Grease a large griddle and preheat. I usually start on mid-high and then turn the stove heat to low once I pour the batter.
For the pancake batter, melt butter in a large mixing bowl. Add sour cream, cottage cheese (protein boost!), pumpkin puree, and eggs. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix again. Technically you should probably combine your dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to the wet better, but I dump everything in all at once, mix and call it good. And they always turn out!
Use a 1/3 cup to pour batter onto the griddle. When the edges rise and bubbles form on the top, flip. The second side will cook in much less time than the first – usually just a minute.
Serve with a big pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy the subtle taste of the autumn season!