Cozy Apple & Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Spiced with orange and cinnamon, these festive sheet pan pancakes are a perfect complement to family gatherings and holiday parties. The cottage cheese lends a rich, dense texture, making this recipe a great one-pan way to feed (and fill!) a whole party of people you adore.

10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup Crystal small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or extract
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 small red apples or pears
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Nonstick baking spray
  • Garnishes (optional): chopped walnuts or pecans, Crystal butter, Crystal sour cream, powdered sugar, maple syrup

Products used

  • Small Curd Cottage Cheese

  • Butter


  • Step 1

    Heat oven to 425 °F. Spray a 9”x12” baking sheet with nonstick baking spray.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine eggs, cottage cheese, vanilla, orange juice and zest, and brown sugar.
  • Step 3

    In a second bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. 

  • Step 4

    Add dry mixture to wet, stirring just until combined.

  • Step 5

    Spread batter evenly across sheet pan. Slice apples or pear very thin, toss in lemon juice.
  • Step 6

    Spread across the top of the sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the pancake is light golden brown and center is puffed.

  • Step 7

    Mix together maple syrup and powdered sugar. Add just enough water, if needed, to thin the mixture to a drizzle. Drizzle over pancake. 

  • Step 8

    Serve fresh out of the oven with your favorite pancake garnishes.

    Make Ahead Tips: stir together dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. In the morning, stir together wet ingredients, add dry ingredients and follow the recipe to top and bake.