Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

There are certain recipes that when I see I absolutely have to make. This doesn’t happen all that often. Usually I’ll admire something and bookmark it, maybe getting inspired by another beautiful recipe along the way. But the moment I saw the words “Cinnamon Roll Pancakes,” I stopped in my tracks and did a double take. After staring at the picture for a good 5 minutes, I checked that I had all the ingredients and then made these babies. If I could insert a sound clip right now and moan I probably would. Not that any of you would want to hear that but that’s just how good these were.

You basically start with a classic pancake, (this recipe below or your own,) and swirl in a cinnamon, brown sugar, butter mixture. When you flip the pancake, it gets all caramelized and delicious. Then you add a warm melted cream cheese glaze and drizzle that on. The result? Breakfast magic. I mean magic. Almost too good for it to be considered breakfast. And like these weren’t rich enough, I ate them with bacon and eggs too. May as well right?

I highly recommend you makes these happen in your life very soon. I was told that the leftovers are just as amazing room temperature. Unfortunately for me I wasn’t able to experience that as there were definitely not any leftovers. Make and enjoy!!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Yield: 4 -6 pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and egg, just until batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour filling into a pastry bag with a small tip or what I did- a squeeze bottle with a small tip. Set aside. (You don't want this to remain super-liquidy. It's best if it becomes a consistency similar to toothpaste.)
  3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl- heat butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside. (mine was not smooth. I ran it through the food processor to work through some cream cheese chunks.)
  4. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick spray.
  5. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. When pancake has started to cook a little, swirl in the cinnamon filling. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  6. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
  7. When ready to serve, spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.


The filling portion listed above is WAY too much for 4 medium pancakes. If you are making more than 4 (as you should.) don't double the filling recipe. I'd say it makes enough filling for at least 20 pancakes. Adjust accordingly. Or- if you have lots of extra filling like I did...create some sort of cinnamon apple I will do. Any ideas? :)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. Holy Cinnamon Swirl, Baker Chick (she says in her best Batman & Robin voice)….those look AMAZING! I hate that I’m allergic to cinnamon when I see this sort of amazing recipe! I bet I could do a nice brown sugar swirl, tho!

  2. This is incredible, thank you for opening my eyes to this wow! I can’t find buttermilk anywhere in this darn town, but when I do, I am going nuts on these lol. Thank you so much for sharing, I am bookmarking this recipe =]

    1. Anonymous says:

      Did you know you can make your own buttermilk?! One cup of milk with one Tablesoon of white vinegar. Mix together and let stand for 5 minutes. Voila!!

  3. Thanks everyone! @Free Spirit Eater- you can use any pancake recipe you want! Even one without buttermilk :)

  4. These look awesome!!! My kids will love them I’m totally going to make them :)

  5. Wowwww, that looks like a mouthful of goodness..I love love love this idea and recipe and photos too! Nicely done!!! Yummy!

  6. I made a very similar recipe a while back, and I can say if anyone is feeling questionable about making these for some reason, stop thinking and make these pancakes! So good!

  7. Wow is right! These look fantastic! What a great idea and it looks really awesome too :) Great pictures by the way.

  8. Basically this is my two absolute favorite breakfast treats morphed into one creme de la creme of all things breakfast. All I can say is thank you.
    And yum.

  9. I have seen these, and am just waiting for the chance to make them! They look so good, I know my son will flip for them!

  10. I rarely eat pancakes, but these I could.not.resist! Beautiful!

  11. Thanks Audra for shring this. It’s a wonderful idea to have this swirl pancakes instead of the classic ones. Sometimes my family needs something with a different look to enjoy it.

  12. Whoa- this seriously looks delish. Awesome job! I love cinnamon roll flavored things – bookmarking for future use!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Serious double take indeed! I know what my family will be enjoying for Sunday breakfast….

  14. My mouth is water (and my teeth are hurting :) ) just looking at these beautiful pancakes! This is definitely the ultimate pancake! Love it!

  15. This recipe is SO on my list for next weekend for the family! You could ‘swirl’ almost anything…chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce…now I am so hungry!!

  16. These look gorgeous. A local brunch spot does something similar and they always catch my eye.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would pay you to come and make them for me. I can hardly stand it. So serious! WHY OH WHY couldn’t I have married a cook/chef?!

  18. You seriously make some of the most AMAZING food I’ve ever seen! It’s fantastic, and anything with a cinnamon swirl has me hooked!

  19. Congrats on making Foodbuzz’s Top 9! And I can see why with these beauties! This would be sure to start anyone’s day off right!

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  21. I would love these. Hubby and son wouldn’t as they don’t like really sweet things. I am the one with the sweet tooth around here. These could be my breakfast tomorrow. These are making me sooo hungry.

  22. Oh my word, these look amazing! I just showed them to my husband and these will be happening this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  23. I’m stopping by from Pinterest! These look DI-VINE, and I want to say a big, sarcastic thank you for not helping me reach my diet goal this week thanks to these babies. ;) By the way, I’m an Audra,too. ;)Can’t wait to try these!

  24. These look amazing! What a clever idea. I can’t wait to give them a try!

  25. I made these yesterday. They were amazing. I will make them again, for myself. Hubby and son hate really sweet breakfast. Not me. Thanks again for this luscious, decadent meal!

  26. These were so good. I made these this morning for breakfast. I am not big on making breakfast, but I had to give these a try. So good. I will definitely make these again! Have a great week.

  27. These sound wonderful! My sweet hubby makes pancakes on the weekend for the family and I always sprinkle cinnamon on top of mine before adding the syrup. I’m going to copy your recipe and run to town for cream cheese. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  28. My mouth is drooling…and I literally just had about 4 chocolate chip cookies (Eating my feelings, don’t judge). I will be making these ASAP. Thank you so much for sharing.


  29. I’m a new reader and just fell in LOVE with this recipe! I just ate breakfast and I’m seriously contemplating making these right now anyways. Happy I found your blog!

  30. appledaisy says:

    i’m going to make these for christmas morning ^.^

  31. Wow! These look wicked! I will be making these for the husband soon..and perhaps ask to go on a shopping spree as he eats a batch of these. Thanks for the great idea.

  32. Wow, your photos are amazing! I’ve made these a couple times in the past, and my biggest problem is always that the cinnamin sugar mixture burns. Your pan can’t be too hot. After you flip to the sugar side, you can only give it a little time to cook before you take it out. I also have problems with the mixture leaking out, but I think that’s because my mixture has been too liquid-ey. Any tips on that?

  33. Whoa! O_O I foresee this happening like 1st thing when I wake up tomorrow.

  34. Genelle Pretty says:

    I am making these tonight! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!

  35. Hey! Have you tried chilling the cinnamon mixture to thicken it up a bit? That helped me a lot. And yes- a little of the sugary stuff may end up getting a bit crisp on the edges.

    But yes- the pan shouldn’t be too hot!

    Good luck :)

  36. P.S. There are no words for how good these were (a moan sufficiently does the job- lol). Thanks!

  37. you could serve these as dessert and top while warm with whipped cream or a scoop of ice-cream.also you could add alittle chopped apple to go into the swirl or add it to the batter. I tried it and it was yummy !

  38. TheBakerChick says:

    Great suggestion!!

  39. oh my gosh. just ate these. i almost died. SO GOPr

  40. Jennz1171 says:

    just eat the filling straight out of the bowl if you have any left…

  41. Mamatracy08 says:

    I tried it Christmas morning. Delicious! I highly recommend it. It’s a little messy making but very good.

  42. They are so so so so so so so so so soso good. Made them for my roomate, HE LOVED THEM.

  43. Oh my word. I’m drooling right now. I need to make a vegan version of this!

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  45. Wowser I am trying this tomorrow morning! I think everyone will love me for it! Thanks for the recipe!

  46. chichirica says:

    dear ms baker chick sorry to make your wonderful cinnamon pancakes with the pre mixed hotcake mix from the supermarket but they still taste so heavenly. thank you so much and I love your photo.

  47. Wow. These look amazingly deadly. I will have to try them out in the near future!

  48. Katie Yvette says:

    Can’t cook? (like me) Ihop’s cinn a stack is just as amazing…. This got me seriously craving….

  49. Cbmiles50 says:

    I’m going to make these in the morning!

  50. Pattykalex says:

    I am going to make them asap!!

  51. Sodamachine19 says:

    My rig guys love pancakes! They are not too fond of blueberry pancakes, but these will be a smash hit!

  52. Sodamachine19 says:

    This is the best pancake I have ever put in my mouth. The cream cheese icing sauce ties it all together! These were such a big hit here at the rig that the guys have requested to have them again for today’s breakfast. I believe I shall oblige.

  53. Whit_whit89 says:

    stumbled here. i couldn’t get my cinnamon filling to thicken up so I just mixed it into the batter. worked just fine!

  54. These were delicious! Definitely a bit messy and it was hard to control the temp of the pan, but worth it!

  55. Christyskeen says:

    perfect brunch idea <3

  56. I’ll be making these soon … as soon as we have fresh berries. The cream cheese glaze is just a bit too much sugar for me. But I love the concept of the cakes!

  57. mm… nyam,nyam.. interesting, I’ll try it

  58. Mike Beaumont says:

    WOW, my sweet tooth just went into hyperdrive. I used to love this kind of food, back when I had the metabolism to handle it, but anymore, just looking at this stuff puts the weight on. I still love the smell of fresh baked goodies, but I leave them to the kids. I will be putting the recipes in my book for future use.

  59. olivia sacha soyons ouf says:

    oh my gosh i think i just may have to have breakfast for dinner. i hope my boyfriend doesnt want something salty. he better not.

  60. I love cinnamon anything!

  61. OMG! Just discovered your blog!!!! Loving it and will be lurking around for more posts!

  62. These look amazing! It looks like they could really give pancakes that extra omph.

  63. Wildcat's Wife says:

    Those look gorgeous and yummy!

  64. My husband’s birthday is tomorrow and I am going to surprise him with these.

  65. My mom used to make a cinnamon sauce poured over warm apple pie. It had evaporated milk in it. I bet if you added evaporated milk to the leftover cinnamon sauce it would be great over apple pie, turnovers etc.

  66. you could make extra pancakes and freeze them to eat later when in a rush.

  67. Marianne T says:

    I just made these today. They are amazing!

  68. I’m making sweet yeast rolls with my leftover cinnamon filling … a family holiday tradition!

  69. Just made these this morning! Soo yummy.
    I made sure the pan wasn’t too hot, and flipped ONLY when I was certain the side that was cooking was done completely. You do dont want to keep flipping these back and forth ..or any pancake for that matter! I scaled back on the butter for the filling and kept the same amount of brown sugar. Poured into a quart size zip loc bag and placed in the fridge for about 15 minutes. It was the consistency of toothpaste ..which is what you want. I used a 2/3 cup size portion scoop and waited for the pancake to bubble slightly, then I squeezd the cinnamon filling onto the pancake. Make sure to keep the filling far away from the edge of the pancake or the filling will run off the sidw and start to scortch. Also, very important to wipe out the pan with a damn cloth between each pancaketo keep the pan clean and keep the residual cinnamon filling from scortching and ruining the next pancake. If the cream cheeae icing cools and thickens, spread it on the warm pancakes and lwt melt. These are great!!

  70. It’s mother’s day today in Spain. Made this for my cinnamon-obsessed mother as a surprise-breakfast. It was delicious! Replaced half of the butter in the cinnamon swirl for yoghurt, but it came out great nonetheless. Definitely a keeper.
    Thank you!

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