Chocolate & Vanilla Heart Pancakes


Chocolate & Vanilla Heart Pancakes

If you are looking for a fun Valentine’s Day (or special occasion) breakfast idea, you might try these Chocolate and Vanilla Heart Pancakes. They are so easy to make. They do take a little extra time, but it is worth it.


What you need:

I made 3 bowls of batter for each color/flavor- enough for about 4 medium sized pancakes. Below is what I used for each bowl.  (*For Chocolate Pancakes only)

Complete Pancake Mix (the ” just add water” variety)

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

*1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder

*Chocolate Syrup (I used about 1/4 cup)

Red or Pink Food Coloring (for Pink Pancakes/Hearts Only)

Powdered Sugar for garnish

You will also need:

Round Biscuit  or Cookie cutter

Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter



If you want all 3 colors you will need to mix up 3 separate bowls of pancake batter.

I mixed chocolate, vanilla and pink (I didn’t flavor the pink).

I used a biscuit cutter to get round, uniform pancakes. If you have a stainless steel cutter you can set it on your frying pan and pour your batter into the center. (Please note: It will get hot- so be careful)

Once you start to see bubbles and the pancake has set up a bit, you will want to remove the biscuit/cookie cutter. If you remove it too soon batter will spill out from the top (so much for round and uniform)….if you wait to long it will cook into the cutter and you will have a hard time getting it out. You will have to get a feel for it.

HOWEVER…you may find it easier to just make the pancakes free form and then use the biscuit/cookie cutter to cut out round, uniform pancakes. (I think I would recommend this. I figured this out towards the end.)

A word about the chocolate pancakes…at first I just adding cocoa powder, but I needed more chocolate goodness. So then I added some chocolate syrup. This gave the pancakes a nice subtle chocolatey flavor, but these are not like a chocolate candy bar…in other words…they still have the pancake flavor.


Once cooled, carefully punch out the hearts with a heart shaped cookie cutter.

To plate, reassemble the pancakes using a different color heart to fill the heart shaped space. I added a few extra hearts. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. ( I also served with a side of chocolate syrup.)


I actually made these earlier this week for my kids to test the recipe. I just did regular pancakes and with pink hearts. They were impressed. 🙂


If you like these, don’t forget to PIN IT! The Pin button is directly below.

You may also like these Valentine’s Day Ideas:

Rice Krispie Treat Heart Pops

Valentine’s Day Crafts: Bubble Gum Necklace

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for Classmates: Playdough & Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter (+ 3 Homemade Playdough Recipes)

Please check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board for more than 100 Valentine’s Day Ideas!

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  1. says

    I know what I’m making my family for breakfast this Friday! These are so adorable, and you had me at chocolate. Great and much easier than you’d think by looking at the picture. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. says

    Yea!! I love this idea – they look incredible! Thank you so much for sharing!! I would love to do something like this to surprise my girls on Valentine’s Day 🙂

    • says

      Thanks Jen! They are so easy…just a bit time consuming…since the goal here is “pretty”. I have found “Pretty” is usually more time consuming no matter the project. 🙂 Still it was fun and my kids thought they were cool! Thanks for the comment and have a great evening. -Jessica

  3. says

    What great heart pancakes for Valentine’s Day, which I added to my awesome Pinterest board of the say subject. Now, to convince my hubby to make these for me!

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