Apple Pancake Rings


Dip sliced apples in cinnamon-spiced buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy, soft and sweet breakfast treat! These are so fun to make and festive for the fall season!

Apple Pancake Rings – Dip sliced apples in buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy, soft and sweet breakfast treat! |

I can see making these Apple Pancake Rings with my daughter on Christmas morning. Something about them makes me picture us padding downstairs in our pajamas (footies, of course), whipping up pancake batter and slicing apples. She’d eagerly dip them into the batter and we’d sizzle them on a hot skillet while I warmed maple syrup. With the anticipation of Santa’s gifts, it would be a quick breakfast, and we’d leave the dirty dishes for later to go tear open presents.

Can you tell I love Christmas?

Texas weather is still toasty and telling us winter is far off, but chestnuts are roasting on an open fire in my mind. You could say I’ve been looking forward to this Christmas for a while… and hoping to start new traditions with my new little family!

 Apple Pancake Rings – Dip sliced apples in buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy, soft and sweet breakfast treat! |

Apple Pancake Rings – Dip sliced apples in buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy, soft and sweet breakfast treat! |

But, let’s rewind a bit to present day, shall we? Leaves are turning, crisp apples are available by the bushel, and fall is calling. I can’t imagine any better breakfast than a pile of these warm pancakes with fresh apples nestled inside.

Using your favorite pancake batter and sliced apples (I used Gala), these pancakes come together in minutes. Just dip your slices into the batter, and lay on a hot skillet to sizzle. I used the batter recipe for my Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes (our all-time favorite pancakes – SO good), but your favorite will do. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon for festival fall flavor! But really, these can be enjoyed year round for a special morning treat.

Grab your ingredients, heat up that skillet, and get to cookin’ these terrific Apple Pancake Rings. Kids of all ages will go crazy for them!

Apple Pancake Rings – Dip sliced apples in buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy, soft and sweet breakfast treat! |

Apple Pancake Rings – Dip sliced apples in buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy, soft and sweet breakfast treat! |

Apple Pancake Rings

Servings 15 pancake rings


  • 1 batch prepared pancake mix I used my Fluffy Buttermilk Pancake batter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 medium apples sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds

For serving:

  • Warm maple syrup


  • Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease lightly with oil.
  • Prepare pancake mix, adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter.
  • Dip apple slices into pancake batter, coating all over. Place on hot griddle. Cook until golden brown, flipping once. Serve warm with maple syrup.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. This is breakfast for me! Nice idea..

  2. I have often thought about chopping apples and putting them in the batter like I do with blueberries but this is even better – and easier!

  3. This is such a fun idea Georgia! I feel like they are pancakes with a happy fall surprise inside. (PS. I <3 Christmas too!)

  4. These just made my taste buds fall right off my head! I am totally obsessed with pancakes, and I have been putting ALL the apples in them lately.
    But using a whole apple ring? GENIUS. Pinned!

  5. Ahhhhhh these are so neat!!! Love this idea!

  6. Frank Mosher says:

    Great idea and recipe! Thank you!!

  7. Whoa with all the Halloween cute stuff blanketing the food blogs, I like this one THE best. Technically it’s a fall recipe—I know. I know. Very very clever. And yes one that would be lovely at Xmas as was your example. Thank you for the idea!

  8. So clever, and my – I feel like I need some, like….now!

    Thank you so much for the heads up! It sounds like you have grand little plans for the coming future, and I am sure you’ll pass on your christmas spirits to your little one :) But for now, I wish you a happy Halloween! Thanks for the treat :) x

  9. This is fantastic, so clever!!!

  10. Footie pajamas are the coolest. This is such a clever recipe. Like, super clever. Love!

  11. This is SUCH an awesome idea. I need this for my next brunch!!

  12. what a fun recipe! they are so cute.

  13. Mine ended up looking a little less pancake like, but they tasted fantastic :D

    Thanks so much for the recipe :) x

  14. Absolutely delicious, and so much fun to make, live in Vt. so went with Macintosh apples, and this one is a keeper, also used your buttermilk pancake recipe, thanks for sharing, going to try next time with pear slices, it think, maybe a bosc pear….

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