Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

We’ve been on a cinnamon roll kick lately. Can you ever get enough? I’m swaying towards “no way!” I think my kids would agree with me =o) But it’s a lot of work making homemade cinnamon rolls. Don’t get me wrong, they are fantastic. But sometimes I don’t have a couple of hours to spend in the kitchen (go figure.) So this is the perfect alternative… cinnamon roll pancakes! And they are so darn delicious!!! I think I saw this first on The Idea Room. But it might have been on Recipe Girl. I’m not sure.

They are easy to make (or you can make it more complicated. It’s up to you.) =o)

Here’s what you’ll need:
* Pancake mix (or you can make your own from scratch)
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 2 Tbsp. melted butter

Mix up the melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. You’ll need to put it in a squeeze bottle. (An empty Honey Bear works great.) If you need to thin it out a little with milk but you don’t want it too thin.

Make your pancake batter.

Pour batter on your griddle. Immediately swirl on some of the sugar mixture.

When bubbly, turn and cook as you any other pancake.

What do you think? Easy right? And oh, so delicious!

So what do you put on top of cinnamon roll pancakes??? I wanted cream cheese frosting. Because seriously, if you’re going to do it why not do it! My son wanted “regular” cinnamon roll frosting (of course) and my daughter wanted maple frosting (like we had on our cinnamon roll bites.) Heck, it’s summer time so I made all 3.

Cream cheese frosting:
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
* 1 1/2 tsp. milk
* 1/2 tsp. vanilla
* 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

“Regular” cinnamon roll frosting:
* 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
* 1/2 tsp. butter, melted
* 1/4 tsp. vanilla
* 1 tsp. 1 Tbsp. milk

Maple frosting:
* 1 1/2 Tbsp maple flavoring
* 4 cups powdered sugar
* 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
* 3/4 Tbsp. hot water

Frost and enjoy!

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  1. I am MOST DEFINITELY going to make these for the munchkins!. What a perfect combination~cute, delicious, and easy!

  2. Nice variation on an old favourite!

  3. this looks so yummy!! mmmh! I’m going to try this out:))
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Hi, I’m a new follower. These look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try it out for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh my Gosh YUM!!!!!!! I am so making these this week!

  6. The recipe sounds like it doesn’t get much better than this!!

  7. What a sweet start to any day.

  8. Wow! These are amazing! My kids would go crazy over them. Gotta give them a try! Thanks!

  9. Those are the most delicious pancakes I’ve ever seen and the cream cheese frosting puts them over the top. I’m not a breakfast eater but would dive right into a plate of these yummy cakes.

  10. Erin, thanks for the comment on my site! These look OH SO GOOD!!! I’m curious, did you try all three frostings and which one was the best? I think I’d be partial to the cream cheese myself. Bookmarked!

  11. Lynn, I did try all 3 =o) The cream cheese was my favorite definitely! But the maple was pretty darn good too!

  12. What a fun breaKfast. I can’t believe you made 3 toppings!

  13. What an AWESOME idea!! Definetly doing this one, I love simple stuff 😉 Found you on Tasty Tuesday. Check out my blog:
    and THANKS!

  14. Oh my!!! this looks awesome! I’m going to try it as waffles (as my crew likes them better than pancakes). TFS!

  15. Yum!! These sound fantastic, I love cinnamon too!! I think I’ve seen these somewhere else too, totally think I need to make them! Thanks for sharing!

    PS – come check out the Digital Scrapbooking giveaway going on over at my blog, ends tonight!!

  16. I found your blog in the Family Fun magazine and I’m very excited about trying these pancakes on Saturday morning! Thanks so much for the great ideas 🙂

  17. loveandalittlexanax says:

    These look great! Cannot wait to try them!!

  18. I have failed at makeing cinnamon rolls so many times it is embarressing (cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies are my nemisis!) I love this idea though! Until I can finally sit down and figure out what I exactly I am screwing up on the real thing, these will fix my cravings! Thanks so much!

  19. OMGosh! This look delish and easy! Btw, new follower 🙂

  20. Yummo! Pinned this to try soon!

  21. I love love love love this idea! This will be our breakfast for tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. Oh these look yummy and easy! I saw this on Passionately Artistic!

  23. I was so inspired by your cinnamon roll post that I made up a huge batch and put 3 pans in the freezer. Now this is reminding me that I haven’t made cinnamon roll pancakes for my children since January (and I have some icing left from the cinnamon rolls that I didn’t freeze). I love coming over here to visit.

  24. This is such a clever idea! Totally love it!

  25. Hi Erin, I just add your blog on my blogroll. I can’t believe that I didn’t do it earlier.
    Have a nice week

  26. Made these today, fantastic and easy way to dress up breakfast. Kids loved it, “Can we have these for dinner too?”

  27. These are just darling. I can’t wait to try this with my kids. Thanks for sharing with Sweets This Week!


  28. These look incredible! Perfect way to start the day!

  29. I love these things. I saw them on Recipe Girl and blogged them a few months ago. They are so incredible!

  30. loveandalittlexanax says:

    Erin, these were incredble!!! I made them for my family this morning and they were hit! I’m not a big fan of pancakes myself but these were seriously something to brag about! And they were sooo easy! I think has become that ‘special’ breakfast I’m going to serve when family comes in town for the holidays…keep up the great recipe posts, I LOVE THEM!!!

  31. To die for! Especially the cream cheese frosting.

    Thanks for stopping by Sweet Tooth Friday!

  32. I completely love that you made all three frostings! What a fantastic mom!

  33. These look soooo yummy! I am pinning this!

  34. Wow, you never cease to amaze me. I am trying this and SOON!!!

  35. Hey Doll,
    Your Haute Cakes post from last week is featured here at Frugalicious Me! I hope you grab “I Was Haute Stuff” button!

  36. Oh, these are wonderful!! My kiddos love both pancakes and cinnamon rolls, so they’ll love your delicious pancakes 🙂

  37. What a great idea! And the pancakes came out so pretty!

  38. What a great idea! I seriously am going to have to try this really really soon!

  39. I definitely can never get enough cinnamon roll goodness. 🙂 Such fun pancakes.

  40. My jaw is dropped & I am literally drooling over these. Making them this weekend. Thank you for posting this!!

  41. Anonymous says:

    This recipe did not work as stated. The brown sugar mixture was much too thick- it was crumbly. I looked up a few more recipes and they all called for much more butter than 1 tablespoon. When I made that adjustment they were delicious the brown sugar mixture thinned out and I was able to use it as the recipe stated. I made a similar cream cheese topping recipe that I had and they were delicious. This is a great concept, the butter amount was just off.

  42. I’ll have to agree with anonymous. 🙂 The brown sugar mix was far too thick. But I just added milk like it was suggested and it thinned out just fine. I didn’t have a squeeze bottle so I just used a sandwich baggie and cut a hole and squeezed. I had to work on the size of the hole a bit, at first too small, then too large (oops) but it worked out just fine in the end. 😉 Still got the mix on the pancakes and the fam loved them. Since we LOVE cinnamon in our family I may up the amount of cinnamon in our next batch. Thanks so much for sharing this is going to be a new family favorite in our house. 🙂

  43. I’m eating these right now. YUM!!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  44. Trying these this morning!!! I think it will be a fun way to send out 2011!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Any idea why my cinnamon filling part melted right out of the pancakes 🙁 When I flipped them the sweet goodness came right out and left little tracks where it was…while they still tasted good, it was a MESS as the candy smeared everywhere…any ideas?

  46. SUCH great ideas! These look super-delicious too!

  47. Tasted AMAZING-I made them today!!!

  48. oh my goodness! I need to make these. They look so good!

  49. Found you on Pinterest. :)I made these today and I had the same problem as another person. I had little ‘tracks’ where the cinnamon mixture was swirled. It looked like a little ant farm lol. They tasted great, but looked rather goofy. I made the regular icing/syrup. Mmm. I’m wondering if this happened because I made my pancakes from scratch. I don’t typically buy pancake mix. Will make them again since they tasted great. Might try a mix next time. Thanks


  50. These look easy and delicious! I’m definitely going to make these for my kids. I think they would love them!

  51. These were delicious!! learned quickly to make sure the squeeze tube has a pretty big opening. the one i used clogged up constantly and ended up exploding all over the griddle. other than that, these pancakes were very good 🙂

  52. OMG! these were amazing. I posted your link on my FB so all my friends can try them. My very picky 6 year old ate 6 pancakes this morning

  53. i NEED to try these!!!

  54. These pancakes look absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  55. Begging my hubby now to please fix these. I got drool running down my chin just from looking at the picture lol

  56. Oh Boy…I can make these “special Ocassion” pancakes such as for birthdays & holidays. It could be a wonderful tradition which I hope will be passed down in generations to come…

  57. These look amazing..and you’re right…cinnamon rolls are a pain to make and are gone in 2 minutes…lol.. these would be a little more filling and definitely would last longer 🙂

  58. Made these today for breakfest. It was such a hit!!! My dads not much of a regular frostibg eater *which i made with the pancakes* and he loved it! Such a hit in my house! Def will make again super easy too!


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