February 21, 2020

Old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes

Stack of old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes topped with strawberry slices and maple syrup.

Old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes are pancakes made with cornmeal and topped with real maple syrup. The cornmeal gives these pancakes have a hearty texture and give yummy corn flavor.
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Today is National Pancake Day and you know that's a day we have to celebrate here on the blog! I have posted so many pancake recipes over the years as well as this round-up of 25 pancake recipes. Our family loves pancakes for weekend breakfasts, or as a breakfast for dinner.

This recipe is based on one of the recipes from an old Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook I have. It's similar to this Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking book.
I shared many other Pennsylvania Dutch recipes here in the past including these Old-fashioned flannel cakes, German egg pancakes, Pennsylvania Dutch ham, potatoes, & green beans, ham, bean, & rivel soup, and more. My mother's family is from western Pennsylvania and some of these dishes are ones we grew up eating.

I like these pancakes, or griddle cakes, because I love cornbread and corn muffins. The cornmeal provides a terrific texture and flavor to these griddle cakes.

These pancakes are not very sweet and they are a little dense since they are an more old-fashioned recipe. The real maple syrup on top is what provides the sweetness needed. You can top them with honey as well and, of course, any fresh fruit you'd like.

Visit the bottom of this post for more pancake recipes from some of my blogger friends!

Bite on a fork from a stack of cornmeal griddle cakes.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes

Old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes

Old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes are pancakes made with cornmeal and topped with real maple syrup. The cornmeal gives these pancakes have a hearty texture and give yummy corn flavor.


  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking


How to cook Old-fashioned cornmeal griddle cakes

  1. Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. In a medium bowl or large glass measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk*, and butter.
  2. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined (lumps are okay).
  3. Heat a griddle pan over medium heat. Lightly grease with butter. Pour the batter 1/4 cup at a time for each pancake. Flip when they begin to bubble and turn golden. Cook on the second side until golden and cooked through.
  4. Serve with butter, real maple syrup, and/or your favorite berries.


*If you don't have buttermilk, put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a large glass measuring cup or bowl. Fill the rest with milk until you reach 2 cups. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
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I hope you give these cornmeal griddle cakes a try! Let me know in the comments below. 

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Cornmeal griddle cakes on a serving plate with a fork and maple syrup.

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  1. These pancakes look just about perfect! I'd love a stack of them!

  2. I need a huge stack of these delicious pancakes!

  3. I really love that these have cornmeal. They look so fluffy and delicious!

  4. What an irresistible stack of pancakes! I'm also a huge fan of pancakes make with cornmeal so I've printed your recipe so I can make them next time. I usually make pancakes a couple of times a month. Yesterday I made blue cornmeal pancakes, so I'm really looking forward to trying yours.

  5. Wow Amy, these cornmeal pancakes look so light and fluffy, what an amazing breakfast this would be...thanks for the recipe.
    Have a wonderful week!

  6. These look delicious! I love adding cornmeal to pancake batter for the flavor and texture. I want breakfast again now.

  7. Sounds great, anything cornmeal works for me! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. These look wonderful! Love pancakes, and cornmeal ones are some of my favorites. Really nice -- thanks.

  9. That looks like the perfect stack of pancakes

  10. They look so fluffy and delicious! Thank you for share this😍

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  11. I have to admit that these love measuring spoons are absolutely adorable and will bring quiet a few delightful grins from your guests. Measuring spoons come in different sizes and are made of stainless steel. measuring cup set


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