Cinnamon Roll Waffles

I’ve had a tough time forgetting about those Cinnamon Roll Pancakes that I posted a few weeks ago. So much so that I started wondering what else I could do to replicate the Cinnamon Roll. “Why not waffles, too?” I thought. I experimented… but it was a flop. I tried to create them just as I did with the pancakes- pouring in batter first and then swirling the cinnamon-sugar filling inside. The waffle iron didn’t like that very much. It turned out to be a big mess, and then it turned out to be a big, burned mess. I cleaned it all up and then decided to go a different route.

I went with a buttermilk waffle… plain, with no cinnamon filling added.  So boring and blah- but not for long.

I drizzled the cinnamon-sugar filling on top.

I figured… why not? Did it really matter if the filling was inside the waffle or outside the waffle? Nope.

My ideal cinnamon roll always has cream cheese icing, so a cream cheese icing drizzle was in order too.

Lots of cream cheese icing, please. No syrup on these waffles, no sirree!

I could hardly wait to take a bite… to see if this whole Cinnamon Roll Waffle thing worked out.

That’s about all I could eat. Not because it wasn’t good. It was good. REALLY good. All the flavors of a cinnamon roll drizzled onto a stack of waffles. Perfect. So I tasted, then passed it along to the rest of my family, then planned my daily trip to the gym. It’s quite a decadent breakfast/brunch treat, but nothing worse than a cinnamon roll, really. And those are perfectly okay to have once in a while, right?   And- yes- I’m guilty of eating and tweeting 🙂

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Completely decadent breakfast treat- like a deconstructed cinnamon roll, turned into a waffle.

Yield: About 12 (4-inch) waffles

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:20 min


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon grond cinnamon

4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Prepare waffles: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture; set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened; batter will be slightly lumpy.

3. Preheat a waffle iron and spray with nonstick spray. Pour batter into waffle iron grid and close the lid. Bake until waffles are completely done- follow your waffle iron's instructions. Use a fork to remove finished waffles. Repeat with remaining batter. Keep waffles warm until ready to serve (a 200 degree oven is perfect).

4. Prepare cinnamon topping: In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside.

5. Prepare cream cheese topping: In a medium, microwave-safe bowl- heat butter and cream cheese for 30 to 60 seconds; just until melted. Stir together until smooth; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

6. When ready to serve, place waffle on plate, drizzle cinnamon topping, then drizzle cream cheese topping. Use as much or as little as you'd like. Serve immediately.


Other recipes you may enjoy:
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes by RecipeGirl
Cinnamon Bun Cookies by RecipeGirl
Triple Cinnamon Scones by King Arthur Flour
Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins by Joy the Baker
Grandma Billie’s Cinnamon Rolls by RecipeGirl

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  • Laura wrote:

    Made this for New Year Day’s breakfast. I opted to use my standard waffle recipe, but made the cinnamon butter and the cream cheese frosting. I put the cinnamon butter back in the fridge to firm up a little, and we spread it on the waffles, but I did put the frosting in a baggy and squeezed it over the waffles. Turned out to absolutely delicious and we’ll definitely make again! Definitely a winner!

  • brailey wrote:

    I just made these and i think my whole family’s about to go into a sugar coma. But it was worth all the diabetes

  • Melynda wrote:

    Gave this a try, had a trying day and thought why not reward everyone with a treat…. treat for dinner.  Dont judge me, lol we had scrambled eggs with “stuff” in it too. Haha.  

    My 4 year old told me this (your recipe) was like a dream come true.  Hahaha out of mouths of babes.  

    I told them this was their bedtime snack and the eggs were dinner so they had to eat their share.   We are al deep in a sugar coma, my older ones just crawled into bed early.  If this is the effect I’d gladly feed them a few bights every night!  

    Thanks for the yummy Idea!

  • ana wrote:

    Thanks for the recipe, looks delicious will try it today Lori

  • ana wrote:

    Hi, thank you so much for your recipe, I was looking for something different to make for breakfast, with waffles, buttermilk and cream cheese your recipe pop out in website it looks so delicious I have to try it , I use to buy frozen waffles years ago when my boys where little and they got tiered of eating them. I think the homemade waffles with cinnamon and cream cheese topping they are going to enjoy this breakfast, I’m glad I found your recipe thanks again Lori…

  • Cheryl wrote:

    Made these this morning. Whipped the egg whites to a stiff peak, then folded in at the end. Loved the waffle texture. The toppings were good, but I could only eat about 1/4 of a Belgium waffle with these toppings since it was so sweet. Next time I might try some coconut oil instead of the canola, for a little extra flavor.