It’s the most magical time of the year, and your Christmas breakfast should be magical too! Christmas pancakes are fun and festive, and this easy pancake recipe is the perfect way to involve the whole family in Christmas morning fun.

A stack of bright green pancakes topped with two Christmas tree shaped green cookies.

Is there anything better than waking up early on Christmas morning to celebrate with loved ones? Cozy fireplaces, comfy Christmas pajamas, and pictures by the Christmas tree are instant memory-makers. 

These cheery Christmas pancakes are sure to be a family favorite too! You can involve the whole family in mixing this recipe up, or you can surprise and delight your family by pulling these together while the kids play with a few new toys. 

The green food coloring makes these Christmas pancakes extra fun, and who doesn’t want even more fun on Christmas morning?

A stack of bright green pancakes with a wedge cut out to show texture. They are topped with whipped cream.

About these Christmas pancakes

Christmas pancakes are festive and easy. You’ll love the endless variations you can choose to make them just right for your Christmas celebration. 

And while they are as fluffy and delicious as your favorite restaurant pancakes, you can skip the lines at Ihop because these homemade pancakes come together in just minutes right in your own cozy kitchen. 

A high stack of bright green pancakes topped with whipped cream and frosted sugar cookies.

If you already have plans for Christmas morning, consider starting a new Christmas pancake tradition on Christmas Eve! Picture your family watching Christmas movies in your Christmas jammies by the tree, enjoying your once-a-year Christmas pancakes together as a family. What a special tradition!

A wedge of green pancakes on a fork with the whole stack behind them.

And even though Santa always loves a Christmas cookie at night when he delivers gifts, he might appreciate a little variety every now and then. Christmas pancakes make for such a fun and easy Christmas Eve dinner, and you can set out a few extra pancakes for Santa and his reindeer. 

Even the grinch will crack a smile when he sees how the kids decorated a special Christmas pancake just for Santa. 

Who knows…maybe your Christmas pancakes will be the treat that saves Christmas!

Tall stack of bright green Christmas pancakes with a Christmas tre in the background.

What’s in Christmas pancakes

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • milk
  • egg
  • canola oil
  • vanilla extract
  • green food coloring
Ingredients needed to make Christmas pancakes, all in separate bowls.

How to make green pancakes

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

In a small bowl, beat milk, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and 2-3 drops food coloring. 

Wet ingredients for bright green pancakes in a mixing bowl.

Pour wet ingredients over the dry and mix well until a batter forms. 

Bright green pancake batter in a mixing bowl.

Pour batter onto skillet using ¼ cup. Cook about 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes.

Green pancakes on a griddle.

How to make these fun pancakes your own

  • Use Christmas cookie cutters to make these pancakes into Christmas shapes! 
  • Make a special treat of it! Top these festive pancakes with whipped cream, cookie pieces, chocolate shavings, crushed peppermint, rainbow sprinkles, or icing sprinkles!
  • Top with fun sugar cookies! We love this sugar cookie recipe.
  • To make your Christmas pancakes really look like Christmas cookies, top with vanilla whipped cream and sprinkle with red and green sugar. 
  • If you would like a peppermint Christmas pancake, you can replace the vanilla extract with peppermint extract (reduce the amount to ¼ teaspoon).
Stack of holiday pancakes with whipped cream and two sugar cookie Christmas trees on top.

Tips

  • Green pancakes are best to make on low heat to preserve the green color. It takes a bit longer to cook but it will be nice and green. Another tip to keep the bright green color, don’t wait too long to flip the pancakes!

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A stack of bright green pancakes topped with two Christmas tree shaped green cookies.

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It’s the most magical time of the year, and your Christmas breakfast should be magical too! Christmas pancakes are fun and festive, and this easy pancake recipe is the perfect way to involve the whole family in Christmas morning fun.
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream Christmas cookies, rainbow sprinkles, agave nectar or maple syrup, frosting

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a small bowl, beat milk, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and 2-3 drops food coloring.
    Wet ingredients for bright green pancakes in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour wet ingredients over the dry and mix well until a batter forms. Don’t overmix. If you’d like them a little greener, add more food coloring, drop by drop, stirring between additions.
    Bright green pancake batter in a mixing bowl.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over heat. Pour batter using ¼ cup. Cook until edges start to dry and bubbles appear, about 3-4 minutes, then flip on the other side. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Repeat until there is no batter left.
    Green pancakes on a griddle.
  • Stack pancakes and serve immediately with whipped cream, cookies, sprinkles, and agave nectar as toppings.
    Stack of holiday pancakes with whipped cream and two sugar cookie Christmas trees on top.

Notes

  • makes about 12 pancakes
  • Make it more fun by using different amounts of batter to create a Christmas tree. Stack with the large pancake and move to top with the smaller ones.
  • Green pancakes are best to make on low heat to preserve the green color. It takes a bit longer to cook but it will be nice and green.
  • Vanilla extract can be replaced with peppermint extract, but reduce the amount to 1/4 teaspoon.
Serving: 3pancakes, Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 453mg, Potassium: 186mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 208IU, Calcium: 175mg, Iron: 2mg