Making Pancake Letters: Let your preschooler cook breakfast!

My son loves being a helper and was thrilled when he got to make lunch for us today! We are eating pancakes – yummy! How fun is it to mix breakfast with learning our letters! We have a set of cookie cutters that are in the shapes of capital letters (thanks Laney). Here is a tip that we use to decrease the likelihood of massive pancake batter spills while using cookie cutters to make pancakes in particular shapes, maybe it will help you!

We used a dry pancake mix as it is easier for Z to measure out and pour with fewer ingredients to deal with.   He loved pouring the mix, the milk and breaking the egg!

Once the batter was mixed I lined a pint canning jar with a sandwich baggie.   We then filled the bag with batter and sealed the top of the bag.   This really saves on cleanup!


Then we took our cookie cutters and dipped them into butter to grease both sides, laid them on a hot griddle.   Cut the corner out of the baggie of pancake batter and filled the cookie cutters.

I should have been a bit more patient getting the letter pancakes out, I cracked a few, but they were still great for dipping in maple syrup!   Yummy!

If you are looking for Alphabet Cutters, here’s a nice set!


For other breakfast ideas, check out these posts:

Homemade Granola Bars

Freezable Breakfast Burritos

Peanut Butter & Banana Pancake Sandwiches



  1. I so want to do this. My daughter (3 years) loves loves loves to help in the kitchen. I know she’d love to squeeze out these pancakes, but I so worry about her getting burned on the pan and/or the stove (sadly, we have an electric flat top – I miss my gas!). Can you share how you do this to lessen the chance of burns – or is your little guy older?

    Thanks, I just adore your fun ideas!
    .-= Kiy´s last blog ..DC Trip =-.

  2. We use a flat griddle over our electric cooktop – it is the kind that cools really quickly, the edges of it don’t get hot (unfortunately if you want evenly cooked pancakes). I stand right next to my son (age 2) as he squeezes. I have also done this with my three year old. Because it is in the bag already, I don’t need to focus on anything but them when they are “cooking”. After he squeezes out the batter he is done helping. I do the flipping on my own 🙂

  3. Thank you. Hmmm, I didn’t know I could put a flat griddle on my electric cooktop. Will have to look into that. I may have to start slow, but now’s you’ve given me the courage to even think about it! Thanks again, Kiy
    .-= Kiy´s last blog ..DC Trip =-.

  4. It is just a metal one, not the kind you plug in – we found ours for ten bucks at Walmart. Hope you enjoy cooking with your youngster.

  5. wow, that looks like so much fun, and you made it look so easy. Normally that would be something I would avoid, because of mess, but now I think I will give it a try!

  6. Awesome idea!! I love this! Thanks, Rachel!

  7. I just discovered your blog and wanted to just say hello and how much I love your posts! This seems like such a fun idea especially given that I have a 3 year old son that LOVES to help mommy in the kitchen. I will definitely have to try this out sometime as I know that he will just eat this up! (literally, ha!)

  8. We love this, we’ll be linking up on our DIY Literacy Projects. Stop by and visit and grab our “featured” button. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a fun idea! I think that even older kids would love to make some of those for breakfast. I host a recipe swap every week and I’d love for you to come by and show off a recipe or two. Have a blessed day 🙂

  10. this is great! Mine dont even become round… this is much better 🙂

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