Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes

“He’s a mean one…” and I’m talking a mean stack of fluffy and delicious Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes–complete with green whipped cream!

There’s no need to bundle the kids, load everyone into the car, and trudge through the snow to get your buttery, rich Grinch Pancake fix, when it’s so easy to make them at home from basic pantry ingredients.

I can’t think of a better way to start Christmas morning than with fluffy green stacks of Grinch Pancakes!

how do you make copycat ihop grinch pancakes?

Whipping up a batch of homemade Grinch Pancakes is even easier than it was for the Grinch to steal all of the Whos’ Christmas decorations! {giggle}

If you’ve made homemade pancake mix (and even if you haven’t) you’ve got this! There are just a couple of extra steps to make the glaze and green whipped cream, but you will make this in way less time than an actual IHOP trip would take–especially during the busy holiday season! (This post contains affiliate links).

There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by making yummy copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes with your little ones!

This Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes Recipe

  • Yields: 6-8 pancakes, depending on size
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes - Ingredients: flour, milk, sugar, oil, red heart-shaped sprinkles, an egg, green food coloring, baking powder, and salt - Kids Activities Blog
Aside from the heart-shaped sprinkles (linked in the ingredients list), you most likely already have the rest of the Grinch Pancakes ingredients in your fridge and pantry: flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, an egg, milk (or buttermilk), vegetable or canola oil, green food coloring, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.

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Pancakes 

Glaze 

Green Whipped Cream (enough for pancakes and hot chocolate or chocolate milk)

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream 
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract  **see notes
  • Green food coloring 

Decoration

 

instructions to make copycat ihop grinch pancakes

Glaze

Step 1

Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.

Don’t forget–if you want to keep your glaze a crisp white, use clear vanilla!

Step 2

Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.

Try not to eat all of the glaze straight from the bowl so that you have enough for your Grinch Pancakes!

Step 3

Set aside.

Mix until smooth, and then set aside until you make your stack of Grinch Pancakes!

Whipped Cream

Step 1

In a large bowl or a bowl of the stand mixer, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form.

There’s nothing better than homemade whipped cream–especially when you make it a pretty shade of green!

Step 2

Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

Once peaks stiff peaks form, you are ready to add some festive color for your Grinch Pancake topping!

Step 3

Stir in a few drops of food coloring at a time until desired consistency.

Less is always more when it comes to food coloring! You can always add a touch more if needed.

Step 4

Transfer to piping bag fitted with a large star tip or round tip.

Get fancy with a star piping tip!

Pancakes

Step 1

Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to large measuring cup or mixing bowl and whisk together.

Ready to make some mean, green Grinch Pancakes for these creamy and delicious toppings?!

Step 2

Add egg, milk and oil to dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients to combine evenly.

Step 3

Stir in a few drops of food coloring at a time until desired color is reached.

This batter is such a brilliant shade of green that it would actually make The Grinch jealous!

Step 4

Heat griddle and spray with cooking spray.

Cooking spray will save the day and keep your Grinch Pancakes from sticking!

Step 5

Scoop pancake batter onto hot griddle and cook 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Keep a close eye on your Grinch Pancakes so that they don’t burn. After all of this hard work, you want to protect this glorious golden shade of green at all costs!

Step 6

Flip and cook on other side 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 7

Remove from griddle and keep warm while repeating with remaining pancake batter.

Step 8

When all the pancakes are done, assemble them by stacking 2-3 pancakes, then spoon glaze over top, and pipe on whipped cream.

How gorgeous are these Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes?! You really don’t need to leave the house for a restaurant-quality breakfast!

Step 9

Decorate with red heart sprinkles.

Step 10

Serve immediately.

Step 11

Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Note:

Serve with hot chocolate, chocolate or white milk.

Decorate with remaining whipped cream and more heart sprinkles. 

Clear Vanilla Extract – using clear is best if you want the glaze to be white. You can also use regular vanilla extract.

Pro-Tip: Christmas morning is chaotic and busy–the last thing you want is to be tied up in the kitchen. Cut some steps out by making the pancakes ahead of time and storing them in the fridge overnight.

Then, you can make the glaze and whipped cream fresh on Christmas morning while reheating the pancakes to save yourself some time!

Green and fluffy Grinch Pancakes with the creamiest glaze, and airy green whipped cream will get you in the holiday spirit!

How to make gluten free copycat ihop grinch pancakes

If you (or your kiddos) have a gluten sensitivity or allergy, you haven’t been able to enjoy IHOP’s Grinch Pancakes in the restaurant, unfortunately.

The good news is that you can totally make gluten free Grinch Pancakes at home by swapping out a couple of ingredients!

Opt for a good gluten free flour to start. Also, double check that you have gluten free baking powder.

Make sure that the vanilla extract (the one linked above is gluten free!), and all of your other ingredients are gluten free, and are not made in a facility where they might be exposed to wheat or gluten (it should tell you this on the package label).

Stored properly, homemade Grinch Pancakes can last from days to months!

How do you store grinch pancakes

If you even have any leftovers {giggle}, properly package your Grinch Pancakes in airtight storage containers, and then you can keep them in the fridge for 2-3 days.

If stored in airtight containers or freezer bags, pancakes last in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Pro Tip: Separate pancakes with pieces of wax paper before freezing to help with breaking them apart when you want to reheat them. I love these precut wax paper squares! SO convenient!

 

Yield: 6-8 pancakes, depending on size

Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes

Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes

This is the PERFECT Christmas morning breakfast idea! Fluffy, buttery Grinch pancakes with bright green whipped cream and red heart sprinkles! Skip IHOP and make your own at home!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Pancakes:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • Green food coloring
  • Glaze:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract **see notes
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Green Whipped Cream (enough for pancakes and hot chocolate or chocolate milk):
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract **see notes
  • Green food coloring
  • Decoration:
  • Red heart sprinkles

Instructions

Glaze

  1. Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. 
  3. Set aside.

Whipped Cream 

  1. In a large bowl or a bowl of the stand mixer, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  3. Stir in a few drops of food coloring at a time until desired consistency.
  4. Transfer to piping bag fitted with a large star or round tip.

Pancakes

  1. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to large measuring cup or mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Add egg, milk and oil to dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. Stir in a few drops of food coloring at a time until desired color is reached.
  4. Heat griddle and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Scoop pancake batter onto hot griddle and cook 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Flip and cook on other side 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from griddle and keep warm while repeating with remaining pancake batter.
  8. When all the pancakes are done, assemble them by stacking 2-3 pancakes, then spoon glaze over top, and pipe on whipped cream. 
  9. Decorate with red heart sprinkles. 
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Store leftovers in refrigerator. 

Notes

Serve with hot chocolate, chocolate or white milk

Decorate with remaining whipped cream and more heart sprinkles 

Clear Vanilla Extract - using clear is best if you want the glaze to be white. You can also use regular vanilla extract.

 

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