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Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Recipe By Tessa Arias
November 28th, 2016
4.8 from 5 votes
4.8 from 5 votes

Hot Chocolate Pancakes feature rich chocolate buttermilk pancakes with a thick chocolate fudge topping and garnish with mini marshmallows. Perfect for Christmas morning!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Make these for Christmas morning!! So delicious, and they take less than 30 minutes! We loved this Hot chocolate pancake recipe.

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Ultra rich and chocolaty, just like hot cocoa should be!
Texture: The pancakes are thick and tender but the rich and creamy fudge topping with sticky pillowy marshmallows just takes it to a whole new level.
Ease: Super easy, takes less than 30 minutes!
Pros: Fun and festive breakfast treat.
Cons: Not an everyday breakfast.
Would I make this again? Absolutely!!

There’s so much that goes into the magic of Christmas morning.

Hot Chocolate Pancakes feature rich chocolate buttermilk pancakes with a thick chocolate fudge topping and garnish with mini marshmallows.

The anticipation, the pajamas, the food, the music, the presents, the Christmas tree, and of course, the sense of family and giving. As a kid, unwrapping the last present is sort of depressing. That means it’s almost all over.

But that also meant it was almost time for Christmas breakfast, which made the depressing fact that presents were done with that much easier to accept. Our family tradition was almost always cinnamon rolls. This year, however, I think I’ll be making these Hot Chocolate Pancakes! As a chocoholic, this recipe satisfies all my cravings instantly.

Hot Chocolate Pancakes feature rich chocolate buttermilk pancakes with a thick chocolate fudge topping and garnish with mini marshmallows.

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4.8 from 5 votes

How to make
Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Hot Chocolate Pancakes feature rich chocolate buttermilk pancakes with a thick chocolate fudge topping and garnish with mini marshmallows. Perfect for Christmas morning!


For the fudge topping:

  • 3/4 cup (128 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

For the pancakes:

  • 1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Mini marshmallows, for garnish


Make the topping:

  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and cream until melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

Make the pancakes:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined. Do not overmix, it’s okay to have lumps. At this point the batter can rest, covered, for up to 30 minutes.
  3. Heat an electric griddle to 350°F, or a large nonstick pan to medium heat. Coat with butter. Pour batter by 1/4 cup onto the hot pan, spacing apart. Cook until the edges are set and bubbles have formed on the top, about 2 to 3 minutes. Gently flip and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until done.
  4. Keep cooked pancakes warm in the oven while you finish the batter and get ready to serve. Stack pancakes on plates and top with the fudge sauce and mini marshmallows.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    2pots2cook — December 1, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Very inviting idea ! Great bright photos ! Thank you !

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    Melinda — December 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

    If you have one, why not give those marshmallows a quick toasting with a crème brulee torch!? I’m definitely going to try this recipe out on my boys this year!

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      Tessa — December 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Absolutely! I try not to use mine in too many blog posts since I know most people don’t have one in their kitchen.

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    Miriam — December 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    If I wanted to make plain pancakes instead of the chocolate ones, how would the ingredients change for that? For example, the amount of butter

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    Connie — December 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Want to try these for Christmas. Says serves 4 but does any one know about how many there are if about 4 inches?

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    Pamela — February 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Oh my gosh! Looks damn delicious. Do you have a youtube channel? I can’t make it as tasty as you did.

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    ListElectronics — March 19, 2017 at 5:58 am

    It looks so delicious! I like them!

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    Sabrina — April 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

    had to dive into this recipe from the photo on the front page of your site, what a fund recipe! Christmas, or really any other day works for me, thank you for this and for the tip that you wouldn’t necessarily make this every day but still delicious, kinda like lobster cheesecake, super-rich and crazy but still really good!

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    Julia Kruz — May 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! Looks great Tessa. Should probably double my workout routine after eating it 🙂 Thanks

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    Sheenal — July 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Tried it last was a hit with my 7year old.Thank you

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    Jasmine — March 7, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Do I have to let the batter rest?

  11. #
    Thecrafty-woman — April 28, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Delicious my kids loved them:)

  12. #
    Kerri — October 8, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    These turned out so fluffy, moist and delicious! I doubled the recipe since there are six of us. I made a couple small changes due to high altitude, decreased baking powder and soda. I made a marshmallow sauce instead of regular marshmallows. My family loved them!

  13. #
    Gym — November 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Looks delicious. We need to make a chitmil.

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    Farah — December 28, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Tried it tasted it and loved it ❣️ The sauce was perfect.. my siblings and their lil ones were over for a slumber party .. a perfect breakfast.. mess free and super yummy (tip: makes some extra always everyone will be wanting more it’s that good!!)

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    Krystal Santillan — May 23, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    This was a great recipe! My kids absolutely loved it. It was rich though chocolate on chocolate with marshmallow whoa!

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      Tessa — May 24, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      The perfect weekend indulgence or holiday breakfast 🙂 Happy to hear they were a hit!

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    Suzanne — October 9, 2021 at 8:23 am

    The batter was very thin and made flat pancakes. Must you let it rest for awhile?

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      Emily — October 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Hi Suzanne! I’m sorry you had issues with your batter! Did you substitute any ingredients? I would suggest double checking your baking powder and baking soda to ensure they’re fresh. Check out this article HERE for more details on how to do that. The resting period isn’t required but is noted so you have time to heat up your griddle 🙂 I hope you give this recipe another try!

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