*Test Kitchen Note:
For festive-looking pancakes, use a holiday-themed cookie cutter (such as gingerbread or snow person, Christmas tree, star, bell, reindeer, Santa Claus). Make sure the cutter is riveted rather than soldered; solder can melt on the griddle.For each holiday-shaped pancake: Lightly coat the inside of a 3- to 4-inch metal desired-shape cookie cutter or pancake ring with nonstick cooking spray. Place the metal cookie cutter on the hot, lightly greased griddle. Carefully spoon the batter into the cutter or ring, filling about 1/3 full (use a table knife to spread batter to all edges).Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes or until sides appear dry and surface is bubbly. Carefully lift cookie cutter or ring with tongs. (Use the tip of a table knife to push pancake from cutter or ring, if necessary.)Turn pancake and continue to cook about 1 minute or until bottom is lightly browned. Recoat cutter or ring with cooking spray as needed.