7 Decadent Pancake Recipes That Take it to the Next Level

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by Lisa Lozano

There's nothing to hate about a typical pancake slathered with butter and drizzled with maple syrup. But if you think regular pancakes can't be improved upon, think again. We've got 7 crave-worthy recipes that will up your pancake game!

No. 1: Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

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First, it's that time of year, folks! Mix pumpkin pie spice and orange extract in with your pancake batter to get the flavors of a pumpkin pie. Topped the finished pancakes with a ginger-orange maple syrup.

No. 2: Grant's Pancake Cake

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For a pancake that isn't exactly a pancake, try this super fun recipe for a cake that tastes and looks like a stack of pancakes, with a maple frosting and a bacon garnish! And the best part is, you just use boxed pancake mix as a base!

No. 3: Pineapple Upside-Down Pancake

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These pineapple upside-down pancakes start with adding a pineapple ring with a maraschino cherry in the center, and some brown sugar to your greased griddle. Then spoon a quarter of a cup of the pancake batter over the top with a soup ladle — done!

No. 4: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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For the Cinnamon Roll pancakes, just add cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar to melted butter. When the sugar is melted and all is mixed well, put the liquid in a squeeze bottle. Then spoon pancake batter onto your griddle and squeeze a pinwheel drizzle of the cinnamon liquid onto the pancake. Top with some warmed cream-cheese frosting — delish!

No. 5: Melissa Clark’s German Pancake (aka Dutch Baby)

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This German "pancake" is actually more like a fluffy coffee cake, but has only a tiny bit of sugar, so you don't have to feel too guilty about it.

No. 6: Sunny Anderson's Apple Dutch Baby Mug Pancake

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For a different take on a Dutch Baby, try this apple pancake, which cooks up fast using only prepared boxed pancake batter, chunky applesauce, raisins and cinnamon sugar. Pour some maple syrup on top and you're done!

No. 7: Melissa D'Arabian's Blueberry-Speckled Pancakes

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A simple pancake recipe is the perfect way to showcase plump and flavorful blueberries. Talk about starting the morning on a high note.

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