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Christmas Gingerbread Pancakes

Pile of gingerbread pancakes with syrup being poured on

I love to cook something tasty and a little bit special for breakfast or brunch on Christmas day usually after we’ve done pressies under the tree and the kids are settling down to playing with their toys or games and we’ve got some Christmas music on, it just feels so special and these gingerbread pancakes are like Christmas in every bite.

Maple syrup being poured over a large stack of gingerbread pancakes with mini gingerbread men on the plate along with some fresh cranberries.
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If you want something a little different from your basic pancake recipe then these Christmas Gingerbread Pancakes are light and fluffy, with a hint of cinnamon and ginger.

They’re PERFECT for Christmas Day Breakfast!

What are you having for Christmas day breakfast?

The only day of the year where you’re supposed to indulge at every single meal, plus fit in some canapes, glasses of fizz and selection box chocolates too. Phew!

๐Ÿ“‹ What do we need?

In order to make these delicious spicy Gingerbread Pancakes, you’ll need.

Ingredients for Gingerbread Pancakes on a wooden background.

*For the spices to give these pancakes that signature gingerbread flavor I’m using:

  1. Ground Ginger
  2. Ground Cinnamon
  3. Ground Cloves
  4. And a pinch of salt

I’m looking forward to whipping up these Gingerbread pancakes for Christmas morning. Topped with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup, and served with a steaming hot cappuccino. Yum!!

๐Ÿ“บ Watch how to make them

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸณPRO TIP I like to make them in small batches so I have enough room in the pan to flip them. You can keep them warm in a low oven whilst you make the rest of the batches.

I might even go for a bit of edible glitter…

The kids absolutely love them, although I imagine they’ll be too distracted by the presents to really focus on breakfast!

Edible glitter being sprinkled onto a stack of gingerbread pancakes with a jug of maple syrup in the background.

Maybe I’ll make them for Christmas Eve dinner instead.

Who says I can’t have pancakes for dinner!!

If these gingerbread pancakes aren’t your thing then here are some of my other Christmas Breakfast ideas:

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ What to serve them with

I like to serve these pancakes with:

  • Some fresh berries
  • A knob of butter
  • Mapple syrup – OBVIOUSLY! ๐Ÿ˜‹
  • You could even add in some bacon too.
  • To make them extra Christmassy i also add in some edible glitter and mini gingerbread people cake toppers.

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Maple Syrup being poured onto a stack of gingerbread pancakes.

๐Ÿฅž Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe

These Gingerbread Pancakes are light and fluffy, with a hint of cinnamon and ginger perfect for Christmas Day breakfast or brunch!

5 from 2 votes

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Course Breakfast

Cuisine American, British

Servings 8 -10 pancakes

Calories 144 kcal



Making The Pancake Batter

  • Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, both sugars, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Mix together until combined.

  • Add the egg, vanilla extract, lemon zest and buttermilk, then mix until just combined using a balloon whisk.

  • Once combined add in the milk whilst continuing to stir with the whisk.

Cooking The Pancakes

  • Melt a knob of the butter in a large frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat, then carefully brush the butter around so the pan is finely coated.

  • Pour in enough mixture to make two to three pancakes (approx. 60ml or ยผ cup of the mixture per pancake) and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  • Turn the pancakes over when bubbles form on top and then burst, and the edges start to look firm. Cook on the other side for another 1-2 minutes.

  • Repeat with the rest of the mixture until all the pancakes are cooked (you can keep the pancakes warm in a very low oven whilst youโ€™re making each batch).

  • Serve the pancakes topped with a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. You can also decorate with mini gingerbread men cake toppers, cranberries and a little edible glitter.

โœŽ Notes

Nutritional Information is per pancake, without the serving suggestions.


Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 458mgPotassium: 215mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 115IUCalcium: 104mgIron: 1.3mg

Keywords brunch, Christmas, Christmas Breakfast Ideas, Pancake recipe ideas

This recipe was first published in December 2016. Updated December 2021 with new photos, an improved recipe, and a video showing you exactly how to cook these delicious pancakes.

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