Disclaimer: I was sent free candy canes in order to create this recipe. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.
Growing up we always did something special for breakfast on Christmas morning. It usually wasn’t anything too much, but it was something different from our normal breakfast. It was usually cinnamon rolls, or coffee cake, or something like that. Over the last few years we’ve gotten a bit more inventive. Last year we baked cinnamon rolls in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorated the tree with sprinkles to add the tree effect. This year we wanted to do something different and we really spent some time thinking about it. Then we came up with the fabulous idea of decorated snowman pancakes topped with peppermint syrup!
When deciding what we could make I wanted something that didn’t require a lot of work on Christmas morning. Most of us spend enough time cooking food for Christmas dinner, so we don’t want to spend a ton of time cooking Christmas breakfast as well. The most time intensive part of this recipe is making the peppermint syrup, but it can easily be done ahead of time so that part can be all ready to go on Christmas morning.
Pancakes were an easy pick for our family as well. We go a little crazy over pancakes. Maybe it’s because we don’t actually make them that often. Nick learned to like pancakes just this year. He likes smaller sized ones with chocolate chips in them. He thinks of them as big cookies. For this recipe though we took those “cookies” to a new level by turning them into a full blown snowman. I will say that we tried to be “creative” and used one my mother’s large metal snowman cookie cutter to make the snowman, but it didn’t go as well as we had hoped. We found that good old fashioned pancake making was a lot easier for us!
Here’s What is Needed to Make Peppermint Syrup
Making the peppermint syrup isn’t terribly time consuming, but I highly recommend doing it ahead of Christmas morning. Partly because you can and partly because it will be nice to not need to worry about making it when you have so many other things going on.
The first thing you need to do is break up the candy canes into pieces. The smaller you can get them the better because they’ll be easier to melt. With the arthritis in my hand I wasn’t able to get them to terribly small, but the sizes I got worked well enough. I’d unwrap all of the candy canes before you start breaking them up. I was so sticky about half way through that I couldn’t get the wrappers off!
Once your candy canes are ready to go combine the sugar and water in a sauce pan and place it on the stove with the burner on medium heat. Then add your candy cane pieces to the sauce pan and stir it frequently. Personally I prefer to stir it just about continuously to keep the candy canes from sticking anywhere and to keep it from boiling over. Oh what a sticky headache that would be! The mixture will take on a pink color as the candy canes start to melt. Once they are mostly all melted the mixture will take on a deep pink color that is transparent. At this point if you have any candy cane pieces left in the mixture that don’t want to fully melt just scoop them out and get rid of them. You’re mixture will be plenty pepperminty without them. Now, let the transparent mixture come to a boil and stay there for 3 minutes. Then remove the sauce pan from the heat and allow the peppermint mixture some time to cool.
Once the peppermint mixture has cooled you can combine it with your pancake syrup to make the peppermint syrup. The amount you need to make truly depends on the number of people you will be feeding, but it’s very easy to make more if needed since you likely won’t use the entire peppermint mixture that you just made. Find a container to keep the peppermint syrup in and mix the peppermint mixture with the pancake syrup in there. You want to add 1/4 a cup of the peppermint mixture for each 1/2 a cup of pancake syrup. Once you’ve mixed all of the parts of the peppermint syrup together use it right away or place it into the refrigerator until needed. Also pour any of the remaining peppermint mixture into jars and store them in the refrigerator as well. You can use these to make more syrup if you run out.
- 7 Brach's Candy Canes
- 2 Cups of sugar
- 1 Cup of water
- Pancake Syrup
- Break candy canes into small pieces
- Combine sugar and water in a sauce pan and place on stove on medium heat
- Add candy canes to the sauce pans and stir frequently until the candy canes have melted (if any pieces are left after the mixture has become transparent then scoop them out)
- Boil for 3 minutes
- Remove from heat and let cool
- Combine peppermint mixture in a container with pancake syrup - ¼ cup peppermint mixture for each ½ cup of pancake syrup
How to Make Snowman Pancakes
If you can make pancakes then you can make these adorable snowman pancakes. Basically you want to make 3 pancakes of different sizes. Just like you would make different size snowballs to build a snowman. Once they are made “stack” them one above each other on the plate to make it look like a snowman. Then decorate it to your hearts content! I used chocolate chips to make a face and buttons, a peanut butter cup to make a hat, and spray topping to make the hat brim, a scarf, and snow at the bottom.