A recipe for Snowman Pancakes! Basic pancake batter is transformed into festive snowmen with bacon, chocolate chips, and blueberries.
Add a little magic to breakfast with these Snowman Pancakes! They are such a fun treat during the holiday season and all winter long.
I used a basic buttermilk pancake batter as the base, but you can also swap for your favorite recipe or even store-bought.
Assembling the Snowman
There are a couple of different ways to form the snowmen and a lot of room for customization.
You can either pipe or spread the pancake into an entire snowman shape or form two individual pancakes for the body and head.
For the body pancakes, form an oval in the hot pan with 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) of the pancake batter.
For the head, form a circle in the pan with 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) of the batter.
After cooking until golden on each slide, allow the pancakes to cool slightly before adding the toppings.
To help with the look, I cut out noses from a slice of cheddar cheese, used chocolate chips for the eyes, mini chocolate chips for the mouth, bacon for the scarf, blueberries for the buttons, and pretzel sticks (or more mini chocolate chips) for the arms.
Along the bottom of the plate, I scattered mini marshmallows for snow.
I haven’t tried it, but I have also seen bacon pieces arranged at the top as a hat.
If you don’t like blueberries, chocolate chips can be substituted (or the other way around and use blueberries for the face instead of chocolate chips).
The cheese can also be substituted for orange-colored candy or actual carrots.
A Few Pancake Tips
Do not pack in the flour when measuring or you may end up with too much. To measure flour, gently spoon it into the measuring up and level with a knife without pressing down. The most accurate way to measure is by weight.
Take care not to overmix the batter. Whisk together until just combined with no lumps or streaks of flour. If too thick to transfer to the pan, add a little more buttermilk, If too thin to hold its shape, add a little more flour.
Adjust the heat between medium and medium low as needed to allow the pancakes to cook through without burning.
Grease the pan with additional oil or butter as needed. A thin layer will help create crispy edges.
Do not flatten the pancakes with a spatula after flipping. This will keep them from becoming light and fluffy.
To keep the pancakes warm while you are preparing the rest of the batter, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in a 200˚F (95˚C) oven. Just don’t keep them in there too long (no more than 15 min) or they will start to dry out.
Have extra pancakes? Once they have cooled to room temperature, arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer.
Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer for up to two months. To reheat, place in a 350˚F (180˚C) oven until heated through, about 10 minutes.
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This recipe was originally posted in December 2016 and updated in December 2023.
Snowman Pancakes Recipe
Adapted from Shockingly Delicious
- 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups (415 milliliters) buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- 6 bacon strips
- Oil or butter for greasing the pan
- Mini marshmallows
- 12 chocolate chips
- 42 mini chocolate chips
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 6 small pretzel sticks or more mini chocolate chips for the arms
- 18 blueberries
For the Pancake Batter:
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Make a well in the center and mix in the egg, buttermilk, butter, and optionally vanilla extract to form a smooth, thick batter.
- If too thick to drop into a skillet, add a little more buttermilk. If too thin, add a little more flour.
To Assemble the Pancakes:
- Place a large pan over medium heat. Fold each strip of bacon down in the center to form a perpendicular angle for the scarf.
- Fry on each side until crisp. Repeat with remaining strips and place on a towel-lined plate.
- Place another large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Grease lightly with oil.
- There are two ways to make the snowman shape with the pancake batter. Either pipe the whole snowman or make two separate pancakes, an oval for the body and a slightly smaller circle for the head.
- To make the whole snowman at once, use a measuring cup and spoon to pour the pancake batter in the heated skillet and spread into the snowman body and head shape. You can also transfer the batter to a piping bag with the corner snipped off and squeeze out the outline of the snow man, then quickly fill in the center.
- To make two separate pancakes for the snowman, use a 1/3 cup (80 milliliter) measuring cup to pour the pancake batter into an oval shape in the pan. Cook until lightly golden on the bottom and bubbles for on the top. Flip and cook until the other side is golden. Heat may need to be adjusted between medium and medium-low.
- For the head, use a 1/4 cup (60 milliliter) measuring cup to pour the pancake batter into a circle in the pan. Cook until lightly golden on the bottom and bubbles for on the top. Flip and cook until the other side is golden.
- Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.
- Allow the pancakes to cool slightly before decorating.
- Arrange the pancakes, either the whole snowman shape or the oval body and circle head, on the plate.
- Place each cooked bacon piece between the head and body for the "scarf."
- Sprinkle mini marshmallows across the bottom of the plate to make the "snow."
- Arrange two chocolate chips on each face for the eyes.
- Arrange seven mini chocolate chips on each face for the mouth.
- Cut a nose out of the slice of cheddar cheese and place between the eyes and mouth.
- Break a pretzel stick in half and place on each side for the arms or use more mini chocolate chips to make stick shapes on each side.
- Arrange 3 blueberries down the middle for buttons.
- Serve immediately.