Old-time Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes (Pancakes)


What’s a cross between peanut butter cookies and pancakes? . . . answer: Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes.

I came across a hundred-year-old recipe for Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes, and decided to give it a try. The recipe was incredibly easy. I whipped the batter up in a couple minutes–and in a couple more minutes I had beautiful golden brown griddle cakes. They were light and fluffy, and a hit at my house. My husband said, as he polished off the last griddle cake, “You should make these again.”

Here’s the original recipe:

Source: Larkin Housewives Cook Book
Source: Larkin Housewives Cook Book

And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes (Pancakes)

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

4 tablespoons peanut butter

2 cups milk

Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl, beat until smooth. Heat a lightly greased griddle or skillet to a medium temperature, then pour or scoop batter onto the hot surface to make individual griddle cakes.Β  Cook until the top surface is hot and bubbly, and then flip and cook other side.

54 thoughts on “Old-time Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes (Pancakes)

  1. This recipe sounds great.

    Do you think it would work okay with almond butter instead of peanut butter? I have a family member who can’t eat peanut butter. πŸ™‚

  2. Have you ever tried swapping out some of the wheat flour with buckwheat flour? Combined with the peanut butter I bet they’d really stick to your ribs. πŸ™‚

    1. It you put peanut butter in the batter, and served it with peanut butter, you’d have double peanut butter pancakes . . . sort of like double fudge brownies. πŸ™‚

  3. I love peanut butter on bread or crackers, but I don’t care for it in the form of cookies. Guess the only way I’ll know if I like these is if I prepare them. With one hungry grandson still here, this might be a good time to try this recipe.

    1. Your grandson would probably like these griddle cakes– but if you don’t like peanut butter cookies, this may not be the recipe for me. The Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes themselves aren’t very sweet, but when served with maple syrup, there is definitely something about them that makes me think of peanut butter cookies.

    1. They weren’t heavy, and instead were almost cake-like. My guess is that the 2 teaspoons of baking powder – and relatively small amount of peanut butter resulted in the griddle cakes rising nicely.

  4. Hi Sheryl. This is my first visit to your blog. I am excited to read more vintage recipes. So interesting. I think I’d like to make these pancakes.

  5. Oh, my. This is a must-do. Can you imagine them with a few chocolate bits included? It would be Reese’s peanut butter cups for breakfast. That’s a little over the top even for me, but I think these would be great for a supper.

    1. I’m very fortunate that my husband enjoys trying the various recipes I make. He has definite opinions about which recipes are his favorites (and which are his least favorite).

  6. Sounds like they were a hit. I’d never heard of the peanut butter griddle cakes.
    I love your recipe treasures that you’re sharing with us. Yummy!

    1. I have a lot of fun finding and making the old recipes. I am so fortunate to have you and other wonderful readers who enjoy reading about the foods I make.

  7. It is funny, I would never have thought of these coming from a hundred year old recipe. I would think of this as a more modern recipe…they sound good.

    1. The recipe only called for 4 tablespoons of peanut butter — which is enough to give a nice peanut flavor, but apparently not enough to create a heavy texture.

  8. You could top with bananas to turn these into Elvis Presley Pancakes πŸ™‚ his favorite was grilled banana and peanut butter sandwiches.

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