We had a tradition growing up. Every year for our birthday we would get sprinkle pancakes as part of our breakfast in bed! It was one of my very favorite things about my birthday as it was such a fun tradition and all my siblings would gather on my bed and we’d laugh and have fun together.
Of course, that means it’s a tradition I’ve carried on with my boys. Since they are so little, we haven’t started breakfast in bed. Instead, we carried on the tradition by making heart shaped sprinkle pancakes for Valentine’s day each year!
Making heart shaped pancakes covered in sprinkles is really easy, but there are a few tips that can help you easily start making your own fun pancakes!
First, you’ll want a pancake pen, or something similar. I have one made for decorating cupcakes that has a bit wider opening. It works decently, but a smaller opening would be even easier to work with and give you more flexibility to make different designs.
Start by mixing up your favorite pancake mix. We always make my homemade pancake mix recipe, as it’s way better than a store mix. Use a small measuring cup, like 1/3 or 1/4 cup and scoop up some of the batter, and fill up the pancake pen squeezable bottle.
Heat up your griddle, allowing the griddle to get up to the heat you want to cook at before you get started. Then, use your pancake pen to draw out basic heart shaped pancakes.
Next, lightly sprinkle your choice of sprinkles onto the wet side of your pancakes before you flip them to cook the other side. You can use the bigger confetti sprinkles or the tiny sugar crystal sprinkles or whatever you have on hand. They give a bit different look when cooked.
Next, just flip over your pancakes as you normally would with the bottom side is properly cooked. Allow the second side to cook, then remove from heat.
To keep with the fun Valentine’s day look, dust your plate with powdered sugar using a sugar shaker (also great for use with a cinnamon/sugar mixture!). Add your pancakes on top, butter, and serve! You’ll have enough sweetness with the sugar and sprinkles that you can usually skip on syrup.
We all really love when we make sprinkle pancakes that it’s a tradition we will keep going for year and year to come!