I made these delicious pancakes for our first Valentine's Day. They are a great special-occasion treat.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Pancakes:
Cream Cheese Glaze:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

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  • Whisk 2 cups milk and vinegar together in a bowl; let rest until milk sours, about 2 minutes.

  • Sift flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl; whisk to combine.

  • Whisk milk mixture, melted unsalted butter, eggs, red food coloring, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract together in a bowl.

  • Pour milk mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined; the batter should be lumpy.

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat and spray with cooking spray. Drop batter by 1/4-cup onto the skillet and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the preheated oven.

  • Beat cream cheese and softened butter together in a bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/4 milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat until smooth, adding more milk to reach desired consistency. Pour cream cheese glaze over pancakes and dust with remaining confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note:

To avoid browning the red pancake, cook at a lower heat and flip early. These pancakes are delicate so use a large flexible spatula.

For the glaze you can use an electric mixer if you like. I use a potato masher to blend the butter, sugar, and cream cheese, then whisk in the milk. Store glaze in a resealable plastic bag with the end snipped off for easy drizzling.

You can substitute 2 cups buttermilk for the 2 cups milk and 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

949 calories; protein 18.6g 37% DV; carbohydrates 119.6g 39% DV; fat 45.5g 70% DV; cholesterol 214.3mg 71% DV; sodium 975.4mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2015
Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. It was perfect for our family's lazy Saturday morning. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2018
I personally didn't care too much for it. It wasn't horrible just sort of okay. I didn't make any adjustments and followed the recipe...even sifted the dry ingredients. I did save some of the batter and froze it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2015
Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. It was perfect for our family's lazy Saturday morning. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2017
I doubled the recipe because we have a big family. I followed the recipe closely except I only added about 30 drops of red food coloring the batter was a nice mahogany color but looked more brown redish brown after baking. DEspite the vinegar /milk (old fashioned buttermilk and all the leavening the pancakes didnt rise incredibly which surprised me. They did rise just not a terrific amount. However the taste and the lightness of the pancake was perfect when eaten. They were delicios and the cream cheese frosting was just the right addition! I would highly recommend these pancakes. They taste very chocolaty and look mouthwatering delicious. We recently had Red Velvet pancakes at a restaurant in our area and these were every bit as good. If you prefer them really red then follow the directions for the food coloring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2015
We all thought this was pretty tasty made it this morning for a valentines day breakfast treat! The cream cheese frosting sauce is really good. I will say that mixing the batter well then letting it sit for 10-15 would be ideal I made a mistake and didn't mix well enough and had to mix it again. Which of course made them a little flatter than they would have been originally. Overall these had a great flavour! Thanks for a great recipe! Oh and it makes quite a few pancakes normally we double pancake recipes..no need for this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2015
these were so good. i didn't actually put in any red food dye so it was more of a chocolate pancake but it was simply delightful. the glaze was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2017
Yummy! I omitted the sugar and cream cheese glaze but the pancakes were really good still! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2015
I made this for my daughters Birthday. She loves them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2016
Excellent recipe! my boys cannot get enough of the pancakes! I added a tbsp of sour cream. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2016
These were the tastiest pancakes I have ever made! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2018
I personally didn't care too much for it. It wasn't horrible just sort of okay. I didn't make any adjustments and followed the recipe...even sifted the dry ingredients. I did save some of the batter and froze it. Read More