Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

This is the ultimate recipe for the ultimate stack of pumpkin pancakes, spiced with cinnamon, and loaded with chocolate chips. Cool fall mornings just got even better.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

I feel like I’m breaking a huge rule today. Pumpkin pancakes… in August?! Ok, ok while I hate saying goodbye to long summer days, warm summer nights, s’mores by the campfire, beach vacations, and actually having a tan – there is absolutely NOTHING compared to this September.  So yeah. I can’t control my excitement anymore.

That being said, fall is coming early on SBA this year.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ll be quite busy a chaotic mess the few weeks before the wedding, so I decided to start baking fall recipes early this year. Though I have to admit, I made these pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes in June, twice in July, and finally shot them a couple weeks ago so I could share the recipe with you today. To me, pumpkin knows no seasons. Same with flip-flops and neon pink nail polish. I’m seasonally challenged.

Today’s recipe is everything you love about fall served up on an adorable orange polka dot plate, preferably paired with a steaming cup of coffee on a cool morning as the leaves begin to change color. I think you should get these plates too. Cutest ‘lil things I own.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s been awhile since I shared a pancake recipe with you, so let me remind you about my thoughts on pancakes. Yes, I have a series of pancake thoughts. My life is weird.

To me, pancakes are meant to be light and soft. A stack of fluffy heaven. Now, it’s easy to make fluffy pancakes using the good ‘ole box of pancake mix, but you won’t find me doing that on a Sunday morning. Nothing compares to homemade!

When I began testing pumpkin pancake recipes, I had a long streak of reject batches that were both dense and flavorless. Pumpkin is a funny little ingredient. It changes the moisture, tenderness, and texture of anything it touches. But luckily after about 8 flavorless recipes making pancakes comparable to hockey pucks, I found a winner. And spent nearly $30 on pumpkin in the process.

But this cinnamon-spiced, pumpkin flavored, chocolate chip studded, maple syrup drenched stack of pancakes… oh man, it was soooo worth the trouble.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

This is a recipe you’re going to want to hold onto this fall. Making these pancakes is incredibly simple and if you want your pancakes to be as lip-smackin’ as mine, I suggest you follow the recipe as written and read this:

You need whole milk. Not soy, almond, rice, coconut, skim, 1% or 2%. The only substitute would be buttermilk. Whole milk is what makes your pancakes so tender and rich. With your leftover whole milk, make this.

Measure your pumpkin carefully. 1 cup of pumpkin wasn’t enough. 1 and 1/2 cups was way too much, leaving the pancakes thin and gloppy – they were gross. You need a precise 1 and 1/4 cups.

Don’t mix up your baking soda and baking powder. You need both. 2 teaspoons of BP, 1 teaspoon of BS. These leaveners are what make your pancakes fluffy and tall.

Brown sugar, not white. You want the slight molasses flavor from brown sugar. It just pairs well with pumpkin. I don’t use too much brown sugar because the chocolate chips leave the pancakes plenty sweet. And so does your maple syrup.

If you don’t like chocolate chips in your pancake business, feel free to leave them out. I actually loved the pancakes without the chocolate chips. Topped with melty butter and pure maple syrup, of course. Totally not wedding diet appropriate, but that’s why I run the mileage of a crazy person.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Moist, fluffy, flavorful, everything a pancake should be. Enjoy!

NOTE: I highly suggest you make the recipe as written first. Pumpkin pancakes are very temperamental and even the slightest change in ingredients will have your pancakes tasting different than mine. After trying the recipe, tweak as you see fit if necessary.

ALSO: make sure your griddle is hot hot hot before adding the pancake batter.

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes are the epitome of a cozy fall breakfast! Moist and fluffy, they're wonderful with a pat of butter and a cascade of maple syrup. Make sure you read my notes in the post before beginning.

Yield: 12 pancakes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (305g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup (67g) light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) whole milk*

Directions:

In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and chocolate chips together until combined. Set aside.

I like to mix the wet ingredients in a blender. This guarantees a smoother batter and breaks down the pumpkin. This is especially necessary if you are using fresh pumpkin puree. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, egg, oil, and whole milk to a blender and blend on high for 45 seconds until combined. Alternatively, you may whisk by hand or use a hand mixer. Blender is best.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk by hand gently to combine the ingredients. The batter is extremely thick. Do not thin it out. Whisk until *just* combined, no more. A few lumps may remain. Taste the batter. If you want to add more spices, go ahead. I usually add more cinnamon.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with butter. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with butter for each pancake or batch of pancakes.

Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200F degree oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately with your favorite pancake toppings. Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months.

*Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you may use 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice.

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Here are a lot more pumpkin recipes

Including chocolate chip cookies. (!!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - this is the ultimate recipe for moist, fluffy, thick pumpkin pancakes! Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

   

144 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes.”

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    Elizabethposted August 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I have been WAITING for pumpkin season to start (so glad I am not the only one)! My husband and I made these pancakes for breakfast a couple days ago and they were AMAZING! Pumpkin + chocolate chips + pie spice = <3 New favorite homemade pancake recipe; cannot wait to make them again!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 26th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      So great to hear, Elizabeth. Thank you for reporting back!

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    Kelly Tposted August 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Ohhhh! I can’t wait to try these! My kids love pumpkin/chocolate chip combo! And congrats on your upcoming nuptials! So exciting!

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    Sarah Rposted August 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    After making your pumpkin granola, what’s a girl to do with the remaining 3/4 can of pumpkin? Make pumpkin pancakes, of course!

    I have to admit to cheating a little: I used Jiffy baking mix rather than measure my own dry ingredients. I did add the extra baking powder as recommended, though. Also, since I’m making them for busy fall mornings, I baked 24 “puffins” to put in my freezer. I, too, have suffered overly wet pumpkin puffins, so I’m delighted that these baked all the way through! Yummy!

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    Mary Francesposted August 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Fluffy heaven is right! And pumpkin + chocolate chip just makes it even better (is that even possible?? :) ) I’d take a stack of these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – they are gorgeous and sound amazing! Pinning!

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    Danielleposted August 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Is it weird that my family and I had these for dinner! tonight??!!! I sure hope not because due to the fact that they were fantastic; and utterly delicious, fluffy, and so incredibly flavorful….I can’t say/promise it won’t happen again! And again…..lol! Everyone loved these! Great recipe. Thank you. ; )

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    • Linda B.replied on September 14th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      It’s not wierd at all. Infact, my family is having them along with scrambled eggs and bacon tonight for supper! :)

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    Diana @ Baking Up Yumposted September 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Made these yesterday morning – yum yum yum!!!!! Love them!

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    Aviposted September 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Made these pancakes over the weekend for my husband and in-laws and they were a huge hit!! I was so glad everyone was ready for some pumpkin flavor and so was I! I will definitely be making these again, thanks for starting up the pumpkin season for me, can’t wait to make your iced pumpkin coffee cake again this year….one of my all time favs!!! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 2nd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Love that coffee cake! And these pancakes – thanks for trying them and reporting back Avi!

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    Melissaposted September 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Have you ever used whole wheat flour in this recipe?

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    Brendaposted September 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Will this recipe can be used to make waffles??
    I will love pumpkin waffles..

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    • Sallyreplied on September 4th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Absolutely!

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    Leslieposted September 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

    these were AMAZING! might be making them weekly :) I topped them with a little maple cinnamon whip cream (heavy whipping cream, maple syrup, and cinnamon) – delicious!

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    Kathyposted September 12, 2014 at 10:57 am

    My husband and I love these pancakes. They’re so moist and pumpkiny. I had some cinnamon chips in the frig, so I used them instead of chocolate chips, and I halved the spices. The flavors blended well.

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    Christyposted September 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    These pumpkin pancakes were AMAZING! Incredibly delicious and they cooked perfectly. Bonus that I had just the right amount of leftover pumpkin puree for a batch after making skinny pumpkin latte ice cubes. Which were also amazing.
    Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 13th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Perfect. Thanks for reporting back about both recipes Christy!

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    Patposted September 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Fantastic. It was like eating the guts of the pumpkin pie. The next time I make them I’m going to leave out the chocolate chips and try it that way. They were very light and fluffy.

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    Melissa Costonposted September 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Would coconut oil work the same? That’s the only oil I use really.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 26th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Yep! Melted coconut oil is fine.

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    Flo.Vposted September 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I’m french, and I’m usually all about crêpes but that was ridiculously good. I just discovered your blog, and I feel like trying every single recipy. (Sorry if my english is a bit crappy.)

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    Triciaposted September 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

    delicious!

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    Jim Cutlerposted September 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Hey Sally, I’m a huge fan and a fellow food blogger.

    Why mix the chocolate chips in the dry ingredients rather than fold into the batter in the end?

    Jim

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    • Sallyreplied on September 28th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I do it this way to help avoid overmixing (which you do not want to do here!) – so, rather than mix the wet and dry and then mix AGAIN by adding the chocolate chips – you can simply mix the chocolate chips in the with the dry.

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    Ashleyposted October 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I tried these out this morning, they are fantastic! The only difference I made was switching the chocolate chips for white chocolate because its’ what I had on hand. Thanks for a great recipe, this one is definitely getting added to my box of favorites!

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    Audreyposted October 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Hey Sally! Would it be okay to use one cup whole wheat and one regular flour? Thanks…just don’t have quite enough flour on hand for two cups!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Hi Audrey! Sorry for the delay responding, I was on vacation. 1 cup WW and 1 cup all-purpose should be fine. The pancakes may be a tad on the dense side.

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    Michelleposted October 2, 2014 at 3:03 am

    My daughter, who will be 2 in December, LOVES these. Now, every time she sees me standing at the stove she says “Pancakes? Pancakes?” Thanks for such a fantastic recipe! After you return from your honeymoon, do you think you could come up with a gingerbread scone recipe? I have one, but it turns out so dry. I’m betting you could make some scrumptious ones?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Hi Michelle – love the gingerbread scone suggestion. Thank you for that! And your comment about your sweet daughter. So cute! It made me smile.

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    Alex Sposted October 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I know you said not to use anything but whole milk, but I don’t eat dairy and these looked so good, I had to make them. I used almond milk and they turned out AMAZINGLY! My sister and I ate the whole batch in two days.

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    Mindy McGowanposted October 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I am currently eating these pancakes, and OMG, they are SO good!! They are thick and fluffy, just the way I like them. The pumpkin and chocolate go so well together. I was a bit worried when I looked in my fridge and saw that I was out of maple syrup, but I just topped with a bit of butter, and they are amazing, moist and full of flavor. I’ll definitely be making these again!! I didn’t have whole milk, so I made some with nonfat dry milk and water.

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    Meredithposted October 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Can you make the batter ahead of time? Like the night before? I have two little ones and want to try these and thought it might be easier to make the batter the night before so that I can just put them on the griddle first thing in the morning.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 12th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Meredith, as much as I want to say yes to the preparing ahead – it just doesn’t work. The batter must be prepared and then cooked right away. I find the pancakes are not as thick because the baking powder has been activated for far too long (unless you can find “slow-acting” baking powder). If you don’t mind thin pancakes, you may certainly do it.

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    Maggieposted October 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Abosulutely AMAZING, Sally! These pancakes are droolworthy :P
    Thanks for the recipe, and congratulations on your marriage!

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    Anne Westbrookposted October 12, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Tried this today, thanks for the recipe! It was tasty, but it was waaaaaaay too thick. I think next time I’ll add in more milk. Loved the flavors though.

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    Crystal Pposted October 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    These pancakes were amazing! I usually make pancakes for the kids during the weekend. With this weekend being a couple days longer, I though I would try out different pancakes recipes. I ended up only trying yours because the kids have wanted them 3 days in a row. These pancakes have definitely become a favorite in my house. Thanks for helping make family breakfast even more special.

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    meganposted October 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    These were tasty, but a bit mushy on the inside. I wound up burning them because I felt like I had to cook them more. I followed all your directions perfectly, except I used less chocolate chips. Any ideas what I could’ve done wrong?!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Megan! How about you cook at a slightly lower stovetop temperature. Also, try pressing down on the pancakes with the back of the spatula – this helps that gooey inside ooze out of the sides and cook.

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    Jennyposted October 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I made these pancakes this morning for my family with a side of maple bacon and pure New Hampshire maple syrup. They are AMAZING! A huge hit in my household. Great way to warm up on cool Fall mornings. This has been added to my list of favorites!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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    Kimposted October 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I am getting ready for the third time! Awesome recipe! Thanks!!!

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    Marqueaposted October 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I am a lazy cook. I made these and will be making them again. They are filling and I didn’t need to put syrup on mine. Which says a lot because I love sweet. These pancakes were the ultimate in perfection. I was a little intimidated at first afraid I would miss something or fail. This is a pinterest win. I haven’t been this excited about a recipe since I duplicated my mother’s squash casserole. My daughter liked them too.

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    Ashley Sposted October 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    We don’t do dairy in my family so I’m going to try this out with almond milk. It has never been a problem yet.

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    Jenny Sposted October 24, 2014 at 1:31 am

    I started making a variation of these last year using white chocolate chips instead of semi sweet. Huge it. Try eggnog pancakes too. I love the idea of brown sugar versus white with the pumpkin. We will try them Sunday before my daughter heads back to school.

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    Amy M.posted October 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Sally. Time and time again your recipes are always kickass. I don’t know how you do it! I made these this morning (cool October day was the perfect setting for them) for a birthday weekend treat and they were fabulous. Not too pumpkin-y but had great flavor. I used to be hesitant about mixing pumpkin and chocolate but after trying your skinny pumpkin chocolate muffins this week, I am a believer.

    My only issue is that recently I’ve been making pancakes in my new cast-iron skillet and the outsides always overcook before I can get the middle to be done but maybe I should just make them on our griddle from now on.

    Anyway, another great recipe, very happy! Please come visit Boston soon, my cookbook could really use an autograph!

    – Amy

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    • Sallyreplied on October 26th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I love that you called my recipes kickass. That makes my day. Happy you love these pancakes. And I always use a griddle for pancakes for that very reason! I would LOVE to come to Boston. I’ll run that by my publisher who sets up my signings.

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      • Amy M.replied on October 26th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Awesome!!

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    Cjposted October 27, 2014 at 8:12 am

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    Let me know if you have any questions and hope to see you at the site … Cj :)

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    Kristinposted October 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Just made these for dinner, they were amazing. We are vegan so I did make a couple of substitutions, I used a flax “egg” instead of a real egg and made buttermilk with cashew milk. They were tender, fluffy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Andrea N.posted October 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I don’t know what I did wrong:/ grill didn’t heat up hot enought, ingredients old, used 2% milk; not sure if these could have done it but I could not get these to be fluffy or cooked all the way through and I left them on the griddle for a while. The outsides crisped up nice but the insides were that moiste batter texture. I bake a lot but usually just do bisquik for pancakes. Maybe did I over mix when adding the wet to the dry? I want to love these but I wish I knew where mine went wrong.

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    Jennyposted November 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Tried these pancakes last week and LOVED THEM! They lasted me and my husband about a week :) Followed the directions exactly, except for the milk. I made my own “buttermilk” with almond milk and vinegar (just under 1.5 cups almond milk with 2 TBSP vinegar mixed in). They were delicious and fluffy! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Dianeposted November 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe exactly and they look more like biscuits than pancakes. I’m so bummed. :( I’m sure it was me and not the recipe. I wanna give these another try!! Help!! :)

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    Mirandaposted November 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I’m seriously in love with you right now. I’m THAT girl standing in the kitchen licking the batter bowl. ;)

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    Jennifer Cposted November 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Made these this morning and they turned out great. Added a little ginger and skipped the chocolate chips, but followed the recipe otherwise. I was a bit concerned they’d end up too sweet, but they weren’t at all – the brown sugar gave just the right amount of sweetness. The batter really tastes like pumpkin pie. I topped them with buttered pecans, butter, and real maple syrup.

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    Sonia Dposted November 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I halved the recipe since most mornings its just me and my 2 year and it was awesome! Thanks for your amazing recipes!

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    Hope C.posted November 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    These pumpkin chocolate-chip pancakes were delicious, although I’m slightly frustrated at my inability to make perfect pancakes. :D Unless the pancakes are from a mix, they end up black. I followed every direction carefully, but my pancakes were still burnt. Practice makes perfect, so I’ll have to keep on practicing NOT burning pancakes! :D Thank you, though, for the recipe! :) Do you have any suggestions or tips that I might use? Thanks!

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    Austria Azacetaposted November 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Hi Sally,
    I am a huge pumpkin fan (except for the pie, its a texture thing) so i knew i had to try these. I made them last month for my husband & some friends as we were away for the weekend together & they were a hit! They are quite delicious!! The pumpkin flavor is spot on. I was surprised at how thick the batter was & did add a little more milk. I didn’t add choc chips to the whole batch but rather sprinkled them on individual pancakes per request. These are so thick that they took a little longer to cook. I had mine with chopped pecans & some maple syrup….
    Now i read some comments & see that the batter can be used for waffles so that is definitely happening this week!! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

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    Cameronposted November 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    gee thanks, now you’ve made something so freaking delicious that I have to mix up a batch twice a week for my two boys, 11 and 14. My 14 year old whines when he has to have regular pancakes. I get so excited when they have left me a few bites on their plates

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