Dry Pancake Mix - just add water!

An easy (and delicious) gift that's made with love.

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The holiday season is the season of gifting - and while we're all very busy and usually stressed during this time, the act of sharing something homemade always seems to be the panacea for feeling overwhelmed and bringing us back to a place of gratitude.  This year, we're making multiple batches of this dry pancake mix, putting it in mason jars, and gifting it with our homemade vanilla and some cooking tools.  The ingredients are simple, and who wouldn't appreciate a flavorful pancake mix that only needs water added - especially during this busy time of year!

This recipe is inspired by the amazing Ree Drummond, otherwise known as "The Pioneer Woman" on The Food Network.  Her recipe for "Mason Jar Pancake Mix" is delicious and super simple!  


Dry Pancake Mix:

8 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar (Ree uses 2 cups)

2 cups dry buttermilk

1/2 cup baking powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt


1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or extract of your choice

2 tablespoons of butter for frying, plus extra for your topping

Pancake syrup - or other toppings of your choice


If you plan on gifting this mix,  Ree uses 8 quart-sized wide mason jars with lids.  

  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, dry buttermilk, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Divide the mix into 8 quart-sized wide mason jars, about 1 1/2 cups of dry pancake mix per jar. Seal and store until ready to use.

  2. To make the pancakes, just add 3/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to a mason jar of pancake mix and shake until completely incorporated.

  3. Warm a griddle over medium heat and grease with the butter. Drop in the batter with a 1/4-cup measure and fry the pancakes until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with softened butter and warm syrup.

Our family puts this entire recipe into one container for use throughout the year.  The kids know to use 1 1/2 cups of the mix + 3/4 cups of water...and then to be honest, I am pretty sure they dump in as much vanilla as they would like since we have it readily available. 

We just made double this amount for our home and for gifts this holiday - I picked up a few spatulas and whisks from A.C. Moore to add to the jars and now they're ready to go!

Sibyl Smith