Historic Recipes

Peanut Butter Pancakes – 1915 Griddle Cakes Recipe

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I was scrolling through some museum collections the other day when I noticed that the Henry Ford museum also provides some recipe clippings out of the books in their archives. I loved this idea and though it was an excellent way to keep some of the books in your archives relevant.

So I decided to pick out a recipe to try myself, and these peanut butter griddle cakes caught my eye. The peanut butter pancakes were straight from the Larkin Housewives Cookbook, a classic I’ve heard of but haven’t had a chance to test out yet.

They sounded delicious, and luckily for me they tasted delicious too. I love peanut butter and pancakes… err griddle cakes – so I’m not sure why it took so long to try this combination.

How to Make Peanut Butter Griddle Cakes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Grease your pan or griddle with your preferred fat of choice (salted butter is a good choice, especially if you forgo the salt in the recipe). Bring it up to medium heat.

Bring all your dry ingredients together in a bowl, and sift if necessary to avoid lumps in your pancakes. Then add your two cups milk, 1 egg and the 4 tablespoons of peanut butter. I recommend mixing the milk, egg and peanut butter together in a separate bowl rather than adding them one by one as the recipe recommends as it makes it easier to blend everything together if you’re hand mixing.

Then drop the batter onto your pan, one spoonful at a time. Make them just like pancakes – turn when the edges get dry and the bubbles that form on the top start to burst. Cook until completely done inside, and serve!

These taste great with maple syrup, but they’re also pretty delicious on their own. They also freeze well if you feel like having a history inspired breakfast on the go!

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