Frugal Foodie Mama: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes

Monday, December 7, 2015

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes

Light & fluffy pancakes are infused with lots of hot cocoa & peppermint flavor, and then topped with a super simple marshmallow cream topping in these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes...
Light & fluffy pancakes are infused with lots of hot cocoa & peppermint flavor, and then topped with a super simple marshmallow cream topping in these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes.
I received an OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer for review purposes. 
All opinions expressed below are my own.
Okay, folks. Christmas is just 18 days away. We brought home the tree yesterday and spent the evening decorating it with keepsake ornaments, and glittery bulbs, and lights. The stockings have been hung. The North Pole has more or less thrown up all over my home, inside and out. It is officially go-time. ;) 

If your home happens to be anything like mine on Christmas morning, the kiddos are usually up with the very first crack of sunlight at dawn.... even the teenager. We spend the morning unwrapping gifts, prying thousands of twist ties and other means of plastic entrapment from packaging, and then dive into the stockings last. By the time that our living room has been left in a mess of crumpled paper and bows, we are famished and ready for a special Christmas morning breakfast. Every Christmas I try to do something special and festive (and easy!) for breakfast that morning. This year I am taking a cue from one of our favorite warm & cozy holiday beverages with these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes. Light & fluffy pancakes are infused with lots of hot cocoa & peppermint flavor, and then topped with a super simple marshmallow cream topping- Christmas morning perfection!

Light & fluffy pancakes are infused with lots of hot cocoa & peppermint flavor, and then topped with a super simple marshmallow cream topping in these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (8-10 pancakes)
  • 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour (I am a King Arthur gal myself.)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot cocoa mix (about 3 packets)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
For the marshmallow glaze
  • 1 cup marshmallow cream (fluff)
  • 2 tbsp half & half or milk
  • Mini marshmallows & crushed peppermint candies or candy canes, for topping (optional)
Instructions
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, hot cocoa mix, & baking soda. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, melted butter, and peppermint extract. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium-low speed until just combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture a third at a time, beating on low speed. Beat until just combined, about 2-3 minutes. Allow the batter to rest for at least 5 minutes while your griddle or pan heats up.

For each pancake, drop 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot surface. Flip the pancakes over once bubbles have risen to the surface, and cook the second side until golden brown.

To make the marshmallow glaze
Combine the marshmallow cream & half & half or milk in a small mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

To serve
Serve the pancakes warm in stacks of 2-3. Top with a few tablespoons of the marshmallow glaze and mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies, if desired.
Enjoy!

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Whipping up these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes and it's accompanying marshmallow glaze was a breeze with my new OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer! :) I have tried to be a stand mixer girl. I really have, but I have always preferred having a hand mixer. The main issue is space. I don't have the cabinet or counter space to store a bulkier stand mixer. This OXO digital hand mixer is sleek and compact, yet powerful. In fact, you can snap the beaters on flat to the underside of the mixer for easy storage. 

One of my other favorite features of the OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer is the soft glow LED headlight. It makes it super easy to see inside the bowl so you can make sure the batter is mixing consistently. It comes in especially handy when you find yourself doing a little last minute late night holiday baking. ;) You can see it action below...

Light & fluffy pancakes are infused with lots of hot cocoa & peppermint flavor, and then topped with a super simple marshmallow cream topping in these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes.

Light & fluffy pancakes are infused with lots of hot cocoa & peppermint flavor, and then topped with a super simple marshmallow cream topping in these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes.

These festive pancakes were a huge hit with the family. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolaty, fluffy pancakes flavored with a touch of peppermint and topped with a gooey marshmallow glaze? ;)

What do Christmas mornings look like in your home?
Do you try to make a special holiday morning breakfast each year?

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