Cabin Pancakes

I have to confess–I am a complete pancake snob. I’m actually the worst. I will not eat pancakes unless they’re my family’s recipe. No other pancakes can compare. I debated about whether or not to even share this recipe because it’s so dang good that maybe it’s worth keeping locked away. But, I care about sharing good recipes, so I decided to be kind.

The secret? Buttermilk.

This recipe is so special to me. I grew up going to my grandparent’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin with my entire mom’s side of the family. For most of my childhood, we all lived in the north suburbs of Chicago. Ten cousins within thirteen years of each other meant there truly was never a dull moment.

We got together for holidays in Chicago, but nothing was as special as the time we spent together at the cabin. We didn’t have internet or TV up there, and for a long time, we didn’t even have cellphone service. We were just together. It was seriously endless laughs–whether we were tubing on the lake, building forts in the woods, playing cards and ping pong every night or simply just sitting around by the fire and talking. And every morning started with, can you guess?

The best pancakes. Ever.


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 sticks of butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups of Bisquick


  1. Combine sour cream, buttermilk, milk, and butter.
  2. Add 3 eggs and mix.
  3. Add 3 cups of Bisquick and mix.
  4. If you like thicker pancakes, make the batter the night before. If it’s too thick in the morning, you can just add a splash of milk.
  5. Heat griddle to 400 degrees and make some tasty pancakes!


  • Get creative with the toppings! Chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, bananas are all safe, delicious additions inside or on top of your pancakes. We’re all about experimentation though in our fam. I’ve seen peanut butter spread on a chocolate chip pancake, granola mixed with fruit, rainbow sprinkles, bacon pieces and more!
  • Add chocolate chips or sliced fruit immediately after pouring your batter. Use a spoon to lightly press the extras into your pancake so that they don’t burn when you flip your pancake.
  • Your pancake will start making little bubbles as its cooking. When the little bubbles start popping, you know your pancake is ready to flip.

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