Cinnamon Roll Pancake Recipe Is a Sweet Start to Any Day

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cinammon roll pancakesIf you've ever had trouble getting your family to rise and shine, just mention that you're going to be making these cinnamon roll pancakes, and watch them bounce out of bed. They are a breakfast more than worth waking up for.

They're also quite easy to whip up. The recipe from Food Snobs starts with a basic pancake recipe to which you add a cinnamon filling. They would be good enough if you stopped there, but you don't. You add a sweet cream cheese glaze that puts them completely over the top. They're perfect for birthdays or any lazy weekend when you want to indulge. I also plan to try the recipe with a whole wheat pancake as the base to health things up a little bit.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Filling:

     4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, just melted (not boiling)

     1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

     1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze:

     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

Prepare the cinnamon filling: 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.

Prepare the glaze: 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.

Prepare the pancake batter: 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).

Cook the pancakes: Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and spray with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop (or I used a 1/4 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 (I did not have to do this because my batter was thin enough to spread out by itself). Reduce the heat to medium low. Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner (you may need to knead the cinnamon filling before clipping the bag, as the filling tends to separate a little). When your pancake 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 (be careful not to get the filling to close to the side. You want to keep it about a 1/4 of an inch away from the edge or it will bleed over). 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 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.

Yields: Eight 4-inch pancakes

Image via Recipe Snobs

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tuffy... tuffymama

Please don't eat this. This is a cup of sugar, plus ingredients that metabolize into sugar, in two stacks of pancakes. Yikes! Never mind the nasties in chemically-refined infredients, but sugar is gasoline on the embers of cancer cells. It can cause cancer to grow so rapidly in your body, and it helps it to metastasize.

nonmember avatar Meg

Anyone else notice the picture says foodsnots not snobs???

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Smells wonderful but the swirls are melting out after the pancake is flipped :(

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

sounds so yummy. I can't wait to try it! I always change a recipe to suit my needs but this had a great start I will not need to change to much. 

pinkp... pinkpaisley8709

@tuffymamma get over yourself, woman! there is nothing wrong with a sweet treat for breakfast once in a while. i'm guessing you never feed your kids a cinnamon roll out of the can for breakfast. sure, it's not the healthiest way to begin your day, but sweets in moderation are fine. i wouldn't make them once a week for my kids, but once in a blue moon is perfectly fine. they sound decadent!

nonmember avatar ashleys

This didn't work AT ALL! I ruined a batch of pancakes, and wasted an hour of my morning. Please don't try this!

nonmember avatar Jenagain1213

I tried these this morning. It seems like it could be a really tasty idea but the pancake itself tastes aweful. I followed the directions and its like you can taste the baking soda or something. It definitely isn't as pretty as the picture either. As the other person stated the swirls melt and that side of the pancake is left with big melty holes. That didn't bother me though I just wish it tasted better. Not worth it with the amount of effort that goes into making them.

Mika Mercado

id just use regular old pancake mix and then add the swirls

alot quicker :)


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