It happens to us EVERY holiday! We’re busy people. We usually have to be somewhere, or have people coming over, or have to cook. I wake up and start working in the kitchen and I get so busy that I forget to make us breakfast. Coffee doesn’t count as breakfast….did you know that btw?!? So we go about our day, running on caffeine, like it’s no big deal and then by dinner time we. are. actually. starving!!! Who can relate? But I’ve been trying to get better at that. On Christmas morning especially, everyone is excited about presents and not so much about breakfast. These Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites are sure to change that! They are very portable, extremely poppable, and just enough to get you through your hectic day! You can even eat them WHILE you’re opening presents!! Your kids will love that!!
Here’s all you’ll need: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, white vinegar, vanilla extract, an egg, butter, cream cheese, confectioners sugar, maple syrup, and pre cooked bacon (click the link for our No Mess Bacon Tutorial).
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, ½ tsp salt, and baking powder. Mix and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and vinegar together. Let stand for one minute. I know the vinegar sounds odd, but basically you are creating DIY buttermilk. Which leads me to my next point….you can sub in buttermilk if you like! Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and melted butter.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl.
Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon into each cup by the tablespoonful. Try not to be as messy as I was. I swear I really WAS trying to be neat! Wipe away any excess drips with a paper towel and pretend they didn’t happen. Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Next let’s make our frosting while the muffins are baking. These pancake bites are perfectly delicious all on their own, but let’s face it….MAPLE. BACON!!! Enough said! Add the cream cheese, maple syrup, and confectioners sugar to a small bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. (This was my hand mixers last run right here. RIP! We had a good run!)
Look at those cute lil treats!!! Are they pancakes? Are they muffins? Maybe a little of both! Loosen the edges with a butter knife and remove from the baking pan.
After trying out our No Mess Bacon tutorial, because why would you make bacon any other way?, crumble into small pieces. Think bacon sprinkles!!!
Once pancake bites are cool enough to handle, dip in the maple glaze and then top with bacon “sprinkles”. The glaze is a bit sticky so you’ll want to lick your fingers, errr…., I mean, wash your hands when you’re done!
Serve warm ad enjoy! I love these hot out of the oven, but I’ve also had them cold and they are still fabulous. I’ve made them ahead of time and reheated and yep! Still good. I’ve microwaved them for a few seconds and they were still delish. Pop them back in the oven and yes still yummy too! Just be sure to refrigerate any leftovers….that is, if you have any!
Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 Tbs. baking powder
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 Tbs. white vinegar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 eggs
- 1/4 stick butter, melted
- FOR THE ICING:
- 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/8 cup real maple syrup
- FOR THE TOPPING:
- 1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and finely chopped
- Step 1 Cook and crumble bacon. Set aside.
- Step 2 In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, ½ tsp salt, and baking powder. Mix and set aside.
- Step 3 In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and vinegar together. Let stand for one minute. Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and melted butter.
- Step 4 Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Step 5 Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon into each cup by the tablespoonful. Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Step 6 Add the cream cheese, maple syrup, and confectioners sugar to a small bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
- Step 7 Once pancake bites are cool enough to handle, dip in the maple glaze and then top with bacon. Serve warm ad enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers.
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