I’ve already shared my family’s love of pancakes and my shortcut of make ahead pancake mix to get them on the table faster on weekend mornings. Now I share a little trick I like to use in making our pancakes cute and even seasonally appropriate. Occasionally I will add chocolate chips or fruit to my Super Simple Five Ingredient Pancake recipe to dress them up a bit, but when I don’t have the mix ins to do that, it’s fun to dress up the pancakes in a different way…by making them into fun shapes. It’s simply another example I have in showing my kids that real food is fun food. We don’t need petroleum-based colors and other junk to make our food cute. It just takes a mother’s time and love.
For these fun pancakes, all you need are a few metal cookie cutters. I like to collect seasonal ones from clearance sales after the holidays.
Simply mix up your pancake batter. Preheat your skillet or griddle. Lightly grease the interior surface of the cookie cutter with coconut oil (or other oil of your preference). Place the cookie cutters on your cooking surface and fill them each with pancake batter just until the interior of the cookie cutter is filled. You do not want the batter too thick within the molds or else you will likely get excessive run off of batter when you remove the cookie cutter.
Once the pancake batter becomes dried along the interior edges of the cookie cutter, I use a small set of metal tongs/pinchers to firmly grip the edge of the cookie cutter and slowly lift it from the pan while leaving the pancake on the cooking surface. I use a butter knife to separate the pancake from the cutter in places that it happens to stick. Not all shapes will cook at the same rate, so don’t be in a hurry to remove the cutters at the same time.
Once the cookie cutter mold is removed, I like to allow the pancake to cook a little longer still on the first side. Then they are flipped to the second side.
After a short time on side #2, they are ready to serve up and enjoy.
Now how quick, easy and cute is that?!