Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes

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Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes – decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

It’s December 1st which means Christmas is only a little over 3 weeks away!. Are you prepared? I’m certainly not! I never am at this point of the year if we are being honest. Usually I don’t start shopping for gifts until sometime in December… even to the point of still shopping on Christmas Eve some years! Yup, I’m one of those. However, I at least don’t have many people to buy for, so at least that reduces the craziness somewhat.

One thing I have been doing though, is thinking up and creating some fun holiday dishes. Like these peppermint mocha cheesecake pancakes!

Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

The other day when I posted the recipe for these Candy Cane Oreo Cookies I mentioned how I kept dreaming up peppermint holiday recipes. This is another one of those! If you love the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, you are going to love these pancakes. (You will also probably love the peppermint mocha pavlova I made last year!)

Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

A sweet Christmas morning breakfast

Now this was a fun breakfast! Sweet and festive, these pancakes are wonderful to celebrate with on Christmas morning. Or any winter morning for that matter. But especially Christmas morning, because when you’re celebrating you may as well make every meal extra festive!

These peppermint mocha cheesecake pancakes are the sweetest way to do so. The pancakes themselves get their mocha taste from some ground up instant coffee. I absolutely love that mocha taste it adds to these.

Making this for young kids? You may wan’t to leave out the ground coffee and add an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder instead. Unless you happen to not mind watching the kids bouncing off the walls, hyped up on coffee and sugar and presents!

But for the adults? Definitely include the coffee – it really brings all the flavours up a notch! Plus they may need that extra caffeine if a little too much eggnog was enjoyed on Christmas Eve. 😉

Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

Now the real holiday fun of these pancakes comes from the candy cane cheesecake topping. It was definitely our favourite part of these, and I can’t lie – I licked the bowl clean!

You can be creative with the candy cane cheesecake topping… either dollop a bunch on top of the pancake stack, or layer it in between the pancakes for some extra creaminess. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Serve it all up with some crushed candy cane sprinkled on top, and that is how you do a holiday breakfast.

Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

If you make these Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes please let me know! You can leave a comment below, rate it, post on the Zest & Simmer Facebook page or share photos on Instagram using the hashtag #zestandsimmer. I’d love to see it and I am always thrilled to hear from you!

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Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.

Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes - decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.
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Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes

Decadent and festive, these pancakes are the perfect breakfast for your holiday mornings! Fluffy mocha pancakes topped with candy cane cheesecake frosting are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and bring on the holiday cheer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake Pancakes
Author: Vanessa

Ingredients

For the Pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee (ground up if not already)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

For the Cheesecake Topping:

  • 4 oz cream cheese , softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened to room tempterature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 mini candy canes, crushed (or 1 regular)
  • optional: additional crushed candy cane for garnish

Instructions

For the Pancakes:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, instant coffee, cocoa, sugar and salt.
  • Add in egg, milk and butter and beat with an electric beater until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Heat skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Scoop about 1/4 cup servings of pancake batter onto the pan, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Transfer cooked pancakes onto a large plate, keeping warm in the oven. Repeat process until all  batter is used.

For the Cheesecake Topping:

  • In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add in powdered sugar, milk, peppermint extract, and crushed candy canes, beating until thoroughly combined. Mixture should be a thick frosting-like consistency.
  • Dollop/spread topping onto pancakes, adding additional crushed candy cane as garnish if desired. Servile while warm.

13 Comments


  1. Yum! These sound amazing! Perfect for Christmas Morning! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday Vanessa!


  2. I love a peppermint mocha as a little treat, so I’m sure I would love these pancakes as a breakfast treat! What a perfect recipe for Christmas morning! And that cheesecake topping is a nice touch!

  3. One of my favorite flavor combinations…mint and mocha! YUM! These looks amazing!

  4. One of my favorite flavor combinations…mint and mocha! These look amazing!


  5. What a perfect Christmas morning breakfast treat. I love the coffee in them, but I’m with you, for kids, the excitement is already enough without caffeinating them, too! Delicious!


  6. This is a perfect holiday breakfast and I know my kids would go absolutely crazy for this. I think I’ll make it for my niece and nephew too 🙂


  7. These pancakes look amazing and perfect for brunch! Can’t wait to try them on the weekend!

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