Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes

 Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes 1
I am really excited to share with you how I saved dinner one night.

Have you ever promised your kids something for a meal only to find out you don't have what you need to make it happen?

A while back I had promised to make pizza for dinner and what I thought was pizza dough in the fridge was actually bread dough. Tried that before...not happening again. It was already late, there was no way I was heading back to the store in town nor was there time to make my own dough. We didn't even have the right bread to make a good substitute for pizza bread or something similar.

As I rummaged through the pantry I came across the pancake mix. Hmmmm. It's worth a shot. I grated my cheese, mixed up my batter and cooked my sausage.

I have a flat top grill on my stove so I was able to experiment really quickly with what might work to make these taste pizza like and not pancake-esque. I was worried about the texture and it was definitely a problem. The pancakes needed to be crispy, like real pizza. My first couple of attempts did not go well (too mushy) until I tried something different.

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes collage
These pictures aren't the greatest but you will get the idea. 

I started with about one tablespoon of shredded mozzarella and put that on the griddle first. As you can see it starts to melt right away. I then poured about an 1/8 of a cup of batter right on top of the cheese, and used a spoon to kind of shape it the way I wanted. 

I immediately added mini pepperoni and sausage to the top of the pancake, turning it only when there were lots of bubbles, the same as when you cook pancakes. When ready, I flipped it over to cook the other side. As you can see above, the bottom is crispy from the cheese. This is exactly how you want it.

My kids had no idea these were pancakes. These have become a highly requested item in our house. 

Sadie Photography Assistant
Here is a behind the scenes look at my kitchen assistant, Sadie. She is literally inches away from every shot, waiting and hoping something falls to the ground. She does quite well with clean up. Sometimes it's really hard to get a picture as she sandwiches herself between me and the food.

She has never taken an uninvited bite of anything, regardless of how tempting it might be. That just amazes me.

Sadie Sue
Waiting for a mini pepperoni to fall...of course one did.

 Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes 2
Served with a side of pizza sauce, these are an amazing treat. I cut this one with a pizza slicer and made tiny little slices...they are so cute.

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes stack
Perfect for playdates too, the kids always love them. A great idea for April Fool's Day as well. Enjoy!!

Print Recipe

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: Makes 12-15 (4-inch) pancakes


For the batter:

  • dry pancake mix (enough to make 12-15 pancakes) this is about 1 cup of dry mix and 1-1/3 cups of water
  • 1 pound shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese (make sure to shred yourself ~ large shred), divided
  • 1 Tabelspoon pizza seasoning*

For the toppings:

  • 5 ounces Hormel mini pepperoni
  • 4 ounces mild Italian sausage, cooked and finely chopped
  • 1 cup pizza sauce

*If you cannot find Pizza Seasoning, make your own:

  • 2 Tablespoons oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fennel
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder


  • Preheat flat top, griddle or pan to 350 degrees F or medium-high heat. Oil the griddle or pan before adding pancake batter. I always oil the pan or my flat top with a paper towel that I douse in oil first. This way there is just enough oil to keep things from not sticking and not being too greasy.
  • For the batter, mix together dry mix with the water. Add 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese and pizza seasoning. If the batter is really thick add a 1/4 cup water and stir. Add more if needed. You don't want the batter to be overly thick once you add the cheese.
  • Using remaining cheese, start by placing one tablespoon of cheese on the griddle. It will start to melt right away. Pour 1/8 cup of batter on top of the cheese. Immediately add pepperoni and sausage to the top of the pancake. Turn once there are lots of bubbles, just like when you make regular pancakes. Flip over and cook until done. The bottom side with the cheese will be crispy, this is what you want.
  • Remove from griddle and sprinkle each pancake with a 1/2 Tablespoon of mozzarella cheese. Place pancakes on a tray.
  • Serve immediately with pizza sauce for dipping.

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17 Comments and 4 Replies

  1. Oh my goodness! LOVE these!

  2. Love this idea! So fun!

  3. Kristin 3

    Those look so good…very inventive! And Sadie is adorable. I love big dogs!

  4. Is this the most brilliant idea ever! I love it Cathy – great idea to use what you have!

  5. you are so inventive, and Sadie is SO CUTE!

    I really love this idea, I will definitely be doing this, on purpose! I love the stack of them… ;)

  6. Donna 6

    Do you really mean 1/8 tablespoon of batter, or maybe 1/8 cup? I would love to try these – damn the South Beach diet LOL.

  7. MPO 8

    great idea!

  8. Ashley 9

    I love those pictures of Sadie! Our beagle does the same thing when I’m taking photos except she definitely tries to go for the food. haha. Thankfully she’s a little too short to reach it… that doesn’t stop her from trying to side-lick the edges though!

  9. Julie Rabung 10

    OMgosh, that is brilliant!!!! Gonna make ’em!!!!

  10. These are adorable!
    Makes me wish I had grandkids; my own kids are old and used, and total slackers when it comes to the grandchild department.

    I love your recipes, Kathy.
    I don’t know how you manage to do all that you do!

    Best wishes — Cass

  11. Now that’s one of the most inventive ways of saving dinner I’ve ever seen! And it sounds delicious to boot.

  12. Kim in MD 13

    Yum! I love it when the lack of an ingredient turns out to be even more deliciousness!

  13. Pizza pancakes are such a great idea!

  14. Eric 16

    What kind of pizza sauce is that in the cup? It looks good and I just can’t seem to find the right sauce.

  15. Mollie 18

    Do you follow the recipe on your pancake mix, or just do dry mix and water? All the pancake mixes we have (must be gluten free) call for eggs and oil. Would you add those??

  16. Erin Robison 19

    Wondering: Can you make a big batch and freeze? You could microwave for a moment and crisp up on a non stick pan to finish?

  17. Lisa 21

    I wonder if this would work baked in the Whoopie Pie pan?


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