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Reindeer Pancakes

These easy reindeer pancakes are a fun Christmas breakfast tradition that your kids will love! Made in just 15 minutes, this recipe is simple, delicious and a festive way to celebrate the season.

rudolph pancake on white plate
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Easy Christmas Reindeer Pancakes

Today I have some adorably cute reindeer pancakes for you! We make both these and my elf on the shelf pancakes every year on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning (usually for breakfast or lunch). They’re also a fun Elf on the Shelf idea.

The kids absolutely love them and always look forward to enjoying this fun holiday tradition at the breakfast table.

What’s great about these Rudolph pancakes is there is hardly any work required to make them extra special. All you need is a box of pancake mix and a few simple toppings which I bet you already have in the fridge and pantry. Then let your little ones help you prepare the pancakes and decorate them to look like reindeer!

how to make reindeer pancakes

Making Rudolph Pancakes

  • Batter. First you’ll want to prepare the batter according to the instructions on the box of your pancake mix. If you’d prefer a from scratch version, feel free to make homemade buttermilk pancakes or make a DIY pancake mix to have on hand all season long.
  • Cook. Once the batter is ready, it’s time to cook the pancakes on the griddle (or in a large skillet on the stove). You’ll want to make 6 medium oval shaped pancakes (for the faces) and 12 small oval shaped pancakes (for the ears). Cook until the pancakes have bubbles, then flip until each side is lightly browned and cooked through.
  • Decorate. Place two of the small oval shaped pancakes (ears) on top of the large oval to form the reindeer face. Then add two bacon pieces in the top center of the head for antlers. For the eyes, you can either use blueberries or marshmallows (cut in half) with a chocolate chip in the center. A cherry or raspberry works great to finish off the red nosed reindeer!

Flavor Variations

Feel free to get creative with your pancake batter! Chocolate chip pancakes are always a fun indulgence around the holidays. Or for a healthier option, sneak in some fruit with this easy blueberry pancake recipe.

reindeer pancake on white plate

Favorite Toppings

Before you dig in, don’t forget to add the toppings! We love serving them with more fresh berries and of course my kids can never have enough whipped cream ;)

reindeer pancake with berries

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Reindeer Pancakes

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These Christmas reindeer pancakes are a fun holiday breakfast tradition that your kids will love! Made in just 15 minutes, this recipe is easy, delicious and a festive way to celebrate the season.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6 pancakes

Ingredients 

  • 32 ounces pancake mix (enough for 12 servings, use your favorite kind)
  • 6 pieces bacon (cooked)
  • 6 cherries
  • 12 chocolate chips
  • 6 marshmallows (large)

For serving: Syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar

    Instructions

    • Make pancakes according to directions. Cook the pancakes on a greased griddle over medium heat. You’ll want to make 6 medium oval shaped pancakes and 12 small oval shaped pancakes. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour the batter onto the pan so I could shape the ears and face. You could also pour the batter into a zip top bag and cut off the top. The shapes don’t have to be perfect. Cook until lightly browned on each side and then remove to a plate.
      how to make reindeer pancakes
    • Place two little pancakes on top of a bigger one to form the face. Then place two pieces of bacon on top on the head for the antlers. For the eyes, I cut a large marshmallow in half and then stuck a chocolate chip in the middle. Then I put a cherry on top for the nose. Top with syrup and enjoy!
      rudolph pancake on white plate

    Notes

    Note: For a healthier alternative, you may use blueberries for the eyes and a raspberry for the nose. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American

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