Pancake Syrup from Scratch – How to Make Pancake Syrup

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Knowing how to make pancake syrup will come in handy when you’ve already promised pancakes to the kids but there’s no maple syrup to be found in the pantry. This pancake syrup from scratch recipe is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).

Don’t get yourself in a bind. You know what I mean, right? The kids want pancake, and low and behold, there’s no maple syrup or pancake syrup to be found. Ack!

I have an easy solution and it takes a couple of staple ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry.

Pancake Syrup from Scratch

You can easily make pancake syrup from scratch on the stovetop in plenty of time to get breakfast on the table.

All it takes is a saucepan and three simple ingredients – water, brown sugar and white (granulated) sugar.

Old Fashioned Pancake Syrup Recipe

This old fashioned griddle cake syrup recipe comes from my Recipes From an American Farm Cook Book. I love this cookbook for its vast selection of old fashioned recipes. These recipes don’t have shortcut ingredients; everything is homemade or from scratch.

I was super intrigued to try this old fashioned pancake syrup recipe out for those days when I don’t have any maple syrup on hand for my Swedish oatmeal pancakes or cottage cheese pancakes. It also works great on these easy waffles.

After researching other recipes, I also like how this is a pancake syrup without corn syrup which I don’t always have on hand. I always have brown sugar and white sugar on hand, making this my go-to recipe.

Ingredient List for Homemade Pancake Syrup

What do I need to make pancake syrup from scratch?

Brown Sugar

White (Granulated) Sugar

Water

Maple Extract (optional)

How to Make Pancake Syrup from Scratch

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for homemade pancake syrup, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. In a small saucepan, add water, brown sugar and white sugar; whisk until sugars are dissolved.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil until the old fashioned pancake syrup is to your desired consistency, approximately 5 minutes for a very thin syrup and 10 minute for a thicker syrup.
  3. If desired, add maple extract, but this is not necessary or required.
  4. Serve warm!

What do I use when I don’t have any maple syrup for my pancakes?

First off, don’t fret. You can easily make pancake syrup from scratch with just water, brown sugar and white sugar.

Or, consider topping your pancakes with other non-traditional toppings like these:

  • Peanut Butter, Almond Butter or any other nut butter
  • Nutella
  • Drizzle of Honey
  • Fresh fruit like blueberries or strawberries
  • Scoop of pie filling such as cherry pie filling
  • Dust with powdered sugar or ground cinnamon
  • Lemon curd
  • Flavored Cream Cheese
  • Marshmallow Creme

Notes About How to Make Homemade Pancake Syrup (without corn syrup)

  • Maple extract is optional.
  • For a thinner pancake syrup, boil at a rolling boil for approximately 5 minutes, and for a thicker, boil for approximately 10 minutes.
  • To test the thickness of the from scratch pancake syrup, coat a spoon and see how fast is rolls off of it.
  • This syrup is super hot right from the saucepan. Let it cool slightly before tasting or using on griddle cakes.
  • Use leftover griddle cake syrup as a sweetener for coffee or tea.
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Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).

What can I make for breakfast besides pancakes?

Looking for breakfast inspiration? Try our favorite breakfast ideas other than pancakes.

  1. Baked Oatmeal
  2. Lemon Glazed Blueberry Cake
  3.  Poppy Seed Bread
  4. Amish Chipped Beef Gravy Recipe
  5. Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole 
  6. Egg in a Basket
  7. Sour Cream Coffee Cake
  8. Gingerbread Waffles
  9. Quick Cinnamon Rolls from Refrigerated Crescent Rolls 
  10. Apricot Cream Kuchen

Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).

Old Fashioned Pancake Recipes

 Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes 

These Easy Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes are great for a quick breakfast or supper. Truth be told, I like them as a dessert with a dollop of peanut butter or your favorite preserves.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes use 4 ingredients to make a thin pancake perfect to be topped, rolled, folded or filled. Cottage cheese, eggs, Bisquick and milk are blended up for a high-protein breakfast. 

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pancakes 

With just a little work the night before, these Prep Ahead Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pancakes are easy to make for the perfect breakfast. Top them with butter and syrup or mix it up with peanut butter or your favorite fruit.

Easy Pancake Sausage Casserole

Easy Pancake Sausage Casserole (pancake mix casserole) uses five simple ingredients and will transform the way you prepare pancakes for your family. 

Pancake Syrup from Scratch - How to Make Pancake Syrup

Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pancake syrup, how to make pancake syrup, old fashioned pancake syrup, pancake syrup from scratch, pancake syrup without corn syrup
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar granulated
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract (optional)

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, white sugar and water until sugar dissolves.
    Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).
  • Bring to a full rolling boil, continue to boil and stir often until the syrup is to your desired consistency.
    Boil approximately 5 minutes for a thin syrup or 10 minutes for a thicker syrup.
    Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).
  • Remove from heat and stir in maple extract (optional).
    Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  • Maple extract is optional.
  • For a thinner pancake syrup, boil at a rolling boil for approximately 5 minutes, and for a thicker, boil for approximately 10 minutes.
  • To test the thickness of the from scratch pancake syrup, coat a spoon and see how fast is rolls off of it.
  • This syrup is super hot right from the saucepan. Let it cool slightly before tasting or using on griddle cakes.
  • Use leftover griddle cake syrup as a sweetener for coffee or tea.
  • Love pancakes? Try these amazing old fashioned oatmeal pancakes

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Knowing How to Make Pancake Syrup will come in handy when you've already promised pancakes to the kids but there's no maple syrup to be found in the pantry.  Pancake Syrup from Scratch is simple to make with just brown sugar, white sugar, water and maple extract (optional).

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      1. The mixture may not have been heated long enough to dissolve every sugar crystal in the mixture. Any sugar crystals remaining in the syrup can cause others to crystallize.

    1. If your syrup crystallizes it could mean the mixture wasn’t heated long enough to dissolve every sugar crystal in the mixture. Any sugar crystals remaining in the syrup can cause others to crystallize. Adding a little corn syrup or an acid such as citrus juice will help to prevent this.

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