Easy Family Recipes: Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet PancakesThis Valentine's Day, forget the candy and instead whip up a special breakfast with these red velvet pancakes. Pancakes are a simple dish to prepare from scratch, and the addition of cocoa powder and a bit of red food coloring take them from everyday to super special. And of course, cutting anything into a heart shape for Valentine's Day is the little extra something everyone loves!

Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes


Servings: 10 pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
  • butter, for garnish (optional)
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
  • fresh berries, for garnish (optional)

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir well.

In separate large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes.

Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes, or until bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired.

Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so pancakes don't stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping.

 

Recipe courtesy of Culinary.net & Nestle

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