Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

As I was making this delicious pancake creation I thought to myself…  why haven’t I made these until now?  A pancake swirled with cinnamon sugar and an amazing cream cheese glaze on top.  Doesn’t get much better than that!


I knew my kids would just go nuts over these.  So I doubled the recipe and made a big batch.  I am going to freeze some for my boys so they can be heated up before school.  I know best mom ever!   Heres the problem, only 3 made them in the freezer.   They were so amazing my boys couldn’t get enough!  Then my boys wanted a bedtime snack and heated up the rest.  So I am left with zero.  Thats ok though.  It gives me an excuse to make them again.  My boys said they were the best thing ever.  They especially loved the cream cheese glaze on top!


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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
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A delicious cinnamon roll in the form of a pancake that the whole family will love!
  • Cinnamon Filling:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pancakes: (Can also use a box)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  1. To make the cinnamon filling: Combine brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon in a medium size bowl. Scoop into a baggie and set aside.
  2. For the glaze: In a small pan melt the butter over low heat. Whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar. Take off of the heat and set aside until ready to use on pancakes.
  3. To make the pancakes: Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together the milk, egg, and oil.
  4. Heat skillet to medium low. Once preheated, spray with non-stick spray. Add about ½ cup of the batter to the skillet. Wait until bubbles start to form. Snip the corner of the cinnamon filling, and create a swirl pattern in the center of the pancake as pictured above. See notes. Be careful not to get it too close to the edge. With a wide metal spatula flip the pancake over and continue cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Wipe out the pan each time and repeat with the remaining batter. Warm the glaze if needed and drizzle over pancakes.
* Before using the cinnamon filling mixture to swirl on top of the pancakes, open up the bag and restir to make sure that the butter is fully incorporated.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I made these for my family today and while they tasted amazing I felt like they were way too sweet for us. Have you tried doubling just the pancake batter and used just the one batch of the glaze and filling?

  2. I wonder if you could use an apple cinnamon mixture instead of the regular cinnamon mixture. I don’t have a problem with mixture other than the fact I don’t like buttery tasted things. Butter is not something I’m a fan of. Also I wouldn’t use a cream cheese frosting as cream cheese is worse tasting than butter so that’s an easy fix for the glaze.

    1. wow…hate butter and cream cheese? I would not be able to cook at all!
      These are my 2 favorite ingredients.

      I like the idea of Apple pie filling with it though. That sounds yummy and would go great with the frosting. I hope The Recipe Critic develops that recipe.


  3. While I’m not trying to bash, I just made these *literally RIGHT NOW & they came out HORRIBLE. The batter was too watery, the cinnamon mix was also too liquid-y & melted as soon as I flipped the pancakes over so instead of the mouth-watering cinnamon swirl pancakes that I had promised my kiddos this morning, an hour later, all I have are messed-up burnt pancakes that look nothing like what’s pictured in the recipe. I feel cheated somehow & I spent TIME making these so….a little more than disappointed.

    1. Exact same situation. I made adjustments for the rest of the batch but it’s still a bad formula where everything was off in texture and no forethought was give to that SUGAR BURNS.

      1/10 recipe

  4. Alyssa, Thank you for the recipe & Instructions. I tried these and found that a lot of the cinnamon swirl got dumped out of the pancake.
    Do you know of any tricks to keep the cinnamon mixture in the pancake body?

    Thanks, Greg

    1. HI Greg! I am sorry you are having a problem with the cinnamon roll pancakes. When I put the pancake on the griddle then I swirl the cinnamon mixture. When I go to flip the pancake a bit will dump out but not all of it should though. I would try and cook it a little longer if you can without burning the pancakes. I hope that helps! Enjoy your pancakes! XOXO

  5. As far as ratios of filling and glaze, I recommend doubling up on the amount of cinnamon filling and cutting the cream cheese glaze in half. Otherwise you’ll end up with too much glaze and not enough filling. Which is where we’re at now. Delicious recipe!

  6. I just tried these and the filling melted all over before the pancake could cook on the other side. Am I doing something wrong?

  7. These were amazing! I doubled the recipe and added just a little extra flour since I prefer my batter a little thicker. I didn’t have any problems with the cinnamon mixture oozing out, it kind of sunk into the pancake during cooking. All three of my kids asked for seconds and we had a friend over who ate more than anyone. We had no leftovers. I’ll definitely make again (in larger quantities)!

  8. These were absolutely delicious!!! Best pancakes I’ve ever had! I agree on asking myself why haven’t I made these before lol. However I was having trouble with the filling leaking out and burning the pan, so I came up with this idea: to freeze the filling and then place it in the pancakes. So I used softened butter instead , and piped spirals on parchment paper then left in the freezer for 15 mins. I also added about 1/4 extra cup of flour to the batter to make it slighter thicker to hold the filling. It worked amazingly! I kept the others spirals in the freezer and it wasn’t any extra hassle to use a spatula to lift them off the tray and place in the poured pancake batter. I used a knife/spoon to gently push the filling in the pancake and very minimal filling came out. It still resulted in amazing pancakes I didn’t have sugar burning my pan and didn’t have to clean up so much in between each pancake lol. I highly recommend this technique if you’re having trouble with the filling! Recipe 5 stars out of 5!

  9. Cinnamon goes everywhere but into the pancake. It almost would be better if just mixed with the batter and incorporated into it. Otherwise we just got gross soggy cinnamon butter pancakes. Soggy pancakes are just blasphemous.

  10. I have made these many times for my boyfriend and he asks for them at least every few weeks- i think these are they are the best pancakes I’ve ever had too. Such a creative idea to swirl the brown sugar cinnamon mixture onto the pancake..i can’t really understand why people are having such a difficult time with it. Thanks Alyssa! Keep up the good work!!

    1. I don’t think it would work with waffles, since you close the lid and cook both sides at once. But make the filling and squirt some on top of your waffle! That would be great! We usually drizzle the leftover filling on top of the pancakes as an extra sweet treat!

  11. I made these today and my family loved them. A little filling would drip out when flipped but I just kept spraying pan after each pancake and it was no trouble.

  12. 5 stars
    This was so good instead of making the pancake batter I just used boxed and it’s amazing I messed up with the filling when trying to make it a swirl but the glaze covered that it’s so sweet but in a good way and I love it!!!! Thanks so much for this

  13. I love this recipe. I was looking for recipes to change the paleo mixture that I have for pancakes. The only thing I change its because I only made half of the recipe, the icing got a little bit thicker, so I add a TB of milk, and it was great. My boyfriend love this recipe. Definetely trying this again.

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