Peanut Butter Puppy Dog Pancakes

Posted by Lori:
This is a Rachael Ray recipe and is so much fun for kids to eat!  I like the idea of added protein in the pancakes with the addition of the peanut butter.  The peanut butter isn't too overwhelming, though.  I think a cute variation would be to make regular pancakes and add chocolate chips and make a spotted puppy dog.  Of course the chocolate chips could be added to these, as well. 

Peanut Butter Pancakes
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Whipped cream
12 chocolate chips
Strawberry Fruit Roll-Up, cut into 4 thin strips (I used a red gummy snack and cut it thinly into four pieces) 

In a large bowl, whicsk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  In a small bowl, beat together the milk, egg, peanut butter and butter until smooth.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.  Heat a nonstick griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Drop 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake and cook until it begins to puff and the bottom is golden, about 2 minutes.  Flip and cook until golden on the other side.  Repeat with the remaining batter; you will need 10 pancakes.  Place 1 pancake each on 4 plates.  Cut out 4 ovals from 2 more pancakes.  Cut the remaining 4 pancakes in half.  Top each whole pancake with 2 pancake halves for the ears, 1 oval for the muzzle, whipped cream for the fur, chocolate chips for the eyes and nose and a strip of Fruit Roll-Up for the tongue.

When I made this early yesterday morning I had no idea that it was IHOP's National Pancake Day.  Found that out later on in the day.  IHOP donates part of the money raised to Shriner's Hospital for Children.  What a great cause!

For more great recipes for your family, visit "Life's a Bowl of Cherries" @ www.3cherrycokes.blogspot.com

Ruff!! (That's dog-talk for "enjoy"!)
 

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