Thin Pancakes with Powdered Sugar

While we love the good old thick American pancakes, these traditional English pancakes are not short on their own spin. Also called Swedish pancakes, these thin flat pancakes are irresistibly light, golden, and buttery. They taste great on their own but also go well with vanilla ice cream, fruits, cottage cheese, and jam. Make them at home with our thin pancake recipe from scratch. 

Tips on Making Thin Pancakes

Thin pancakes should not be dense and chewy, but instead, light and slightly crispy. Here are the best tips on how to make thin pancakes:

  • You can make the batter in a blender. Simply put all ingredients in, liquids first, blitz, and the pancake batter is ready in seconds.
  • Rest the batter. This rest time allows the starches to swell and the baking powder to react. As a result, it forms bubbles that make pancakes light. Aim for at least 10 minutes to 4 days ahead. Keep the batter in the fridge in a sealed container.
  • Lower the risk of having ripped pancakes by cooking them in a nonstick pan. A cast iron or crepe pan will do. And always heat up the pan. 
  • Brush the pan with melted butter. You easily get the whole surface buttered, and butter is what makes the beautiful lacey golden pancake look.
  • Use a measuring cup to scoop batter into the pan. The uniformly measured batter makes neat, Instagram-ready homestyle pancakes. Quickly tilt the hot pan to spread, or use a crepe spreader if you have it. 

How about having crispy fried chicken and thin pancakes for dinner? Yum! Let’s get right on to making them.

Thin Pancakes with Powdered Sugar

How To Make Easy Thin Pancakes

Make light and buttery pancakes with our easy thin pancake recipe. You can have them in 30 minutes or a batter that you can refrigerate for tomorrow.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, unsalted, melted
  • 1 egg
  • cups milk, whole or evaporated
  • cooking spray

To Serve:

  • powdered sugar
  • whipping cream


  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl.

  2. Add white sugar, butter, and egg. Mix.

  3. Slowly add the milk while whisking the mixture. Whisk until smooth. Then let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

  4. Preheat a nonstick skillet to medium-low heat.

  5. Brush the skillet with butter. Then, place ¼ cup of batter into the pan and swirl it around to spread. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds on each side.

  6. Repeat till all the batter is used up.

  7. Serve it with a dusting of powdered sugar and whipped cream on top. Enjoy!


  • Sugar: 4g
  • :
  • Calcium: 139mg
  • Calories: 161kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 86mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 233mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 279IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Are crepes just thin pancakes?

Actually, crepes are often called thin French pancakes. Crepes and thin pancakes are very similar-looking, but crepes are often dense and chewy. Thin pancakes are light and fluffy because the batter contains baking powder, a leavening ingredient that makes bubbles.

Are pancakes better with milk or water?

Pancakes are better with milk. Even boxed just-add-water pancake mixes contain powdered milk in them. That’s because not only does it add structure and a creamy flavor, but the milk fat also greatly contributes to moist and tender pancakes. Water could work, but you would need to compensate for the lack of flavor with more butter, vanilla extract, and sugar.

Pancake Recipes


Enjoy your favorite breakfast food in a new way with this thin pancake recipe. They’re light, buttery, and pretty! Make it with simple ingredients and top with ice cream, powdered sugar, or your favorite toppings.
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