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Gingerbread man pancakes, because cookies shouldn’t have all the fun

Gingerbread is a fun and tasty treat during the holidays. It’s even better when it’s in a pancake form for breakfast. These cuties are super quick to make too.

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Just make pancakes that are large enough to fit a gingerbread man cookie cutter in the middle, cut out the gingerbread men, and decorate with whipped cream or Cool Whip topping. Then add a few buttons with either more whipped cream or candy sprinkles.

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Gingerbread and whipped cream taste so good together that instead of adding syrup, you may just want to add more whipped cream and dig in.

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Not that I would ever do such a thing. OK, I’ll admit I may have taste tested a few of these yummies with extra whipped cream added to the top.

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Gingerbread man pancakes recipe

Serves 2

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • Nonstick cooking spray (may not be needed if using a nonstick pan)
  • 1 cup whipped cream or Cool Whip topping
  • Candy sprinkles
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter


  1. To a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, egg, milk, canola oil, molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Whisk together until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. Ladle enough pancake batter onto the griddle to make pancakes large enough for a gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  4. When the bottom side of the pancake is lightly browned, flip the pancake over, and cook the other side until it’s lightly browned.
  5. Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out a gingerbread man from each pancake.
  6. Lightly spread whipped cream or Cool Whip on top of each gingerbread man, leaving about 1/8 of an inch of space from the outside edges of the pancakes.
  7. Decorate with candy sprinkles, and serve while warm.

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