Is there a more magical or colorful time of year than Christmas? Start the day with my recipe for Christmas pancakes in different colors, and what better excuse do we need for such extravagance than “it’s Christmas”?
For many parents, Christmas day starts early. The kids’ excitement can’t be contained, and they’re bouncing off the walls, ready for the day ahead!
Parents: it’s best to be prepared. Start Christmas Day with a bang by making my incredible multi-colored Christmas pancake stack topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, which will enchant the children long enough to give you a Christmas morning break!
So, if you’re looking for festive breakfast ideas, read on!
THE BEST CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST
Two meals are usually planned on Christmas Day, and there are no last-minute ‘what shall we have for dinner?’ discussions! Breakfast, however, is another matter.
Instead of settling for your usual cereal or toast on Christmas morning, treat yourself to a pile of colorful pancakes in Christmassy shades of red, green, white, and yellow, bright and festive-like baubles.
It’s an indulgent day, after all!
If you already have Christmas day plans, this is the perfect treat for enjoying the festive buildup throughout the Christmas period. Opening advent calendars, singing carols, watching Christmas movies, and a morning of Christmas pancakes!
A CHRISTMAS FAVORITE FOR KIDS
Can you imagine your kids’ faces when you present them with a stack of colorful pancakes topped with whipped cream and sprinkles?! They will think all their Christmas wishes have come true!
Pancakes for Christmas is a child’s dream, and in fact, a food-loving adult’s dream too!
The bright multi-colored layers are so eye-catching and fun, plus the recipe is straightforward, so get the children involved to help you make them. They will have a great time stirring the different food colorings into the batter and watching as these great puddles of mixture gently puff up in the skillet to become fluffy pancakes.
INGREDIENTS FOR CHRISTMAS PANCAKES
For my Christmas pancake recipe, you will need:
All-purpose flour: while there are a lot of healthy pancake recipes out there which use whole wheat flour, this is the best kind of flour for filling yet light and fluffy pancakes.
Baking powder: to give the pancakes a beautiful rise in the skillet.
Sugar: for a little sweetness!
Cinnamon: the spice of Christmas! The scent of cinnamon immediately conjures festive images to mind as it’s added to spiced cookies, mulled wine, and eggnog.
Salt: don’t forget the salt as it draws out the other flavors.
Eggs: eggs have multiple benefits in baking, and in pancakes, they are essential for the fluffy texture and the rich, creamy flavor.
Melted butter: meanwhile, butter is always best for extra flavor and moisture!
Whole milk: Rich in fat, yet subtle in flavor to back up the spices like a backing singer!
Vanilla extract: Vanilla and cinnamon are like best friends, warm and complimentary, emphasizing each other’s fragrance!
Food coloring: Four festive colors to make this Christmas pancake recipe that extra bit more magical – I chose red, green, white, and yellow. Use fairly thick food colorings, ideally pastes, so they don’t dilute the batter.
EXTRA TOPPING IDEAS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PANCAKES
Pancakes always need a tasty topping. I love serving my Christmas pancakes with a big swirl of whipped cream and colorful sprinkles as it looks fun and festive. Here are some more ideas so you can get creative:
Maple syrup: the classic combination and the easy option for Christmas morning!
Cream cheese icing: the favorite topping for red velvet or carrot cake, cream cheese icing is easy to make and delicious drizzled on top of my Christmas pancakes – beat together cream cheese, icing sugar, butter, and vanilla.
Cranberry Sauce: if you want to try something special this Christmas, check out Kelly’s delicious Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce!
Hot chocolate fudge sauce: So indulgent! It’s Christmas, after all!
Caramel sauce: Another favorite, and to make your morning easier, open a can of caramel sauce, empty into a bowl and warm it gently in the microwave.
Fruit: berries, banana, orange pieces, anything you like, and to be particularly festive, you can chop them into star shapes! You may find the children eat more fruit all of a sudden!
Eat, drink and be merry – my fluffy and colorful Christmas pancake recipe will bring a touch of joy to your Christmas morning!
- 2 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 2 cups Whole milk
- 2 Eggs
- 5 tablespoons Melted butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 4 drops Food colorings 2 drops of each
- Whipped cream and sprinkles for garnish
- In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar.
- Mix the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract in another bowl.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredient mixture.
- Mix, but not too much, as your batter should be a bit lumpy.
- Divide the pancake mix into 4 small bowls. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to each bowl, mix, and add more if you want them to be more vibrant.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a little butter.
- Once the butter is melted, pour ¾ cup of pancake batter onto the preheated skillet.
- When bubbles start appearing on the top of the pancake batter after about 2-3 minutes, flip it over and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Repeat the cooking procedure with the remaining batter.
- Serve immediately in a colorful stack and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.