(WSVN) - Start off Thanksgiving Day on the sweet side with a stack of pancakes that will get the entire family in the holiday spirit. That’s what’s cooking tonight, so let’s grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Russ Simon
The Restaurant: Winker’s Diner, Miami Beach
The Dish: Cookies and Cream Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup whole milk
2 each eggs, large
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ cup butter, unsalted, melted
2 tbsp. sugar
1 t kosher salt
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Cream Cookie Filling:
½ cup cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup Oreos, finely crushed
4 tbsp. sugar

Cookies & Cream Pancakes:
1 ½ cups pancake batter (see recipe above)
½ cup cream cookie filling (see recipe above)
¼ cup whipped cream (see separate recipe)
¼ cup Oreos, lightly crushed
2 tbsp. chocolate sauce (like Hersey’s)
As desired maple syrup
2-4 tbsp. cutter, unsalted

Method of Preparation:
Method for pancake mix:

  • Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking powder, sugar, salt) in one bowl.
  • In the other bowl whisk the eggs first, then add the milk and buttermilk and combine well.
  • Next whisk the vanilla into the egg and milk mixture.
  • Then add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk together until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX OR THE PANCAKES WILL BE TOUGH.
  • Slowly drizzle the melted butter into the batter and gently whisk in to combine.
  • Let the batter rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but can rest up to 12 hours prior to use.

Method for filling:

  • Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients. This recipe can be made in a stand mixer or food processor, but it is not a necessity.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days. If using from the refrigerator allow to soften slightly before using.

Method for pancakes:

  • Heat the griddle to medium-high heat.
  • Use a drop or two of water to check the temperature. When water bubbles up and steams away quickly the pan/griddle is ready.
  • Add butter to the griddle and then use a ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop out the batter. Scoop 3 times to make 3 pancakes.
  • Cook the pancakes for about 2-3 minutes on the first side, or until the uncooked side is covered in bubbles and the bottom is golden brown.
  • Flip the pancakes and continue cooking for about 2 minutes or cooked throughout.

To Plate:

  • Place one pancake on the bottom of a plate. Smear half of the Cream Cookie filling on the pancake. Top with another pancake and schmear the remaining filling.
  • Place the 3rd pancake atop the rest. Drizzle chocolate sauce over the pancakes, followed by the some of the cookie crumbles.
  • Top with whipped cream and the rest of the cookie crumbles.
  • Serve with a side of maple syrup and enjoy!

Winker’s Diner
1575 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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