So my little boys had a friend over to spend the night with them and I wanted to make their morning very special with a really fun breakfast. Who wouldn't like pancakes, right? how about if they are like eating red velvet cake for breakfast? great idea! so after researching several websites, choosing from here and there, I came up with what I am sharing with you right now!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of kosher salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup melted and cooled unsalted butter, plus more for griddle
4teaspoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
Toasted, chopped pecans
For the Pancakes: Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a medium bowl until pale yellow; beat in the buttermilk, melted butter, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and fold just until incorporated.
Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly coat the hot skillet with melted butter. Pour 1/4-cupfuls of batter on the hot skillet, spaced evenly apart; use a spatula to spread out slightly if needed. Cook until bubbles begin to pop on the surface, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until the bottoms are set and the pancakes are cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining batter.
To serve, stack the pancakes on a pretty platter, drizzle the cream cheese and top it with syrup and sprinkle with the toasted pecans. Enjoy!