mind. At any rate, we’ve made some adjustments to the recipe since then. Inspired by Trader Joe’s, we added a little pumpkin pie spice (that’s cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, if you were wondering), which brings a bit of fall spice to the palate – so good. And, while we think the original cinnamon syrup recipe is quite yummy, we’re crazy about this maple bourbon syrup we found to pair with these outrageously tasty pancakes. Try it. You’ll want to keep some in the fridge all the time.

Warm up your autumn weekends with spiced apple cider pancakes, and to really take them over the top, whip up a little maple bourbon syrup!

Soooo, let’s talk about my crazy neighbors down the street. I think I mentioned them in Tuesday’s Tidings? These neighbors are always the first ones to decorate for Halloween, and now they are the very first ones in our entire neighborhood development that have decorated for Christmas. I’m not sure if there is some sort of top secret neighborhood competition going on that I haven’t been made aware of, or if they are just really, really excited for Christmas. But seriously, it’s only been six days since Halloween. SIX DAYS!!!!

Stack of apple cider pancakes

Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love celebrating Christmas, and I think I, more than a lot of other people, are super excited about Christmas because HELLO, I’M HAVING A BABY!!! But even I know that it’s important to not rush such important things. I mean, we still have to get to Thanksgiving and think about all the things that we are thankful for. But these people are just completely rushing past the thankfulness and diving head first into the Christmas lights and presents.

Spiced Apple Cider Pancakes

So here’s what I suggest, in an attempt to possibly slow time down a bit, ya know, stop and smell the roses…let’s take a moment and be thankful for these incredible awesome Apple Cider Pancakes with a sweet Cinnamoney Syrup that will have you counting your blessings all night long! At the end of the day, when the world is trying to rush the holidays by you so fast you may not even see it, at least, you can sit down with your family and give thanks and enjoy these succulent pancakes for breakfast or dinner!

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Spiced Apple Cider Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup

Spiced Apple Cider Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup

Yield: 8-10 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Warm up your autumn weekends with spiced apple cider pancakes, and to really take them over the top, whip up a little maple bourbon syrup!


Spiced Apple Cider Pancakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Maple Bourbon Syrup

  • 1 cup of pure maple syrup (recommend grade A, dark / robust)
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of bourbon whiskey
  • pinch of salt



    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (or warm setting)
    2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
    3. In a small bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
    4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter will be kind of lumpy.
    5. (Optional) Toast up about a cup of chopped walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, and provide as an optional topping to add texture and flavor to your stack of hotcakes!
    6. Grease a skillet over medium heat and add small batches of batter to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form and pop, then flip the pancakes over and continue cooking until the bottom is browned and the center is cooked through.
    7. If not serving pancakes directly off of skillet or griddle, place on wire rack in oven to keep warm


    1. Heat syrup over low to medium heat, add butter, and stir until melted
    2. Add bourbon and stir
    3. Increase heat to bring to boil, add salt, and then boil for one minute


While we recommend using the Grade A (formerly Grade B) dark/robust maple syrup, this is a personal preference - use whatever you like, as long as it's real maple syrup (no sugar water!). Feel free to adjust the amount of bourbon in the syrup mixture up or down for more or less "bourbony" flavor. Just be careful tasting, as it is hot.

Pancake recipe very slightly modified from original recipe by Buns in My Oven

Syrup recipe found over at the ABV Network's whiskey corner

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is not always accurate. In this case, it is assuming you will use all of the syrup on your 8-10 pancakes, which you definitely will not.

From Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts

Saturday 10th of November 2012

Pinning this! This sounds like a lovely combination of flavors for a fall breakfast!

Jenn Cochran

Friday 9th of November 2012

This syrup looks reeeallly similar to the syrup I made for my Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon was SO good!!


Thursday 15th of November 2012

I was thinking that when I saw yours go up! It is really tasty!

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