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Cinnamon Heart Pancakes

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The cinnamon roll pancakes I first saw by Lori, aka Recipe Girl, gave me the idea to make cinnamon hearts on top of pancakes for Valentine’s Day. Kids like a little something special on holidays, so I thought I’d make these on Valentine’s Day morning – but really, the cinnamon-sugar mixture can be called into service for all kinds of special occasions. It’s easy to create letters, numbers (great on birthdays) – anything special to mark an occasion. I love the cinnamon hearts though, and they’re easy enough to make on a busy weekday morning.

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You mix up a paste of melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spoon it into a zip-lock bag and snip off a corner.

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The mixture is squeezed out onto pancake batter – it’s easy!

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Make sure you keep the heat low, so that the sugar doesn’t burn when you flip them.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cinnamon Heart Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
a shake of cinnamon (optional)
pinch salt
2 cups milk
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Cinnamon mixture:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon

In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon (if you’re using it) and salt. In another bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and oil until well blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined; don’t worry about getting all the lumps out.

In a small dish, stir together the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon. Spoon into a zip-lock bag, seal and let sit for a few minutes to thicken slightly.

Set a heavy skillet over medium heat and drizzle with oil. Ladle the batter onto the skillet, making the pancakes any size you like. Turn the heat down to medium low and snip a corner off the bag of cinnamon mixture. Squeeze out a heart on the surface of the pancake. Continue to cook for 2-4 minutes, until the bottom is golden and bubbles begin to appear on the edges of the surface. Use a thin, flat spatula to flip them over and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side, until golden.

Repeat with the remaining batter. If you want everyone to eat at the same time, keep finished pancakes uncovered in a 200ºF oven. Makes about 8 pancakes.

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