Christmas Pancakes: Holiday Orange Spice Pancakes with Bourbon and Orange Cranberry Sauce

For the first time ever, we aren’t traveling over the holidays. After the most chaotic year ever last year, we decided to stay put. I’ll miss seeing my family, but I’m so excited to have a stress-free day doing whatever we want to do.

Oddly, one of the things I’m most excited about it Christmas morning breakfast. Most weekends, we’re up before the sun and catch the sunrise from the car on our journey into the mountains, so we grab breakfast on the go. But Christmas morning we get to wake up in our own bed, open our gifts in our own house, and then I get to make an actual breakfast before we head out to ski. I can’t be the only one that gets psyched about a feast of a breakfast…

For homemade breakfast feasts, I always like to make something savory and something sweet. Today I’ll share my something sweet: Christmas Pancakes. The pancakes have subtle flavors of orange and holiday spices, and the cranberry sauce topping is perfectly tangy with orange and bourbon.

Christmas Pancakes 2

Christmas Pancakes

Christmas Pancakes 1


For the Sauce

  • 1 12 oz package of cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup water
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon

For the Pancakes

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat for 20 – 35 minutes. Most of the liquid should be reduced. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  2. For the pancakes, preheat a griddle or skillet to medium-low heat.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, orange zest, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs slightly. Next, whisk in the buttermilk, melted butter, maple syrup, and orange juice. Pour into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. a few lumps are okay.
  5. Grease griddle or skillet. Ladle batter onto hot griddle and cook on one side until bubbles rise to the surface. Flip pancakes, and cook for another few minutes until browned and cooked through.
  6. To serve, stack pancakes and ladle cranberry sauce over the top. Garnish with orange zest if desired.

Yum! What are your favorite holiday breakfast dishes? Let me know in the comments!

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