Cinnamon Roll Pancakes



Cinnamon roll pancakes – OK, where do I start ? First of all, this is both a breakfast and a dessert recipe. It is really sweet on its own so you should not add any syrup on top of these lovely pancakes. This is preferably once in a week recipe (for weekends), otherwise your family will be addicted to it you will never even eat regular pancakes again.

It smells incredible, tastes incredible and looks incredible. Perfect combo for impressing your loved ones. They will love you more after making these pancakes. There will not be any leftovers so you do not have to think about how to freeze or store them 🙂

I must warn you though. It is a little bit messy to make at firs try but when do it 2-3 times it will be a staple weekend recipe. Lets get to work!

cinnamon roll pancakes



4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, just melted (not boiling)
6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

cinnamon roll pancakes



4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil




1-) In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a quart-sized heavy zip baggie and set it aside.

Tips: Before swirling, open up the baggie again and give it a good stir to re-incorporate any butter that may have separated from the sugar. You want the mixture to thicken a bit- it’s best when it’s similar to the squeezing texture of a tube of toothpaste, which will happen if you leave it at room temperature for several minutes. Don’t try to use the filling for the pancake swirl unless it has thickened as it will be too runny to make a solid swirl.

cinnamon roll pancakes

2-) In a small pan, heat the butter over low heat until melted. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cream cheese until it is almost smooth. Sift the powdered sugar into the pan, stir and add in vanilla extract. Set the pan aside while you make the pancakes.
3-) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).

cinnamon roll pancakes
4-) Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and spray with nonstick spray.

5-) Use an ice cream scoop (or 1/3 cup measuring cup) to add the batter to the pan. Use the bottom of the scoop or cup to spread the batter into a circle (about 4-inches in diameter). Reduce the heat to medium low.

6-) Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. When your cinnamon roll pancakes begins to form bubbles, add the filling. Starting at the center of the pancake, squeeze the filling on top of the pancake batter in a swirl (just as you see in a regular cinnamon roll).

Tips: Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don’t flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula(you can use 2 spatulas side by side if needed) so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!

7-) Cook the pancake 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it’s golden brown on the bottom. Slide a thin, wide metal spatula underneath the pancake and gently but quickly flip it over. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the other side is golden as well.

😎 When you flip the cinnamon roll pancake onto a plate, you will see that the cinnamon filling has created a crater-swirl of cinnamon. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling. Re-warm the glaze briefly, if needed. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze.

You can watch this for a rough guide.


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6 Responses

  1. Sarah VL says:

    These were delicious! I added a couple of tablespoons of milk to the glaze to thin it out and it was perfect! Definitely a recipe I’ll bring out when the kids have sleepovers!

  2. Do not stalk me says:

    How.many servings

    • Liky says:

      How many servings does it make

  3. Tiffany says:

    These are delicoous! I have to work on my swirl. My filling came out too runny lol but the kids loved them and they tasted great! Thank you!

  4. Michelle says:

    These were great. I used store bought mix and added the filling and frosting. They are a bit messy, did they on my griddle and just swiped it clean between batches and that reduces the mess. The swirl melts out when you flip it but it still holds some inside the pancake and tastes great.

  5. Norma says:

    DEVINE!! I Gotta work on my swirl, but it was so tasty, wold make again 10/10!!

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