Rudolph Reindeer Pancakes

Reindeer pancakes recipe

​The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings

Trying to figure out what to make for a festive breakfast or Christmas morning brunch? These reindeer pancakes are the perfect option! Super fun and adorable, they are manageable for any home chef and don't require any special tools. We are certain that both the children and adults in your household will fall in love with these cute little reindeer faces on their breakfast plates!  

Below we include a homemade pancake recipe, but you can also easily use a store-bought ready-made pancake mix.

To make it your own, feel free to swap the maraschino cherry for another red berry o get Rudolph's nose alight. You can also substitute the marshmallows for two dollops of whipped cream and the chocolate chips can also be replaced with small blueberries if you want something healthier. Once you have your version of these pancakes made, serve with maple syrup and butter, or just enjoy them as is.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 large marshmallows (jumbo marshmallows may also be used)
  • 12 chocolate chips
  • 6 maraschino cherries
  • 12 slices of bacon (cooked)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for reindeer pancakes
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  2. Heat up a cast iron griddle or pan on medium heat before you begin. Get it nice and hot, then turn it down to low before cooking the pancakes. 

    Cast iron
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  3. While the pan is heating, beat together the egg, milk and melted butter. If you are adding vanilla, add it in at this time too. Make sure the butter is not hot when combining it with the egg. 

    Whisk egg
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  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

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  5. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and stir to form a lumpy batter. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. It will puff up; if it is too thick, add a little more milk.

    Pour wet mixture over dry mixture
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  6. Add some butter or oil to the griddle before cooking. Turn down the heat on the griddle to medium-low. 

    Add butter
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  7. Using a liquid measuring cup or spoon, pour about half a cup of batter onto the hot griddle to make the reindeer face. Shape it into a large oval.

    Pour pancake on griddle
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  8. Pour about 1/8 cup of batter on the griddle to create each of the ears.

    Pour batter on pan
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  9. Cook the pancakes for a few minutes per side and then flip. Finish cooking and remove from the griddle.

    Cook pancakes
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  10. Place the pancakes in a 200 F oven to keep warm while you finish making the rest of the pancakes. 

    Place pancake in oven
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  11. Arrange the face and ears of the reindeer on a plate. Put two slices of bacon at the top of the head and in between the ears.

    Add bacon
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  12. Cut the marshmallows in half to create the eyes. Place the eyes on the large oval and place a chocolate chip on each marshmallow half to create the pupils.

    Cut marshmallows in half
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  13. Place a maraschino cherry at the bottom of each face to create the nose. 

    Place cherry at bottom
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  14. Serve with maple syrup or powdered sugar and butter if desired.

    Reindeer pancake
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