The 7 Best Syrup Recipes

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These 7 syrup recipes for warm, homemade syrup can boost your pancakes or waffles from good to great. Maple syrup is always a favorite, but there are so many more delicious options to explore!

Collage of Syrup Recipes including strawberry syrup, coconut syrup, maple syrup, and blueberry syrup.

Syrup Recipes for Pancakes and Waffles

It’s time to cross pancake syrup off your shopping list. Each one of these simple syrup recipes will win a taste test every time over store bought syrups. In addition, you will not find many of these flavors on the grocery store shelves.

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  1. Syrup Recipes for Pancakes and Waffles
  2. Orange Syrup Recipe

Homemade Maple Syrup

Classic maple syrup is obviously pretty close to perfection when it is poured over pancakes and waffles. However, you might not know how easy it is to make your own. With only 4 ingredients, it is surprisingly easier than you think to make this simple syrup.

Unlike syrup from the store, this recipe has NO high fructose corn syrup or any other weird random sweetener. No need to collect sap or search for maple sap. This syrup is a mixture of brown sugar, white sugar, water, and maple extract.


  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Water
  • Maple extract
Syrup being poured onto homemade waffles

RECIPE: Maple Syrup

Buttermilk Syrup

Buttermilk syrup is made from buttermilk that’s been cooked with sugar and butter. We’ll teach you a simple way to make the syrup at home.

This is undoubtedly one of my all time favorite syrup recipes. It is basically liquid gold. It is richer and creamier than maple syrup, and it tastes like vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce. My kids love to eat this syrup over pancakes, waffles, French toast, and fruit. But, whenever I make it we save a little to serve over ice cream as well. Overall, it takes minutes to make and it is seriously delicious.


  • Buttermilk
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
Buttermilk Syrup in a dispenser

RECIPE: Buttermilk Syrup

Strawberry Syrup

Make strawberry syrup with just a few simple ingredients. It is especially good over pancakes, ice cream, and when you have extra, stir it into your favorite drinks!

This syrup recipe has just a few easy ingredients: strawberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice. You can get fancy and add vanilla extract, but in my honest opinion, it just doesn’t complement the taste of the strawberries. I really don’t think it is needed. Try it over our Protein Pancakes for a well-rounded breakfast.


  • Fresh strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
Strawberry syrup being poured over a large stack of pancakes

RECIPE: Strawberry Syrup

Coconut Syrup

Coconut syrup is a smooth, sweet syrup that is popular in Hawaii. When coupled with our homemade pancakes it makes an unforgettable breakfast.

When you take the syrup off the stove, you will notice that it is quite runny. This is normal. You can serve it right away and it will taste great. However, if you want a thicker syrup and a consistency like in the pictures, you will want to let it cool completely. If you want to hurry this process, you can place it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes or until it gets to the thickness you are looking for.


  • Unsweetened coconut milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
Coconut syrup being poured over a plate of pancakes

RECIPE: Coconut Syrup

Blueberry Syrup

Blueberry syrup is a sweet, thick jam-like sauce made from blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice. It is particularly delicious served over pancakes.

We have three ways to make blueberry syrup. First, as a thick syrup where no straining or blending is required. Second, as a smooth blended syrup that is more like a sauce. Finally, our third method is a simple syrup method where the blueberries are mashed and strained and the syrup is more clear.


  • Blueberries
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
A syrup dispenser pouring blueberry syrup on a stack of pancakes

RECIPE: Blueberry Syrup

Gingerbread Syrup

You’ve simply got to try the festive flavors in our gingerbread syrup. I’m not kidding, it really tastes like gingerbread! And who doesn’t love gingerbread flavors around the holidays? Try it over our Eggnog French Toast for a festive holiday breakfast.

This syrup makes a great homemade gift for friends and neighbors during the holidays. The syrup smells and tastes like Christmas.


  • Brown sugar
  • Cookie butter (Biscoff spread)
  • Corn Syrup
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
Eggnog French Toast with Gingerbread Syrup

RECIPE: Gingerbread Syrup

Orange Syrup

All you need are three simple ingredients for this tangy Orange Syrup: Frozen orange juice concentrate, sugar, and butter. You will love the vibrant taste this syrup gives to pancakes and waffles!

This recipe is a family favorite from our Aunt Lana and has been a breakfast request for years. Serve it over Orange Pancakes for a bright, sunny breakfast.


  • Orange juice concentrate
  • Sugar
  • Butter
Orange Syrup in a pitcher with pancakes and fresh oranges.

RECIPE: See below

What is your favorite syrup recipe?

We are always on the lookout for a fabulous syrup recipe! Do you have a favorite you don’t see here? Please share it with us in the comments below.

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Close up of Orange Syrup drizzling from a golden spoon.

Orange Syrup

5 from 2 votes
Brighten pancakes and waffles with this tangy, flavorful, homemade orange syrup.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 12 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
    Minute Maid frozen concentrated orange juice, sugar and butter to make Orange Syrup. Slices of oranges on the side.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occassionally.
    Thickened Orange Syrup in a pan with a whisk on the side.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm over pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
    Orange Syrup in a pitcher with pancakes and fresh oranges.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 344IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    The buttermilk was a favorite! I love all of the different ways to switch up the flavors for breakfast.