Cranberry Pancakes

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup halved cranberries
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1 egg

Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside. Pour the lemon juice and zest over the cranberries. In the medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and baking powder. Slowly whisk in the egg/milk mixture. Add the cranberries and whisk to combine. There should be no pockets of unmixed flour or large lumps. Spray a frying pan or griddle with nonstick spray or melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat the pan so that it feels warm when you hover your hand over it. Add about 1/2 cup of the batter into the middle. Cook until bubbles begin to appear and pop. Flip. Cook for about 2 minutes. Both sides should be golden brown. If not, return it to the stove and continue to cook for 1 minute. Yields about 5-6 mid-sized pancakes.

My thoughts:

Cutting cranberries in half is tedious but necessary for this recipe. They are much denser than most berries and would remain hard after the short cooking time of pancakes. The trick is to cut them using a small knife and resisting the temptation to try and cut more than one at once. If you are too impatient for that, you could also pulse them once in the food processor to chop them up. This pancakes are worth the extra effort, not too tart, not sweet, just perfect. I like mine with butter and King’s Syrup (developed right here in Baltimore) and Matt likes his with maple syrup and butter.


  1. Aren’t you just in the cranberry mood. They look good. I love how cranberries look in food…like little jewels peaking through.

  2. I’ve never seen cranberry pancakes and they look fabulous!

  3. Your cranberry pancakes are so PRETTY!!! Costco now has cranberries in stock quite reasonable..i’ve been stocking up my freezer and plan on making these. Thank you.

  4. These are such a great variation to the normal blueberry pancakes that people usually make. Just beautiful!

  5. NIce work!

  6. They look great – fluffy and yummy!

    I love the colour of the cranberries on the pancakes.

  7. I wanna cut many at the same time!!

  8. For my money it’s got to be maple syrup!

  9. Gorgioso. I just wish cranberries were cheaper in California…

    Sorry, I couldn’t find your biography anywhere, and I’m wondering–what do you do for a living? I’m starting up a blog and thinking about my future, and wow…cooking as a profession…what could be better?
    Maybe cooking and crafting.

  10. I wish I cooked for a living! I was a teacher, now I am looking for something new, selling my crafts/food zines and freelancing.

  11. I made something similar years ago when I discovered I was out of milk in the middle of pancake making. I used orange juice for my liquid and added some chopped cranberries I had on hand. Yum. Wish I had some cranberries now.

  12. These pancakes are awesome.

  13. I’m making these for dinner tonight…they look so yummy. I posted about them on my blog but linked it to you so you get the credit. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. I think your recipe got copied at

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    You may wish to contact this site, as it’s a commercial one that should be more responsible. I was reading your policy about how your recipes are original and that you wished to be credited for them, and because I’m a cynic about intellectual property, I immediately thought, “I bet her recipes have been copied without credit.”

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    — a grouchy law student who will cheer herself up by making cranberry pancakes