Holiday cheer is on the breakfast menu when you serve up a stack of these easy Hot Chocolate Pancakes! The delicious flavor of hot cocoa makes these pancakes a festive morning treat that your whole family will love.
Hot Chocolate Pancake Recipe
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the festive flavors it brings to our table. From eggnog to peppermint to hot chocolate, I love each and every one. I’m always looking for fun new ways to work these ingredients into recipes, which is exactly what I’m doing today. While you might have had hot chocolate with your pancakes, wait until you try it IN your pancakes! Not only are these pancakes irresistible, they are incredibly easy to make!
All you need to make these chocolatey pancakes are Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, some hot cocoa mix, a spoonful of cocoa powder and water. That’s it! I love that Krusteaz Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix makes this SO easy. We’re talking make these when you are half awake at 5am, easy! I also love that they use delicious, quality ingredients, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Thanks to Krusteaz for sponsoring this post.
I love finding quick and simple ways to make the holiday season feel special, and a stack of these pancakes definitely does just that! I can’t wait for you to whip up a batch for your family. Let’s go over how easy these are to make.
How To Make Hot Cocoa Pancakes
What You’ll Need
All you need to make these Hot Cocoa Pancakes is your Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, hot cocoa / hot chocolate powder mix, some unsweetened cocoa powder and cold water. One note, you’ll want to use regular, NOT sugar-free cocoa mix for this recipe. If you want to go with a homemade mix, I have a Hot Chocolate Recipe you can use, just skip the adding water part.
You’ll also want a mixing bowl, mixing spoon or whisk, skillet or griddle, a little butter or oil to prep your cook surface with, a ladle, 1/4 cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop to transfer your batter and a spatula to flip your pancakes with. You’ll find the measurements and specifics listed in the printable recipe card found below.
What You’ll Do
To make your pancakes you’ll combine your dry ingredients, add your wet ingredients and then get cooking! Remember, all of this is outlined in the printable recipe card found below, this is just an at a glance run through.
I love using a levered ice cream scoop to scoop my pancake batter with, and highly recommend it!
Pancake Making Tip
When it comes to cooking pancakes, one flip is all you need, ever! And make sure not to press down on the pancakes with your spatula. I’m not sure where this idea came from, though I did it for years when I first started making pancakes. We want light and fluffy pancakes, not dense ones, so no pressing or over flipping!
When it comes to topping these Hot Chocolate Pancakes, feel free to get creative! Some of my suggestions are as follows:
- Chocolate Syrup
- Whipped Cream
- Crushed Candy Canes
I hope your family enjoys these pancakes as much as mine does! Grab a box of Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix at your local grocer and get ready for smiles when you serve up some chocolate for breakfast! Serve with a mug of Peppermint Hot Chocolate! Also try Chocolate Chip Pancakes!
Hot Chocolate Pancakes
- 2 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 1/2 cup Hot Chocolate Powder (Approximately 2 Packets) Do not make the hot chocolate, just use the dry powder. Do not use sugar-free.
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cup cold water
- Heat pancake griddle to 375°F (medium heat). Lightly grease griddle.
- Measure mix by lightly spooning it into measuring cup and leveling it off. In a large mixing bowl combine mix, dry hot chocolate powder and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
- Whisk pancake mix and water together. Do not over-mix. Let batter stand 2 minutes. Pour or scoop slightly less than ¼ cup batter per pancake onto griddle.
- Cook 1-1 1/2 minutes per side. For light and fluffy pancakes, FLIP only once, when tops bubble and bottoms are brown. Serve immediately and top with chocoalte sauce, whipped cream, marshmallows, crushed candy canes, chocolate chips or fruit.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Krusteaz. All opinions however are mine and mine alone. #MakeKrusteaz #sponsored
Martha A Barnett says
What if I can’t find Krustease pancake mix can I use another brand?
Christi Johnstone says
I’ve only tried it with Krusteaz, but I don’t see why it would be any different with Bisquick.
Excited to try this recipe, however, you state more than once to not use sugar free hot chocolate mix, but dont say why…? Is there a reason why you dont recommend using sugar free mix?
Christi Johnstone says
Not all are made with sweetners that are ideal for cooking or baking, from taste to texture. Some are probably fine, but it’s hard to make a blanket statement and say they will all be fine. You can absolutely try it, I just can’t promise what the results will be.
This looks like a fun “snow day” breakfast!! One question. Is the hot chocolate powder a “mix with water” or “mix with milk” mix? Or does it even matter?
Christi Johnstone says
I don’t think it matters, I’ve used both. Enjoy!