Tuesday, October 25, 2011



My kids love pancakes for breakfast.  I'm not very artistic like some people in my family, but I wanted to do something fun instead of the same ol' round pancakes. So in the spirit of Halloween coming up, I whipped up some Jack-O-Lantern pancakes using THIS cookie cutter set. My kids LOVED them!!! I think next time, I'll let them design their own Jack-O-Lantern. Something so simple, yet so fun and festive for the Holiday. 

* Quick tip:
If you like the quick and easy method of pancake mix but want it to taste more homemade, then I have a great tip to adding a little more zip to your mix... sour cream! It does wonders! My family's favorite mix for pancakes is Krusteaz. I follow the directions for the amount of pancakes I'm wanting to make, but instead of water, I use milk and add in a heaping spoonful of sour cream to the mix. The consistency of the pancake is more fluffy and helps the buttermilk flavor come out more.

*side note: sometimes the pancake batter is a little think so I add in about an extra Tbs of milk. You don't want your batter to be too thick or too thin.

sour cream

** One more tip:
Use butter to coat your griddle before pouring on the pancake batter. It helps give the pancakes a nice golden color and add a yummy butter flavor to your pancakes.

butter on the grill

Before you use the cookie cutter, make sure you spray the inside of it with cooking spray so the batter doesn't stick when you lift if off.  You want to make sure you push the batter to the edges of the cookie cutter, so you get a nice pumpkin shape. Make sure you don't put in too much batter or your pancake will be too thick.  Have fun with it and let your kids join in. They'll love it.


  1. Super cute, Nicole. The sour cream is our go to trick for the yummiest pancakes!

  2. I am going to have to get some of those cut outs! Your kids are so lucky to have such a fun mom! I hope you all have been feeling better.

  3. I think you are the only one in the fam making your pancakes from a mix...you crack me up. I like the jacko pattern. super cute!

  4. What a cute idea! OK Nicole, I have to ask you, what lens do you have? I am not getting the quality I want from my kit lens or my 50mm 1.8, and it looks like your lens is amazing! I've looked into a few different one's, but I want to get other's points of view too!! Help, please!!


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