Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mini Maple Pancake Muffins

Mini chocolate chip pancake muffins

… with chocolate chips I might add. Ever get a taste for pancakes, but don’t feel like flipping?

I do. Especially since I always seem to be the one still flipping while everyone else gets to eat the first ones off the pan. If I had a bigger griddle, it would probably be ok. But I have a little one and usually end up frying one pancake at a time to make sure they look decent… which takes for ever.

But not this way. Try these laborless baked pancake muffins. Hmmmmmm… Puffins anyone?

mini muffin tray

Generously grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins.
(Someone please come up with a shorter name for these.)

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift together with a wire whisk.
  • In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until just combined.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Reserve a few chips to sprinkle on the tops.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes.

Makes 24 mini pancake muffins.

Let cool slightly and remove from the pan. You may need to use a toothpick around the edges to separate the pancake muffins from the pan.
Serve immediately with warmed butter if you like or even just with maple syrup.

Mini Pancake Muffins

Using a small bowl to serve the syrup in makes it really convenient to coat the muffins in maple.

Pancake Maple Muffins

See. Just dunk them right in.

Wait, let’s look at that again…

Mini Maple Muffin Pancakes



But, they’re even tasty all by themselves.

chocolate chip mini pancake muffins

And, if you don’t want chocolate chips…

Mini Maple Pancake Muffins

… just leave them out.


But, the chocolate lover in me prefers the chips.


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Ashlee Fort said...

We made them this morning and they were SOOO good! Toddler starts preschool tomorrow and she'll be having the leftovers for breakfast. Fantastic paired with applewood thick cut bacon! Thank you!

September 7, 2009 08:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Way to go gal. What an idea. You know I'll be using it. Thank You for a super idea.
Marj M.

September 7, 2009 09:14 PM
ryuushinikaru said...

Okay, I just finished trying these and they are absolutely amazing. Well done. I labeled the recipe Coco Maple Puffins.

September 7, 2009 09:22 PM
Hoosier Homemade said...

I have WordPress and love it!!! I also have a new design and it's awesome!
Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!

September 7, 2009 09:27 PM
Katie said...

Holy moly – I think I just drooled on my desk after seeing this…what a fantastic idea! I am definitely going to be trying this asap!

September 7, 2009 09:34 PM
charonfamily said...

MMCCPM, kinda sounds code… or maybe mc2 muffins. good luck.

September 7, 2009 10:08 PM
Me and My Pink Mixer said...

What a great idea! I'm making them tonight so my daughter can have them as a quick breakfast before school.

September 7, 2009 10:44 PM
1LuvnMama said...

That looks so delicious! I'll have to try these for my 2 kiddies. They'll go "gaga" over these!

September 7, 2009 11:25 PM
Jena Simms said...

Can't wait to see the new sight. Going to make these yummy little delights right now…
thank you mrs. bakerella

September 7, 2009 11:39 PM
darbs said...

I want those! Thanks so much for posting such yummy temptation all of the time, I love your site and the loli-cakes!

September 8, 2009 12:09 AM
Anonymous said...

DELICIOUS AND EASY! How about Pancake Pops!

September 8, 2009 12:18 AM
Katie said...

Mmmm…actual pancakes in muffins?! I must make these the next sunday brunch :D

September 8, 2009 12:59 AM
Tina Davis said...

uh i totally have it! "Maple Chip Puffins" isnt it great surly shorter! they look delicious! cant wait to try!

September 8, 2009 01:11 AM
Zesty Cook said...

Holy wow – these look amazing! Your photography is truly a joy to view! I love it.

September 8, 2009 01:12 AM
krista said...

I can generally ignore my stomach when I read your blog..your things are beautiful but many are above my "pay grade" in the kitchen so I'm content to just ooh and ahh..

but these! these I could make! and I WANT to make! I am drooling. yum.

September 8, 2009 01:19 AM
Candice said...

So cute!:D I love the muffin tin as well.

September 8, 2009 02:08 AM
Miranda said...

I'm making these tomorrow morning for the kids "first day of school breakfast"! they're sure to be devoured! :)

September 8, 2009 02:22 AM
Reece's said...

I keep baking almost every post you have had since those darn pie pops and I will have you know that you are wreaking havoc on my girlish curves! Yet I still bake…hmm…

September 8, 2009 03:00 AM
Zesty said...

Oh my gosh, call them Baby Cakes!

September 8, 2009 03:16 AM
Sarah said...

Thanks for the heads-up! Those are cute!

September 8, 2009 03:54 AM
Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Everything you do is so lovely!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful treats!!

September 8, 2009 04:45 AM
Heather L said...

These scream pecans rather than chocolate chips to me. I'll just have to try both ways!

September 8, 2009 04:59 AM
LaDue & Crew said...

What a fun and make ahead friendly idea for company! Oh you soooo rock!

September 8, 2009 05:25 AM
Shannon said...

I made these this morning and my family LOVED them. I forgot to pick up choc chips but I had some blueberries for something else so I did half plain for my son and hubby and half with blueberries for me and my daughter. I ended up having to make a second batch.

September 20, 2009 12:49 AM
April Marie Claire "Girl Japan" said...

I am loving the new site/ layout, you can do a lot with wordpress!!!!

September 20, 2009 04:47 AM
karla said...

i love the idea.looks delicious too!can i add mashed bananas on the batter

September 20, 2009 10:51 AM
Monica said...

Yeay! I used maple extract to bump the flavor potential. We didn’t even use the syrup when eating them. Fantastic – a must for hosting brunch! I’m going to buy a large mini-muffin pan just because of these!

September 20, 2009 06:33 PM
Heather said...

Can I tell you how you’ve just made my night with these little “puffins”!!! Oh my word! What a genius idea!!! I keep a recipe sharing blog…is there any chance that I could credit you of course, link to your site AND post this very exciting recipe to my site??? Let me know if you get a chance.!

September 21, 2009 12:56 AM
Catherine said...

Mippins! Somehow that’s the name those cuties cry to me.

Just stumbled upon you via epicute food blog. This whole place is adorable! It’s also fantastic to have recipes to go with the drool-worthy photos. Now I have another place to waste time I should be spending on Uni work ;-)

September 24, 2009 03:31 AM
Kyle said...

These look amazing. I am going to make them for our UC football tailgate party on Saturday!!

You could call them Puffin’s. The Pancake muffin.

September 24, 2009 06:51 PM
Lynda said...

I made these last weekend and my daughter loved them!! She actually said they were better than regular chocolate chip pancakes. Thanks for another great idea!!

September 24, 2009 08:04 PM
Tam said...

My kids loved these!!! I didn’t have maple syrup, so I added a bit of vanilla and cinammon instead. They were fabulous and so easy!! I’ll definitely try adding other things, like Craisins.

September 25, 2009 06:30 PM
Tina said...

these are so delicious!

My 12 yr old son’s favorite brekkie in the world is pancakes. Well, needless to say, on a busy school morning, there is little time to make them. For years I’ve been buying him yucky frozen cakes, which he likes “OK”.

Now, I whip up a batch of these on Sunday, bag them up for each day, then pop them in the micro for just a few seconds, and boom! Instant tastiness.

The bonuses? No preservative nastiness, home cooked taste, and cheap, cheap, cheaper!


September 27, 2009 09:10 PM
amanda said...

I just made these and they are delicious, but just a warning to everyone, do not use cupcake liners for these, it doesn’t work. The top of the muffin comes out, but the bottom sticks to the paper. Other then that, they are delicious

Oh, and i didn’t have pure maple syrup, so i just added double the syrup, and then made a nice maple buttercream icing ( i LOVE maple, what can i say, im Canadian!)

September 28, 2009 06:57 PM
SarahB said...

I just used this idea tonight! My little boy has a lot of food allergies and wheat, egg, dairy free pancakes are nearly impossible to flip. So after a few sad attempts I remembered this recipe of yours and baked the remainder of the batter in a regular cupcake pan with liners. They baked up nice and fluffy and the liners solved the sticky problem! Thanks! :)

September 29, 2009 02:11 AM
jamie said...

These were so delicious! I’ll be making them when we have guests, so that we can all eat at the same time!

Question- when I made them, the chocolate chips all sunk to the bottom, and when I took the muffins out of the pan, they stayed there when the muffin came out. Ideas?

October 3, 2009 01:29 PM
G. said...

I love it! My kids will love these. I like the word you used “puffin” You could call them “mini maple-chip puffins”. Can’t wait to make these!

October 3, 2009 03:28 PM
Carol Turner said...

i stumbled upon your site one day qute by accident and boy I am happy I did. Your ideas are amazing!
I am goind to try this for my daughter school mornings and quick good breakfast
And the mini pumpkin bites cant wait to try those

October 4, 2009 08:03 AM
loverofdogs said...

THese look delicious! cant wait till there done being cooked!

October 4, 2009 11:01 AM
Kendra said...

These were so GREAT! My kids devoured them. Here’s a suggestion for variation that is DIVINE. Crumble up some crispy bacon and fold that in to the batter in place of chocolate chips. The bacon is a perfect companion to the maple syrup.

Thanks again!

October 4, 2009 12:14 PM
Enid said...

I’m going on a bus ride with friends and a batch or two of these will be perfect to share in the early hour of our departure.

October 5, 2009 01:24 PM
Suzanne said...

I made these on Sunday for a breakfast with friends. They were awesome! In fact, I had some extras (that I kept at home…ahem) and just had two for dessert after lunch today. Yum! I made one batch with mini chocolate chips and another with cooked, chopped bacon. They were both really delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

October 5, 2009 03:31 PM
Mommassoapbox said...

Suzanne: Oohhhhhhhh Bacon in them….hmmmmmmmmm.. Now that sounds yummy! I’m going for it!

October 6, 2009 10:26 PM
Lana said...

I’m falling in love with baking. BIG thanks to you!! :)

i got one quetion for these puffins though..can you use ready made pancake flour in making these? like pillsburry?? :)

Xoxo, LANA

October 7, 2009 05:36 AM
bakerella said...

jamie – I don’t know what happened. sounds like something went wrong somewhere though. Double-check the recipe. Maybe something was left out or amounts were off.

lana – sure. just use that and add the chips. You can even add a little sugar.

October 7, 2009 10:04 PM
Emily said...

Those are incredible! I even doubled the recipe for my greedy family of five and we had them polished off within two days! Thanks, Bakerella!

October 8, 2009 01:50 AM
Kaitlyn said...

Faaantastic idea :)
Do extras need to be refrigerated? Or just kept in a container?

October 11, 2009 08:13 PM
Kelley said...

I thought these would be the cats pajamas… but alas, I must have gone wrong somewhere in the recipe. While it wasn’t a complete loss… they were more bland corn muffin than maple deliciousness.

Love the blog!

October 13, 2009 11:37 AM
sarah.a said...

looks great I have to make them soon

October 18, 2009 07:22 PM
The Guthrie Family said...

My husband calls them muffcakes!!!!!

October 23, 2009 09:02 PM
Bella said...

aaah i love your website!!!
i have loads of inspiration for my cupcakes and im inspired to make maple syrup cupcakes next week…YUM!!
thank you soooo much!!! YOU ROCK!!
Bella x
p.s. you already thought of half of my shorter name for them…maple puffins!!

October 25, 2009 01:06 PM
Sarah said...

these look fantastic! this might be a way to get my husband to eat pancakes! I love them and love making them for my toddler, useing the mini-muffin tin will be so much easier for her to pick them up. I LOVE IT!

October 26, 2009 01:40 PM
Christie B. said...

I tried these this morning, and WOW! the kids went crazy! I found they used less syrup and enjoyed the good stuff more~ I tried adding a little crumbled breakfast sausage in them, and mini blueberries, and they were the best! thanks for the great ideas and some wonderful inspiration!

November 1, 2009 08:11 AM
summar ann said...

i made these gluten-free yesterday using pamela’s gf pancake mix. they were so good. nobody had any idea they were gf! thanks for the great idea, bakerella! :)

November 4, 2009 10:06 AM
Nichole said...

My husband surprised me with a mini muffin pan and I was like… what am I going to do with this?! Nothing I make comes out cute, I tried the cake balls and those weren’t so good.. haha.

I decided to make these and not only do they look cute, they taste good. I’m using all my willpower not to eat them all.

November 6, 2009 02:57 PM
LovetoBake said...

Can these be made with skim milk or 2percent instead of buttermilk?

November 8, 2009 11:28 PM
RJH said...

1. I’m SO making these for the father-in-law this weekend.

2. My name suggestion: Petite Puffins, which provides you will the opportunity to vareit-ize them. Pretty sure variet-ize isn’t a word, but roll with it, k? There can be Choc Chip Petite Puffins, Blueberry Petite Puffins, Banana Petite Puffins, Strawberry Petite Puffins, Almond Petite Puffins…so may options!

November 10, 2009 10:10 AM
bakerella said...

Love to bake – go for it.

November 11, 2009 08:32 PM
Jen said...

Just tried these (substituted with whole wheat pastry flour) and they are to -die- for!! Love love love!! Thanks for sharing!!

…When is your cookbook coming out? :)

November 14, 2009 01:22 PM
mamackassandra said...

…choc.chip cancakes!

November 23, 2009 11:34 PM
terry said...

Hi, I was curious,

I wanted to make these for xmas morning, we do a family brunch, my cousin Sean does the cooking…Eggs and meats… and we bring the rest of the fixings…I don’t think dipping in syrup will be do-able.

I was wondering if you think topping these with a glaze would be possible…
I have a:

Maple-Cinnamon Glaze:
Mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon maple extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon cinnamon with enough water to make a thick glaze, about 3 tablespoons. Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. If lumpy, use a whisk.

this is from a cookie recipe. or maybe maple sugar, or maple granules sprinkled on top?

Thanks in advance…

November 29, 2009 10:56 PM
PharoahKoyama said...

Sweet Mini Breakfast?

December 9, 2009 02:25 PM
Sara T said...

nothing could be cuter or more delicious. i’m officially in LOVE with these. i used peanut butter and chocolate chips. thank you a thousand times!

December 10, 2009 07:37 PM
Sarah Lynn said...

I finally tried these on my family and they absolutely adored them! I have to tell them that you’re my little secret. :) In due time, Bakerella. Haha. Let me bask in the lime light. I’ll reveal my secret soon. Hehe. Thank you!

December 11, 2009 04:59 PM
Alejandra said...

I tried these with your recepie and they were great but, for an even faster on the go breakfest I used a pancake mix and added chocolate chips and maple syrup. Thanks for all the great Ideas!

December 26, 2009 05:27 PM
Lynnette said...

How’s about “Mini Chip Maple Dip” for a shorter name? :) LOVE this idea! It’s perfect for an on-the-go breakfast in the morning! Thanks for thinking it up!

January 6, 2010 01:04 PM
Jessica Nicholas said...

I’m making these this morning for my family and even found a suggestion for making buttermilk, since I don’t have any on-hand. Can’t wait to try them!

Also, you could call them “Puffin Cakes!” I think that’s what we’ll call them at our house. :-)

January 10, 2010 05:01 AM
Ellie said...

has anyone tried these with apples pcs. and cinnamon. Just a thought… leaving out the chips.

January 12, 2010 11:12 AM
Anty Harton said...

I would love to give this a go :-). It could be the american version of poffertjes (dutch cute pancakes).

January 17, 2010 06:42 AM
Chantal said...

Good Morning!!!! Mmmmm and it was, I just made these with blueberries and dipped them in syrup they were delicious!

January 18, 2010 08:14 AM
Terri P said...

could we use a box mix of pancake for this recipe?

January 21, 2010 02:31 AM
Puffin is a bird said...

Very cute idea, might try it someday, but please don’t call them Puffins, it’s freaky. Puffins are cute birds, that would not want to be served with maple syrup.

January 22, 2010 11:24 PM
Gru Grux Queen said...

Mini Maple-chip Muffins! <3

January 25, 2010 12:07 PM
Melissa said...

I just made these pancake muffins and they’re so fun! More interesting than a regular pancake, will definitely make them again.

January 26, 2010 12:21 PM
meg said...

i make these every other day for my home. my little girl calls them ‘pancups’. it’s kinda stuck with ‘em.

January 27, 2010 06:15 PM
bakerella said...

Terry – go for it.

February 3, 2010 11:10 PM
heather said...

Are these good if not served immediatley? I would like to serve them at a baby shower sweet buffet. The mom to be has craved and eaten chocolate chip pancakes her entire pregnancy! The only problem is I do not think I can serve right away. Are they still going to be yummy? Also can I make them the day before?

February 5, 2010 09:27 PM
Emmy said...

I’m making these tomorrrow moring for my pre-superbowl brunch, so excited!

February 6, 2010 11:00 AM
sparky said...

I have had an itching to get a mini cupcake pan lately. Now I KNOW i need one! But in the mean time, is it possible to make these in regular cupcake size?

February 6, 2010 02:24 PM
The Lone Baker said...

Mmmm…muff cakes!

February 7, 2010 03:24 PM
DaLilsta said...

omcheez!!!!!! sooooo cute!!!!!!!! =D

February 8, 2010 10:26 PM
Lindsey said...

I heart chocolate chip pancakes. These are adorable! I love the idea of reinventing food. I’m totally going to try these out. Perhaps this weekend. Thanks!

February 11, 2010 11:46 AM
Kira said...

I am 12 years old from Maryland and I made these this morning for my dad and brother and they LOVE them! They were sooooooo good! Also, they were very easy to make. I can’t wait to try them again soon!

P.s. I love your blog and I’am a big fan of yours!


February 13, 2010 11:36 AM
Yvett Mommie of 3 said...

I’ve made these mini puffins this weekend for breakfast and my 2 boys of 5 and 2 liked them al lot.

They tast a lot like Poffertjes ( a dutch varaitie of mini pancake muffin) which we eat with butter and poudersugar

They want these puffins as we call them, now every weekend for breakfast or as a morning snack.

Guess I’ll be baking them tomorrow again…..

February 13, 2010 02:34 PM
Crystal said...

OMG I just make these with my 4 yr old and they are YUMMY!!! I used regular milk and standard syrup. Also baked them in jumbo free standing papers as that is what I had. It made 6 and WOW I wish I had more as I broke up one for us to try and I want to eat them all NOW!!! LOL

February 16, 2010 06:07 PM
Beth said...

We made these today with the shake-n-pour mix. I added cinnamon sugar, nutmeg and ginger. THEY WERE SO GOOD. Thank you!!

February 20, 2010 01:10 PM
Liet said...

These are really nice C: I used to make them all the time when I was little because I couldn’t make them regularly. Luckily my kid logic worked and I didn’t end up making a mess C:

February 21, 2010 09:46 PM
Erin said...

Just baked these! They were easy and the whole family loved them (Much easier than waffles/pancakes) . I hate recipes with little instruction so these step by step instructions with pictures help out a lot :) Thanks for the recipe!

February 23, 2010 04:42 PM
joan said...

these look yummy! my son would love this, he just loves pancakes. one question, though: can you make these with store bought/ready made pancake mix?

February 27, 2010 01:15 AM
Kelynn said...

hi bakerella, i’m super impressed by all the things you bake here! (: esp your cake pops(i def have to try them soon). anw, i’m from Singapore and buttermilk is not as easily available as I’ve hoped =/. can I replace with regular fresh milk instead?

February 28, 2010 12:07 PM
Colleen said...

Sorry to be a downer, but these were cute but so not worth it. If the idea is to have less effort, using a toothpick to loosen each one individually–not less effort than pancakes. And, in the final analysis, not that good. My toddler who loves chocolate chips and all things breakfast didn’t finish half of one of these.

March 2, 2010 02:58 PM
Jennifer said...

Woah! Can I just say brilliant. I made these (using boxed pancake mix) and they turned out PERFECT. I Love love love love love them. I made chocolate chip ones and another batch with strawberry chunks, and a third batch with strawberries and chocolate chips.

I find these to be particularly great for their storage-ability. I froze a batch and stored the rest in the fridge for easy morning breakfast consumption. They dont go all weird like left-over pancakes do and microwave up in 30 seconds. for someone like me who doesnt want to cook in the mornings and is always in a rush this is a god-send.

Thank you.

March 2, 2010 04:40 PM
Jennifer said...

Oh I just wanted to also mention for the past couple posters:

I used boxed and it worked fine.

Milk is what i normally put in pancakes not buttermilk so that should be just fine too.

Also, these easily popped out of my mini muffin tin with zero coaxing. Just make sure you grease the pan first.

March 2, 2010 04:42 PM
english mum said...

Just made these (with blueberries instead of chocolate) for my 10 year old daughter who always wants something different at breakfast! The verdict is DELICIOUS!!

March 8, 2010 11:49 AM
Erica said...

I made these this weekend and they were great! I used a regular sized muffin tin (since I don’t have a mini muffin pan), so I had to bake them a bit longer. About 15-17 minutes I would say. They tasted delish, though not exactly like pancakes. (I think this was because I never have chocolate chips in my pancakes.) Next time I will try omitting the chocolate chips.

Thanks Bakerella, love your site!

March 8, 2010 12:00 PM
Ginelle Flores said...

I’m trying this right know but i’m doing it with the aunt Jemima prepared flour.. hope it works… :S
wish me luck :D

March 15, 2010 02:09 PM
Ginelle Flores said...

they came out great
the only bad thing is that the chocolate chips went to the bottom and they kind of made a mess…
but they taste really good and I had to put them more than 10 minutes… :)

March 15, 2010 02:43 PM
Stephanie Manley said...

Wow, these look so fantastic. I love all of the step by step pictures.

March 17, 2010 11:50 AM
Cam said...

Just wondering can you make these with Bisquick pancake mix? That would be really fantastic!

March 18, 2010 03:04 AM
Emma said...

I just made these and they were simple and delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

March 21, 2010 02:10 PM
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