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 all purpose 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 – 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 24 count mini muffin pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Freeze any leftover to microwave for a quick breakfast bite.

Makes 24 mini pancake muffins.


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.


One more thing… I’m hoping that sometime in the next week or so, you’ll get to see a new design for I’m planning on moving the site from blogger to self-hosting it on wordpress. I’ve loved being on Blogger, it’s super easy and user-friendly, but I’m hoping to offer more functionality with a different platform. There will be more ways to navigate around the site and search for instance – which many of you have asked for. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully, smoothly. But, don’t be surprised if the site has a few hiccups along the way. Stay tuned … and if you already link to instead of – you’re already ahead of the game.

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475 comments on “Mini Maple Pancake Muffins”

  1. UH…. Yum! Thanks for another Great idea…

  2. oh yum. I'm making these with blueberries this week! YUM YUM! thank you!

  3. What an absolutely wonderful idea! Christmas (or any!) brunch keeps getting easier and easier! Can someone say 'thaw and serve'?!?

  4. I seriously think I will make these for my kids next weekend!! thanks! :)

  5. These look amazing! I am headed to the grocery store today and I might just try these myself. Thanks!

  6. These look amazing! Puffins… I love it!

  7. OOOOOH I love these! Love the blueberry idea. maybe for BigBoy's lunch. super fun!

  8. these are perfect for an on-the-run breakfast for my always-late-to-school-in-the-morning teenage sons! thanks!

  9. M to the 3rd, C to the 2nd (Said M Cubed, C Squared)

  10. Oh My! I am so making these! Thank you!

  11. How about "Chocolate Chip Baby Puffins"?

  12. yuuuuuum these look real good! a real treat for all of us flipping while the others munch on their ready pancakes!

    congratulations on self hosting your blog! good luck! :)

  13. This is perfect!! I woke up this morning CRAVING pancakes, and did not feel like actually making them!! We'll be having this tomorrow!

  14. Portable pancake perfection! :)

  15. WOW these are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. …Oh girl, you hit the nail on the head with the name "Puffins"! Perfect! :o)

    …And perfect describes this recipe – I love it and will try this very soon…

    …Thanks Bakerella!

    …Blessings… :o)

  17. yum! your blog always makes me sooo hungry :)

  18. OH MY! These look delicious!!!!

  19. Yummy.. those look delicious! Good luck with Word Press, I would like to take the plunge as well, but am a bit chicken!

  20. What if I made these without pure maple syrup? I don't have any and I must have these NOW :D

  21. I hate the pancake making problem. So I turn my oven on to the warm setting and throw all the cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet in the oven until I am done. They taste the same, stay warm, and we all can eat together.

  22. Nida Rasheed – I did make some without maple and also without chips and they work but I think they tasted better with the maple. Once you dip them in syrup, you probably won't care.

    Rachel – I've done that trick too. Although I have to admit only recently thanks to a tip from Martha Stewart's blueberry pancake recipe. But still – it takes me soooo long. I need a big griddle.

  23. how yummy! I have one of those pancake puff pans, but this looks even easier! What kind of photo editing software do you use?

  24. Yummy. I'm going to try making these with chopped bits of sausage in it for a savory pancake muffin.

  25. oh my.. .you just gave me a reason to buy a mini muffin pan :D

  26. Those look delicious!

    I am thinking MC2 (squared) Puffins.

  27. I'm thinking breakfast for dinner now that I've seen these! My weeone is going to flip – a blend of all her faves – mini muffins, pancakes and chocolate!!!

  28. I'm too lazy to even make the pancake mix, I cheat and get the 'just add water' bottle. Do you think it would make decent puffins or that the universe would frown upon me for trying to avoid doing any work at all?

  29. Everything you make is yum and I'm sure these are no exception.

    I like how you called them Puffins!! So cute!

  30. Maple Pancake Bites….at least it's a shorter name. I am making these tomorrow for breakfast! Can't wait.

  31. Yumm!!! These sound delicious! Of course you have to post something as delicious as this when I'm detoxing and can't eat for another week! Haha…great idea for once I can tho! Thanks!

  32. When i make these for dh's friends at work, i will be calling them puffins. I think i might have to make them for the girl scout leaders when we do our leader encampment in october. i think i'm going to try them with blueberries too.

  33. These look delicious– just like everything you make! I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been IN LOVE ever since. I had to comment on this one because my husband has taken to making pancake muffins of late and it's breakfast perfection. He's not a baker, so it cracks me up. He does love to make pancakes, but they are time intensive. We refer to them as MuffinCakes, but Puffins are great, too! Can't wait to try this variation.

  34. Oh my word those look delicious!! Thanks for sharing! I've got blueberries thawing right now too — I'm going to try it with those :)

  35. Oh Wow! My DD and DH are going to LOVE these! I can't wait to make them in the morning!

    My name idea is "Flipless Pancakes" and then you can add in the variations if you want! Ya know like – "flipless maple pancakes" or "flipless chocolate chip pancakes"

    whaddya think?

  36. Would you please send me two dozen by Frisday? Yummmm….

  37. You Genius! I've the idea of serving puffins to the kids in the morning, a bit twee for my husband though. Thank you for this!

  38. oh my goodie goodness!!!! these look sooo adorably delicious!!!

  39. these look great!! i love that picture w/the syrup drip…yum

    i think hubs would love these

  40. These look great, I wonder if I could make them and leave out the maple syrup (not my thing) in the mix? Maybe substitute a dash for vanilla instead?

    I don't know, aside from the syrup they look perfect, and puffin is the perfect name for these little mini pancakes.

  41. another genius idea!!!! gawsh those lil puffins look so adorable! <3 yum!

  42. Mmmmm, gorgeous pics as usual! Thanks for another scrumptious recipe to try!
    Thanks for the heads-up to your new blog.. will have to change my link. Can't wait to see it!

  43. Yum!

    I discovered baked French toast this weekend; it's the same skip-the-flipping-and-get-to-the-eating philosophy.

  44. Great idea for fall, makes my mouth water!

  45. These look awesome! I'm thinking breakfast tomorrow…Any thoughts on whether this would work in a regular sized muffin pan? I'm wondering if they would be too dense and not hold up….

  46. Another on the go breakfast idea for you is to scramble some eggs and put a spoonful in a crescent roll (strip still dough not cooked yet) and then put a breakfast sausage link and a piece of cheddar on top of the eggs then roll up the crescent roll and bake. I tuck in the ends to keep the eggs from falling out. I made these for church and they were gone in minutes. Delicious and portable! Thanks for the puffin idea my husband wants me to make them right now!

  47. You should call them Puffers :)

    Do you think these would work with regular pancake mix?

  48. I made them! So incredibly simple, truly DELICIOUS! I was surprised how "pancakey" they tasted AND I am really impressed… they made EXACTLY 24. I have NEVER made just as many as the recipe promised.

    Thank you, thank you!!

  49. You should call them "Mupples"

  50. I too quickly tire of flipping. Puffins just make it to my next's weeks breakfast list.

  51. Thanks for another great recipe! I can't wait to make them! :)

  52. You give me a reason to get up in the morning. Thank-you! Those look delicious!

  53. wow those look amazing. such a creative recipe!

  54. they looks delicious! I can't wait to bake them!!

    Good luck on your transition, I'm sure it'll go smoothly!!

  55. Puffins….fo sho my new favorite thing!!! THANK YOU!!

  56. Puffins! So cute! Kids would love those for a breakfast, makes it fun. I could see this for a brunch setting as well. Awesome idea!

  57. You are so clever!

  58. OMG! That is THE best idea! School starts Tuesday and my son will love these. He's the only pancake eater in the house.

  59. Yum! I can't wait to try these!

  60. Wonderful and delicious {as always}! Vanessa (Australia)

  61. How about calling them Maple pancake miracles? Cute and they look delicious!

  62. Gah!!!!! Now I'll be horking back maple pancake muffins all the time!!!!!

    Mmmmm….have to make some tomorrow!

  63. alright this looks scrumptious, but i think these require a maple butter cream frosting to turn them into an after breakfast dessert. me and mom say they could go by choco-pan-fins.

  64. Wow those look great!

  65. Oh, delicious! I'm just missing the buttermilk… oh, and the mini muffin pan. Used to have one, need another! I may have to buy one just for this recipe. These are perfect for the Operation Yellow Ribbon that we do here at Aviano AB. I could bake these up and donate them. We provide food for the soldiers on their way down range, or on their way home from down range. they stop at our Base for a layover for a couple hours and they are only allowed to get off the plane, hang out in a hangar, then get back on the plane. Some homemade goodies really help their layover pass quickly and it reminds them that we are thinking of them. Oh, and I'll probably call them panuffins.

  66. Congratulations on :) The puffins sound soooo easy and soooo perfect :)

  67. I'm callin' 'em PANUFFINS! Puffins remind me of the bird and that freaks me out a little… I'm soooo making these for everyoneeee.

  68. I want puffins !!!!!!

  69. it looks great and I bet it was awesome!!

  70. Can't you just post in my morning paper? Would love to see you there EVERY morning!! Thank you for the wonderful puffins! I need a breakfast muffin for a 9/11 memorial and these will be perfect!

  71. Mouth-watering.

  72. That dripping muffin picture did it for me. Oh, yum.

  73. You're back! Yay!

    I have never regretted the move to self-hosting. It's just not that expensive ($6 a month?) and far, far, more flexible. Less likely to have problems, too.

  74. you could call them Maple Pancake Poppers?

    I just made them this morning and they were a hit with my family! and I was able to eat with them! Bonus! :)

  75. ohhh boy!! these are adorable and look soooo delicious!
    I think I'll make them for a special breakfast next week on my anniversay.
    Thanks for the great idea! :-)

  76. I read this recipe just as my 9 year old was waking up today – and she insisted on making these for breakfast – GREAT! And all I had to do was take them out of the oven and put them on a plate. The kids LOVED dipping them in syrup and esp. loved the chocolate chips! Thanks for another great idea!

  77. Holy jeez. We just made these this morning and my family wolfed them down. They were awesome!

  78. Oh my! droool!

  79. Oh my! Those look so great! Yum-O!

  80. I wonder if you can add bacon to these? Maybe without the chocolate chips…. maybe with… hmmm!! Must experiment!

  81. Oh num. I need to get me a bigger mini muffin pan. Mine's only a 24 hole-er. I'll be calling these babies C.C. Puffins. Thanks for the rockin recipe.

  82. whooops. I meant to say the muffin pan was a 12 holer. Apparently I have issues with numbers this am.

  83. Looks like Breakfast Hnadcakes to me. good for little hands going out the door to school.

  84. Oops, Handcakes not hnadcakes.

  85. There are one lunch perfect for kids
    tnaks for the send

  86. I have a big griddle, but I have a bigger family (I have to triple or quadruple pancake recipes before everyone feels full) and I get so tired of standing by the griddle. this is usually my fall-back recipe — oven pancakes —

    But I love the mini muffin idea too. I may try them as regular size muffins (since I have regular muffin pans but not minis) because the freeze-and-serve-another-day-on-the-run bit appeals to me.

  87. YUM, I want some puffins right now! These look delicious.

  88. Adorably delicious!!!
    : )

  89. such a good idea. I know I am always the one left at the griddle too. :)

  90. ay ay ay! my sugar levels are so high now! this recipe is a must! i have totry it right away! lovely muffins!

    cheers from london,


  91. These were fantastic! So quick and easy and taste just like pancakes! Thanks!

  92. M2C2 pancake mini muffins (m squared, squared mini pancake muffins! Okay… Not that great of a shorter name!

    I LOVE your blog!!! I still don't know how I came across it but I sure am happy about it!! Amazing is an understatement!!!

  93. Wow those look AMAZING! The first thing I thought was mmmmmmmm and you asked for a shorter name? What about m.m.m. chip pancakes?! (Of course the m's are Mini Maple Muffins)

    Keep on Rockin' out amazing stuff Bakerella!

  94. Those are really fun. I think you should call them Chocolate Chip Puffins, because that is much more simple and fun sounding.

    Also, you need to look into making Ebelskivers. I don't know if you've heard of them, but my brother in law made them for my husband and I and we LOVED them. He filled his with bananas and nutella, which is an amazing combination anyway, THEN he made this almost caramel-like syrup. Look them up. They are glorious.

  95. These are a perfect treat for the kiddos lunch box. I think I'll make and freeze these so they'll be ready to go anytime. Thanks Bakerella!

  96. Just tried this recipe and they came out great! Thank you!!

  97. oh my gosh these look AMAZING- and I can never get the temperature right for pancakes ect. ect- I am SO making these for sunday breakfast next weekend- thanks! love it- and I'm putting in the chocolate chips;)

  98. That is so fantastic! Congrats. These look great!

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