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Help kids make their own snowman pancakes

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

These adorable snowman pancakes are so easy, I had my 1-year-old make them.

Kids and adults of all ages will love choosing their toppings and creating their perfect snowman for a delicious meal on snowy mornings. In fact, this build-your-own edible snowman breakfast is so fun it just might become a wintertime tradition for your family.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Start by making the pancake batter. I did the actual scooping and measuring, and let my son do all the dumping and mixing.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Once your batter is ready, you need to make 2 different-sized pancakes for each snowman. I used a full 1/4-cup measuring cup for the bigger pancake and then filled it only halfway for the smaller one.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Once your pancakes are all cooked (this recipe made me 12 in each size), it's time to set out your toppings. You can use dried fruit, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, chocolate chips, cream cheese, powdered sugar, bacon, pretzel sticks or any other fun things you might have in your pantry.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

The easiest way to make your pancakes white is with powdered sugar through a sifter. The powdered sugar does absorb after a few minutes, so you'll want to wait until right before decorating and eating time to use it.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Now comes the really fun part — decorating the snowmen!

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

We are big fruit eaters in this house, so my husband went with blueberries and dried cranberries for the eyes, smile and buttons. We all used a little triangle of apple for the snowman noses.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

To make a snowman scarf, tear a piece of bacon to about the width of your small pancake, and lay it between the 2 pancakes.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Tear another piece of bacon slightly longer, and tuck it under 1 end of the first piece.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Skinny pieces of bacon or pretzel sticks work really well for arms.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

You can even use bacon to make your snowman a hat. This pancake snowman is spread with cream cheese to make him white.

We've decided that this was so much fun, it's going to be a holiday brunch tradition from now on.

Make these cute snowman pancakes for wintertime brunch with your kids

Snowman pancakes recipe

These snowman pancakes are so cute your kids will be begging to make their own breakfast. Feel free to incorporate any other topping ingredients you'd like.

Yields 12

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the pancakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil) 

Topping suggestions

  • Powdered sugar
  • Cream cheese
  • Cooked bacon
  • Chocolate chips
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen) 
  • Dried cranberries
  • Apple slices
  • Pretzel sticks

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  2. Stir in the milk, butter, vanilla and egg, and mix until the batter is just slightly lumpy.
  3. Melt a teaspoon of oil in a skillet on medium heat.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter at 1 side of the skillet and 1/8 cup of batter at the other side.
  5. When bubbles begin to appear in the pancakes, flip them over to cook the other side. I did about 30 seconds on each side. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 with the rest of the batter.
  7. Place 1 large pancake on a plate, and place 1 small pancake above it.
  8. Use sifted powdered sugar or cream cheese to make your snowman white.
  9. Let everyone use their favorite toppings to make the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons for their snowmen. Pieces of bacon make great hats and scarves.

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More edible wintertime crafts

Mini hot cocoa cookie mugs
Snow-covered log cabin you can eat
Snowy mountain cookies

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