Apple Butter Hotcakes


Make the butter and cherry sauce ahead to reduce last-minute fuss when creating these pancakes.

Apple Butter Hotcakes
Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
29 mins
32 to 40 mini-size or 8 to 10 standard-size hot cakes


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 12 ounce package frozen pitted light or dark sweet cherries

  • ½ cup cherry jam or cherry preserves

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 ½ cup packaged regular or buttermilk pancake mix (not complete pancake mix)

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup purchased apple butter


  1. For flavored butter, in a small mixing bowl, use a small whisk to combine butter, honey, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined; set aside.

  2. For cherry sauce, in a medium saucepan, combine frozen cherries, cherry jam, and orange peel. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring frequently; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly. Cover and set aside; keep warm.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together pancake mix, milk, oil, eggs, and apple butter. Stir just until moistened (batter should still be lumpy). For mini-size hot cakes, spread about 1 tablespoon batter into a 1-1/2-inch circle onto a hot lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet. (For standard-size hot cakes, spread about 1/4 cup batter into a 4-inch circle.) Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side or until hot cakes are golden brown, turning to second sides when hot cakes have bubbly surfaces and edges are slightly dry. Serve warm with flavored butter and cherry sauce. Makes 32 to 40 mini-size or 8 to 10 standard-size hot cakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

114 Calories
4g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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