How Many Pancakes Are in a Short Stack?

Here’s what you need to know about this diner favorite.

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If you've ever sat down to order at a diner and considered how many pancakes you want to eat, you've probably been ambushed by vague terms like "short stack" and "full stack." These common but ambiguous terms always leave us wondering: How many pancakes are really in a short stack, and are these menu terms standardized?

Unfortunately for flapjack lovers everywhere, these terms vary by restaurant, so you'll have to ask the wait staff before you place your order. At IHOP, the popular pancake chain that offers away a free short stack of pancakes on their National Pancake Day every year, a short stack is always a serving of three fluffy pancakes, while a full stack is five.

The beauty of making pancakes at home is that there is no need to cap your stacks—you can keep serving up hot cakes until you're completely full. While people can be very divided over the proper way to eat a pancake–with bananas, with chocolate chips and peanut butter, or even savory–making pancakes from scratch is super easy and always a crowd-pleasing breakfast. And if you're making them for the entire family, baking pancakes in a sheet pan is a genius and foolproof way to get the job done in only half an hour.

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