Happiness Is…Recipe: Chocolate Pancakes with Cream Cheese and Strawberries

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Happiness is Friday!  Even though we just had a two-day school week, I am so happy that it is Friday.

PhotobucketHappiness is planning a birthday celebration for my oldest boy.  He asked me if it was hard for me to hear that he is turning 9.  When I admitted that it is, he said, “Do not worry, Momma.  I still have lots and lots and lots of years at home.”  I love my sweet boy.  He always knows just what to say.

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Happiness is believing in yourself.

PhotobucketHappiness is puppy dogs.  I read once that people who have dogs live longer.  It is good for your heart.  Whether it is true or not, I know that our dog brings us happiness each day.

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Happiness is jumping on the trampoline.  The littles do it almost every day this time of the year, and just listening to their fun makes me happy.

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Happiness is Chocolate Pancakes.  I made pancakes on Wednesday when the littles and I had our lazy mid-morning breakfast.  They all have their favorites.  Gabriel likes them plain with syrup, Summer likes them plain without syrup,  Ethan prefers chocolate chip, and Sean likes them with blackberry sauce and whipped cream.  No, I do not make that many different kinds each time.  But, luckily, it is easy to do when I have the extra time because I use the same basic recipe for all of them, and all I had to do for these chocolate ones was to add in some cocoa powder.  To me, it is all about the special toppings on these, though.  I made a cream cheese filling and chopped up the strawberries.  Perfection….and happiness.

Chocolate Pancakes with Cream Cheese and Strawberries

Chocolate Pancakes with Cream Cheese and Strawberries

Ingredients

Pancakes

3/4 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Filling

8 oz. package cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

Strawberry Topping

Strawberries, diced

Instructions

    Preparing the Pancakes
  1. Add the butter to a large mixing bowl, and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove it from the microwave, and add the egg and vanilla.
  3. Slowly whisk in the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture, and stir to combine.
  5. Preheat the griddle to 375.
  6. Using a small ladle, add about 1/4 cup of the pancake mixture to the griddle, one scoop at a time. I usually cook about 6 at a time on my griddle. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until it starts to bubble a little, and then flip. Cook on that side for about 2-3 minutes, and then move from the griddle to a plate.
  7. Continue until all of the mixture has been used. This recipe makes about 10 medium-sized pancakes.
  8. Preparing the Cream Cheese Filling
  9. Add the cream cheese and vanilla to a mixer and cream until fluffy.
  10. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  11. Putting It All Together
  12. Once the pancakes are cooked, place them onto a cutting board. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the heart (if you want a theme) shapes.
  13. Pipe the cream cheese filling around the outside of the pancake.
  14. Put the strawberries in the center.
  15. Enjoy!
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/02/10/happiness-is-recipe-chocolate-pancakes-with-cream-cheese-and-strawberries/

Have a happy weekend!

I shared this recipe at Kitchen Fun, Jennifer Cooks, Mom Trends, Dwell on Joy, Whipperberry, Rattlebridge Farm, 30 Days, Ladybird Ln, Simply Sweet Home, Alli ‘n Sons and Tidy Mom.

Happiness Is…Recipe: Red Velvet Pancakes

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Happiness is Christmas break!

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Happiness is going out of town to celebrate an early Christmas with some special people.

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Happiness is a baby’s 1st Christmas.

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Happiness is having a sweet, loving husband.

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Happiness is 16 days together as a family.

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Happiness is three amazing littles.

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Happiness is trying something new for breakfast.  Especially when that something new is in the form of a family favorite.

Pancakes are always a morning hit.  Even though my littles are not huge breakfast eaters, they always come back and forth all morning to finish eating the last of the pancakes.  My Ethan can seriously eat 4-5 pancakes throughout the course of a morning grazing session.  And, he absolutely loved these.  Each time he would go back for more, he would look at me with his sweet, crooked smile, with his eyes pleading with me to say “yes” just one more time.  So, of course, I said, “Yes, Ethan, you can have another one” no less than 5 times that morning.

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes

This Red Velvet Pancakes recipe came from That's So Yummy.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 large eggs

1-1/2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons red food coloring

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring and vanilla.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry, and mix just until combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips and fold in batter.
  5. Pour about 1/3 cup onto medium/high griddle and lightly brown on both sides.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve with maple syrup.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/12/16/happiness-is-recipe-red-velvet-pancakes/

Have a happy weekend!

I have shared this recipe at Whipperberry, Designs by Gollum, Jane Deere, and Tidy Mom.

Life is Better with Chocolate – Recipe: Chocolate Pancakes

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There are certain things in life that make everything better.

Puppy dog kisses.

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Sweet cuddles with sweet littles.

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A wonderful husband.

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A beautiful fall day….a snow day…a sunny day…and a rainy day. To everything there is a season.

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Whipped cream…especially when there is a cute little guy licking it straight off the lid.

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And…chocolate…chocolate makes everything better.

Before I met Sean, I honestly was not that much of a chocolate person.  Give me the bride’s cake before the groom’s cake any day.  Sean was the chocoholic.  But, over time, it became one of my favorite things, as well.  And, now…it is a toss-up between the cakes…usually ending with a piece of both.

When I made the pancakes, I honestly was not sure if the chocolate would kind of overwhelm what is already a naturally good pancake.  Never fear.  The chocolate honestly made these pancakes even better.  And, of course, the whipped cream, strawberries, and raspberries took it up a few notches, too.

Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate Pancakes

Ingredients

3/4 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to a large mixing bowl, and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove it from the microwave, and add the egg and vanilla.
  3. Slowly whisk in the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture, and stir to combine.
  5. Preheat the griddle to 375.
  6. Using a small ladle, add about 1/4 cup of the pancake mixture to the griddle, one scoop at a time. I usually cook about 6 at a time on my griddle. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until it starts to bubble a little, and then flip. Cook on that side for about 2-3 minutes, and then move from the griddle to a plate.
  7. Continue until all of the mixture has been used. This recipe makes about 12 medium-sized pancakes.
  8. Serve with whipped cream, strawberries, and raspberries.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/11/09/life-is-better-with-chocolate-recipe-chocolate-pancakes-2/

Enjoy!

I have shared this recipe at Mom’s Crazy Cooking, Hugs & Cookies, Blue Cricket Design, Good Cheap Eats, My Sweet and Savory, This Chick Cooks, Sugar and Dots, Lil’ Luna, and The King’s Court.