Tips For Making Perfect Pancakes @tfal_cookware #StackedandSticky #Giveaway #Ad



    When I was a little girl, I loved eating my grandmother’s pancakes.  Whenever I slept over her house, I would ask her to make them for me and they have always been the best pancakes that I have ever eaten.  As an adult, I still have a love of pancakes but since Grandma passed away years ago, I have never been able to replicate her delicious pancake recipe.

    Over the years I have tried to perfect my pancake making technique but I honestly have never been able to make good pancakes.  I’m not sure if this was because I wasn’t using the right pan or because I wasn’t flipping the pancakes at the right time but it has been a total disaster.  When I found out about the new T-fal OptiCook Total Non-Stick Fry Pan, I knew that this would finally be my chance to make the perfect pancake and also make my grandmother proud.


Here are some tips I have learned for making the perfect pancakes:

  • Using less pancake mix and more water makes for thinner, lighter pancakes.
  • Using more pancake mix and less water makes for heavier, thicker pancakes.
  • Cooking pancakes over a low fire allows them to cook all the way through instead of just burning the outside right away.
  • Sliding the pancake to the edge of the pan with the spatula and shimmying it on to center it before flipping it over helps to keep it in tact.
  • Pour more batter on the pan for larger pancakes and less batter for smaller pancakes.


    Featuring T-fal’s patented Thermospot technology, this pan’s technology indicates when it is perfectly preheated by the pattern spot changing to solid red, and gives food the perfect sear.  When it comes to making pancakes, having just the right temperature in your pan can mean the difference between perfectly round pancakes or broken, messy ones.  I also love that it is non-stick inside and out for easy cooking and cleaning so I don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen.  

    February 17th is National Pancake Day and the 60th anniversary of when T-fal invented the first non-stick frying pan.  Since 1956, T-fal has introduced a host of innovative household electrics appliances, among them a healthy indoor grill (the OptiGrill), toasters, irons, indoor grills, multi-cookers, electric kettles, and deep fryers.  There is no better way to celebrate than by pairing up Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix with T-fal’s patented Thermospot technology!


    It was so easy to make pancakes for my family this weekend.  All I had to do was add water to the Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix and the T-fal pan alerted me when it was the perfect temperature to start making my pancakes.  While I’m not sure if my pancakes came out as good as my grandmother’s, my family loved them and came back for second servings.  It was a great way to enjoy breakfast as a family and to share memories of my Grandma with my boys and my husband.  

    Cooking and eating pancakes was so much easier thanks to T-fal and Hungry Jack.  The only problem is that now my family won’t stop asking me when I’m making pancakes again.  Luckily, now that I’ve become so good at it, I won’t mind making them more often!

Let’s Discuss:  What are some of your tips for making the perfect pancakes?


Our Sponsor is giving away a prize pack containing Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Hungry Jack Syrup and T-fal’s newest non-stick fry pan, the OptiCook, to one reader of Tough Cookie Mommy!a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. The pan looks amazing. I want one of these!

  2. These are great tips. The pancakes looks yummy. I want to win the pan!

  3. Seyma Shabbir says

    Wait until the pan is heated and put a thin layer of oil on the pan! I love pancakes!

  4. Yup, that’s the perfect way to cook pancakes. The pan looks amazing.

  5. I always use butter first to coat the pan.

  6. The perfect way to make pancakes is to brown one side until little bubbles appear, then flip it. I always am too impatient and break the pancake.

  7. One of my tips is to make them fun! Add chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter.
    Thank you!

  8. Make sure the batter is light and fluffy.

  9. susan smoaks says

    I am not good at making pancakes so my tip is to let my husband make them. He does it right everytime.

  10. shelly peterson says

    Having a good pan to cook them on is important.

  11. To make the perfect pancakes is to cook them on not too high of heat, and do not make them to big and wait until bubbles form before flipping over.

  12. Adrienne Gordon says

    Use a coated pan, make a thin pancake and use some fillings for flavor.

  13. My grandmother made THE perfect pan cakes. I was surprised when she told me her secret was sugar and a couple teaspoons of vegetable oil. 🙂

  14. melissaandkeith miller says

    Make sure the burner is not too hot.

  15. Tari Lawson says

    One of my tips for making perfect pancakes is to allow the batter to rest 5-10 minutes before pouring the batter to cook.

  16. I find a good pan is the best trick. Also, letting the pan get hot helps and not over mixing the batter!

  17. Dawn Monroe says

    I like to make small pancakes and a must is crispy edges. That’s my favorite part. Heating the syrup up in the microwave is a favorite too.

  18. My mom always told me to wait until the edges are starting to bubble a little then flip.

  19. These are tips! We are all about Saturday morning pancakes at our house. So yummy!

  20. It’s important to wait until the bubbles start to break on the top before flipping so the stay together.

  21. I like to make pancakes on my cast iron griddle. I cook pancakes over low heat to avoid burning.

  22. I get the best results by letting my pan heat first and coating with a thin layer of oil. I will add a smidge less milk to make the batter a little thicker too.

  23. I add bananas and other seasonal fruit to my batter and practice patience. If you don’t wait for those bubbles to form all the way to the center of the pancake before you flip, it will be soggy. Thanks for hosting!

  24. That looks like a great pan. I like to put bacon bits in my pancake mix.

  25. Making great pancakes can be really hard. I know my T-Fall pans make it so much easier. Sometimes, I add a little cinnamon to the batter.

  26. maria @ close to home says

    What an interesting pan design. Does it do crepes just as nicely?

  27. Michelle Hill says

    I use a cooking spray and spray in between cooking each pancake.

  28. I use a non-stick pan lightly greased and let the batter rest before using.

  29. Richard Hicks says

    Well, you need to start wth a good pan. Get the heat just right and pay attention to them so they do not burn.

  30. I am a horrible pancake maker that is why my husband make them! I think having the perfect batter helps.

  31. I have been craving pancakes for 2 days now. You just sent me over the edge. LOL! They look amazing!

  32. We love making breakfast for dinner every now and then. That pan sounds great for whipping up pancakes.

  33. Vicki Wurgler says

    Do not over beat the pancake batter and use a hot pan. Also, only flip once.

  34. Angela Saver says

    My tips for making pancakes is to test the skillet or griddle with a drop of water to be sure it is heated to the correct temperature, & if the batter is too thick, you may need to add more milk to thin the batter as you go!

  35. Ellie Wright says

    I use butter instead of oil on my griddle. And real maple syrup makes a big difference.

  36. I absolutely love this post. Pancakes are so hard to make! I can make almost anything under the sun, but I still have a hard time with pancakes.

  37. Great tips for making perfect pancakes. This looks like great non-stick cookware for cooking on!

  38. I love pancakes! My biggest tip is making sure the pancakes are small enough to be flipped easily, especially if you are not a flipping master!

  39. Debbi Wellenstein says

    I use a griddle for my pancakes. Make sure the griddle is hot before pouring on the pancake batter. Make sure the edges are dry before you flip.

  40. Neely (@Neelykins) says

    Ahhh, I love pancakes! Now I want some!

  41. I have to have a good pan to make pancakes, non-stick of course and I spray with an oil spray. The batter has to be just right and I add chocolate chips to the mix.

  42. I have yet to make a perfect pancake–not that I haven’t tried! Maybe it is the pan——-and I will try that pancake mix–now if I could only learn to flip things over!!

  43. brittany marie thompson says

    Don’t put the pancakes on until a drop of water sizzles on the skillet! Use non-stick spray or cookware as well..

  44. melissa Resnick says

    My tip is that you must add buttermilk mix to make the pancakes.

  45. beth shepherd says

    I like to use butter to coat the pan. It helps with the flavor. thank you!

  46. Karen Bellomy says

    I still use a griddle to make pancakes I use Bisquick mix and as they start to bubble I turn them easily and continue the same way I always make minis so they are easy to handle.

  47. Pancakes sure are fun to make.
    This article helps out a lot with the process.

  48. For me, one of the keys to making good pancakes is not crowding the pan. If there’s enough space between them, I can easily flip them. As I make them, I keep them warm in the toaster oven at a low temperature, so making them only three or four at a time isn’t a problem.

  49. We love pancakes at our house! We love using Bisquick!

  50. I send using a lower heat and cooking longer to get a more even and less burnt pancake! My tip is to add a spoonful of sugar and some vanilla to your pancake batter. It makes them super delicious!

  51. I love pancakes because they are easy to prepare and very delicious. Hungry Jack sounds like a great product.

  52. Don’t over mix or it gets runny. We like to add bananas and cinnamon chips to ours. My daughter enjoys chocolate chips.

  53. Stacey Roberson says

    My best tip for making the perfect pancake is cooking until bubbles cover the surface and flip before they all break.

  54. I like to let the batter rest a little before cooking. I also do a pancake bar with a series of toppings so everyone can choose!

  55. I like the sensor on these pans. T-fal rocks and I do love me some pancakes.

  56. Brittney House says

    I love to make them in fun shapes for the kids. I also like to have them mix in their favorite fruits/candies/ect.

  57. Pre-warm your pan and be patient: I always flip the first one too early.

  58. My kids LOVE pancakes. I don’t make them nearly enough but these look so good. I love t-fal products too, my most favorite pan is a t-fal. It’s super old though so I sure could use a new one!
    I don’t have any tips really, I’m not the best pancake maker but I need to start making them more to perfect them!

  59. Kristin Goodson says

    I cook pancakes on medium heat and try not to flip them over too much. I wait until they bubble up some then I look before I flip them. I love to add a little bit of cinnamon to the batter.

  60. Perfect pancakes are almost any pancakes that I don’t have to cook.

  61. I always use a bit of butter to coat the griddle. Make sure the batter isn’t too thick, pancakes taste much better when they are light and fluffy, and not too dry.

  62. I can never get my pancakes to turn out just right. I did not think it might be the pan. I will have to try buying a new pan.

  63. Oh my tip for making pancakes…is when adding extras like chocolate chips or blueberries…pour your mixture on the pan frist. Then sprinkle on top before you flip. Otherwise they can burn if mixed in the mix.

  64. I’m not good at making pancakes but they seem to turn out better when I put a lot of butter in the pan.

  65. When waiting to turn a pancake, wait until the bubbles form and then a few of them pop (leaving little holes) that shows that the pan side is cooked.

  66. Cook on medium heat and watch them so you flip at the right time.

  67. We love Pancakes so much & these are some wonderful tips to note as I have always failed to achieve best results when preparing at home. I love that T-fal pan as well.

  68. tracy davis says

    I use an extra egg in the batter to make the pancakes thicker.

  69. Don’t turn the heat up too high unless you want burnt on the outside and runny on the inside.

  70. I preheat the pan and let the oil get hot first before adding the batter.

  71. A tip I learned on a cooking show is to leave a slight amount of lumps in the batter. I also love to use real maple syrup on my pancakes.

  72. I don’t know how to make a good pancake. My hubby is a pro.

  73. Have your skillet or griddle hot enough when first pouring your pancake batter in and don’t turn the pancake over until you see it bubble up on the surface 1/2 way or nearly all the way. I find turning the heat down a little when you flip it the first time helps prevent overcooking or burning.

  74. I don’t know HOW in the WORLD my husband does it, but he make the best pancakes. I have never had any like it and I can’t make it like him!

  75. I love pancakes but ours were a disaster this year! That pan looks amazing.

  76. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    My Tips For Making Pancakes Is To Cook On Medium To Low Heat, Use Cooking Oil And Make Thick Pancakes.

  77. Yummy! I am not a very good cook, but I rock at making pancakes.

  78. The proper amount of water is the most important factor, because the thickness and density of the pancake is determined by the amount of water you use.

  79. I find that making pancakes on my electric griddle is the best way. As long as the temp is at 325 they will be perfect.

  80. Keri Justice says

    I always make sure my own is hot before I pour the batter in the pan. And I also make sure to but some non stick spray or oil in the pan to prevent the pancake from sticking. Then wait until it starts to bubble and edges being turning brown before flipping it!

  81. Marcia Goss says

    I think the key is to wait until the top is all bubbly and starting to dry before you flip them.

  82. You can’t rush pancakes. You need to cook them slow and be patient!

  83. Virginia Rowell says

    As far as tips on cooking the pancakes, I’m just so used to it. Don’t let the pan get too hot before putting the batter to it. Now, if you are making regular pancakes, my tip to make them more delicious is to add a little vanilla. Yum!

  84. Nancy Loring says

    I always add a little vanilla to my pancake mix. Also you should leave some lumps in your pancakje mix. Don’t over mix it.

  85. The best tip is to always make sure you preheat the pan, and I like crispy edges so, I use lots of oil.

  86. Make sure that you use lots of butter or oil. Then make sure that your pan is really hot. Let the pancakes bubble before turning.

  87. kelly tupick says

    My best tips is to make sure the pan is not too hot, otherwise you are just going to end up with burnt pancakes. Also, make sure you don’t make them too big or too thick. It would just make it all that much harder to flip.

  88. Julie Lundstrom says

    I like to add things to the pancakes such as sprinkles for the kids or fruit.

  89. The best thing for making perfect pancake is the choice of toppings. My favorite is blueberries with a blueberry compote and vanilla ice cream.

  90. Kathleen Whitney says

    Use Fresh Sourdough (made ahead of time) Then use fresh eggs. The taste is out of this world! use your favored Syrup and don’t forget the fruit,butter and yes Whipped Topping!

  91. I try to have the pan medium hot so that the pancakes puff up but do not burn. When you see them bubbling, then you can flip them. We enjoy putting chocolate chips in our pancake batter.

  92. I always make sure to use enough coconut oil when I cook them.

  93. kim keithline says

    My tip is to not overbeat the batter it makes a tough pancake.

  94. Jennifer Reed says

    My tip for making perfect pancakes is to use a good pancake mix, not get it to thin, and to make sure your pan is oiled and hot enough before starting them.

  95. chickie brewer says

    I like to add mother to the pan and it also gives the pancakes a better taste.

  96. I love to use coconut oil when making my pancakes and make sure the pan is hot!

  97. My best tip for pancakes is to go order them at IHOP! I love to cook, but I’m not good at pancakes. I do make good French toast, though!

  98. We make our own batter. It also helps to make sure the pan is hot enough, but not too hot!

  99. We add buttermilk mix to make the pancakes.

  100. Shakeia Rieux says

    Make sure there are no lumps in the pancake mix, and don’t have the fire up too high when making them.

  101. I like to use an electric griddle.

  102. For the perfect pancake, the pan has to be heated to the right temperature. Also, the consistancy of the batter has to be right.

  103. Some tips for making perfect pancakes are make sure the pan is hot enough and be patient.

  104. My tip for making pancakes is that I always add a whipped egg white to the mixture to make them fluffy!

  105. Jennifer Lo says

    Use a hot pan!

  106. Jennifer Lo says

    I always use a super hot pan to make the perfect pancakes!

  107. Just have to make sure you mix it well.

  108. I am still working out the kinks in my pancake procedure. I typically have to trash the first run due to burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. I love pancakes so I will keep trying to perfect them.

  109. Danielle Marie says

    A good pan is the secret… I do not have one, so my pancakes turn out burnt. 🙁

  110. Watch them carefully. It is surprising how fast a pancake can burn!

  111. I am terrible at making pancakes, so no suggestions here. I’m happy to read others’ suggestions and hope to improve!

  112. Austin Baroudi says

    I’m pretty bad at pancakes so I don’t any have any tips 😛 Thanks for the chance though!

  113. I mix pancake batter with a flavored muffin mix for variety. It’s quick and easy.

  114. laurie murley says

    My tip is try a drop of water on your pan before you pour your pancakes, if your pan is ready the water will dance off the pan and disappear.

  115. My tip for perfect pancakes? Use Hungry Jack pancake mix.They will come out perfect every time.

  116. Charlotte Winters says

    My husband is our resident pancake expert. He acts as if making pancakes is vital to national security. You won’t get any tips from him. I make horrid pancakes, and I feel I am beyond help at this point. I would love to win this prize for him. It would be a happy day.

  117. Elizabeth Owens says

    My tip is to make sure the pan is nice and warm before I put the batter in the pan. It gives it that all over golden brown!

  118. Kathy Pease says

    I usually use bisquick. I also love to add fresh blueberries to make them really tasty 🙂

  119. Vicki L Howard says

    Toss a few Chocolate Chips in the batter and yum.

  120. The perfect pancakes take a teaspoon of sugar. Wait until it starts bubbling before you flip it. 🙂

  121. Melanie Montgomery says

    I’ve never made pancakes before.

  122. Lauren Olivia Wood says

    My tip for making perfect pancakes is to start with a light and fluffy batter. If making it from scratch, watch your measurements and spring for authentic buttermilk (it will make a huge difference).

  123. The best pancakes in my opinion are made with bananas and sour cream. The sour cream adds a bit of lightness to them and the fruit is just good and you need less syrup.

  124. I like to let my batter sit for a few minutes after mixing. It seems to make a lighter, fluffier pancake. And make sure the pan sizzling hot!

  125. Buddy Garrett says

    I have found out that using a good pan and a great mix makes great pancakes. Hungry Jack mix is great. Using cheap generic mix makes awful pancakes.

  126. krystal wethington says

    I use butter in the mix and I use butter to coat the bottom of the skillet. They turn out moist and really good.

  127. Cynthia Mercado says

    We eat pancakes frequently due to some months we can not afford any thing else. So we try all kinds and add a lot of different ingredients. So my suggestion is to be creative there is so much that can be done to elevate pancakes.

  128. Barb Stenby says

    I use club soda to make them fluffier.

  129. Billy Lilley says

    The perfect pancake is all about the batter. If you whisk it too long, the whole thing is ruined. Also, carbonated water makes pancakes more fluffy.

  130. Don’t flip them too much, wait until bubbles appear to flip!

  131. I’m better at making frozen pancakes than homemade ones, but my tip is not to flip until you see bubbles in the batter! Otherwise be prepared to be upset. ????

  132. Leslie Davis says

    Letting the pan get hot first, but I’m not great at making them.

  133. paige chandler says

    Slow and low is the best way to make pancakes. Also the kids say that adding chocolate chips makes them even better.

  134. rickel bart says

    Gotta heat the pan, thinly oil and watch those bubbles!

  135. Louis Willhauck, Jr. says

    Add a couple of spoonfuls of maple syrup to the mix. Top it with “King” Syrup (cant find it everywhere though, but it is the best for pancakes!)

  136. MARY MCALIN says

    Use a pan that is large enough to flip your pancakes with ease. Add a little shortening to the pan before pouring your batter for the first pancake. Do not flip your pancake until there are bubbles all over the surface. I like to make saucer sized pancakes because they are easy to flip over and they cook faster.

  137. Philip Lawrence says

    First, make sure the pancake mix has not expired. Second, heat the pan before putting the batter in. Third, make the pancakes smaller and easier to handle and flip. Finally, do not stack them very long before eating or they flatten and lose some texture.

  138. I use buttermilk and a non-stick griddle, that works very well.

  139. Linda White says

    Heat and butter the pan and watch for bubbles in the pancake batter while cooking!

  140. Linda Bradshaw says

    My tip is to have a good nonstick pan and to wait for all the bubbles to start popping before flipping. I don’t have patience to wait sometimes.

  141. Regina elliott says

    I make my boys pancakes every Sunday morning.

  142. Grease the griddle or pan and don’t add batter until it is nice and warm.

  143. Our family really like pancakes. I usually use a griddle, but a large pan would work also. We like our pancakes light and fluffly, so I believe the trick is to cook them right away as soon as you mix them.
    We always put butter and syrup on, but usually we also put blueberries or strawberries on them.
    Now, I am hungry for pancakes. I think I will go make a batch!

  144. Amy Smeltzer says

    I hardly ever eat pancakes. I love French toast though and I would love to win this pan.

  145. I try to get the pan to the right warmth and test it with a little water. Then watch carefully, test the edges, and flip.

  146. I make sure the pan is smokin’ hot, and keep the pancakes small and thin.

  147. Stephanie Larison says

    Make sure the pan is the right temp. first. Then make sure you see lots of bubbles settling before flipping the pancakes.

  148. Ronalee Duncan says

    I would say a good tip is to not crowd the pan with too many pancakes. Also, as others have said, and you have said, cook on a low heat.

  149. The biggest tip for making perfect pancakes is having the griddle or pan hot enough. I always make one sample pancake first before I make the rest for my family.


    I use coconut oil to coat the pan. It keeps the pancakes from sticking & has a great flavor. I also add some cinnamon to the mixture before cooking.

  151. Make sure that your ingredients are fresh! It makes a huge difference. Also, don’t flip until the top of the pancakes are covered in bubbles.

  152. To make perfect pancakes, first your batter needs to have no lumps in it. Then make sure your pan and oil are heated before you add the batter to it…and making sure the burners aren’t on High…wait till there are bubbles before turning it over…

  153. Our pancake tips: let batter rest for about 5 minutes after mixing; use just a touch of oil & cook on a good non-stick pan; use medium heat, or maybe a bit higher i.e. water droplet should “dance” on skillet.

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