These gingerbread man pancakes are officially a new Christmas Eve tradition at the Fiddle Leaf House! They are the absolute CUTEST! Sure, they take a bit longer to make than traditional pancakes, but they were worth every extra second! What a fun surprise for your kids, or just to make the day before Christmas (or Christmas itself!) a little extra festive!
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What You’ll Need:
- Pancake batter – I used this old fashioned pancake recipe from AllRecipes.com and let me tell ya, it did NOT disappoint! But you can of course use your own trust favorite or a ready made mix!
- Gingerbread man cast iron skillet OR metal cookie cutter if you’re in a pinch! (It looks like the gingerbread man skillet is currently sold out, but you can also find them on eBay, Poshmark, and Mercari – or the little Christmas tree one is just as adorable!)
- Non-stick Frying pan
- hot pads/pot holders (these are my favorite Christmas themed ones!)
- olive oil
- assorted fruit, syrup, bacon, and whatever else you’d like to enjoy!
Step 1: Whip up your pancake batter and stir until smooth. A note if you use the recipe I linked above – make sure to sift your flour for a perfectly smooth batter. Truth be told, I did not and there were little bumps in the batter I couldnt get rid of. That said, it had ZERO effect on the taste of the final pancake, so eh – if you’re too lazy to sift, that’s fine too. LOL
Step 2: Lightly oil your gingerbread man cast iron skillet as well as your frying pan. Heat both your skillet and pan for about 3 minutes on medium heat.
Step 3: Use your hot pad to carefully pick up your skillet and scoop your batter into it. I found it was easier to pick up the skillet rather than pour over the stove. Because the little skillet is so small, it’s easy to miss and dump your batter straight onto the stove! And I’m all about preventing as much mess as possible!
When you scoop your batter into the skillet, be sure it is spread completely into the entire mold before you put it back on the stove.
Step 4: Carefully cook on your stove on low-medium heat for about 3-4 minutes, Once your batter starts developing several little bubbles that come to the surface, then it’s time to flip.
Step 5: Carefully flip your gingerbread man pancake into your heated frying pan (reduce the heat to low now). Check after about 2 minutes for doneness – you are looking for your pancakes to turn out a lovely golden brown! Once done, remove and serve with your favorite syrup, whipped cream, fruit, etc!
Step 6: Repeat until you’ve made as many pancakes as you like! The recipe above got us 10 gingerbread man pancakes with no problem! I would suggest adding a bit of olive oil to your skillet and pan after every 2 pancakes, otherwise they start to stick!
Step 7: ENJOY!
Aren’t they just theeeee cutest little things?! Such a fun morning activity to involve your kiddos in, too! These gingerbread man pancakes are definitely a new tradition in our house going forward, and I might even have to snag that little Christmas tree skillet to add to the fun!
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(P.S. You can use these skillets to make cookies as well – add in some choc chip cookie dough, throw in the oven, and you’ve got yourself an adorable gingerbread man pazookie!)
And with that, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, whatever that might look like for you in this crazy year of 2020! May we all count our immense blessings and remember that this time next year, we’ll be gathered with family and friends again, with even BIGGER appreciation for time with loved ones!
Until 2021, friends!
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