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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.ย  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?ย ย  And- yes- I’m guilty of eating and tweeting ๐Ÿ™‚

Yield: About 12 (4-inch) waffles

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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


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

70 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Waffles”

  1. postedApr 14, 2011 5:47 AM

    oh man – that’s such a great idea!

  2. postedApr 14, 2011 6:08 AM
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet

    I am dying over these! Amazing!!

  3. postedApr 14, 2011 6:22 AM

    Woahhh….I almost let out a happy little shriek when I saw this just now. Genius!!

  4. postedApr 14, 2011 7:08 AM

    oh my goodness, these look incredible! How have I never thought to do this?? I’m making these this weekend!

  5. postedApr 14, 2011 7:13 AM

    I’m making these the second I get home – Yum!! And it’s never too late for breakkie ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. postedApr 14, 2011 7:15 AM

    WHOA, LOVING this, fabulous girl!!

  7. postedApr 14, 2011 7:28 AM

    my mouth is watering like crazy!! Awesome recipe!

  8. postedApr 14, 2011 7:49 AM
    Angelica Garza

    mmmmmmm heaven!

  9. postedApr 14, 2011 8:02 AM

    These look SO good! I definitely might switch up my usual Sunday waffle recipe for this one instead this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. postedApr 14, 2011 8:04 AM

    These are just dripping in gorgeous-ness!

    Looks fab!

  11. postedApr 14, 2011 8:25 AM

    This is such an excellent idea, I love it and my kids will go crazy for it!!

  12. postedApr 14, 2011 8:49 AM

    Oh my, Hello! That looks way beyond sinful, and oh so good! Can’t wait to try this!!

  13. postedApr 14, 2011 9:20 AM

    Fabulous. This looks great!

  14. postedApr 14, 2011 9:29 AM

    I made your cinnamon roll pancakes…AWESOME!! So I imagine these are just as good! I love me some waffles!

  15. postedApr 14, 2011 10:04 AM

    These look amazing. What a great, unique idea. I love cinnamon rolls so I’m sure these waffles will be extra special.

  16. postedApr 14, 2011 11:32 AM

    GREAT idea. I’m salivating to the max right now.

  17. postedApr 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    This looks insanely good! I have a stomach ache (of the best possible variety!) already!

  18. postedApr 14, 2011 4:16 PM

    Great mouth watering recipe right there!

  19. postedApr 14, 2011 4:36 PM

    Perfect for Sunday brunch!

  20. postedApr 14, 2011 5:28 PM

    oh my, i am going to dream about these tonight.

  21. postedApr 14, 2011 5:57 PM
    The Food Hound

    Now THIS is food porn at its finest!! I love cinnamon rolls and these are out of SIGHT!

  22. postedApr 14, 2011 7:50 PM

    THat looks like the best breakfast ever! I can practically smell the goodness from here.

  23. postedApr 14, 2011 7:59 PM
    Taryn W.

    I think I have a toothache :o)

  24. postedApr 15, 2011 3:50 AM

    Oh my goodness, Lori! Would love to be starting off my Friday with these…

  25. postedApr 15, 2011 7:19 AM

    Yummm! I tried the pancakes but it was a flop for me. I had the burnt mess thing going. This looks yummy and oh so doable though!!

  26. postedApr 15, 2011 7:46 AM

    OH my, OH MY! I want a big stack of these NOW! I only have a Belgian Waffle maker but you better believe I’ll be making these.

  27. postedApr 15, 2011 11:06 AM
    Natalie Vandenberghe

    Looks & sounds delicious!

  28. postedApr 15, 2011 12:04 PM

    LOVE these gorgeous waffles! These are so right up my alley ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. postedApr 15, 2011 1:07 PM

    Awesome! Looks de-lish.

  30. postedApr 15, 2011 2:28 PM

    Wow. I’m totally in love with these. Must make them the next time we have waffles!!

  31. postedApr 15, 2011 3:49 PM

    Can’t wait to try this!

  32. postedApr 16, 2011 2:02 AM
    RecipeGirl's Mom


  33. postedApr 16, 2011 6:37 AM

    Wow. I came over from All Day I Dream About Food because she included you in her weekly round-up and now I wish I hadn’t. Because I’m going to HAVE to make these waffles and as a result work out for five hours straight. They look decadent and delicious. Thanks for passing along your inspiration!

  34. postedApr 16, 2011 6:55 AM

    Oh my! I think I’m speechless. I have goosbumps!!

  35. postedApr 16, 2011 8:08 AM

    Cinnamon Roll Waffles?? Where have these been my whole life? I seriously must go purchase a waffle iron IMMEDIATELY.

  36. postedApr 17, 2011 5:19 AM

    You are one determined lady, Lori! But you got there in the end. What a delight! All that lovely cinnamon dripping all over your waffles. Divine!

  37. postedApr 17, 2011 12:22 PM

    You are genius, I missed your pancake post, but am loving these cinnamon roll waffles, AND it sounds a lot quicker than making my own cinnamon rolls! thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. postedApr 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    Holy cow these look awesome. It might be time to add a waffle maker to my kitchen wish list!

  39. postedApr 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    Oh my word I think I’ve died and gone to waffle heaven. I’m a HUGE cinnamon roll fan but in waffle form is even more amazing. LOVE these! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. postedApr 26, 2011 7:45 PM

    Oh…my…gosh. You are torturing me. I have made cinnamon roll pancakes (just now posted actually) and little did I know these guys were out in the blog world…I am definitely going to try them! thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚
    <3 DameGoodEats

  41. postedJul 18, 2011 12:12 AM

    I just saw your Cinnamon Roll pancake on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and we made them for Sunday last week! Absolutely died over them – had to quadruple the recipe for the fam, but only needed double on the cinnamon filling and glaze so I have so much leftover, now I know what to do with it! You are wicked! (We love it!)

    • postedJul 18, 2011 5:40 AM

      Glad you are enjoying the evilness!

  42. postedOct 9, 2011 10:57 PM

    I made these this morning, and they turned out great! My boyfriend and I absolutely loved them. My guy is a big cinnamon freak and he even ate them again for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  43. postedDec 15, 2011 8:31 AM

    these look amazing. But the best thing about these waffles, is that they taste amazing. its the type of food that u could just keep eating and never stop. I love this recipe.

  44. postedJan 29, 2012 5:41 AM

    omg yummyyyyy my daughter and i were looking for a recipe for these. guess what we’ll be having for our next Sunday breakfast?! Thank you so much

  45. postedFeb 20, 2012 8:47 PM

    I made these waffles over the weekend. They were a huge hit at our house….very, very good!! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!!

  46. postedMar 2, 2012 10:59 AM

    four words to inspire your next creation: cinnamon roll french toast

  47. postedApr 8, 2012 10:27 PM

    Looks delicious! Will definitely be trying this in my new waffle maker!

  48. postedMay 18, 2012 2:14 PM

    seriously yummy! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  49. postedMay 25, 2012 7:49 PM

    The best way to make cinnamon swirl waffles is to simply put a cinnamon roll in the waffle iron. You think I’m kidding. It works SO well. And it’s delicious.

    • postedMay 26, 2012 6:19 AM

      I’ve seen that!

  50. postedMay 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    Oh wow. Two things that I love for breakfast. Combined into this super breakfast. I can’t contain the drool

  51. postedJun 2, 2012 10:58 AM

    I finally got around to making these for our family today. They were delicious! My one question is whether or not your cinnamon topping is gritty. I didn’t care for the texture, and I’m wondering if maybe I should melt the sugar into the butter on the stove top to get rid of some of the gritty sugar texture.

    • postedJun 3, 2012 4:12 PM

      Yes, it’s a gritty texture. I suppose if you didn’t care for it then your suggestion may work for you!

  52. postedJun 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    What? I got discouraged when I read you only ate two bites then headed to the gym. lol Dang they look good though.

  53. postedAug 18, 2012 8:19 AM
    Buffy Mullenix

    Just made these this morning and *~*~*~~*~ angels are singing~*~*~*~*~*~*~*. Thanks for another fabulous recipe!

  54. postedNov 23, 2012 8:40 AM

    Made these for breakfast… sorta fell in love. Um, WOW. Great job Lori!!! Hope they are in the book! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • postedNov 24, 2012 8:24 AM

      glad you enjoyed! They’re not in the book, but the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are!

  55. postedJan 20, 2013 8:14 AM

    Great waffles. My kids were not fond of the cinnamon cream cheese topping. But they love them with syrup or jelly. This recipe has become my standard waffle recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. postedMay 11, 2013 6:03 PM

    This looks amazing !! I will try it def.

  57. postedOct 22, 2013 9:54 AM
    alyssa mariani

    Might I say- YOU ARE AWESOME!! Love your recipies! The cinnamon roll pancakes are my hubbies new FAVORITE!! and he is a pancake connoisseur of pancakes- for sure!! I can’t wait for the weekend so i can try these waffles!! Keep up the great work!!

  58. postedMar 16, 2014 6:57 PM

    Omg yes finally! I ate something like tho at ihop once then I went back and they didn’t make it anymore and I’ve been craving it bad! Sounds soo good! Going to try this in the am!

  59. postedMay 10, 2014 1:22 PM

    Delish!! I wish I could post a pic. These are an awesome idea! I used this to inspire my Mother’s Day breakfast that my children and I made for my mom today. Seriously, TO DIE for! We burned off the sugar by riding bikes afterwards lol

  60. postedMay 26, 2014 9:59 AM

    Hi! I just wanted to say I love your photography!! Looks so live-like ! I tried this recipe twice and both times they were a hit ! My family loved it! Thank you

  61. postedJul 13, 2014 9:48 AM

    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.

  62. postedJan 15, 2015 10:57 PM

    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…

  63. postedJan 15, 2015 11:03 PM

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

  64. postedMay 17, 2016 8:00 PM

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

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

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

    Thanks for the yummy Idea!

  65. postedMay 29, 2016 6:43 AM

    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

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