Gingerbread Pancakes are simple molasses pancake spiced with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Topped with a whipped cinnamon butter and drizzled with real maple syrup. These pancakes taste like the holidays!
Happy Friday! It’s has been a crazy busy week around here. The end of Malloree’s volleyball season and beginning of winter break, not to mention Mercury Retrograde. Can we talk about this retrograde for a minute? For me personally, I always feel the shift or whatever. (Pat’s rolling his eyes, I know it.)
But whenever there’s a retrograde I can’t concentrate, at all. Whether I need to making my grocery list, write blog post and I definitely don’t have the attention span to edit it. And I’m all of a sudden super clumsy. In this last week, I dropped and successfully broke my pepper grinder, sending a million black peppercorns in every possible direction. I also managed to make a mess of just about every recipe I tried to make/shoot AND I also dropped a 50 pound mantle (thats covers the top of our basement corner gas fireplace) onto a glass vase which shattered in a million tiny shards. Mercury Retrograde is real and it ruins me.
Now that it’s over I can finally focus on the holiday weekend. I have a lot to do, like grocery shop, clean and wrap all the presents. But my hopes are to get everything done by Saturday.
Wish me luck.
Speaking of Saturday, you should totally make these gingerbread pancakes this weekend! I took my trusty and basic recipe for pancakes and gave them a little gingerbread makeover. Serve with sausage and hot coffee for the perfect breakfast to kick of your holiday festivities!
Because I thought I had ground ginger and didn’t (I blame you Mercury Retrograde] I swapped in fresh ginger instead and it really did give these pancakes some ginger punch! I’ll include both the fresh and dried ginger amounts in the recipe below.
To Make These Gingerbread Pancakes You Will Need:
- baking powder
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- [un-sulphured] molasses
- melted [and cooled] butter.
First things first, the whipped cinnamon butter. This stuff is magical! It won’t keep the Mercury Retrograde mishaps from happening but it’s definitely delicious.
Add a stick of softened [salted] butter to a mini food processor with a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Blend, scraped down the sides and continue to blend until smooth. Set a side and then make the gingerbread pancakes.
In a large bowl, whisk together 2-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon each of ground clove and nutmeg.
Note: if using ground ginger, add [1-1/2 teaspoons] it here.
To the 2-1/4 cups of whole milk, add in the 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (if using), and 3 tablespoons of the un-sulphured molasses.
Crack in the 2 eggs and measure and add in 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
Whisk to combine.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry.
Pour in the melted [cooled] butter and stir to combine.
Try not to over mix here.
Stop once the wet ingredients are incorporated with the dry, there should be some lumps.
Preheat a griddle to 350-375° and brush with coconut oil. Once the griddle is hot, pour 1/3 cup of the gingerbread pancake batter per pancake onto the griddle. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per-side or until the bubbles on the top pop but don’t fill back in. Flip and continue to cook until golden.
Place the pancakes on a rimmed, metal baking sheet and keep warm in a 200° oven.
Repeat with the remaining pancake batter.
Top the warm gingerbread pancakes with the cinnamon butter and drizzle with warm maple syrup.
I’m taking a few days off to finish all that needs to get done and spend quality time with my family and I plan/hope to post later next week. In the meantime, Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Enjoy! And if you give this Gingerbread Pancakes recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Gingerbread Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter
FOR THE WHIPPED CINNAMON BUTTER:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
FOR THE GINGERBREAD PANCAKES:
- 2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2¼ cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger paste, or 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 tablespoons un-sulphured molasses
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- coconut oil, for griddle
FOR THE WHIPPED CINNAMON BUTTER:
- In a mini-food processor, add 1 stick (softened) butter, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides until the ingredients are incorporated.
FOR THE GINGERBREAD PANCAKES:
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg [and ground ginger if not using fresh].Whisk to combine.
- To the milk, add the brown sugar, fresh ginger [if using], molasses, vanilla and crack in both eggs. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry. Stir until the ingredients are just starting to combine, add in the [cooled] melted butter and mix until incorporated.
- Preheat a griddle to 350° to 375° and brush with coconut oil. Measure 1/3 cup of batter per pancake and pour onto your preheated griddle. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the bubbles on the top pop but don't fill back in. Flip and continue to cook until golden.
- Place the cooked pancakes on a rimmed, metal baking sheet and keep warm in a 200° oven. Repeat with the remaining pancake batter.
- Top the gingerbread pancakes with the whipped cinnamon butter and drizzle with warm maple syrup.
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Oh boy, I think these just got added to the Christmas brunch menu! I never could resist a pancake.
Merry Christmas! Thank you for the great recipes all year round!
Made these this morning and they are *delicious.* My husband had barely gotten the cinnamon butter on his before digging in while making “yummy” noises, and that was before he even added syrup! Plus they smell wonderful while cooking–the entire kitchen smelled like Christmas. Thank you for posting.
That’s fabulous! I’m so happy to hear it Susan! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe 🙂
My husband and I are still licking our lips after d’s outing these pancakes! The blend of spices was absolutely perfect! We served them exactly as described alongside our homemade breakfast sausage patties. A delicious breakfast — thanks for a wonderful recipe
Darn spell check! My review is supposed to say “after devouring these pancakes”
It happens to the best of us!
That’s wonderful to hear, Kathyanne! Thank you for not only taking the time to make this recipe but to leave such a great review. I really appreciate it! Happy Saturday!