Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

The best way to celebrate on a weekend morning is to make these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!  These fluffy, perfect pancakes are swirled with a cinnamon- sugar mixture and topped with a cream cheese drizzle.  They’re awesome!!!

Watch the short video showing you how to make these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make them at home.

Stack of Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

If you’ve ever thought you needed a reason to eat pancakes, today is the day:  National Pancake Day! 

Eat a short stack for breakfast, enjoy them for lunch, or make a dinner out a manhole-sized pancake… guilt free… because you’re merely celebrating their existence.

How do you like your pancakes? Buttermilk? Sweet Potato?

Whole Grain? Fruit topped? Whipped Cream?

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I don’t usually care for any of that fancy stuff, but I can tell with absolute certainty that over-cooked, crusty pancakes have no place in my world. I like my pancakes fluffy.

And sometimes I like slices of banana cooked inside. A good dose of real maple syrup is what I prefer to drizzle on top.

But recently I started dreaming about mixing cinnamon rolls and pancakes together… and this is what I came up with- my new favorite pancake: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.  Here are some tips for how to be successful with these!

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

How do you make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes?

When you make cinnamon roll pancakes, it’s not much more difficult than making regular pancakes, but it’s a little more messy because of the cinnamon swirl.  Follow the tips below, and you’ll have some great pancakes!

Tips explained:

  • use a nonstick skillet or griddle: these are sticky, so if you can do anything to help prevent extreme stickiness then do it!
  • use a thin metal spatula for flipping: because they’re a bit precarious, a thin spatula will work best.
  • use an ice cream scoop for the batter: this just makes it easier to measure so they’re all similarly sized.
  • allow pancake to cook and form bubbles before adding swirl: you don’t want the swirl to have time to melt into the batter, so adding it at the last minute will help it stay intact.
  • the cinnamon swirl must be thick: thin swirl will run all over the place.
  • don’t get the swirl too close to the edge of the pancake- see photo above!
  • flip the pancake smoothly and quickly: so the swirl will stay in place!
  • wipe pan between pancakes: or the sugar in the pan may burn.

I have a wonderfully fluffy pancake batter that I like to use (recipe below) so I swirl a bit of cinnamon roll filling into the pancake.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

And they cook up just like a pancake- fluffy, but with craters of crusty, sugary cinnamon swirled within.

Stack of Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

You might find three of these stacked in a fancy breakfast restaurant, but I’m gonna tell you that one pancake is all you need.

It’s like eating a cinnamon roll, and no one needs more than one cinnamon roll for breakfast. Or certainly no more than two 😉

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

See, just like a cinnamon roll. Love this. I can eat this pancake just as you see it, but you really need to add the glaze to get the full cinnamon roll-effect. Read on…

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Oh yeah. A warmed cream cheese glaze drizzled on top really completes this pancake. No syrup needed.

Let me say that again: No. Syrup. Needed.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle

There you have it: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with lots of ooey, gooey cream cheese glaze drizzled on top.

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a pancake today. Go get ’em.

These babies are just like eating a cinnamon roll, which is a perfectly okay… once in a while, right?

I mean,  it’s not like I put chocolate chip cookie dough in them or anything.  Hmmmm.

If you’re coming here to sample these delicious Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, you just might like the latest recipe that I’ve posted for Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and Gingerbread- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too.

And if you just love pancakes in general, you must try The Best Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes  and Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Enjoy!

5 from 9 votes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

These fluffy cinnamon roll pancakes have a cinnamon swirl and are topped with cream cheese icing!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon roll pancakes, cinnamon roll pancakes recipe, pancakes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 pancakes
Calories 301 kcal



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


  • 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 (see *Tips below).


  1. 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.


  1. 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).


  1. Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and spray with nonstick spray. 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. Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. 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). 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.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes


  • *Quick and easy tip: Use a boxed pancake mix as the base for this recipe.
  • *Tips for the cinnamon filling: 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.
  • *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 so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!
  • *I wrote a very detailed post on how to get the cinnamon filling *just right* on my Gingerbread- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Post. Check it out before you attempt these!
  • *If you're trying to justify your intake of decadent cinnamon rolls, you can make this a tad bit healthier by using half whole-wheat flour and low fat cream cheese, or enjoy the pancakes without glaze.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 pancake)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 196mg 8%
Potassium 189mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
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  • Bella wrote:

    Tried this recipe for my family. Loved it! They turned out exactly as described. Wanted to share a great tip. I used a dollar store ketchup/mustard bottle for easy  cinnamon swirl dispensing. It worked great without the fuss and mess of a baggie. It is also very easy to mix and shake the filling this way when it separates between batches, I use this same technique for making funnel cakes. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  • Mandy Trouten wrote:

    I’m eating these right now. I ran out of eggs and had to substitute a little bit of vegetable oil, but they’re still delicious.

  • Brenna wrote:

    Loved the filling. However makes way to much for a batch. Same with the glaze.   They don’t cook up beautifully on the first try, but the family loved them. Although, next time I will replace the batter with one that is more flavorful and fluffy.  Worked decently well in my Belgian Waffle Maker too (as I dislike pancakes…yeah the real of my family rhinos I’m weird too…). 4 Stars. 

  • Jessie wrote:

    I just made these for breakfast and they tasted just like cinnamon rolls!! I had a little issue with the cinnamon filling, I didn’t have enough for all of the pancakes. Other than that, these pancakes are the best ever! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Katrina wrote:

    Just made these and they’re awesome! Many thanks

  • Heikki Q wrote:

    Also, i used a plastic spatula and didn’t have problems. I did find i had to heat my pan hotter than the recommended temp because i like my pancakes nicely browned and crisp round the edges. Different stoves (gas vs electric vs glass top) and pans will cook differently. 

  • Heikki Q wrote:

    Made these this morning. These are like that boyfriend you dated in college you knew might eventually be the literal death of you, but you couldn’t quit him, because he was THAT DAMN GOOD. 
    “I won’t be able to make regular pancakes ever again, will I?” I asked my family.
    “Probably not”
    “These are the best pancakes I have ever had in my life”
    “I can’t stop eating them, I hate them, somebody please take them away from me before i make myself sick”

    I put the cinnamon filling in the fridge for ten minutes and it firmed right up. Also, i made an apple glaze as well as the cream cheese one. 
    This recipe is fabulous, thank you!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thanks for the giggles 🙂 glad you enjoyed!

  • Victoria wrote:

    Hi Lori,

    I tried these this morning and the swirl cooked out…. like evaporated or something, lol. I have no idea what I did wrong. I increased the amount of brown sugar and allowed it to cool in the fridge before using to try to get the perfect consistency but it cooked away! I have no idea what happened. Yours look great, will try again one more time and let you know how it goes ~ Victoria

  • Shannon wrote:

    I just had similar pancakes at a restaurant here in Austin (but with banana and pecan in it and powdered sugar on top instead of frosting). They were the best pancakes I’ve ever had! I searched online to see if I could find a recipe that would help me duplicate them at home and this looks like a winner! Thanks for the post.

  • Jonathon wrote:

    You aren’t supposed to use metal on nonstick pans. There are currently only two manufacturers of nonstick pans that can be used with metal utensils: Calphalon’s Elite line at Williams-Sonoma and ScanPan’s new line of pans at Williams-Sonoma. All other pans’ warranties are voided if you use metal utensils in them. Particularly cheaper Teflon nonstick pans. So how about not misleading people about what their pans are capable of by teaching proper cookware-care as you share your recipes. 

    There are plenty of nonstick-safe spatulas that are thin (OXO makes a great one for pancakes that is a flexible. It’s spring steel covered in silicone making it ideal in nonstick pans. It’s at Bed Bath & Beyond).

    This was delicious by the way! 🙂

  • M F wrote:

    Lordy be, these were like a dish made in heaven! Thanks for sharing!

  • Audrey V wrote:

    Great idea, didn’t translate well. Ours came out ugly (and I’m a fairly experienced cook,) they were difficult to cook, the pan a nightmare to clean, BUT the flavor was lovely. We made it with an unsweetened pumpkin pancake batter.

  • Lenora wrote:

    These are THE BEST pancakes I have ever had. Just like a cinnamon roll. So freakin delicious but do take a little bit more time to prepare then ordinary pancakes. I can say they are DEFINITELY worth the extra work.

  • Lisa wrote:

    LOVE THIS! My family is so grateful for this recipe. We will be using it for special occasions for a long time! Thank you! So much better than regular cinnamon rolls too!

  • Jen Taylor wrote:

    Hi! I was wondering if these would hold up in the freezer after you make them. I am trying to plan breakfasts for the week and didn’t know if you could freeze them and then reheat them in the microwave. Thanks!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      They’re a little messy… so freezing them might be a little messy too!

  • kelly wrote:

    This was a big fail for us, I did everything as directed and the tips, its wet/moist on the side with the swirl looks horrible.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sorry it did not work out for you- it can be tricky for some!

  • Candice wrote:

    I finally made these cinnamon roll pancakes. ..I’m forever hooked! My new favorite! Thank you for posting this recipie!
    Btw: I used a old, clean, children’s medication syringe to make the cinnamon swirl…worked perfectly! 🙂

  • stephanie wrote:

    I found there was too much milk in recipe. Try adding just 3/4 cup first and add more if needed.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can definitely do that if you like thicker pancakes.

  • brittney wrote:

    I made these this morning, and for whatever reason, when I flip them, all of the cinnamon runs out onto the pan. I let them cook initially for 2-3 minutes, so I’m not understanding?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      They are tricky! Maybe try flipping them a little sooner, if you can. The cinnamon probably melted too much.

  • Naj wrote:

    Have been dying to try this recipe since I saw the picture last week . Read ALL the tips over and over again to make sure it comes out right !! Made this morning for hubby and I ( while kids were @ school – will hav2 make for them soon ) … And they were perfect !!! Mine didn’t look as perfect as urs but they were close !! Thanx a lot for a wonderful recipe with easy to follow instructions. I used a plastic spatula with a very flat end – and I evn waited few seconds after I added the swirl and it was fine !! Just used softend butter n mixed it well with sugar and cinnamon !!! I ate MOST of them – lol ……
    Will Defntly b making again – SOON !!!!