Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

[Updated from the archives with new photos and writing. Originally published October 2011]

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

I’ll go right out and say that these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are pretty much dessert for breakfast, but there are definitely weekends for that, if you ask me. And I mean, cinnamon rolls…and pancakes…combined?!?  Only good things can happen in that situation.

I first saw this recipe about 5 years ago on the blog Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts and instantly had to try them for myself. They are admittedly VERY messy to make, but you’re rewarded with something delicious, and I think there’s something very whimsical about them. You drop big swirls of cinnamon roll filling right onto the pancakes while they’re cooking, then drizzle them with a cream cheese frosting to serve. Though my usual pancake toppings are butter and pure maple syrup, it’s nice to have a change every once in a while.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

To get started, let’s make the pancake batter. Whisk together the dry ingredients, which is flour, baking powder, and salt:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

In a measuring cup, whisk to combine milk, an egg, and vegetable oil:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Pancake dry and wet components, done!

Make the cinnamon roll filling by combining melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Whisk until relatively smooth:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Now let’s put everything together!

Add the measuring cup liquid to the dry ingredients:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Whisk together until the dry flour disappears, but making sure to leave the little lumps alone so you don’t overmix the pancake batter:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Drop ladlefuls of pancake batter onto a hot griddle, then when the pancakes start to form bubbles on the first side, drizzle on a swirl of the cinnamon filling:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

I find it easiest to use a squeeze bottle, but if you don’t have one, simply use a spoon.

Flip the pancakes and finish cooking, until golden brown on both sides:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

You will notice that the cinnamon sugar swirl spreads out and griddles into a crunchy, sweet caramelized “crust” for the pancakes.

Finally, whisk to combine softened cream cheese with butter, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Drizzle the cream cheese frosting on top of the pancakes before serving:

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a fun recipe to make for a special breakfast or brunch! Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon bun filling swirl and drizzled with cream cheese frosting!

Enjoy, and have fun with this one!

I made a full video on how to make these that you can watch right here, and the full recipe is just below. Happy cooking!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Fluffy pancakes with a cinnamon roll filling swirl, then topped with a cream cheese frosting. Perfect for an indulgent weekend brunch!

Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

  • 5 oz all purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

For the Filling:

  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Whisk to combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk to combine the milk, vegetable oil, and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until the flour has disappeared, but there are still plenty of lumps.
  2. Make the filling by stirring to combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Prepare the glaze by melting the butter and cream cheese together in the microwave. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  4. Heat up a griddle over medium heat, and if desired, grease the pan with a little bit of butter. Use a 1/4 cup measuring scoop to portion out the pancakes. Once small bubbles start to appear on the surface, spoon over a tablespoon or so of the cinnamon swirl, in an outward circular motion from the center.
  5. Cook for another minute, then flip. Cook for one or two more minutes.
  6. Top the pancakes with the glaze, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Dinners Dishes and Desserts.

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