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Best Buttermilk Syrup Recipe is creamy, light, and sweet. It takes just minutes to make and will transform your pancakes and waffles to another level.

And if you want to add even another dimension, toss some toasted pecans in just before you serve it! 🥰

Buttermilk Syrup


My favorite breakfast has always been and will always be pancakes. Hot off the griddle, smothered in butter and drowned in syrup. It’s sweet, decadent, and pure comfort food at its best. 

Seriously, it takes me back to sitting at my great grandmother’s table with her doting on me and filling my plate. Great memories.

The internet will tell you Buttermilk syrup originated at a Utah restaurant. I question that because my great-grandmother never traveled, didn’t have the internet back then, and lived through the Great Depression. I feel like it resulted from having to make food out of whatever was available and never throwing food away. Some of the best Southern recipes are a direct result of this, bread pudding, chicken n’ dressing, breakfast gravy, ham bone soup to name a few.

Therefore, instead of buying maple syrup or any expensive syrup, cooks turned to what they had on hand.



Why is my Buttermilk Syrup grainy?

More than likely it is from the sugar not fully dissolved. 

Why do you put baking soda in syrup?

It keeps the syrup soft. (I also put baking soda in my Salty Sweet Caramel Snack Mix.)

Does this syrup taste like buttermilk?

No, not in the least.

How long with Buttermilk syrup last?

I promise you’re really not going to have to worry about leftovers. Every time I make a batch, it’s eaten in one meal. However, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll keep two weeks. I prefer to store it in a glass jar. Therefore, I would store it in a canning jar.


  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract


    1. First, you need a deep pan because the mixture will foam.
    2. In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter with buttermilk and sugar
    3. Bring this mixture to a boil and boil it for one minute.
    4. Now, remove the pan from the heat and add baking soda and vanilla. This is when it will foam.
    5. It’s ready!

Some people like to pour the syrup over pancakes while it’s still bubbly. I think it good even without the foam. I do prefer it to be hot.

Buttermilk Syrup


Anything! Everything! 😅 Seriously though, it’s really good on pancakes and waffles. I like it on both plain pancakes and waffles and flavored. I’ll list different recipes for you below that I enjoy Buttermilk Syrup on.

  1. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
  2. Carrot Cake Pancakes
  3. Oven Pancakes
  4. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  5. Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles
  6. Apple Fritter Waffles 
Buttermilk Syrup

Best Buttermilk Syrup

Best Buttermilk Syrup Recipe is creamy, light, sweet. It takes minutes to make & will transform your pancakes and waffles to another level.
Author: Paula
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 cup butter salted or unsalted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium stirring constantly.
  • Once all ingredients have melted, simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. (Be careful it will be really hot!)


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 65mg | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 1011IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I have been using this recipe to glaze my Buttermilk Pound cake for year. I got the recipe from a calendar some years back tried it and loved it have been baking it ever since. Must now try on my pancakes thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    My first thought was, what the heck?! But wow, such a neat idea. I love these unique recipes passed down from previous generations.

  3. 5 stars
    What a great way to change up breakfast! Going to make this for a breakfast bar next weekend.

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