When I was home from college last week, my first instinct was to cook. At school, I miss out on being able to open the fridge or pantry and find inspiration to create something new (or remake an old favorite) for my family. This Thanksgiving break, my first re-introduction to the kitchen (after starting freshman year this past August) was making my family's favorite cinnamon apple pancakes. Despite the fact that it's almost officially winter, it's not too late to indulge in this sweet breakfast version of fall's favorite fruit.

Apple Pancake Slices

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:5
  • Easy


  • 2 large apples
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp sugar optional
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  • Step 1

    Give the apples a good rinse, and then cut them into thin semi-circle slices.

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  • Step 2

    Heat griddle on medium-low heat.

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  • Step 3

    Mix together the dry ingredients.

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  • Step 4

    Beat eggs into milk and stir in butter.

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  • Step 5

    Slowly stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients, blending only enough to moisten the flour (lumps are okay).

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  • Step 6

    Pour apple slices into batter and coat each slice thoroughly.

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  • Step 7

    Spread butter over the skillet, and then use tongs to place batter-covered apple slices onto the skillet.

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  • Step 8

    Flip pancake slices once bubbles appear on the top surface, and then cook until the second side is lightly browned. Remove from griddle and enjoy!

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These pancakes are perfect for dipping in any kind of sauce (especially because they're easy finger food, thanks to the apple slice inside). I prefer classic maple syrup, but my mom often throws some honey into the mix as well. If you're in the mood for some of these, but you're in a bit of a rush, try this simple two-ingredient pancake recipe, add cinnamon, and toss in the apples. The result is almost as good as making them from scratch.