Halloween Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup


Kick Halloween morning off with a fun breakfast! The whole family will be “dying” to make their own “spooky pancakes”

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There’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Pumpkin pancakes are always a favorite during the fall, and when I saw this idea at I knew I had to make them for Halloween!

Eating these pumpkin pancakes is so much more fun when you can draw your own design with the black cinnamon syrup.  Not surprisingly the kids LOVED showing off their Pancake Picassos.

I don’t know about you, but we love breakfast for dinner!  So before they go door to door for candy, you could make this Spooktacular breakfast for dinner!

Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup

Yield: 16

Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup


  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 TBSP melted butter
  • 5 TBSP canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • few drops of orange gel food coloring
  • Black Cinnamon Syrup (recipe from Not Martha)
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • black food coloring gel


  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with no stick spray.
  2. Combine eggs, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Use an electric mixer to blend ingredients.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet
  5. ingredients and blend with mixer until smooth. Add just a few drops of gel food coloring until you get a nice orange (it doesn’t take much).
  6. Pour or scoop the batter onto hot skillet, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  7. When the batter stops bubbling and edges begin to harden, flip the
  8. pancakes. They should be golden brown. This will take from 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Flip the pancakes and cook other side for the same amount of time, until
  10. golden brown.
  11. Black Cinnamon Syrup
  12. In a saucepan combine all ingredients except for the food coloring gel. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  13. As it starts to heat, add in a little of the black food coloring and mix in, add more until it’s as dark as can be (it doesn’t take much). Allow it to boil for a few moments until the mixture has thickened.
  14. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to put into a Squeeze Bottle.


Note: You can make the syrup the night before and warm it by dipping the squeeze bottle in a bowl of warm water.

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There’s nothing SCARY about making these pancakes!

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Supplies used for Black Cinnamon Syrup

More Spooktacualr Halloween meal ideas:

Halloween Mummy Dogs!  

Halloween pancakes

Halloween Eyeball Pudding Treats for dessert!

Do you make any special food for Halloween?


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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

96 Responses to “Halloween Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup”

  1. Angie posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:30 am (#)

    These are soooo cute Cheryl!! I think I might even be able to handle them. :)

  2. Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:33 am (#)

    My kids would love these!!! I love the orange and black color of the pancakes and syrup. Looking forward to meeting you in Napa.

  3. Stacey posted on October 21, 2010 at 9:03 am (#)

    The chocolate spider web is so adorable! I wish I could try to recreate something similar, but I am afraid mine won’t come out so neat. I guess a pumpkin is a bit easier to draw.

  4. Kristen posted on October 21, 2010 at 10:04 am (#)

    Those are awesome, Cheryl. You are such a fun mama!

  5. JehanP posted on October 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm (#)

    Wow these are adorable! Great idea for Halloween.

  6. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm (#)

    I love, love, love, love, love these.

    Let me tell you how I really feel…

  7. Wenderly posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm (#)

    O.k. *seriously* how stinkin cute is that?? LOVE it Cheryl!

  8. Kare posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm (#)

    These are adorable. I’d never be able to create such cute (and recognizable) drawings with the syrup, but I’ll just convince myself the black blobs are Halloweeny in their own way.

  9. naomi posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm (#)

    These are darling. I’m going to have to use this with my little guy. He will love it.

  10. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm (#)

    Creepy and fun!! Thanks!

  11. Katie @ goodLife {eats} posted on October 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm (#)

    This is so cool! My kids would love these.

  12. MOMS CRAZY COOKING posted on October 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm (#)

    I love your blog. YOUR POST TODAY WOULD BE PERFECT for my KIDS CRAZY COOKING Blog Hop Party and I know my readers would love your site too, so please if you get a chance, hop on over and link-it up to the Blog Party, I would really appreciate it! Thanks

  13. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on October 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm (#)

    Wow, these are absolutely darling!! SO cute. I must make them… but the black syrup is a little bit scary!

  14. Amy @ Chicy Creations posted on October 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm (#)

    I LOVE this idea!

  15. Barbara Bakes posted on October 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm (#)

    Such a fun I’d for a Halloween breakfast!

  16. Cookin' Canuck posted on October 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm (#)

    These are absolutely adorable! I think I”ll have to surprise my kids with these on Halloween morning.

  17. Southern Fried Gal posted on October 29, 2010 at 8:03 am (#)

    Too cute! I just have to share this in my Halloween Hodge Podge today. Thanks for the idea!!!

  18. liz @ SIX IN THE SUBURBS posted on October 29, 2010 at 9:53 am (#)

    Love those! The idea of creating jack-o-lantern pancakes is too cute.

    Thanks Cheryl!

  19. Dawn Farias posted on October 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm (#)

    Hi Cheryl! I am making Paula Deen’s Ooey Gooey pumpkin bars for a Halloween party this weekend and I’m going to decorate the top with this black cinnamon syrup. I’m so excited! Thanks for the idea.

  20. Musings of a Housewife posted on October 30, 2010 at 7:33 am (#)

    Those are too stinkin’ adorable!

  21. Lori King posted on October 31, 2010 at 11:15 am (#)

    Love love love this recipe! I made it for my kids this morning. However, my spiders really looked like gooey ticks. So I’m renaming them “Halloween Tick Pancakes”. I posted a photo of them on Facebook!

  22. marla posted on September 15, 2011 at 11:47 am (#)

    These are awesome Cheryl!! Thanks for linking up. The black syrup is fabulous :)

  23. Jennifer @ Jane Deere posted on September 16, 2011 at 8:48 am (#)

    Thank you so much for hosting…I LOVE your blog, it’s awesome!

    Very cool pancakes…my kids will love them!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to’s! { open through Wednesday! }

  24. Claudia "the manager" posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm (#)

    I’m not a great pancake maker…I think b/c I have really bad ADD in the kitchen! Do you have any suggestions on how to alter the batter for waffles?

  25. Laura Rees posted on October 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm (#)

    These look seriously awesome! I think I may be able to use these to trick my daughter into eating a vegetable…

  26. Heidi posted on September 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm (#)

    What a fantastic idea! My weekly linky party–One Creative Weekend–has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit “One Creative Weekend”

  27. Karly posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:12 am (#)

    Oh my goodness, what a perfect Halloween breakfast! I love how bright and orange the pumpkin pancakes are with that deep black syrup! So fun!

  28. HeatherChristo posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:40 am (#)

    Cheryl- these are so cool! My kids would flip for these pancakes!!

  29. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on October 22, 2012 at 10:55 am (#)

    those look fun and yummy!

  30. Marie posted on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm (#)

    These are crazy cute!!! And not sure why I have never thought of pumpkin in my pancakes!!

  31. Colette @ JFF! posted on October 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm (#)

    Those look SO cool….

  32. Clare posted on October 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm (#)

    This is the perfect breakfast for this Halloween season!

  33. Carolyn posted on October 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm (#)

    My kids would go nuts over those. I need to do that on Halloween morning.

  34. Amy posted on October 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm (#)

    Cute! Cute! Cute! My kids will think these are so cool.

  35. Carlas Confections posted on October 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm (#)

    So adorable and “spooky” 😀 Love them!

  36. Loretta E posted on October 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm (#)

    That’s quite an impressive spider! I’m pretty sure mine would look like a 2nd grader did it…

  37. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm (#)

    These are the cutest, Cheryl! So creative and perfect for the season.

  38. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on October 23, 2012 at 6:47 am (#)

    great idea Cheryl! Love these! You are so creative!

  39. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on October 23, 2012 at 7:29 am (#)

    Such a cute idea! And that cinnamon syrup sounds so good…

  40. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on October 24, 2012 at 2:52 am (#)

    Such a fun idea, your syrup spider is perfectly piped!

  41. Beth @ Aunt B's Kitchen posted on October 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm (#)

    What a fun idea this is! Thank you for sharing it. I’ve featured your post in my “Halloween Meals” blog post today so that others can enjoy it too.

  42. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on October 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm (#)

    FUN!! Awesome spider. Our girls would LOVE this!!

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  44. Molly Lindley posted on October 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm (#)

    These were so delicious! We will make these over and over again! I didn’t use color on the pancakes because the pumpkin made them orange enough for me. I added a 1/4 tsp of salt to the syrup and it was perfect. Thanks so much for sharing. Found this on Pinterest.

  45. Coco in the Kitchen posted on October 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm (#)

    Daisy would love to play with her food! 
    I have to do this for her. Thanks, Cheryl!


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