Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

Make these for that special someone. Pour the batter into a squeeze bottle to easily form the heart shapes on your griddle or nonstick skillet[.]

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
10 to 15 (depending on the size of the pancakes)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Fine salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup melted and cooled butter, plus more for griddle
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Toasted, chopped pecans, for serving
Directions
  • Whisk the cream cheese, sour cream, milk and confectioners' sugar until smooth in a medium bowl; set aside.

  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow; beat in the buttermilk, melted butter, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and fold just until incorporated. Transfer some of the batter to a squeeze bottle with a 1/4-inch opening.

  • Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly coat the hot skillet with melted butter and squeeze some of the batter onto it in the outline of a heart or hearts of the desired size. Fill in each outline with more batter; use a spatula to spread it to the edges of the heart. Cook each pancake until bubbles begin to pop on the surface, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until the bottom is set and the pancake is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining batter.

  • Drizzle the cream cheese mixture and maple syrup on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with pecans.

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