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Pancakes are the perfect brunch idea for Christmas. But what better way to make your Christmas pancakes than to make them look like Santa! These Santa pancakes are so adorable and so delicious!
With fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and some whipped cream, you can make these festive Santa pancakes for you family this Christmas.
Use your favorite pancake recipe or a pancake mix. Either way, kids and adults alike will love eating this for breakfast.
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- Pancake mix – You can use a pancake mix for this recipe or your favorite pancake recipe. I used this gluten-free pancake recipe since I’m gluten-free, but any pancake recipe will work! You’ll want each round pancake to be about 5 inches, so you’ll need 1/2 cup of pancake batter per pancake.
- Strawberries – You will need strawberries to make Santa’s hat! I cut my strawberries in half because I love to eat strawberries with my pancakes. However, if you want to cut back on the amount of strawberries on each plate, you can also cut them into strawberry slices. I love the different options here based on what you know your kids and family will eat.
- Raspberries – I love the addition of raspberries to this recipe to fill in the gaps in the Santa hat and to make Santa’s nose. They’re so cute and festive. You could certainly just use strawberries in this recipe if you prefer or if that’s what you have on hand.
- Blueberries – You’ll need two blueberries per pancake to make Santa’s eyes. If you don’t have blueberries on hand or want to use something you can find in your pantry, use two chocolate chips or candy eyes instead!
- Whipped cream – I used a homemade whipped cream for this recipe, but feel free to use store-bought whipped cream. I used a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (Wilton 1M tip) to pipe Santa’s beard and hat.
If you want to pipe the whipped cream like I did, use a piping bag and a star piping tip. I used a 1M large star piping tip for this tutorial.
These Santa pancakes are very easy to make with a few simple ingredients. The steps below with matching photos are meant to help you see the recipe at various stages so that you can make these Christmas pancakes perfectly every time.
For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.
Yes, just use a gluten-free pancake recipe or gluten-free pancake mix to make the pancakes. The rest of the ingredients are naturally gluten-free.
I used 4oz of pancake batter to make the pancakes. I used a #16 portion scooper which is 2 oz and filled it twice. Depending on how thick your pancake batter is, you may want to spread it after pouring onto the hot pan.
I like to use a non-stick griddle pan that I’ve greased with oil. For best results, wipe the oil off the pan so that you can get perfectly golden pancakes.
- Storage: When the Santa pancakes are all decorated, they don’t hold up well and should be eaten right away. However, if you want to make your Christmas morning easier, you can easily make pancakes in advance and reheat them! Store undecorated pancakes in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
- Freezer Option: Store undecorated leftover pancakes in the freezer for up to 3 months. To do so, place the pancakes in a freezer safe container or bag. You can place parchment paper or wax paper in between each pancake if you prefer to keep them from sticking to one another.
- Reheat: You can reheat undecorated pancakes in a toaster for 90 seconds to 2 minutes. You can also air fry them for 2-3 minutes at 350F. For the oven, bake them at 350F for about 4 minutes until warmed through. If you are using frozen pancakes, either let them thaw first or add an additional 1-2 minutes to your cooking time.
- 4 oz pancake batter
- ¼ cup strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup whipped cream, store-bought or homemade
- 2 blueberries
- Make the pancake batter according to your recipe or box instructions. Use 4 oz (about ½ cup) of pancakes for each Santa pancake. Cook according to the instructions on the box.
- Place the pancake on a large plate.
- Place a single raspberry near the center of the pancake for Santa’s nose.
- Place the strawberry halves, darker side up, into the shape of a hat starting at the top inch of the pancake.
- Fill in any gaps of the Santa hat with the remaining raspberries.
- Place the whipped cream in a piping bag fitted with a 1M star tip. Pipe the fluffy brim on the bottom of Santa’s hat in a swirling motion across the bottom of the strawberries. Pipe a ball at the top of Santa’s hat.
- Pipe a beard and mustard in the lower half of the pancake, just covering the bottom half of the raspberry.
- Place two blueberries in the empty pancake space for Santa’s eyes. Enjoy!
- This recipe is written for one Santa pancake. You will need to double, triple or quadruple the recipe as needed to serve more. Each pancake gets about ½ cup (4 oz) of pancake batter.