The days leading up to a big holiday celebration are always so chaotic. And if you’re still trying to figure out what to serve on Christmas morning, try making a DIY Christmas tree pancake stack. Aside from the fact that it is ridiculously adorable, this is insanely easy to make. Seriously — no fancy kitchen skills needed here. As long as you can mix up a batter and throw it on a skillet, you’re golden.
To top it off, boxed pancake batter is fair game. There is a good chance you already have a box or two sitting in your pantry. Of course, if you are up to the challenge (or actually have the time), you can definitely make your own from scratch. The main highlight is the food coloring, clever construction, and extra fixings. Think sprinkles, mints, and whipped cream — just to name a few. Berries, edible glitter, and chocolate chips also work well. Go crazy.
You can also use leftover candies from this year’s gingerbread house project, if you have any. Anything fun and sweet is appropriate for this holiday breakfast idea. You can even make an activity out of it and get the entire family involved on Christmas morning. Everyone will have a blast decorating their own edible tree with the people they love.
- Pancake batter
- Green food coloring
- Whipped cream and/or chocolate syrup
- Confectioners's sugar, sprinkles, mints, gum drops, chocolate chips, and/or berries
1. Add green food coloring to the pancake batter.
2. Mix well. Add more food coloring until you achieve a shade that you like. However, keep in mind that food coloring darkens over time, especially after it's cooked.
3. Make 4 to 6 round pancakes on a greased skillet in various sizes. Pro tip: Use a measuring cup to add the batter to the pan. This makes for a clean and round drop. You can always trim the edges of the pancakes, though.
4. Once cool, stack the pancakes from biggest to smallest. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a candy "tree topper", such as a mint or gum drop. Sprinkle some confectioners' sugar for "snow" and embellish with colorful sweets. Christmas has never looked so good.