Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes

Here’s a nice treat for your sweetie to wake up to on valentine’s day. Regardless of which version of these you make, they’re sure to be a big hit!

Red Velvet Pancakes
10 Servings (2 small pancakes per serving)

2 cups Bisquick “Lite & Fluffy” pancake mix*
1/4 cup Baker’s (fine) sugar
1 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa*
2 cups milk
2 tsp. Red Beet Powder* (more to color preference)
Fresh made whipped cream, see below
Candy sprinkles, if desired
Heart shaped pancake forms
Strawberry syrup, see below

*This is the version I made for my daughter’s Valentine’s Day breakfast party. As there were kids there with allergies to artificial coloring (red dye), I made this version.

If you don’t have issues with red food coloring, you can simplify this recipe by replacing half of the pancake mix, the cocoa, and the beet powder, with 1 cup of Red Velvet cake mix…I won’t judge you. :)

In large bowl, whisk all pancake ingredients until well blended. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat* (around 350°F) and  spray with cooking spray.

Heart shaped pancake formsFor each pancake, place the heart-shaped forms on the griddle, and pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter into each form. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles form on top and edges are dry, remove form, flip and cook other side until done.

Spoon a dollop of whipped cream onto each pancake (or stack), drizzle with syrup, and sprinkle with candy sprinkles.

*To test griddle heat, sprinkle it with a few drops of water. If the water bubbles and sizzles, it’s hot enough.

Strawberry Syrup
16 oz frozen, sliced strawberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring often, until reduced by 1/4 (about an hour).

Allow to cool, and puree. Re-heat before serving.

Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk attachment(s) into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. In the bowl, beat heavy whipping cream and vanilla in an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar on low speed until thickened to desired consistency. Cover; set aside.

Oh, and if you’re just not a big fan of sweets, these heart-shaped forms make killer Spam Musubi, as well! :)

Spam Musubi