Apple Pie Pancake dippers are my answer to the busiest time of the day—breakfast! These mini pancakes are packed with apple and spice flavor for breakfast on the go.
I don't know about you but, for me, breakfast is the craziest part of the day. No matter how many times I declare that we are going to sit down together for a "family breakfast" with healthy food and fun conversation before starting our day, two days later I find myself frantically hunting for my car keys and the lost sock to the baseball uniform while grabbing pop tarts and rushing everyone out the door.
No more! I've decided to embrace the chaos. It's just part of me... part of who I am... one of the many things that make me... well... fascinating and magical... Ok, ok! I know you can hear my kids laughing in the background.
A few years ago, I came up with the idea of turning pancakes into finger foods that are perfect for breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. My Blueberry Ricotta "Pancake Dippers" are small enough for little children to dip into syrup without getting crumbs all over the place.
Since then, I bake them in several of my family's favorite flavors. I also make them any time that we need a breakfast that my kids can grab on their way out the door and eat on their way to school or running for the bus. They have become the perfect answer to the "Morning Madness.
These are really easy to make. I whip up the pancake batter and bake them in non-stick Madeleine pans (I use two pans to bake them even faster). You can use small muffin tins, if you wish, just be sure to only put about ¼ inch of batter in each muffin cup. The pancake dippers should be about ½ inch thick when baked.
I use fresh apples this recipe but, you can switch to canned apples to make this an even faster and easier recipe.
I hope you try these Apple Pie Pancake Dippers or their sister, Blueberry Ricotta Pancake Dippers. My family LOVES them and I can't seem to bake them fast enough. My kids eat them as fast as I can get them out of the oven without syrup!
You can fill a paper lunch sack with the Pancake Dippers then, dust them with a little powdered sugar and skip the syrup altogether.
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- 1 large Granny Smith apple
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Powdered sugar for garnish, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel and core the apple, then dice it into small, ¼ inch chunks. Melt the butter in a small sauté pan and add the apple. Saute the apple until it softens. Stir in the cinnamon and brown sugar. Continue cooking until the brown sugar thickens into caramel and the apples begin to breakdown. Set aside to cool.
- Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
- Lightly beat the milk and egg together and pour into the well of the flour mixture. Gradually, mix the flour into the milk mixture until just blended.
- Fold the apples into the batter.
- Prepare a madeleine pan or mini-muffin tin with cooking spray or softened butter. Spoon batter into the molds and bake until the edges of the pancakes are golden brown, about 8 minutes.
They look wonderful. I'm happy to find another use for madeleine pans; they usually just take up room in the cupboard, waiting for the rare occasion ( very rare) that I make madeleines.
I have a ? could you make these ahead of time , and reheat in the microwave , put on some powder sugar, and send the kids out the door?
These look delicious!!
They look so delicious! I need to make these this weekend for the kids. I think they will love them. Thanks so much for the recipe as I'm always looking for new ones to add to my recipe collection.
Took down this recipe, I have to make these. Thank you so much for sharing. These will be perfect for our Grandkids.
I have to make these, they will be perfect for our Grand kids. I hate sleeves in syrup! I took down this recipe to make them!
Oh my goodness, these sound wonderful. I am definitely going to try these out. Thanks for sharing
Oh my goodness, you are a genius! 🙂 these sound, look amazing! I make a lemon ricotta pancake with fresh blueberry sauce that my family loves but not travel friendly. I also have 2 vegetarians that I've been struggling to find new creative foods for them & these will be perfect! Thanks for sharing, you've given me a great start.:)
Oh those look so good! Our little one would love those for breakfast. I have to try them! He loves the ones he can dip in the syrup! Haha..the messier the better 🙂
Great idea for busy mornings. This is a recipe that everyone including my husband and children would enjoy.
These look delicious! My kids will love them!
This is the perfect fun, Fall breakfast and I love that it's small for my young children's tiny hands! This sounds awesome and I will definitely be making it this weekend!
This sounds delicious and so easy to make.
Oh my these look heavenly!!! Thanks for sharing!
This is a great idea for breakfast!I would love to try and make these so i could have something different in the morning.
These look delicious! My family would love them!!
These look really good. I am going to try and make these for the kids.
This look so good! I can not wait to try them.
These sound so good. I have to make them for one of our special breakfasts.
They sound Super.
SOmething that I want to give a try!
What a tasty looking breakfast recipe. I can definitely see using these for mornings when we're running out the door.
Theses look real yummy I like to try some
Umm, these are brilliant! The perfect breakfast for these mornings when we're running short on time. I'm putting this on my list to make ASAP! And now I have a great excuse to get one of those madeleine pans...
Thank you for the recipe. These looks so delicious. We will try these out.
these look so good,,i would love to try these
These Apple Pie Pancake Dippers look & sound too delicious to be breakfast food! I didn't read if the batter can be frozen or the dippers themselves?? I would try different fillings & also sprinkle them with powered sugar - yum!!
These look so yummy!
Oh this sounds delicious! It would make a perfect Christmas Eve breakfast for the family.
Aha! I finally have an irresistible excuse to buy madeleine pans (multiple pans for house and boat!). Thanks - I think - Sandy, these little apple pie pancake bites sound dangerously delicious.
That's clever to use those pans to make finger pancakes.
These look absolutely delicious!! I bet my son would even like them!
These look absolutely delicious!! I'm sure my six year old son would really enjoy these!!
These look really good. I am sure it is something my son would enjoy as well.