Santa pancakes: A festive (and easy!) breakfast your littles will love

These santa pancakes are beyond cute, but the best part is that they couldn't be easier to make

santa pancakes
(Image credit: Kara Cofield)

If you're like me, you're looking for all the ways to make this holiday season extra special for your kids. With our typical trip to see family canceled this year, and visits with Santa out of the question, I'm really packing in the festivus at home instead. At the same time, it's been a year, so the easier I can make my holiday cheer, the more fun it is for all of us.

Enter: Santa pancakes. 

I first came across this idea while writing up an Elf on the Shelf Arrival party a few weeks ago, and I immediately filed it away in my mental mom notes as something to try with my own kids. 

I figured that the weekend after Thanksgiving, on the morning when we decided to get our Christmas tree,  would be the perfect time to try it out. 

The verdict: The kids gave santa pancakes two thumbs up, and I felt like supermom, which was a welcome change this year. We'll probably make this a holiday tradition, and I plan to make them again on Christmas morning. Check out the easy how-to, below. 

holiday pancakes

(Image credit: Kara Cofield)

What you'll need:

-Whipped cream
-Chocolate chips
-Pancake mix, or make you own pancake batter

santa pancakes

(Image credit: Kara Cofield)

Assembling your santa pancakes

-Start by rinsing and hulling a container of strawberries. Then, slice in half (or in quarters for larger berries). 

-Then, mix (or make) pancake batter, and pour four large pancakes on a buttered griddle (I made mine about 7" across to leave extra room for decorating). When the pancakes start to bubble on the top, flip them.

-Once the pancakes are done, place each pancake on a plate and let cool for a few minutes until they're close to room temp (otherwise the whipped cream will melt).

-To make your santas, start by arranging strawberries at the top of the pancakes to make a santa hat.  I started my strawberry hat about an inch from the top of the pancake and continued it onto the plate. Repeat for each pancake. 

-Now, it's time to add the whipped cream. Spray a whipped cream beard over the bottom half of each pancake, and add a line of whipped cream below the strawberry hat, plus a dollop on top to finish the hat. 

-Finally, add a strawberry nose to each whipped cream beard, plus two chocolate chip eyes, and a chocolate chip smile to each pancake.