Snowman Pancakes: A Twist on Winter Breakfast
Looking for a tasty treat to welcome winter days?
Start a new breakfast tradition with your family.
Your children will wait with anticipation as the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder to bring one of their favorite outdoor activities to the breakfast table.
In this article I’ll show you how quick and simple it is to create a snowman extravaganza right at your table. Don’t worry, no snow is needed for this fun family treat.
Why Make Snowmen for Breakfast?
Making pancake snowmen is a great way to get your kids’ help in the kitchen and put a twist on traditional breakfast time.
Making pancakes is fun. Most kids love to help out in the kitchen.
When you transform food into something creative and clever, meal-making becomes memorable.
And when you produce a fun food for a special reason or a particular season—like a school snow day, a holiday break or every Saturday in winter—you create a family tradition your kids will never forget.
For most families, the school year is busy! There are so many things that need to get done each day that an entire week goes by in a blur. When you set aside certain winter mornings for making special breakfast treats together, it gives everyone something to look forward to.
A snowman pancake–making morning is just what’s needed to create some magic together and launch a new tradition with your kids.
You’ll be surprised at how quick and easy this is to do. In less than an hour, you’ll have a happy little village of snow-people pancakes along with some thrilled and happy children.
It’s also a great way to spend time side by side, which can lead to some fantastic conversations. Take advantage of the time to talk and laugh with your kids!
#1: Prepare the Pancake Batter
Follow the directions on your recipe to mix the pancake batter.
Depending on their ages, have the children measure, pour and mix the ingredients.
Add an extra challenge: ask them to double the recipe.
#2: Heat the Pan—Not Too Hot!
Usually when you make pancakes, you want the pan to be really hot. Not so for snowman pancakes.
Heat the pan as usual until it’s really hot and then turn the heat down to medium.
When making snowman pancakes, keep the pan a bit cooler than usual so the pancakes don’t get too brown.
Make nice white pancakes, so you can tell they’re snowmen!
#3: Make Your Snowmen (Without Getting Your Hands Cold!)
One way to make a snowman pancake is to cook the head and body together. Simply spoon two overlapping circles of batter—one larger than the other—into the pan.
Wait until there are many bubbles on the surface of the pancake before you turn it.
Use a large spatula and come in from the side of the snowman to turn it over. Cook until done.
Variation: Another way to make snowman pancakes is to cook a batch of heads and a batch of bodies separately and put them together during the decorating process. This may be an easier option if you don’t have an extra-long spatula.
It’s important to make an equal number of heads (small circles) and bodies (large circles), otherwise they’re just pancakes.
#4: Decorate Your Snowmen
There are as many ways to decorate a snowman indoors on your breakfast plate as there are when decorating a snowman outside. The good part is that these decorations will taste good.
Line up bowls of different decorations, let each person choose a snowman pancake (or two!) and decorate it any way he or she likes—adding clothes, facial features, hats and scarves, etc.
What other breakfast ingredients could you use? You could use small pieces of bacon or sausage as arms. They’re much tastier than twigs! Be creative and encourage your kids to use their imaginations.
One question that always comes up is whether the snowman pancake is a boy or a girl. Answer: You get to decide for your own pancakes! We usually end up with some of each.
#5: Create Enough Snowmen to Fill a Village
My children love to see a big crowd of snow people and I’ll bet yours will, too. Line up all of the heads and bodies and then have children work on either side of the table or counter to quickly decorate all of the snowmen before they get co…I mean, “melt”!
Line up your snow friends and then let your family come through with their plates and grab their favorites.
Questions to Ask Your Children
Cooking with children can lead to a lot of unknowns. This is a great opportunity to pass along your finer secrets to pancake-making.
It’s also a wonderful moment to ask questions to see how your children perceive their world. For me it’s a little treasure in the day when I can have an inside look into the way my children think about things.
- How do you know when to turn a pancake?
- How are you going to decorate your snowman?
- Is it a boy or a girl?
- Tell me about your snowman. Does it have a name?
- What part are you going to eat first?
- Which part tastes the best?
- How did we mix up the pancake batter?
Some Final Thoughts…
Starting the day out with some new-found snowman pancake friends is a great way to get creative in the kitchen with your kids.
And it’s a great tradition to start; one that your kids will look forward to and remember doing together when they’ve grown.
Cooking with kids does not have to be a difficult task. Plan ahead and make sure the kids are there to plan with you. When the day arrives, have a great time bringing the outdoors inside with your pancake snowmen.
What do you think? Tell us about your favorite family breakfast traditions. What are some of your snowman-decorating ideas? We love hearing from you! Leave a note or photo in the comments below.