May the Force

Brown Butter (Star Wars) Pancakes


This week has been more than a little insane, but thankfully it’s all in the past and I can start to breathe a little bit easier.  With all of the insanity I haven’t spent nearly as much time in the kitchen as normal but luckily found some time over the weekend to work on my pancake technique.  I’ve never been a big breakfast person, something about eating soon after waking doesn’t sit right with my stomach.  However I am a huge fan of pancakes, and really REALLY want to break in some new toys.  Joe and I got a ton of Star Wars cooking supplies when we got married and while the cookie cutters have gotten multiple uses, the pancake molds had gone back to the cabinet after being washed.  I decided that the time had come for me to give them a whirl, and that such an occasion called for more than just my standard Joy of Cooking adapted pancake recipe.  So I went to the internet and started searching around for ideas.   In the end I decided to stick with my normal recipe with one twist: brown butter!

Brown Butter Pancake


1 1/2 cups flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 3/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups milk

3 tbsp butter

2 large eggs

1/3 cup mini-chocolate chips (optional)

butter, oil, or spray for the griddle.


  1. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted allow to simmer for 5-7minutes, stirring frequently. Butter has finished when it is a rich peanut butter brown, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients, set aside
  3. In another bowl mix all remaining ingredients, including the brown butter. Quickly mix in the dry ingredients, mixing just until the large lumps are gone.
  4. Heat a large griddle over medium high heat, before adding the butter/oil/spray test to make sure the griddle is hot enough. When hot, water should bounce and splatter rather than sit and boil. Use a 1/4 cup to measure out the batter for the pancakes. Between batches make sure to add more grease to prevent burning. The pancakes are ready to be flipped once small bubbles appear and break. Serve warm!
  5. The chocolate chips can either be added to the pancakes while cooking, or directly to the batter.

I loved the nuttiness added by the brown butter, it gave them the right amount of something different without being too overpowering.    The chocolate chips were an indulgent treat and while I didn’t quite master the proper placement of chips to create eyes, they still tasted amazing which is all that really matters.

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  1. Wow! Look at how beautiful and light and flffuy those pancakes look! These look awesome! And Pamela’s is our favorite for pancakes too, HANDS DOWN!!! We always add chocolate chips! Yum!!

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