Making pancakes can be a fun way to keep kids interested in meals, or keep yourself entertained while cooking breakfast. The beautiful part about it is that you have full artistic liberty to turn them into anything you want. Use cookie cutters for pre-made shapes, or if you’re brave enough to free-hand, fill a piping bag or squeezable bottle with batter to make your shapes.
Hearts are one of the simplest shapes to create aside from the traditional circle. If you draw a right angle and circle, you should have no problem creating heart pancakes, but most grocery stores carry heart pancake molds or cookie cutters that you can use. Perhaps the best part is that hearts work for pretty much almost any occasion—whether you want to surprise your special someone with breakfast in bed or congratulate your child on a job well done, hearts are a shape that will impress while symbolizing a sentiment.
If you’re a crazy cat person in the making like me, you want to spread the love of cats anywhere possible, and why not do that with pancakes? Just about any animal can be made into a pancake shape, which is a great way to kick off a day at the zoo for the kids. Use berries and/or chocolate chips to make eyes and noses for the animals. If you need a little guidance, it helps to look at animal silhouette drawings.
Growing up, my parents always made sure that our birthdays were special days, and that usually started with breakfast. No matter what favorite dish of ours they made for breakfast, they always made sure that pancakes in the shape of the birthday child’s first name initial made it to the breakfast table for a personalized touch that made the day all about us. If you pipe the letters small enough, you can write special messages on everyone’s plate.
4. Four leaf clover
Someone important has a big day ahead? Maybe a soccer game or a huge meeting? Pipe four-leaf clover pancakes for an extra helping of luck to start their day right!
5. Holiday themed pancakes
Use bunny cookie cutters for Easter morning breakfast, or Christmas trees for Christmas morning to make festive shaped pancakes. Don’t have cookie cutters? No problem. Fill a piping bag with pancake batter, tint it the appropriate color with food coloring, and pipe an illustration into a round pancake for a festive touch.
I like throwing a healthy dose of fruit in my pancakes for a taste twist—chop up an apple or banana, add it to the batter, and pipe the pancake in the shape of the fruit you use for a cute , delicious addition to breakfast.
You can’t go wrong with a thoughtful breakfast, and taking the time to create shaped pancakes can go a long way beyond just making someone smile, no matter how old they are. Pair your pancake creations with something eventful happening—if someone’s graduating, make them graduation cap pancakes. Making a big trip? Airplanes and suitcases are easy to pipe.