Homemade Pancake Syrup


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Homemade Pancake Syrup is so easy to make with just 4 ingredients. Use this syrup to top pancakes, waffles, french toast, and more.

Pouring homemade pancake syrup over waffle.

Homemade Pancake Syrup

I never realized that it was possible to make pancake syrup homemade. Silly, me. Is it as healthy as pure maple syrup, I am going to assume not. But, it is amazing with or without maple flavoring. Adding vanilla makes it similar to my kids’ favorite Mrs. Butterworth’s version.

Easy Pancake Syrup in a small jar.

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Sometimes, we run low on essential pantry ingredients. I have shared quite a few substitutes that I use frequently. Last week, I was out of maple syrup for our Homemade Pancake Mix, so I used this homemade syrup recipe that my grandmother passed along to me. It’s so simple, and you can make it in a few minutes.

Homemade Pancake Syrup with maple flavoring in a jar.

This homemade maple syrup is a bit thin. If you prefer to have a thicker syrup, add about 1/3 cup of corn syrup when you add the sugar and water. We prefer a thinner syrup with fewer ingredients, so we leave it out.

Waffle piece soaked with homemade syrup.

Pancake syrup and maple syrup can be quite pricey. This recipe is just as good, if not better than store-bought. Make it. I believe you will agree!

Homemade Pancake Syrup in a jar with text.

Ingredients to make Homemade Syrup

  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Imitation Maple or Vanilla

Ingredients to make Homemade syrup.

Recipe for Homemade Pancake Syrup

First, add the brown sugar and the water to a small saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Then, reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes more. Stir frequently.

Pancake Syrup in a pan.

Add the butter and stir until melted and let the syrup come to a slight boil. Remove from heat and add the maple flavoring or vanilla. Stir well and allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a jar or container.

Making homemade syrup recipe, adding butter to the pan.

Store it for up to one week in the refrigerator. Be sure to use an airtight container. Heat in the microwave before using it.

Closeup of recipe for homemade pancake syrup.

This recipe for homemade pancake syrup is perfect for serving over Homemade Pancakes, waffles, crepes, or french toast. I like to use it for our Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole.

Homemade Syrup on a waffle piece

5 from 2 votes

Homemade Pancake Syrup

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Homemade Pancake Syrup is so easy to make with just 4 ingredients. Use this syrup to top pancakes, waffles, french toast, and more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Maple or Vanilla Extract extract


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar and water.
  • Over medium high heat, stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the butter and stir for 1 more minute while mixture just barely boils.
  • Remove from heat and add the extract.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before using or transferring to jar for refrigerator storage.


Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 59mg, Sugar: 43g, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1mg
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Long pin collage of Homemade Pancake Syrup

Long Pin with 4 Ingredient Syrup

Long pin of homemade syrup for pancakes

Long pin with Homemade mayple flavored syrup

About Jen Cincyshopper

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  1. My husband really liked it! Was thinner than store-bought, but soaked in and flavored everything wonderfully! Thank you. Tips for storage?

  2. This does look so easy and delicious. Pinned it to try out. #HomeMattersParty