Delicious Pancake Puppies: A Mouthwatering Recipe

As a culinary explorer, I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that are both easy and fun to make. And today, I am excited to introduce you to one such recipe: Homemade Pancake Puppies!

If you’ve ever been to Denny’s, you’ll know what I’m talking about – these little balls of fried pancake batter are like hush puppies, but with a sweet twist. And trust me when I say they are absolutely delicious!

But don’t just take my word for it. This easy-to-follow recipe will show you how to make your very own Pancake Puppies from scratch. With a few simple ingredients and some medium-level cooking skills, you’ll have a plate full of warm and fluffy pancakes balls that are perfect for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack.

So whether you’re a fan of hush puppies, pancakes, or just love trying out new recipes, these Homemade Pancake Puppies are sure to become a hit in your household. So let’s get started and make some delicious food!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Homemade Pancake Puppies
Homemade Pancake Puppies

If you are a fan of delicious and fun food, you’ll absolutely fall in love with this Homemade Pancake Puppies Recipe. Known as the puppies recipe, this treat is inspired by Denny’s famous pancake puppies, but with a unique twist that will leave your taste buds dancing.

These bite-sized treats are as versatile as they come, perfect for any time of day. Whether you are in the mood for a sweet or savory snack, these puppies have got you covered. Their soft and fluffy interior coupled with their golden and crispy exterior make them an irresistible option for indulging in dessert or snacking on something savory.

But what truly sets these puppies apart from other recipes is their adaptability. Want to add a little kick to your hushpuppies recipe? Try adding some diced green onions, Del Monte corn or pepper jack cheese to the batter. Looking for a sweet twist? Coat them in cinnamon sugar or dip them in sweet icing for an exciting and innovative dessert.

The preparation of this recipe is super fun and easy, requiring minimal kitchen skills. Perfect if you’re looking to spend quality time with your loved ones cooking together or if you’re feeling nostalgic about the times you had at Denny’s.

One batch of this pancake balls recipe makes enough servings to satisfy a crowd, so prepare to share with those around you – unless you plan on enjoying all by yourself! So what are you waiting for? Make Denny’s envious by showcasing your culinary expertise with these irresistible homemade pancake puppies!

Ingredient List

 Bites of deliciousness!
Bites of deliciousness!

Here Comes the Ingredients!

Before we dive into the recipe itself, let’s first take a closer look at the ingredients required to whip up these flavorful Pancake Puppies. Fear not! You won’t need any fancy or hard-to-find ingredients. Everything you’ll need is probably already sitting in your pantry or fridge.

  • 2 cups (240g) of pancake mix
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of milk: any fat content works, but whole milk will give you richer and creamier pancakes.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp (25g) of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5g) of salt
  • 1 tsp (5g) of baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) of water
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying


  • For this recipe, we used Denny’s Pancake Mix. But feel free to use any brand that you prefer.
  • If you don’t have pancake mix on hand, you can easily make your own by combining 1 1/2 cups (180g) of all-purpose flour, 3 1/2 tsp (17.5g) of baking powder, 1 tsp (5g) of salt, and 1 tbsp (12.5g) of sugar.

The Recipe How-To

Once you have all the ingredients ready, let’s move on to the how-to of this scrumptious Homemade Pancake Puppies recipe.

Step 1: Creating the Batter

Take a medium-sized bowl and add 2 cups of pancake mix, 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of cornmeal, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Mix these dry ingredients well. In another bowl, mix together 1 beaten egg, 3 tablespoons of oil and 3 cups of milk. Now slowly add wet and dry ingredients in small quantities and mix them gently to create a smooth batter.

Step 2: Preparing for Frying

Heat your deep fryer with vegetable oil up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to ensure proper temperature to get fluffy pancake balls. Use a cookie scoop to make even sized balls from the pancake batter.

Step 3: Frying the Pancake Balls

Carefully dip each pancake ball into the hot oil using a spoon or tongs. Fry each pancake ball for around two minutes until golden brown. Stir occasionally to get evenly fried ball. Remove them from the oil once done, onto paper towels to drain excess oil.

Step 4: Adding Topping

To make your pancakes puppies like sweet hush puppies, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, coat each ball with it before serving as sweet pancake balls.

You can also try out frosting ideas for you sweet tooth lovers – some delicious options include powdered sugar mixed with water or cream cheese icing topped with white chocolate chips or green onion and pepper jack frosting.

Optional Substitution

If there is no use of cake batter at your place then jiffy cornbread can be used as an effortless substitute.

With this fun and easy dessert recipe, making Denny’s Pancake Puppies at home will be a super fun activity!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly golden spheres of yumminess.
Perfectly golden spheres of yumminess.

While the original recipe for Denny’s Pancake Puppies is already a tasty treat, there are some substitutions and variations you can make to personalize it according to your preferred taste. Here are some ideas:

For a savory version, substitute pancake mix with jiffy cornbread mix, and add chopped onion, green onion, or even pepper jack cheese to the batter. These Southern Hushpuppies also go well with dips like ranch or honey mustard.

For those who prefer gluten-free option, use gluten-free pancake mix or flour in place of regular flour.

If you prefer a sweeter variety, try adding some fruit like blueberries or mashed bananas into the batter. You can also sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the Pancake Puppies after frying for an additional bit of sweetness.

For delicious twist on this recipe, try dipping your Pancake Puppies in melted white chocolate and then dust them with powdered sugar. The result is a heavenly concoction that is both creamy and sweet.

Lastly, if you want to make this recipe low-fat, use skim milk or substitute 1/2 cup of applesauce for every 1/2 cup of oil specified in the recipe.

Experimenting with substitutions and variations in a recipe like this can be fun and a great way to discover new flavors. So don’t be afraid to mix things up and make your own unique variation of Denny’s famous Pancake Puppies.

Serving and Pairing

 Poppable pancake goodness.
Poppable pancake goodness.

Once you’ve finished making these delicious pancake puppies, it’s time to decide how to serve them. This fun and easy dessert pairs perfectly with a side of bacon or sausage for a classic breakfast combination.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try dressing up your pancakes with a variety of toppings. I recommend dipping the pancakes in sweet icing, powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar. For those who like savory flavors, a spicy dipping sauce like ranch or buffalo sauce would be a tasty addition.

These puppies can also be turned into mini appetizers by offering them on skewers alongside cheese and crackers. White chocolate or chocolate chips can be added into the pancake batter for an extra sweet touch.

For an even more southern twist, try serving these puppies with a side of Southern hush puppies. These deep fried bites are similar to pancake puppies but are made from cornmeal flour and onion. They offer a unique texture that pairs well with the sweetness of the pancake puppies.

Overall, these delightful treats are perfect for any occasion whether it’s as a breakfast item, dessert or snack during the day. There are many ways to enjoy this recipe and I’m sure once you try it you’ll never want to go back to plain old pancakes.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Breakfast just got cuter!
Breakfast just got cuter!

Who doesn’t love enjoying the deliciousness of pancake puppies any time of day? And as it turns out, this recipe is perfect for making ahead! To make your life even easier, you can prepare your pancake puppy batter ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator until ready to use. Simply take out the batter and let it come to room temperature before cooking.

If you find yourself with leftover pancake puppies, don’t worry! These little bites are perfect for reheating as a quick snack or sweet breakfast option. To reheat, simply place the desired amount of pancake puppies on a baking sheet and pop them into a preheated oven at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) for about 5-7 minutes until heated through.

If you happen to have leftover icing, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just remember to let it come to room temperature before serving. And why not try some creative variations? Swap the sweetness with a chipotle or savory mayo dip or pair them with scrambled eggs and bacon for complete brunch heaven.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for make-ahead breakfasts, quick snacks or even a fun dessert option. Get creative and enjoy the versatility this recipe has to offer!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Little bites, big flavor.
Little bites, big flavor.

Baking the perfect pancake puppies can be a challenging task, but fear not because I’ve got some tips and tricks that will make everything easier. Here are some of my recommendations for achieving the perfect pancake puppy:

1. Consistent batter consistency: The consistency of your batter is everything. The ideal texture should be thick yet pourable. To achieve consistency, avoid overmixing the batter as it will create a thin mixture.

2. Follow instructions: The recipe calls for specific measurements and timing for each step, so make sure to follow it accurately. Deviating from these guidelines can result in less desirable outcomes.

3. Check the temperature: A lot of the success in cooking southern hush puppies or pancake puppies is dependent on proper oil temperature control. Heat the oil over medium heat at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit– this will ensure that your pancake balls are crispy on the outside while being soft and fluffy inside when fried.

4. Invest in a deep fryer: While you can use a deep pot for frying, deep fryers not only save time but also give you greater control over temperature fluctuations.

5. Use an ice cream scoop: Using a cookie scoop to form pancakes may not give you uniformly shaped ones. Opt for using an ice cream scoop to ensure that your hush puppies or pancake puppies come out evenly sized.

6. Storing pancakes: Make sure to store leftover pancake puppies in an airtight container to keep them from getting soggy overnight.

7. Sweet or savory: Experiment with variations and serve with different dipping sauces like sweet icing, honey, or as an appetizer with ranch dressing for that salty but tasty bite.

Making homemade southern hush puppies or denny’s pancake puppies doesn’t have to be tricky with these tips in mind!


As with any recipe, there might be some lingering questions that come to mind as one reads through the instructions. But worry not, as this section will address the most frequently asked questions regarding this Homemade Pancake Puppies Recipe. So read on, and let any doubts you have dissipate as we delve into the nitty-gritty of pancake balls recipe!

How to make Denny’s Double Chocolate Pancake Puppies?

Let’s begin by heating up some vegetable oil to 350 degrees. In a bowl of moderate size, combine pancake mix and water, and mix them together until they are well blended. Next up, scoop out a well-rounded 1-ounce portion of batter using a cookie scoop and drop it into the hot oil. Allow the batter to cook until the bottom is golden brown, then flip it over and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Once it’s fully cooked and browned to perfection, remove it from the oil and let it drain.

Can pancake batter be used for deep frying?

Pancake mix is essentially a liquid batter prepared using three basic ingredients: eggs, flour, and milk. Surprisingly, this versatile batter can also be used to create a crispy coating for fried chicken and battered fish dishes. With the addition of some herbs and spices, you can create a finger-licking good fried chicken, or recreate an authentic fish and chips experience at home.

What ingredient in a basic made from scratch pancake batter makes pancakes fluffy?

When it comes to making pancakes, a crucial element lies in the combination of baking powder and baking soda. These ingredients team up to ensure that the batter has a light and airy consistency, resulting in pancakes that are fluffier and more enjoyable to eat.

Can I use milk instead of water for pancake mix?

One way to enhance the flavor and creaminess of your recipe is by swapping out the water called for in the mix for an alternative milk. Alternatively, you could opt for regular milk. In my experience, oat milk works well, but feel free to experiment with other types. While you may need to adjust the amount of liquid you add to account for differences in thickness, the end result will be more delicious.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Homemade Pancake Puppies recipe is a must-try for everyone, no matter your cooking expertise. This recipe is not only fun and easy to make, but it also offers a delicious and unique twist on classic pancakes. By using pancake mix and adapting the Southern hush puppies recipe, you can make mouth-watering pancake balls at home.

I encourage you to try out this recipe and experiment with the different variations, serving options, and storing methods. Don’t hesitate to substitute ingredients based on your preferences or even add some creative toppings or dips to elevate the flavor. The possibilities are endless.

Overall, Homemade Pancake Puppies are a tasty and whimsical dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a sweet breakfast treat or a fun alternative to donut holes, these pancake balls won’t disappoint. So why not make Denny’s-style pancake puppies in the comfort of your own home? You won’t regret it!

Homemade Pancake Puppies

Homemade Pancake Puppies Recipe

Like the ones at IHOP, except better!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pancake puppies
Calories 61 kcal


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • -Put a mini muffin pan in the oven and heat oven to 400 degrees. While oven is heating, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and spray with Pam. Fill muffin wells 3/4 full w/batter.
  • -Bake 12-18mins. until batter is puffed and slightly golden on top. Remove pancake puppies from pan, add toppings as desired and enjoy!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 347gCalories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 7.1gProtein: 3.1gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 49.7mgSodium: 101.8mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breakfast, Dessert, Easy
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