Happy Valentine’s Day! Super Simple Chocolate Pancakes

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I think breakfast in bed sounds awful. It all sounds like one sticky mess waiting to happen. All I can see is the orange juice toppling over onto the duvet! The pillowcase becoming an involuntary napkin for the bacon grease cleanup! Hot coffee always stains something… Primarily, Adobe the painfully curious puppy would inevitably destroy any romantic inkling with his Godzilla tendencies. (My imagination is absurd, I understand.)

So I can’t handle breakfast in bed, but I do think breakfast in general on a lazy weekend morning is supremely romantic. I can appreciate some Valentine’s day because I do have a Valentine, but I’d really rather subscribe to the idea that every day is a time to appreciate your partner, your family and friends, and your Godzilla puppy. He may have woken me up this morning with a sloppy, whiny kiss but it’s all ok because he’s currently watching for squirrels out my window. It all works out! If only I can teach him how to make breakfast…

These chocolate pancakes might be easy enough for Adobe to handle, so you definitely have them under control. I know most of the food world would shun me for recommending Bisquick, but honestly people Bisquick makes a damn delicious pancake and waffle and I can suffer through a few ‘food powders’ and ‘preservatives’ for some fluffy breakfast goodness. Who am I to mess with perfection? Don’t like Bisquick? Move on, folks because I’m not into that Aunt Jemima BS. If I am any advocate for anything, it’s repurposing the same recipe with different variations and adding some chocolate chips and cocoa powder to the traditional mix will fool your Valentine into thinking you’re a super-fab cook. Which you totally are! I promise!

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EssentialsPancakes can be finicky little bitches. I’ve made plenty of batches of pancakes, and I promise you: the first one is always doomed. It never comes out right, so don’t let it set your mood. Get your pan medium-hot and take it one or two at a time. Patience, my friend. When you see lots of little air bubbles, time to flip. Just don’t think about it! You are in control of the pancake. One, swift flip with a flat spatula and you’re on your way to breakfast heaven. Sure, take it to bed, what do I care?

Super Simple Chocolate Pancakes


  • 1 cup Bisquick mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate shavings or chocolate chips
  • Maple syrup, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, or other toppings


  1. Mix all ingredients (through chocolate shavings or chips) in a medium bowl. Let sit 5 minutes, or until a few bubbles have appeared.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a saute pan to medium heat. If using a (not scratched up, decent quality) nonstick, don't worry about cooking spray. If you regularly have food stick to the pan, let's get out that spray.
  3. Test your pancakes by starting out with a small one- pour a little batter into the pan. If the cake cooks too fast, turn down your heat. If you still have a limpy pancake after a few minutes and don't hear that initial sizzle, turn it up a bit. No worries, you have a few more pancakes to make! If you mess up the first few, it's no big deal.
  4. Flip the pancake when you see bubbles forming. These are chocolate pancakes, so it might be difficult to tell when they are getting too toasty. Just use your best judgement! Remove the pancakes from the pan and store in a warm oven until they are all ready to go.
  5. Sprinkle powdered sugar or other desired toppings! Serve to your Valentine! (Except not your dog, because they don't handle chocolate very well...)

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