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Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes

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This IHOP Grinch Pancakes Recipe is a Copycat recipe you can make at home! You can whip up a batch of these fluffy green pancakes topped with cream cheese icing, green whipped cream cheese frosting and heart candy sprinkles for all of Whoville in no time!

In November 2018 the animated Grinch movie was released and in celebration, IHOP created these Grinch Pancakes. Of course, we visited our local IHOP to give them a try and my kids LOVED them.

Unfortunately, IHOP is no longer selling the Grinch Pancakes so, we decided to create our own.

Personally, I think they turned out great and in this case, better than the original. No offense to IHOP but sometimes homemade is better. Plus, it saves money and my kids had a blast making these!

If you can throw ingredients into a bowl, whisk them up and then cook some batter on a grill, you can make these pancakes. In fact, even the kids can help!

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What You Need to Make IHOP Grinch Pancakes:

How to Make IHOP Grinch Pancakes:

Start by combining the dry ingredients into large bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt). Shift together.

In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (egg, buttermilk, and vanilla).

Next, melt the butter in the microwave. Add wet ingredients and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir as you slowly add in wet ingredients and butter. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer. Just mix until the batter is slightly lumpy.

Now add in the green food coloring (we used about 4 drops green and 2-3 drops of neon green food coloring to get the right color) and stir to mix and change the color of the batter. You can use as much food coloring as you need in order to get the desired shade of green. 

Heat up a pan on the stovetop to medium-low heat (you can also use a griddle). When the pan is hot, melt some butter or use cooking spray and then add a scoop of pancake batter to pan (roughly 1/3 of a cup).

Be patient and let it cook on one side until you notice bubbles start to form on top of the pancake (roughly 5 to 7 minutes). Flip pancake over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Trust me, cooking these slow help make them fluffy and keep the green pancake from burning and having an ugly brownish tint to them.

Remove from pan and place on plate. You can keep these warm in between making them by placing a sheet of tinfoil on top of the plated pancakes.

Once the pancakes are done, make your whipped cream cheese frosting by adding a few drops of green food coloring to a scoop of frosting. Mix well then place into a piping bag with the star tip.

Next, melt a few teaspoons of cream cheese frosting in a microwave. It melts fast so only cook for 10 to 15 seconds.

Once you are ready to serve up the pancakes, drizzle melted frosting onto the top of pancakes and top with the green whipped cream frosting and the heart sprinkles.

Serve up and enjoy!

A Few Things to Note:

  • The original IHOP recipe calls for whipped cream on top but I found it hard to make which is why I used the cream cheese frosting instead. You can make your own using heavy whipping cream, vanilla, powdered sugar and green food coloring. I found a recipe that looks really good here.
  • If you want your pancakes to look more green and less brown, cook them slowly on a lower heat (like we did).
  • You can use any pre-made pancake mix and just add green food coloring if you’d like.
  • The cream cheese icing will melt on the warm pancakes so you can let them cool before adding it if you prefer.
  • This recipe will make about 4 servings depending on the size you make your pancakes. We made smaller pancakes and gave each of our kids three pancakes stacked.
  • Store any leftover pancakes in a plastic bag or airtight container and eat them later.
Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes

Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This IHOP Grinch Pancakes Recipe is a Copycat recipe you can make at home! You can whip up a batch of these fluffy green pancakes topped with cream cheese icing, green whipped cream cheese frosting and heart candy sprinkles for all of Whoville in no time!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Neon Green Food Coloring
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
  • Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Instructions

  1. Start by combining the dry ingredients into large bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt). Shift together.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (egg, buttermilk, and vanilla).Next, melt the butter in the microwave. Add wet ingredients and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir as you slowly add in wet ingredients and butter. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer. Just mix until the batter is slightly lumpy.
  3. Now add in the green food coloring (we used about 4 drops green and 2-3 drops of neon green food coloring to get the right color) and stir to mix and change the color of the batter. You can use as much food coloring as you need in order to get the desired shade of green. 
  4. Heat up a pan on the stovetop to medium-low heat (you can also use a griddle). When the pan is hot, melt some butter or use cooking spray and then add a scoop of pancake batter to pan (roughly 1/3 of a cup).
  5. Be patient and let it cook on one side until you notice bubbles start to form on top of the pancake (roughly 5 to 7 minutes). Flip pancake over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Trust me, cooking these slow help make them fluffy and keep the green pancake from burning and having an ugly brownish tint to them.
  6. Remove from pan and place on plate. You can keep these warm in between making them by placing a sheet of tinfoil on top of the plated pancakes.
  7. Once the pancakes are done, make your whipped cream cheese frosting by adding a few drops of green food coloring to a scoop of frosting. Mix well then place into a piping bag with the star tip.
  8. Next, melt a few teaspoons of cream cheese frosting in a microwave. It melts fast so only cook for 10 to 15 seconds.
  9. Once you are ready to serve up the pancakes, drizzle melted frosting onto the top of pancakes and top with the green whipped cream frosting and the heart sprinkles.
  10. Serve up and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 763mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 10g
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