Christmas Morning Pancakes

The best thing about Christmas morning, after opening presents, was sharing a nice, family breakfast together. It didn't matter what breakfast food we had, as long as we spent bonding time with each other, Christmas was set to be an amazing day. After having a child of my own, I've realized that these simple moments are what creates the best childhood memories.

As we all know, candy canes and chocolate are a must for the holidays. The combination itself causes serious mouth-watering in my case. So it's no surprise when the thought of chocolate peppermint pancakes popped into my head. Seriously! Does that not sound delicious? After a little trial and error, I finally made the perfect batch of these decadent pancakes.

Drool!

Now, before I get into the recipe, I must say that these pancakes did in fact melt in my mouth. I almost didn't want to share! Almost. It's hard not to share with an adorable toddler in your lap who "helped" make them in the first place. 


Chocolate Peppermint Eggless Pancakes

Pancakes
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 crushed candy canes (about 3 candy canes)

Topping
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon crushed candy canes (about 1/2 a candy cane)
whipped cream

Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together wet ingredients (milk, water, and vegetable oil).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and unsweetened cocoa).
  3. Melt butter in saucepan at medium heat. 
  4. While butter melts, pour wet ingredients into dry ingredient bowl and stir slightly.
  5. Pour in melted butter and crushed candy canes and immediately return saucepan to heat. Stir until ingredients are mixed.
  6. Once ingredients are mixed, pour pancake mix into the pan until you have created your desired sized pancake.
  7. As soon as bubbles are seen, carefully flip pancakes. Cook each pancake until fluffy, being careful not to burn the pancake on either side.
Allow your pancakes to cool slightly before adding your toppings. If they are too hot, the whipped cream would slide right off of the pancakes! Trust me, I know. Your last step is to let the precious little ones put some whipped cream on top, sprinkle powdered sugar and crushed candy cane, and enjoy!! It was a hit with us.

Let me know what you think about the pancakes and any family traditions you remember from childhood that you'll implement as well! Happy Holidays!

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Alisha Jewell

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