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Fun and festive, these pancake nachos are the perfect holiday breakfast to kick off Christmas in style! They’re mini pancakes with Nutella, strawberry topping, candy cane sprinkles, and more. Everyone will love these Christmas pancakes, from the youngest member of the family to the most senior. They are sweet, cute, and totally delicious. They would also be great for Valentine’s Day, too.

A Christmas pancake adorned with whipped cream and strawberries. They are stacked like nachos and can be made on Valentine's day too.

This indulgent breakfast is what Christmas is all about! There are plenty of pancake recipes to choose from but you’ll want to make something extra-special for the holidays and these sweet and fluffy pancakes are wonderful.

Craving more breakfast fun? Check out this baked French toast maple cinnamon skillet recipe, this sheet pan eggs benedict or make this loaded bagel breakfast bake casserole. This carrot cake slow cooker oatmeal is also delicious.

Christmas pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries. Perfect for Valentine's day too..

Why You’ll Love Them

Easy:  The recipe is made using frozen mini pancakes so you don’t have to mess around with pancake batter. It’s so simple to make, as you just cook the frozen pancakes and add the toppings and garnishes, and that’s all!
Delicious: Anyone with a sweet tooth is going to adore these mini pancakes. In fact, even if you don’t typically indulge in something sweet, Christmas breakfast is an exception to your normal breakfast rules, so why not treat yourself to these wonderful pancakes nachos style?
Customizable: Feel free to customize this however you wish. The grownups might like a splash of liqueur while the little ones might want whipped cream on theirs and maybe some blueberries or peach slices.

A plate of pancakes topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

Ingredients for Christmas Breakfast Pancakes

You’ll need a package of frozen mini pancakes, Nutella, strawberry topping, strawberries, vanilla icing, and candy cane sprinkles to make this festive feast.

Mini Christmas pancakes with strawberries and Nutella on a plate surrounded by candy canes.

How to Make Breakfast Pancakes

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Let the mini pancakes cook:  Microwave them in batches for a minute or until they’re warm, then arrange on a serving platter.
Add the toppings: Drizzle over some strawberry topping, then add chopped fresh strawberries, Nutella, icing, and a whole strawberry in the middle. Add icing around the strawberry and on top so it looks like a Santa hat.
The finishing touches: Sprinkle candy cane pieces on top of your Christmas pancakes, then serve warm.

A plate of strawberry pancakes with whipped cream and candy canes, perfect for those craving mini pancakes with strawberries and Nutella.

Substitutions and Variations

Wide open to interpretation, this recipe is yours to tweak as much or as little as you wish. Just about anything sweet works as a topping, so get creative, see what you have in the pantry, and have fun decorating the pancakes.

A Santa hat topped with strawberries and whipped cream, perfect for a festive Christmas breakfast for kids.

Use anything from mini marshmallows to nuts, raisins, cinnamon sugar (for cinnamon roll pancakes) or gingerbread syrup (for gingerbread pancakes).

Christmas pancakes topped with santa hats and candy canes.

Some melted butter is also good, or perhaps you want a drizzle of maple syrup, some sweetened cream cheese with fresh fruit, or some powdered sugar on your festive pancakes.

Indulge in a delightful plate of fluffy pancakes adorned with fresh strawberries and topped with a dollop of luscious whipped cream, perfect for a festive holiday treat or a fun-filled breakfast

How to Serve Pancakes for Christmas

Serve these warm, as soon as they’re ready. If you want to pair something else with them, consider a savory item like breakfast muffins with boiled eggs or any of these breakfast dish ideas.

Kids breakfast of pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

Don’t make too much, though, because you’ll want everyone hungry again later for their Christmas dinner!

How to Store Christmas Morning Pancakes

Store:  Although leftovers can be kept refrigerated for a couple of days, these are so much nicer served freshly made, so only make as much as you think will be eaten.
Freeze: This isn’t a great recipe for freezing. If you have leftovers, either pop them in the fridge or throw them out. This Christmas morning breakfast deserves to be served fresh, as it’s so quick to make anyway.

A plate of pancakes topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

Adorable Christmas Pancakes FAQs

Why is this dish called pancake nachos?

Nachos are typically made with tortilla chips arrange on a plate and topped with tasty toppings. Similarly, this Christmas pancakes recipe is made with mini pancakes which are arranged in a circular pattern on a serving plate and topped with your favorite sweet treats! This fun and simple recipe might well become one of your Christmas morning traditions!

What can you use if you can’t find mini pancakes?

You can make your own pancake batter or you can buy regular size pancakes and use a pizza wheel to cut them into wedges – in fact, that way they’d resemble nachos even more because of their triangular shape!

Kids breakfast of pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

Christmas Pancake Recipe

5 from 45 votes

Pancake Nachos

By: Bella Bucchiotti
There are plenty of pancake recipes to choose from but these sweet and fluffy pancake nachos are wonderful for Christmas or Valentine's Day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 40 mini pancakes, frozen
  • ¼ Cup Nutella
  • ¼ Cup strawberry topping
  • 5 strawberries, diced
  • icing, vanilla
  • sprinkles, candy cane


  • Start by separating your frozen mini pancakes into 3 separate batches and microwave each batch for about 1 minute or until warm.
  • Fill your plate with pancakes in a circular motion.
  • Drizzle your pancakes with strawberry topping. I warmed mine up for about a minute to make it easier to pour.
  • Top with diced strawberries.
  • Drizzle with Nutella. Again warm it up for about one minute to make it easier to pour.
  • Pipe icing onto the top. Add a whole strawberry in the middle. Pipe icing around the strawberry and on top of it to create a Santa hat.
  • Sprinkle with candy cane sprinkles.
  • Serve pancakes warm.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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Christmas pancakes are an unusual recipe made with mini pancakes. It’s a beautiful dish to serve on Christmas morning and only takes 15 to 20 minutes to prepare from scratch, including the cooking time. You can make the recipe as it is or add your own touches such as chocolate chips, mini marshmallows or any other sweet toppings you like.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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