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Christmas Tree Hotcakes

Yield Makes 12 hotcakes
To make these pancakes without cookie cutters, pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle, and proceed as directed.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/8 cups milk (use more for thinner batter)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 to 4 (4 1/2- to 5-inch) heavy metal cookie cutters

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a bowl; whisk in 1 1/8 cups milk and egg, whisking until mixture is blended.

  2. Grease heavy metal cookie cutters lightly, and place on hot (375°), lightly greased griddle. Pour pancake batter (approximately 2 tablespoons) into each cutter. Using tongs, remove cutters after 1 minute (cutters will be hot); cook pancakes 2 more minutes. Turn pancakes over, and cook 2 to 3 more minutes or until done.

  3. Pecan Pancakes: Stir 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans into batter. Proceed as directed.

  4. Banana Pancakes: Stir 1 cup chopped banana (2 bananas) into batter. Proceed as directed.