Cook up some spooky pancakes to get your Halloween started off right
We're not ashamed to admit that we'd go to town on some pancakes no matter what shape, size or form —but we're convinced that when those hotcakes are in a cute shape, they just taste better. (Hello, there's a reason people have been cooking up Mickey Mouse flapjacks for decades!) But when our love for pancakes is combined with our love for Halloween? Well, that's just perfection.
Let's not forget that kids will totally fall in love with pancakes shaped like jack-o'-lanterns, mummies and spiders too.
The kids will love to take a bite out of these creatures. Here's how to make spooky pancakes perfect for the holiday and serve up a breakfast plate of jack-o'-lanterns, spiders and mummies.
On the left side of the griddle, using orange batter, outline the pumpkin, and fill it in with batter.
Next, using the white pancake batter, on top of the pumpkin, outline a witch's hat, and fill it in with batter.
For the spider, at the top right side of the griddle, draw a circle, and fill it in with batter.
Then add four legs on each side of the spider.
For the mummy, on the bottom right side of the griddle, outline a silhouette, and fill it in with batter.
Let the pancakes cook on low to medium heat.
Use a large spatula to turn the pancakes over to cook on the other side. Be very careful to not break off the spider legs or edges of the pumpkin's hat.
Turn the pumpkin to the same side, facing up, as when it was drawn. On the pumpkin's hat, using the back of a small spoon, spread a thin layer of chocolate sauce.
On top of the chocolate sauce, sprinkle black candy sprinkles. On top of the orange pumpkin, lightly spread on honey, and top with orange candy sprinkles.
Turn the mummy to the opposite side, facing up, as when it was drawn. Add the eyeballs. Use a small spoon to make "lines" of Cool Whip topping from head to toe, with the exception of over the eyes. Leave a little space in between the white lines so that the pancake will show through.
For the spider, lightly spread a layer of chocolate sauce on top. Top with chocolate sprinkles, and add the eyes.
Serve warm, and enjoy these scary pancakes with a fork or as an ultimate breakfast finger food.
Nonstick cooking spray (may not need this if using a nonstick pan)
2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
1-1/2 tablespoons black candy sprinkles
1 tablespoon orange candy sprinkles
8 candy eyeballs
2 Oreo sandwich cookies (separate sides of the sandwich, discard the filling)
8 small squirts orange food coloring gel (or more for desired color)
1-1/2 cups Cool Whip topping
2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar or pancake syrup)
1 large squeeze bottle with narrow spout
1 small squeeze bottle with a narrow spout
To a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, egg, milk and canola oil. Whisk together until smooth.
To a separate small bowl, transfer just 1 small ladle of batter, and add the orange food coloring gel. Whisk together, then transfer the orange batter to a small squeeze bottle, and set it aside.
Put a funnel in the top of a squeeze bottle. Ladle the remaining batter into the funnel until the bottle is almost full. Leave about 1 inch of empty space at the top of the bottle to make room for the batter to rise a little from the baking powder.
Spray a large griddle or skillet with nonstick cooking spray (skip this step if using a nonstick pan). Heat the pan on low to medium heat.
For the pumpkin: On the left side of the griddle, using the orange pancake batter, outline a circle, and fill it in with batter. At the top of the pumpkin, outline a witch's hat, and fill it in with batter.
For the spider: In the middle of the griddle at the top, outline the spider's body by making a circle, and then fill it in with batter. Add 4 legs on the right side of the spider and 4 legs on the left side. Try to not make the legs too narrow, which should help prevent them from breaking when turning them over as they cook.
For the mummy: On the bottom right side of the griddle, outline the mummy, and fill it in with batter.
Using a long spatula, very carefully turn each pancake over when the bottom side turns a light golden color.
For the pumpkin: Turn it on the same side, facing up, as when the shape was drawn. Using the back of a small spoon, spread a thin layer of chocolate sauce on top of the hat. Sprinkle black candy on top of the chocolate. Lightly spread honey on top of the orange pumpkin, and sprinkle orange candy on top. Cut the Oreo cookies to form the eyes, nose and smile for each pumpkin. Dot the back sides with chocolate sauce, and add to the pumpkins to make a face.
For the mummy: Turn it on the opposite side, facing up, as when the shape was drawn. Add the eyeballs. Spoon Cool Whip topping in "lines" on top of the mummy, leaving spaces in between each line, and over the eyes.
For the spider: Turn it on the opposite side, facing up, as when the shape was drawn. Using the back of a small spoon, spread the chocolate sauce on top of the entire spider. Top with chocolate sprinkles, and add 2 candy eyeballs to make the "face."
Originally published October 2015. Updated September 2017.