Fun Pancake Shapes: A Pancake Recipe for Kids

Order’s up! Turn your kitchen into a breakfast cafe—and make personalized pancakes for everyone at the table. This recipe is almost as easy to make as the store-bought pancake mix, but it’s better for you and more fun to mix up. Try making letters, numbers, or shapes.


4 servings

Hands-on time:

10 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Maple syrup

Kids kitchen skills:

  • measuring
  • cracking eggs
  • stirring
  • cooking on a griddle


  • measuring spoons & cups
  • 2 mixing bowls (1 small & 1 large)
  • griddle or frying pan
  • ladle
  • spatula


Grown-up steps
  1. In a large bowl, mix the two kinds of flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture and stir until mixed.
  4. A grown-up can help heat a griddle or frying pan over medium-high. Melt a small pat of butter in the pan.
  5. Pour the batter into fun shapes or letters. Draw them by drizzling batter on the griddle with a spoon. Or put the batter into a plastic bag, snip off a corner, and squeeze out the letters and shapes. Cook the pancakes until you see small bubbles. Then flip and cook the second side.
  6. Serve with maple syrup!

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