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Letter Pancakes

Letter Pancakes

Another snow day tomorrow here on the east coast. Our family started this really silly tradition of having letter pancakes on snow days. This came about when my oldest was first learning to spell her name. I thought it would be a cute fun way to get her excited for writing and spelling. Little did I know this idea would stick around through two more kids and countless snow days. The best news is these are ONE ingredient, and a little bit of patience. I do have a lot of tips to make these successful, however they are time consuming, but the pay off is worth it.


Box of “just add water” pancake mix

Additional tools needed:

Plastic squirt bottle
Thin spatula
Non stick cooking spray


Mix together your desired amount of pancake mix using the instructions on the box. I usually do one cup of dry pancake mix to 3/4 cup of water. Stir well and then pour pancake batter into your squirt bottle. Now heat up your best non stick skillet over medium heat. Spray your pan with with non stick spray as well. Now start to make your letters, flipping once as soon as the batter bubbles. Repeat for as many letters as desired, or patience you have.

If you do not have a squirt bottle that’s fine, you can make your letters by pouring them out with a spoon. I’ve done this before, it is possible but will take a good bit longer. Depending on the size of your frying pan or skillet, making individual letters does take some time. You’re going to want to have your oven set to warm and place the done letter pancakes on a greased baking sheet to keep all of your letters nice and toasty until you’re done and ready to eat. We’ve done the full alphabet, numbers, shapes, first, middle and last names. The possibilities are endless and the kids get a kick out of playing with their food. I don’t know what it is about the snow that always makes me want to be in the kitchen, even more so than I usually am. Maybe it’s the oven warming up the whole house or the effect full bellies have on stir crazy moods when stuck indoors. Either way these have become a fun snow day staple the whole family looks forward to.


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