Bunny Hotcakes with Apple Butter Cream

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Hotcakes:

2 cups just-add-water pancake mix

1 1/2 cups apple juice

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 (8-ounce) container whipped cream cheese

2/3 cup apple butter

Cooking spray

Decoration:

Shredded coconut

2 drops yellow food coloring

Star-shaped dragees

1 bag mini-marshmallows

Special equipment:

Bunny-shaped cookie cutter

Egg-shaped cookie cutter

Chick-shaped cookie cutter

Directions

  1. To make the hotcakes: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, apple juice, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the whipped cream cheese and apple butter until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Lightly spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Using a 1/3 cup measure, scoop the pancake batter into the skillet. Flip the pancakes when they start to bubble. Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove pancakes to a cooling rack.
  4. Using the shaped cookie-cutters, create several bunny, chick, and egg shapes from the cooled pancakes. Spread the tops completely with the reserved apple butter cream.
  5. To decorate: Sprinkle the bunny and egg pancakes with shredded coconut. Create yellow "fur" for the chicks by shaking in a plastic bag 1 cup shredded coconut with 2 drops yellow food coloring until coated. Top the chick pancakes with the yellow coconut. Add star-shaped dragees to the bunny and chick pancakes to create "eyes." Finally, complete the bunny pancakes by adding a single mini-marshmallow to rear, creating a puffy "tail."
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