Sooo...as you read in my earlier post, I wasn't able to post these earlier. So think of this as your jump on early ideas for next Valentine's Day! Or since kids usually love anything that has an air of novelty, you can make these any time just to show your little ones you love them :)
(This one, I made a smiley face out of extra white chocolate chips for my daughter. She loved it.)
Pancake Mix (make it as the box tells you)
Red food coloring
A teaspoon or so of cocoa (optional. Add if you want a red velvet-esque pancake)
White chocolate chips (again, optional, any morsel type item will work like diced bananas, blueberries, etc.)
Cooking spray or butter
Large METAL heart cookie cutter
Grease your pan and the cookie cutter very well. Add red food coloring to your pancake batter to desired color (it doesn't take too much to get a nice pink or red color). Put cookie cutter down on hot pan or griddle. Pour your pancake batter into the cookie cutter. Don't add too much or the pancake will be super thick and won't cook well. You can wiggle the cookie cutter a little to help spread the batter evenly. BE CAREFUL though, it will be hot, I use tongs to touch it when I make these. When you start to see bubbles on the top side of the pancake (but before it's ready to flip) drop your chocolate chips (or whatever add-in) down onto the pancake. Wait a few more moments and use a large spatula to flip the pancake and let it finish cooking. You can remove the cookie cutter before you flip it as long as the pancake is almost cooked all the way through (it will look more dry on top) or you can flip the cake with the cookie cutter still on it and if it's greased well, it should pop off pretty easily when the pancake is done. I've made them both ways, they work equally as well.
I garnished this one with some extra white chocolate chips. I love anything polka dot and the red and white was adorable for Valentine's Day.
The good (or yummy) thing about white chocolate is the melting temperature is pretty low so if you drop them on the pancake while it's still hot, they'll get nice and gooey so you can spread it like icing all over pancake. YUMMM!
These refrigerated well, too...So we ate the leftovers this morning for breakfast. Just popped them in the microwave and they were just as good on day 2 and it was nice not having to cook since I was up a lot last night with my poor sick little one.
Always eat delicious food!