by 11 December 18, 2013
This year, for me, the holiday season takes on a whole new light. Being a newlywed getting to experience the holidays together for the first time married has really transformed my joy for the season. As a couple you come in clinging to the traditions you adhered to your whole life because of your family, but now you get to come together to create your own traditions. Building these new traditions that we will eventually pass on to our future children has been awesome. The pancakes I'm sharing with you today are a part of the tradition my husband and I decided will begin this year for Christmas morning. Although we're going to make these for Christmas, these could be fun for any winter morning when only hearty pancakes will do to warm you up, especially for those parents whose kids are filled to the brim with energy in the morning time.Cinnamon Pancakes + Cream Cheese Frosting Directions Pancakes 1 cup of flour 3 tablespoons of sugar 2 teaspoons of baking powder pinch of salt 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 large egg 1 cup of milk It's time to make frosty's body! Here combine the first 5 ingredients (flour, sugar, bp, salt, vegetable oil) in a large bowl. Then you will beat the egg and milk into the mix. Now normally in pancake directions they say to leave it lumpy, but leave these even lumpier than normal. You will be mixing the batter again once you add in the cinnamon mixture. **You can always use pre-made pancake mixes as well. Cinnamon Mix 4 tablespoons of butter 3 tablespoons of brown sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon Melt your butter and then add in the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix and then whisk into the pancake mixture. There are different recipes out there for pure Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (tons that look delicious!!) but they do not combine the cinnamon until later. Make sure you combine your cinnamon BEFORE cooking the pancakes. Once you are done with the mixture you are ready to cook. Before you begin cooking, make sure you've greased your pan. The best way to do this is to put some vegetable oil on a paper napkin and then run it over the bottom of your pan. You can always use nonstick spray, but this gives more consistent results. Begin cooking your pancakes. You will want to ensure that you have different sizes of pancakes. For this, I just poured some batter into a ziplock bag and then cut a bottom corner. Once you cut the corner it acts like a pastry bag. Keeping a snowman in mind, squeeze out three different sizes of pancake. You'll know the pancakes are ready to flip when you've seen a couple of the big bubbles start to burst. Flip and then take off. Then you're ready for the real fun. Cream Cheese Topping 4 tablespoons of butter 3/4 cup of powdered sugar 1 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla 1/2 tsp of salt Melt the butter and then combine all of the other ingredients. Now, before you begin putting the topping on the pancakes you will need to mix in an a white icing dye. I bought mine from Michael's in the cake section. Mix in drops until it reaches the white you want. This does not change the flavor at all, only the color. After the icing is completely mixed, then top your pancakes with it. I used bacon for the arms and scarf. Chocolate chips for the nose and buttons, and then sprinkles for the smile. There are probably plenty of options out there (potentially jelly/nutella/peanut butter for scarf instead of bacon) for toppings. I just happen to love bacon and pancakes together, so I cut off some parts of the bacon to use. If you have kids, you could set out the different potential toppings for the nose, smile, buttons, etc. into bowls and then your children could make their very own frosty. It'll be almost too cute to eat, but cinnamon and cream cheese are pretty irresistible. (RIP Frosty the Cinnamon Pancake) Happy Eats My Sweets, Melinda Printable Version Directions Pancakes 1 cup of flour 3 tablespoons of sugar 2 teaspoons of baking powder pinch of salt 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 large egg 1 cup of milk Combine all ingredients except for the last two. Then whisk in the egg and milk. Keep lumpy. Cinnamon Mix 4 tablespoons of butter 3 tablespoons of brown sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon Melt your butter and then add in the brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Then combine into the pancake mix. Mix. Don't mix until completely smooth, make sure the leave some lumps (this helps with the fluff!). Cook three different sizes of pancake. Cream Cheese Topping 4 tablespoons of butter 3/4 cup of powdered sugar 1 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla 1/2 tsp of salt Melt the butter and then combine all of the other ingredients. Top pancakes. If you are wanting to create pure white icing for the snow, make sure to mix in drops of white icing dye until it because the perfect snow white. Snowman Toppings Here are a list of some toppings I've thought of : chocolate chips (or any candy chip), jelly, nutella, peanut butter, syrup (if you're a good pour), sprinkles, berries.
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