Corn Flake Griddlecakes

A hundred years ago people ate many unprocessed, local foods – but, even way back then, many processed foods were available; and, cooks often considered them more modern and up-to-date than more natural foods. This week I decided to make a recipe that called for two commercially manufactured foods – corn flakes and Crisco.

The recipe I selected was for Corn Flake Griddlecakes. This recipe is from a 1919 cookbook published by Procter and Gamble that promoted the use of Crisco.

And, even though I am somewhat biased against using highly processed foods as an ingredient, I must admit that the Corn Flake Griddlecakes were delicious. They were thick, yet light, with just a hint of the toasty corn flakes.

Here’s the original recipe:

recipe for corn flake griddlecakes
Source: Recipes for Everyday by Janet McKenzie Hill (1919)

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

Corn Flake Griddlecakes (Pancakes)

  • Servings: 2 - 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon shortening

1 cup corn flakes

Put flour, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and shortening in a mixing bowl, beat until smooth. Stir in corn flakes. Heat a lightly greased griddle to a medium temperature, then pour or scoop batter onto the hot surface to make individual griddlecakes. Cook on one side , then flip and cook other side.

23 thoughts on “Corn Flake Griddlecakes

  1. They look delicious. Did you put the corn flakes in whole or did you crush them? I may have to try this with bran flakes since I have a corn allergy but I think it would work just fine.

    1. I put them in whole. I think that the use of whole corn flakes resulted thicker pancakes than if they were crushed. Bran flakes should also work well.

      1. I made these yesterday with the bran flakes and they were really good. My husband was a big fan. Said I should have doubled the recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Corn flake griddle cakes sound and look like a fun and tasty food. I think it’s so clever what folks use cereal for.

    Years ago, I crushed up cornflakes and use them as breading on chicken baked in the oven.

  3. I love corn flakes although I rarely buy them because the local stores only sell huge boxes and nothing for a smaller household. I just don’t eat enough cereal to justify the large box! I think this recipe is a good reason to buy a box!

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