Halloween Pancakes #DeadandBreakfast

Spooky spiders and creepy cobwebs take over breakfast in this fun Halloween themed pancake recipe.

Halloween Pancakes

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is for Halloween pancakes done up as spider webs with small spiders and a huge creepy tarantula.

I got the idea from seeing someone a couple of years ago do reverse cooking to make pancakes of the Beatles. I thought “How hard could it be?” And while I obviously will not be doing a Paul McCartney pancake anytime soon, I did manage to figure out contrasting color batter and a very tasty orange syrup. The little odd lines in the web  only add to the spookiness of them- real life orb spider webs never stay perfect for long anyway.

The event for today is #DeadandBreakfast which I can’t recall where I saw the hashtag- but I laughed and laughed and instantly knew I simply HAD to host this thing. I have a terrific funny bone and I think it puts the fun into writing a food blog.

Can you just envision a bunch of zombies hanging out at a bed and breakfast on Halloween morning looking for their Brains and Eggs? Yep. Right there. We just simply MUST do scary breakfast. For the child in all of us. Because not just kids will adore these, but everyone from 6-60. And I know that because I am (60)- don’t make me say that twice. Because I will walk it back, walking dead style.

Make sure you peek at the entire ghoulish collection, and have a safe and happy Halloween this year!


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The yield on this recipe made 1-2/3 cups orange syrup. 4 plate sized web pancakes, one giant tarantula spider, plus 6-8 baby spiders. This may vary according to how much batter you put on each. Extra black batter can always make extra spiders. There shouldn’t be too much extra orange. Be careful lifting the pancakes so you don’t break off the legs. Use a butter knife to lift the baby spiders. And just be careful  on the big ones. You can run the spatula between those and get it under.

As per serving, I ate one of these, my husband ate two and kids will eat one or less. So you can figure approximate servings.

Halloween Pancakes

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for Orange Syrup:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2  cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Pancakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons  granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted  and cooled butter (or cooking oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2  cups buttermilk,  divided
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Flour black baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • drops of red and yellow food coloring


  1. Prepare the syrup by stirring together the sugar, water orange juice concentrate and butter in a saucepan (the butter helps reduce foaming).
  2. Cook and stir until it comes to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 15-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until   mixture thickens a little bit, then remove from heat (it will  thicken even more as it cools). It should yield about 1-2/3 cups as it cools (will seem slightly higher at first because stirring increases the volume by introducing air  into it).
  3. To  make the pancakes, have two plastic squeeze  bottles ready, both with smallish tips, but one smaller  than the other.
  4. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another small  bowl, whisk  together  the cooled  melted butter, eggs, and 1-1/2 cups of the buttermilk.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring to make a batter.
  6. Separate out 1-1/2 cups of the batter into a separate bowl and stir in the black baking coca and the rest of the buttermilk (1/2 cup). This will be  your black batter.
  7. Into the other normal batter,  add the vanilla extract and a few drops each of red and yellow food color  until   it is a nice orange color to you.
  8. Heat the griddle and give it a small wipe with cooking oil.

Making baby spiders:

  1. Place some black batter into the squeeze bottle and fit it with a drizzling size tip (you may need to cut the plastic tip to size, but be conservative with it so you don’t make it too big).
  2. Make an “X” shape on the griddle  with the black batter, and then fill  in two more legs on  each side of the “x” to make 8 legs, 4 on each side. Then squeeze out enough black batter to make a circle filled in on top of those. Cook until  small bubbles appear on top, then use a butter knife to flip it over and cook the other side (a spatula is too clumsy for the baby spiders).

Making Spiderweb Pancakes:

  1. Change the tip of the squeeze bottle to one with a little bit bigger opening. Make 3-4 crossing lines to make the structure of the web with  black batter. Scallop more web from line to line to get a good looking web. If the tip jams or clogs, remove it and quickly rinse under running water- don’t squeeze the bottle hard to dislodge it or a bunch of batter might shoot out and ruin  your web (I did this).
  2. Once the structure is made, use a small ladle to spoon orange batter to fill   in the open areas of web. Let the pancake cook until small bubbles appear, then carefully turn with a spatula and cook the other  side.

To make the Tarantula Pancake:

  1. Place two dots of orange batter on the griddle and ladle black batter over it in a circle to make the body. Trust me, don’t think you can put the eyes onto a  pancake and then turn it. They will  smear (I did this too). Once the little bubbles appear, carefully turn the pancake over.

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5 responses

  1. Love those pancakes Sue. Thanks so much for hosting this event. It was soooo much fun and everyone is so creative.

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