Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pancakes

I am starting to see that I am hooked on pumpkin. I made pumpkin puree out of three pie pumpkins so I am trying to be creative, coming up with unique dishes involving the puree. This is my fourth post involving pumpkins but I think that it is my favourite one.

Our family loves to have breakfast food at dinner time and pancakes are always in demand with the kids. Each time we have pancakes I am amazed how many our kids can eat. By adding some pumkin puree and pumpkin pie spices, the pancakes came out moist and flavour was present but not overpowering. The kids loved them.

As I thought about these pancakes I realized they are the shape of a pumpkin. I immediately knew that the kids would get a kick out of them if I decorated them to look like a jack-o-lantern. Looking around for ideas and inspiration in the kitchen I found a margarine container lid. Using an x-acto knife the lid made a perfect stencil.

Ben, my oldest son, ran in the Toronto North District cross country race and came in fifth. He advanced to the all-city race next week. At dinner time he was hungry and, as usual, ate a huge portion of pancakes. All three of the kids loved that the pancakes were decorated, particularly liking the ones with nutella. But really, who doesn’t like nutella?

Mix the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sift the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk in the wet ingredients in until combined.

Fold in the stiff egg whites. Continue to fold them into the batter gently until the lumps are gone.

Pan fry on a griddle or pan a few minutes on each side. I used the lid of a margarine container to make the stencil and cut the shape out with an x-acto knife.

Place the stencil on the pancake and shake some icing sugar on top. Remove the stencil and you have a jack-o-lantern pancake. A perfect Halloween treat!

My kids loved the icing sugar pancakes but went ‘through the roof’ when I made some with nutella!!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • icing sugar
  • nutella (optional)


  • In a blender, mix the pumpkin puree, milk, egg yolks, molasses and brown sugar until it is a smooth consistency.
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and spices together. Pour in the wet ingredients and, using a whisk, stir until just combined.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter gently until the lumps are gone.
  • Make a jack-o-lantern stencil with the lid of a margarine container and an x-acto knife.
  • Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup pour the batter on a griddle or frypan. Griddle should be set to 350F or the stovetop element should be medium/high heat. Cook for about 3 minutes per side. Pancakes should be a light brown colour.
  • Place the stencil on the pancake and shake some icing sugar on top. Remove the stencil and you have a jack-o-lantern pancake.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. What a fun Halloween treat!!

  2. I can see why your kids loved these! I bet the whipped egg white made for some delicious fluffy pancakes~

  3. great idea 🙂
    greetings from switzerland

  4. These look so delicious and I love the idea of the pumpkin faces! Brilliant! 🙂

  5. Well after seeing this, I will need to make use of my griddle for some pancakes! I like the ingredients on your pancake recipe-yum. Great crafty presentation in time for halloween-well done.

  6. I love the addition of whipped egg whites and the stencil makes them super cute!

  7. Wow. I’m definitely going to have to get festive and make these up!!!
    They look delicious.

  8. Oh my gosh, that stencil idea is brilliant! You could do all kinds of shapes. I love that 🙂 Oh, and pumpkin pancakes don’t sound half bad either!

  9. Love this! What a fantastic and fun way to enjoy my favorite meal of the day. Especially love the Nutella. I’m going to have to start my morning off tomorrow with a batch of these. Buzzed! Happy Weekend!! 🙂

  10. This sounds amazing! Even better that it was breakfast at dinner!

  11. What a great Halloween treat!!! I love that stencil.

  12. What a great idea. Kids love it when you make their food just a little special.

  13. I love this! What a fantastic idea. Buzzed it!

  14. Very nicely done with those pancakes!! I should start thinking seriously about the approaching Halloween 🙂 It’s a good thing there are such recipes to inspire me!

  15. These are adorable! I especially love the nutella version! What a treat for your kids, they are lucky to have you cooking for them!

  16. I agree–adorable pancakes. You’re such an imaginative cook. I enjoy visiting!


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