The Easiest, Cutest Way to Make Pancakes Is With This Simple Tool
“It’s the only way I have been able to get my 3 year old picky eater to eat pancakes.”
Honestly, pancakes in and of themselves are pretty great. Whether you’re starting from scratch or prefer the convenience of a boxed pancake mix, they’re affordable crowd-pleasers you can whip up at a moment’s notice. Plus they’re the perfect base for all sorts of add-ins: blueberries, chocolate chips, peanut butter, pumpkin... the limit is your imagination!
But according to hundreds of of Amazon shoppers, pancakes can be even better thanks to this simple silver dollar pancake pan from Nordic Ware. The Minnesota-based bakeware company is already famous for its beautiful bundt pans and dependable cookie sheets, so it makes sense that home cooks are equally obsessed with Nordic Ware’s series of adorable pancake pans, too.
Nordic Ware Scandinavian Silver Dollar Pancake Pan, $30; amazon.com
Made from reliable, warp-resistant cast aluminum, the pancake pans come in a classic, 3-inch silver dollar shape, as well as a variety of designs, like autumn leaves, zoo animals, friendly monsters, and even emoji faces. Plus, they use a PFOA-free nonstick coating to make flipping and cleanup a breeze.
No matter what design you choose, the process is incredibly simple: Preheat the pan over medium-low heat, then grease and fill pan wells with pancake batter, leaving one empty for flipping. From there, cook until the edges are fully done, then flip into an empty well to finish cooking.
The tool has hundreds of perfect five-star ratings and an impressive Amazon’s Choice designation. What’s more, reviewers rave about how the pans are an easy way to add some personality to already-great pancakes.
“This pan is so much fun,” a customer wrote. “The emoji faces are so cute. It’s the only way I have been able to get my 3 year old picky eater to eat pancakes. The construction is very sturdy. It has some weight on it—lighter than a cast iron pan and heavier than a regular frying pan. The pan is also very easy to clean due to the non- stick surface.”
Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan, $25; amazon.com
Another echoed how kid-friendly the tool is: “I went to a friend's house and she gave my kids smiley face pancake and my son eat it all which NEVER happens. Love it because the kids love it. Easy to use and it makes breakfast fun. I purchased it immediately.”
Customers also commented on how durable the pans are, with many saying that the nonstick coating still works after years of use.
“I bought one for my niece years ago for her birthday and it still works great,” a shopper said. “I used it for my 30th a few months ago. And I just bought another one for another niece last month. It might take a couple tries to get the hang of it but it's worth it.”
The pans range in price from $24 to $47 and come in seven different designs. Check out the whole lineup here and add one to your cart ASAP—we promise the next time you serve pancakes, everyone will flip.
Nordic Ware Zoo Friends Pancake Pan, $30; amazon.com