Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Topping


Being honest, cozy breakfast recipes are some of my all time favorites. Theres something so delicious and satisfying about a classic pancake or french toast breakfast. A hot cup of coffee and some real maple syrup on the side- what could be better? Make it festive and seasonal! That's when I thought of these pumpkin pancakes that have all the flavors of the classic pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread with the fluffiness of the perfect pancake recipe.

A fall, fluffy brunch treat

Pair that with the flavor and texture of whipped cream cheese and you have a sweet, but not too sweet special, fall breakfast. The whipped cream cheese topping could not be easier and also happens to pair perfectly with some chopped walnuts sprinkled on top. If you're anything like me, when you wake up hungry on a weekend morning the last thing you want to do is spend too much time or effort making a recipe when all you want to do is curl up with a hot cup of coffee and a special breakfast. Luckily, this recipe is a win win where it feels extra special and delicious but it is still quick and easy enough to make and not feel like your whole morning is taken up.

Cream cheese and pumpkin- an autumn duo

You'll be enjoying these delicious pancakes in no time and they are very worth it, trust me.

Firstly, you'll combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. This recipe contains all the necessary components of a true pancake and I have found with the right thickness and portion of batter for each, they are just the right amount of fluffiness. After you stir and combine the flour and remaining dry ingredients, you will want to whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. This is when you will add the pumpkin and that fabulous pop of fall color will come to life. This is one of my favorite parts of this recipe and it really makes these pancakes feel a little extra truly pumpkin and special as a fall treat for breakfast.

Orange means fall after all

Next, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients stirring to combine as you add. After it is thoroughly combined and mixed together, it's time to start pouring! Before you start pouring, I highly suggest that you add butter to the pan as opposed to nonstick cooking spray. It makes all the difference and is a habit that I highly suggest getting into when trying to make the perfect pancake on the stovetop. After, add approximately a 1/4 cup of batter or just shy of a 1/4 to the greased pan for each pancake.

Also, something that I feel like really needs to be addressed is the infamous first pancake. Let's all be honest and just admit that when making pancakes the first one is never the most beautiful of them all. There is something about the stove still not quite reaching that just right temperature and the batter first hitting the pan that results in a still delicious, but not perfect looking pancake. Know that this is completely okay and try not to become frustrated by this. The first pancake is always still delicious and after the first you will find your rhythm right on the second.

Second times the charm!

There is something about a pile of pancakes stacked up high with the maple syrup dripping on top that just makes them extra delicious. I highly suggest this and it seems to make them taste extra tasty and satisfying.

Once your pancakes are done, whip (not pun intended) up that whipped cream cheese topping and start scooping those dollops on top. Add some chopped walnuts and pour on that maple syrup and enjoy! May I even suggest a pumpkin latte on the side if you're feeling really in that festive mood.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Topping

Pumpkin pie flavors, a cream cheese topping, and a large pour of maple syrup on top... the perfect fall breakfast or brunch. These pumpkin pancakes will put you in the cozy, fall mood we all know and love.



Servings: 6 pancakes


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled
  • maple syrup, optional for topping
  • walnuts, optional for topping

Whipped Cream Cheese Topping

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of cinnamon



1. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cloves, and cinnamon in a small sized mixing bowl.

2. Whisk milk, melted butter, egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin in a separate bowl.

3. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk to combine.

4. Add the tablespoon of chilled butter to a small to medium sized skillet. Allow the skillet to heat and butter to melt before scooping batter into skillet.

5. Scoop approximately ¼ cup of batter onto greased skillet for each pancake. Sprinkle with additional light brown sugar if desired before flipping. Cook each pancake for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.

Whipped Cream Cheese Topping

1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, combine cream cheese, heavy cream, and cinnamon. Whip on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.

2. Once pancakes are done, scoop a dollop of the whipped cream cheese topping on top of each pancake. Top with maple syrup and walnuts if desired and enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

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