A couple of months ago, the Williams-Sonoma team received a letter from a 10-year-old boy from Highlands Ranch, Colorado named Nathan. Nate decided to make his family a pancake breakfast last Christmas and developed a recipe on his own, using our product.
“I was using one of your mixes and I was flipping the pancakes and thought of the idea of putting peppermint on top,” says Nate. “My mom and dad and sister and me thought it was really good.”
With the encouragement of his family, he submitted his recipe to us. Our Test Kitchen whipped up a batch of his pancakes, too, and sure enough — they were absolutely delicious! He’s made them a few more times for friends as well, and they’ve always been a big hit with kids and parents.
“I admit, the parents were a little skeptical that peppermint in pancakes would work, but we were pleasantly surprised,” Nate’s dad, Scott, laughs.
Thanks to Nate for writing, and we hope you enjoy these festive breakfast treats as much as we did.
Nate’s Peppermint Pancakes
The Peppermint Snow is sweet enough as a topping that maple syrup is not even needed. Use leftover Peppermint Snow to sprinkle on sugar cookies or add to homemade vanilla ice cream with hot fudge.
Recipe from Nathan
2 eggs, lightly beaten
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Peppermint Snow, divided
Optional pancake toppings: melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, Peppermint Bark
In a large bowl, whisk together the mix, eggs, butter, milk, and 2 tbsp. of the Peppermint Snow. There may still be a few lumps.
Prepare a griddle for cooking pancakes over medium heat. Spray the surface with non-stick spray or melt a teaspoon of butter in the pan. Pour 1/4 cup portions of batter onto the griddle. Cook until small bubbles form around the edges and begin to pop. Turn and cook 1 more minute, or until pancakes are cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter.
To serve, drizzle melted butter over the pancakes, then dust with powdered sugar. Sprinkle the additional Peppermint Snow over the top. If using Peppermint Bark, sprinkle a few tablespoons of crushed bark over the top or in the middle of the pancakes for added holiday effect. Serves 4.