Pour basic batter into squeeze bottle (like an old, clean ketchup container); draw designs directly on hot griddle.
Start with Basic Pancakes:
Combine 1 cup flour, 2 tbs. sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, and ½ tsp. salt. Stir together 1 cup milk, 2 tbs. melted butter, and 1 egg; add to dry ingredients. Oil a large skillet, and cook pancakes over medium heat until tops and sides have bubbled; flip and cook until golden brown on both sides. All set? Next, get recipe ideas for Rainbow Pancakes, Red Velvet Pancakes, and more.
Red Velvet Pancakes
Mix basic batter. Add 1 tbs. cocoa powder and red paste food coloring. Top with cream cheese frosting (4 oz. cream cheese, 2 tbs. butter, 3 tbs. milk, 2 cups powdered sugar).
Double Chocolate Pancakes
Make basic batter. Add 2 tbs. cocoa powder; fold in chocolate chips.
Caramelized Bananas Pancakes
Make basic batter and cook pancakes. Sauté sliced bananas in canola oil; add a few spoonfuls of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Serve over pancakes.
Make basic batter and cook pancakes. Combine ½ cup flour, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 6 tbs. cubed butter until crumb mixture forms. Sprinkle over warm pancakes.
Make basic batter. Add ½ cup cornmeal and 1 cup frozen (thawed) corn kernels. Serve with honey—or salsa and sour cream!