Heart shaped pancakes are a fun way to treat someone you love to an amazing chocolate treat. Covered in a rich chocolate ganache, these pancakes are sure to make your loved ones feel extra special.

Stack of heart shaped chocolate pancakes topped with ganache, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

These decadent chocolate heart pancakes are like having brownies covered in ganache for breakfast! 

They are moist and fluffy, studded with chocolate chips and the silky ganache is the perfect accompaniment for a very special breakfast indulgence. They couldn’t be easier to make with a large heart shaped cookie cutter!

About these fun heart shaped pancakes

Chocolate heart pancakes are a fun indulgence for Valentine’s Day, and the chocolate ganache is nothing short of a dream! Chocolate pancakes filled with chocolate chips and smothered in more chocolate? What’s not to like?

It’s easy to make these heart pancakes with cookie cutters. Simply place your cookie cutters on your pan and pour your batter right into the mold. Easy peasy! 

You can also make these without cookie cutters, by cutting your cooked pancakes with a kitchen shears or a sharp knife on a cutting board. 

It’s easy to make your heart pancakes extra special by topping them with sprinkles, heart candy, strawberry sauce, or fresh strawberries. If you’re using these pancakes for a dessert, go all out with chocolate ganache or chocolate syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Your Valentine will feel extra loved when you serve these homemade heart pancakes. Nothing shows more love than making a special meal just to show that you care.

Not a chocolate fan? Try these pink and white Valentine’s Day pancakes or red velvet pancakes.

Stack of pancakes in the shape of a heart, with whipped cream and sprinkles.

What you need

Many of the usual pancake ingredients, with a few chocolatey twists! Scroll down for the complete printable recipe, but here’s what you’ll need:

For the pancakes

  • Dry Ingredients: You’ll need all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • Wet Ingredients: Grab some buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.
  • Mix ins: These pancakes are double chocolate pancakes, so you’ll need some chocolate chips to stir in! We love semi-sweet, but you could also use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips!

For the chocolate ganache

Ganache is made with two simple ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream.

Overhead view of pancake ingredients in separate dishes.

How to make heart-shaped pancakes

Heat a medium non-stick frying pan to medium heat. Grease your heart shaped cookie cutter.

Transfer the pancake batter to a batter dispenser if you would like and then place the cookie cutter in the pan and fill it with batter.

Pancake batter in a heart cookie cutter

When bubbles start to form it’s time to release the pancake from the cookie cutter, using tongs since the cookie cutter is very hot! Flip pancakes and use a cake tester or toothpick to ensure that it is cooked. 

Heart shaped chocolate pancake on a white griddle.

Continue until all the pancakes are cooked. Serve warm drizzled with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and sprinkles if you desire.

Messy pile of chocolate pancakes on a plate. Pancakes are heart-shaped.

How to make these pancakes your own

  • Everyone loves heart shaped pancakes, especially when they’re personalized! You can use gel writers to include a name or initials on your pancakes.
  • Strawberries and chocolate make an impressive combo on these chocolate pancakes! They also look beautiful layered over a little whipped cream. They’re also amazing with strawberry sauce.
  • Heart shaped pancakes make a great backdrop for cute little faces for kids’ pancakes! Strawberry eyes and a chocolate ganache smile are sure to bring joy to your little ones.
  • You can follow these same directions to make your pancakes in other shapes as well. Any cookie cutters that you have on hand should work!
Stack of chocolate pancakes with a cut removed.

Make Ahead Ideas

Keep cooked pancakes in a 200°F oven to keep them warm while you are cooking the remaining batter.

Storage Suggestions

Store in an airtight container in the fridge, without toppings.

Reheating Tips

Reheat for 15-20 seconds in the microwave, or in a dry skillet over medium heat.

Pancakes with a bite taken out.

More chocolatey recipes

Overhead view of chocolate pancakes in heart shapes, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Heart Shaped Pancakes

Heart shaped pancakes are a fun way to treat someone you love to an amazing chocolate treat. Covered in a rich chocolate ganache, these pancakes are sure to make your loved ones feel extra special.
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Ingredients

For pancakes:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • vegetable oil or butter for cooking

For chocolate ganache:

  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • Whisk the wet ingredients ( buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter) together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Combine dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder) together in a large bowl.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and gently whisk until the ingredients are combined.
  • Fold in the Chocolate chips. Set batter aside to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • While the pancake batter is resting, prepare the chocolate ganache. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the ganache for 1-2 minutes or until hot. Add chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes before stirring. If not completely melted, microwave again in 20 to 30 second increments until melted. Set aside and re-warm if needed before serving with the pancakes.
  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan to medium heat. Grease a heart shaped cookie cutter. Transfer the pancake batter to a batter dispenser if you would like, and then place the cookie cutter in the pan and fill it with batter. When bubbles start to form it’s time to release the pancake from the cookie cutter, using tongs as the cookie cutter is very hot! Flip pancakes and use a cake tester or toothpick to ensure that it is cooked. Continue until all the pancakes are cooked.
  • Serve warm drizzled with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and sprinkles if you desire.

Notes

  • Makes about 10 pancakes, depending on size of cookie cutter.
  • Be sure to grease the cookie cutter well between pancakes to ensure they don’t stick.
  • If desired, keep cooked pancakes in a 200°F oven to keep them warm while you are cooking the remaining batter.
Serving: 2pancakes, Calories: 536kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 517mg, Potassium: 414mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 826IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 186mg, Iron: 5mg