Holiday mornings are just the time to make breakfast fun for everyone. And what better way to celebrate this together time than by whipping up a big batch of crowd-pleasing pancakes? Even little ones can help with our two favorite pancakes tricks: Christmas trees and holiday cutouts.
Christmas Tree Pancakes
These merry and bright trees are a cinch. All you need is Bisquick, food coloring, powdered sugar and sprinkles. Make the pancakes by following the directions on the box and stirring in 8-10 drops of green food coloring. Form the trees by pouring each pancake slightly smaller than the last and stacking—we found that 8 works well.
To create the snow (a simple powdered sugar glaze) stir together 2 ½ cups powered sugar and 3 tablespoons liquid (either milk or water) and drizzle. Finally, add sprinkles and top it all off with a star-shaped candle.
For those lazy holiday mornings when plain pancakes just won’t do, try Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Topping. To create the fun holiday shapes, make regular circle pancakes and serve with cookie-cutters so kids can create the shape they want. Another option is to place greased metal cookie cutters in the pan and pour batter directly into them. When the pancake has set, carefully remove the cutters with tongs and flip to finish cooking. For the final touch, load cream cheese frosting into plastic squeeze bottles or pastry bags and decorate.
More Pancake Ideas
- Place pancake batter in plastic squeeze bottles and let kids get creative with their pancake creations while you keep an eye out for their safety.
- Mini is mighty. Make Silver Dollar Pancakes by using just a tablespoonful of batter for each cute cake.
- Try making shapes such as candy canes, trees, hearts, letters of the alphabet and favorite animals.
- Have peanut butter, jelly, fruit and whipped cream available as toppings in addition to the usual maple syrup.
- For an extra sweet pancake party treat, make Cake Batter Pancakes and decorate them to the max with candy sprinkles!