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Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle are wonderfully fluffy and moist and have just the right amount of chocolate flavor.

Stack of pancakes on a plate.

Red Velvet Pancakes make an absolutely, positively delicious breakfast for Christmas morning, Valentine’s Day or any day. These pancakes are extra decadent, studded with mini chocolate chips and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. There’s a whole lot of sugar going on here.

If you don’t feel like having them for breakfast, they definitely qualify for dessert.

Red Velvet Pancakes Recipe Tips

You’ll want to make sure the heat under your griddle isn’t too hot. I find that they burn easily. Most likely because the batter has so much sugar in it. Cook them a little longer and slower than normal to ensure the inside sets up before the outside burns.

Red Velvet Pancakes with fresh strawberries and a cream cheese drizzle.

A few fresh strawberries go great with these pancakes.

The dry ingredients can be mixed together the night before to save time.

More Red Velvet Treats To Try

Stack of pancakes on a plate.

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Red velvet pancakes with mini chocolate chips and a cream cheese drizzle make a deliciously sweet breakfast for Valentine’s Day or any day.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Maple syrup for serving

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring, and vanilla.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and mix just until combined.
  • Fold chocolate chips into batter
  • Use 1/3 cup batter per pancake cooking on a griddle heated over medium heat until lightly browned on both sides.
  • For Cream Cheese Glaze, beat together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of milk and beat until smooth. Add in extra milk until glaze reaches desired consistency.
  • To serve, drizzle cream cheese glaze on top of pancakes and maple syrup, if desired. To make drizzling the glaze easy, place in a plastic bag and snip the corner.


Calories: 543kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Christmas, red velvet

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Originally published January 30, 2014.

Recipe adapted from thatssoyummy.com

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26 thoughts on “Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle”

  1. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    I want these for breakfast, dessert, snack…anytime I can get them! They look amazing! That cream cheese drizzle is perfect for me because I don’t like syrup!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      My daughter doesn’t like syrup either. You would love the cream cheese drizzle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Christin, I love the idea of REd Velvet pancakes. Especially with that delicious cream cheese drizzle over the top! These look delicious!!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Renee! The cream cheese drizzle really makes it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend.

  3. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Want want want want.
    These pancakes would make a wonderful special breakfast! Oh, look at how lovely they are! And the cream cheese drizzle sounds uuuhmazing :’)

  4. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Good golly – these look good! Good enough for breakfast AND dessert! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I had no clue sugar made pancakes burn quicker – thanks for the tip!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Shashi! Hope you are enjoying some warmer weather in Georgia after that terrible storm.

  5. I couldn’t resist a monster stack of these any time of day! They look just delicious, Christin!

  6. I would love a few of these gorgeous pancakes for dessert! They look heavenly! And it doesn’t help that red velvet is such a weakness of mine : ) Have a great weekend Christin!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Ashley! Red velvet anything is hard to resist isn’t it? BTW- your Oreo Cookie Truffles are the cutest thing ever! My kind of football food for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh, what a treat! Now this is a breakfast to wake up and rush to the table for! I think I’m getting a happy sugar rush from just looking at it…very nice!

  8. These pancakes look incredible Christin! They look so pretty with cream cheese drizzle ๐Ÿ™‚ Love red velvet and these would make a wonderfully decadent breakfast for Valentine’s Day!

  9. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    Red velvet pancakes??!! Amazing!! SO want these for dinner tomorrow..(I like breakfast for dinner) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      You would love these red velvet pancakes Michael! The strawberries are just from Harris Teeter. They look better than they taste, but it won’t be long before we have those fresh South Carolina strawberries!

  10. DessertForTwo

    So, I don’t know if you know this yet or not, but I’m kinda obsessed with your site. And then you go and make red velvet pancakes. Love!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Christina! ๐Ÿ™‚ That means so much to me coming form you, especially since you are another Southern food blogger! You have such an awesome blog and I love your mason jar recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. My daughter is head over heels for the red velvet pancakes at our favorite brunch place – she’s going to be over the moon for your version! Yum! Great recipe!

  12. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Oh MAN do these look good, Christin!!! I don’t care how much sugar they have, I’d totally love if someone served me these for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

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