Gingerbread Pancakes

gingerbread pancakes

 Leah Maroney

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
521 Calories
9g Fat
104g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 521
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 737mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 104g 38%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 62g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 424mg 33%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 856mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Bursting with holiday flavor and easy to whip up in no time at all, these fluffy gingerbread pancakes are the ideal Christmas morning breakfast. They're much easier to put together than classic Christmas cookies but taste just as delicious thanks to all the warming spices.

Pancakes are always fun to make with kids, and this recipe is no different. Add festive red and green sprinkles to your regular round ones or follow the directions at the very bottom to see how you can use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make them in the shape of little people. Silver dollars are also a cute option, and you can even decorate the pancakes with a little royal icing if you want them to look like the holiday cookies.


For the Pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 3/4 cup milk, plus more as needed

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • Nonstick cooking spray

For the Syrup

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • Whipped cream, for garnish

  • Sprinkles, for garnish

  • 1 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar, optional, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather your ingredients.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger together in a large bowl until they are completely combined.

  3. Melt the butter in a liquid measuring cup, then add the molasses, milk, vanilla extract, and egg. Beat the ingredients in the measuring cup until everything is completely combined.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until there are only a few lumps. If the batter is too thick, thin it out by adding a tablespoon of milk at a time.

  5. Heat your griddle on high heat and then turn it down to medium-low once the whole griddle has been preheated. Add a 1/3 cup of batter to the griddle for each pancake. Heat for about 1 minute per side or until golden brown and cooked through on both sides.

  6. Keep the pancakes warm on a baking sheet in a 200 F oven while you prepare the molasses syrup.

  7. Whisk together the molasses with the maple syrup in a small saucepan. Cook until just heated through.

  8. Serve the syrup over the pancakes along with whipped cream and sprinkles. Finish with a dusting of confectioners' sugar if you wish.

To Make Gingerbread Man Pancakes

Gingerbread men pancakes

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  1. Grease a large gingerbread man cookie cutter with nonstick cooking spray. Place it on a hot griddle and allow it to heat up for a minute or two.

  2. Add a small amount of batter and allow it to spread into the arms and legs. Add a little more to the appendages if you need to. You don't want the pancakes too thick though, because then they will pool out of the mold and won't be able to hold their shape.

  3. Carefully remove the cookie cutter once the batter has set.

  4. Flip the pancake and cook for another minute or until golden brown.

  5. Decorate with royal icing or just add syrup and powdered sugar. (If the pancakes are very hot, the icing may run.)