Thursday Night Before Christmas Menu: Christmas Morning Edition

I’ve decided this will be our traditional Thursday Night before Christmas Menu. One quick note,  if you haven’t seen it, JeffW has a great shot our blog mascot and his hero here.

From 2009:

This is my traditional Christmas morning breakfast. These are simple to make and taste so good.   And of course I’ve included a recipe for Santa’s cookies, ‘cause you know the better the cookies, the better the presents he leaves you, so you don’t want to be leaving any store-bought cookies.  On the board tonight:

  1. German Pancakes
  2. Walnut Syrup
  3. Sliced Peaches
  4. Santa Cookies

German Pancakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup butter

2 oven proof skillets, large mixing bowl & 2 large plates

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Place skillets in oven and heat.

You’ll need to cook these in two batches. Mix all ingredients together except butter, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Batter will be lumpy. Do not over mix.

Melt 2 tbsp of butter in each skillet, swirling around sides. Ladle ¼ of batter into each skillet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove to two large plates, cut into each in half and serve. Top with syrup or powdered sugar.

Cook remaining batter. Add 2 tbsp of butter to pans, swirl, split remaining batter, bake for 15-20 minutes while everyone chows down on first batch.   Serve with walnut syrup or powdered sugar and sliced peaches.  Serves 4

Walnut Syrup

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Heat sugars, syrup and water to low boil. Reduce heat, simmer until thickened, 10-12 minutes. Stir in butter & nuts. Great over ice cream, too

Santa Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • colored sugars or colored frosting

mixing bowl &  baking sheets

Cream butter & sugar with electric mixer. Add sugar, baking powder, salt and mix well. Beat in egg, vanilla and 1 cup flour. At this point you’ll probably have to hand mix the last 1 ¼ cups of flour. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Divide dough in half. Refrigerate ½, roll out other half to ¼- ½ inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, bake at 325 degrees for 7-8 minutes (don’t over cook). Decorate with colored sugars immediately or with frosting after they’ve cooled. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes 36 cookies…enough for Santa and all the reindeer.

Shopping List

  • Peaches
  • 5 cups flour
  • 9 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 sticks (1-1/2 cups) + butter
  • 2 oz light corn syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • colored frostings and sugars, other cookie decorations as desired

Also: baking powder, salt, vanilla

7 thoughts on “Thursday Night Before Christmas Menu: Christmas Morning Edition

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  3. my German Great Aunt Maudie used to make these when i was a madchen / baking the pancake in the butter means you dont flip them ? I am going to have these this morning with Vermont maple syrup just arrived ! yum


  4. Yes, no flipping. What I love about these is you put them in the oven and that’s it. While they bake you can focus on the walnut syrup or getting other things ready. Mmmm, can’t wait to make these.


  5. Are these also known as Dutch babies? I have a recipe that is very similar, but can be halved or doubled, and it is served with lemon, butter and powdered sugar. They are baked in a very hot oven, but in a heavy Pyrex pie dish rather than a skillet. They are a kind of a Yorkshire pudding, but with butter rather than meat dripping?


  6. Julie, having never had Yorkshire pudding, I don’t know about that. I’ve seen many variations, I’ve always thought they had a french toast vibe, that very egg-y flavor. Yum.


  7. Here is what my family does for Yorkshire pudding. 2 eggs lightly beaten, 1 cup flour, 1/4 tsp. Salt, 1 cup milk, roast drippings. Save roast drippings in separate container if you want to make more than one Yorkshire pudding. Mix wet ingredients with dry, whisk until smoothish. Pour into pan the roast was made in, and bake in 425 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy. Alternative. Mix ingredients add a couple of tablespoons meat drippings in batter, put a 2-3 tablespoons meat drippings In hot, large heavy glass dish. Bake same way.


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