The IHOP family restaurant chain has been serving a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections for nearly 50 years. Offering 14 types of pancakes as well as omelettes, breakfast specialties, burgers, sandwiches, salads, chicken and steaks, IHOP's diverse menu appeals to people of all ages. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, California-based International House of Pancakes, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IHOP Corp. As of September 30, 2007, the end of IHOP Corp.'s third quarter, there were 1,328 IHOP restaurants in 49 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and Mexico. This site will provide you with restaurant news and copycat recipes for IHOP

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Gingerbread Pancakes



Gingerbread Pancakes
IHOP Copycat Recipe

Makes about 24 Pancakes

3 cups complete buttermilk pancake mix 
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature 
1 cup water
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
cooking oil spray

Garnish
whipped cream
holiday cake sprinkles

In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together all of the ingredients except the cooking oil spray and syrup. The batter will be thin. You may add more mix, 1 tablespoon at a time, for thicker pancakes.

Spray a nonstick griddle or large frying pan with cooking oil spray and place it over medium heat. (If using an electric griddle, heat to 375 F.) When the griddle is hot, using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the batter onto the griddle. Cook until bubbles appear and the edges start to dry on the first side, about 2 minutes. Turn the pancakes, and cook until second side is golden brown, another 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove the pancakes to a warm plate and cover loosely with foil or place in a warm, draft-free location. (We use the microwave.) Repeat with the remaining batter until all the pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately, with syrup if desired.

NOTES:  I used Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix. You may choose another mix that is labeled complete which requires only water.

You may use an equal amount of instant coffee, mixed according to the package instructions, instead of brewed coffee. However, brewed coffee does tend to offer a bolder presence. If you prefer to omit the coffee, add more water.