Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on December 8, 2012

These Cinnamon Rolls Pankcakes are fast, easy, and taste just like your favorite cinnamon roll! Use my favorite (and perfect!) buttermilk pancake recipe and add in the cinnamon mixture and you have the most delightful breakfast! You may also like my Glazed Donuts, Quick Cinnamon Rolls, and Apple Fritters for a decadent breakfast!

 Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

(if you want to make the cinnamon glaze pourable, heat in a saucepan or microwave until butter is melted)

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? I love that you get the best of both worlds with this recipe… perfect pancakes with the gooey cinnamon rolls glaze. To make this breakfast of champions, start with the cinnamon filling:

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon

You simply stir together those ingredients and then place into a bag so you can pipe a swirl around the pancake. A plastic bag works, but I prefer piping bags if you have them!

Now onto the buttermilk pancake:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • vegetable oil
You start with your dry ingredients in a bowl and then incorporate the wet ingredients. Once your batter is light and creamy, you can start to assemble the pancakes!


cinnamon roll pancake

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Start by pouring 1/4 cup pancake batter onto a skillet heated to 325-350°F. Once the pancake sets a bit and starts to bubble around the edges, pipe the filling onto the pancake. Starting at the center, pipe in a circle around the pancake until you reach the edge. Check to see if the bottom is done cooking and then carefully flip the pancake over and continue to cook until done. (about 2-3 minutes)

Once you get the hang of it, you can make several pancakes at the same time!

Whipped Cream Glaze (optional)

Because I wanted a little more… I added another glaze on top. I didn’t include it in the recipe below because it is most certainly optional, but it is really amazing. This glaze recipe makes more than you may need for the pancakes, but you can also store it in the fridge for next weekend!

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients with a bowl using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer. Once they are incorporated, turn the mixer to the highest setting and let it whip the ingredients together. (about 4-5 minutes) Drop dollops onto the pancakes and watch it melt into every nook and cranny.

Rest assured, there is no need for butter or syrup when you make these delicious cinnamon roll pancakes!


cinnamon pancakes

Let me tell you.  These are sweet.  So sweet.  I happen to LOVE sweet, so this is a great way for me to start my day.  Hubby could do without the cream cheese glaze, my kids wanted extra helpings of it.

I had some leftover, so I popped it in the fridge.  Two weeks later we made Cinnamon Roll Waffles and the toppings were just as fabulous!

5 from 1 vote
cinnamon roll pancake
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins

Perfect cinnamon roll pancakes!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Cinnamon FIlling
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, (can omit if desired)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Cinnamon Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and place into a pastry bag or plastic baggie. Set aside.

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg, vanilla extract, and oil, until incorporated.

  2. Heat skillet over medium heat, and spray it with nonstick spray.
  3. Using a 1/8-1/4 size measuring cup, pour batter onto skillet. Spread the batter out more if necessary, to about 4-inch diameters.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  5. When your pancake begins to form bubbles around the edges, pipe 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Gently but quickly flip over pancake. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes (with temperature still on medium low), until the other side is golden as well.

  8. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling.
  9. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze.

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  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I’ve always wanted to try those!

    • Amanda says:

      Dont do it. They are sinfully addicting. 😉

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says:

    I am posting this on my Facebook page! Too good

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Alison!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    Awesome- love that you put all of that good stuff on top instead!

    • Amanda says:

      Well that was totally inspired by your Cinnamon Roll Waffles of course!! 🙂

  • Lisa Cornely says:

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try when we have breakfast for dinner night this week. Thanks for sharing.

  • Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine says:

    I can see why you you fell in love with it! Yum! My husband would freak if we ate such a sweet brekkie, but I would adore it!

  • ClassiclyAmber says:

    So – these sound like SUCH a great idea!! I am a big fan of cinnamon rolls…cinnamon-anything for breakfast, actually. I just love cinnamon! So I will definitely be making these. Thanks for the recipe!! 😀

  • Jennie says:

    I really enjoyed reading the different ways to make buttermilk very interesting and informative. Great research definitely going to try

  • Lynn says:

    Hello, I love cinnamon and these sound awesome! One question/observation; you say to add cinn. in the dry ingredients, but you do not have that listed in ingredients for pancakes. How much do we use?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry! No cinnamon in the pancake, just the filling. Fixed it!