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Super cute and easy jack o lantern pancakes on a plate

Easy Jack-O-Lantern Pancakes

These super cute jack-o'-lantern pancakes are super easy to make and are as festive as it gets for a fun Halloween breakfast! They're made with your pancake mix of choice so they're versatile, and the kids will gobble them up faster than you can say "Trick or treat!"
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword food art, halloween, kid friendly
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 162kcal


  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Cookie scoop with release handle (or measuring cup)
  • Plastic sandwich bag (or piping bag)
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Large skillet
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Spatula


  • pancake batter made from mix or recipe of choice
  • orange food coloring or red + yellow food coloring
  • green food coloring
  • chocolate chips 9 per pancake


  • In large bowl, prepare pancake mix of choice as instructed in pancake recipe or on pancake mix box.
  • Remove approximately ⅕ of the prepared batter and transfer it to small bowl.
  • Add very small amount of orange food coloring (or red + yellow food coloring) to remaining batter in large bowl. Stir thoroughly to tint batter, adding additional food color in very small increments as needed to achieve desired shade of orange.
  • Repeat above step using green food coloring for pancake batter in small bowl.
    Pancake batters in bowls
  • Transfer green pancake batter from small bowl into plastic sandwich bag (or piping bag). Work batter down into one corner of sandwich bag and snip off corner tip, leaving small hole (approximately ⅕-inch wide). Prop cut corner of bag up when not actively in use to prevent batter leaking everywhere.
  • Preheat large skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Use cookie scoop or measuring cup to ladle approximately ⅓ cup of orange pancake batter into hot skillet. Let orange batter set.
  • "Pipe" green pancake batter into skillet, "drawing" a square/rectangle at top of orange circle to make stem. Fill in shape with additional green batter. Make sure green better actually touches orange batter, or stem won't stay connected to pumpkin.
  • Let pumpkin-shaped pancake cook until set on sides (it'll be more matte rather than glossy) and bubbles appear on side of pancake facing up. When bubbles appear, press chocolate chips onto orange circle to form jack-o-lantern face, with pointy ends of chocolate chips pointing toward green stem to resemble triangular cut-outs.
    Jack o lantern pancake in skillet
  • Once chocolate chips are placed, very carefully flip pancake over with spatula (pancake should be mostly cooked through before flipping). Cook approximately 15 seconds on second side. Be careful not to overcook this side or the jack-o-lantern face will be brown and the chocolate chips melted.
  • Transfer finished jack-o-lantern pancake to plate and keep warm. Repeat process with remaining batters. Serve warm as-is or with desired toppings.


  • Don't forget any ingredients you'll need to prepare the pancake mix - eggs, milk, etc.!
  • Make it Gluten Free: Use a gluten-free pancake mix or recipe.
  • Make it Low Carb/Keto: Use a keto pancake mix or recipe and use keto-friendly chocolate chips.
  • Make it Vegan: Use a vegan pancake mix or recipe and vegan chocolate chips.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use a dairy-free pancake mix or recipe and dairy-free chocolate chips.
  • Make it Paleo: Use a paleo pancake recipe, paleo chocolate chips, and natural food colorings (or make your own).
Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of pancakes you make.
Nutritional values depend entirely on the pancake batter you prepare and the type and number of chocolate chips you use. If you are in need of specific nutritional information, I highly recommend entering the ingredients and recipe you use into a food tracker and dividing by the number of pancakes you make.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 8g