Cinnamon Roll Pancakes*


Cinnamon Rolls remind me of my childhood and happy times. My great, great grandmother, who spoke hardly any English used to make homemade cinnamon rolls that were the best I have ever had (and trust me, I have had lots of them in my lifetime). She would make them completely from scratch, in her tiny kitchen, and everyone knew her for them. She passed away when I was young, but I will forever remember sitting in her kitchen with her eating one of those delicious, hot out of the oven cinnamon rolls.

Then when I was in highschool, my Mom, got a bread machine…and she started making cinnamon rolls. Now, they were not as good as my Great Grandma Sally’s cinnamon rolls…but they were still absolutely delicious. You could smell them when they were rising and when she would put them in the oven the whole house would smell like a giant cinnamon roll. And now in my adult life, when I smell cinnamon rolls, I am filled with good memories and warm feelings….and so when my friend Christina was staying with me, I wanted to make her feel welcomed with a yummy breakfast. I would have preferred to make her actual cinnamon rolls, but seeing as they took longer then I had that morning…I instead made these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes! They were delicious and filled us up for the day, but I think next time, I will make sure and have some delicious, homemade cinnamon rolls ready!




Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2.5 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1.25 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp butter, melted

2/3 cup pecans
3 Tbsp maple syrup

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat your griddle or pan and grease if necessary. Beat the egg and mix it with the milk, vanilla and brown sugar in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add the butter and mix lightly together with a spatula. Spoon out the batter in equal amounts onto the hot griddle. Cook until you start to see bubbles forming around the edges and a little on the top. Flip the pancakes and finish cooking on the other side.

Meanwhile, toast your pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat until they become fragrant. Put them in a mini food processor with the syrup and pulse until well combined and paste-like (adding more syrup, if you wish).

To make the glaze, sift the powdered sugar into a bowl. Then add the cinnamon, followed by the vanilla and a little milk until you get the proper consistency.

To plate, place a little bit of the pecan-maple paste in the center of a pancake and roll pancake and drizzle with the glaze. Lastly add a little more cinnamon on top and enjoy!

Adapted from: Elly Says Opa

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27 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Pancakes”

  1. 1

    Debs — July 22, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    Oh wow, these look so delicious. Can I come for breakfast next time please?

    I’m so going to have to make these soon, thanks.

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    Lauren — July 22, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    Fantastic hybrid of two classic breakfast treats!

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    Becca — July 22, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    *drool* Ummm, excuse me, girlfriend…. Those do NOT look a** friendly! :-) THAT’S why I love you, Jess… you’re not afraid to take a risk now and then!

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    Kerri — July 22, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    seriously… i drooled on my desk… 😉

    when do we get to see the cinnamon rolls?!? 😀

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    Sarah — July 22, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Hi — these sound delicious! Seems that the filling has syrup in it — could you post a quantity of syrup? thanks!

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    Duchess of Fork — July 22, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    AMAZING! Please send some my way. :)

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    Carolyn Jung — July 22, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Love the idea of these — especially because they are so much easier to make from scratch than bonafide cinnamon rolls. That leaves me a lot more time to just eat and enjoy them. 😉

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    elly — July 22, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    Glad you liked them, and I like how you rolled them like crepes!

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    bianca — July 22, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    I want to be a houseguest at your house! Waking up to cinnamon roll pancakes is a lovely way to wake. You are the hostess with the mostess!

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    Krystal R. — July 22, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    These look fabulous! YUM!

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    Michelle — July 22, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    Just love the presentation of your pancakes. They look awesome!

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    grace — July 22, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    mmm. drool, drool, and more drool–these are perfection!

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    Jorge Segarra — July 22, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    How come when I was home I never got these? :-( I fully expect these next time I’m home! Love you Jess!!!

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    Kaitlin — July 22, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    Great idea! I’ve got a friend who is obsessed with pancakes and loves cinnamon buns. Maybe I should treat him to these some time down the road…

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    Sharlene — July 23, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    These pancakes are adorable! Will definitely try!

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    X-Tina — July 23, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    These were made for me when I was staying with Jez and they were DELISH!!! Yummmm!!!!!! Yes, being her guest is an absolute treat!! Thank you my friend!

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — July 25, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    These cinnamon pancakes sound so good!

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    Emily @ Relishments — July 25, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Just made these–so good! Thank you for sharing!

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    Liesl — July 26, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    Ok, so it just dawned on me that I haven’t seen any posts from you lately…I just went into my google reader and sure enough your blog was still in there but no updated posts :o( Something must have happened. I have missed so many wonderful stories and recipes! I just re-added your blog and it now shows the recent posts. How has everything been going with you??

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    aererjzerjk — August 31, 2010 @ 12:05 am


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    Erin A — March 6, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    What a cool take on these! I will definitely try them! I made cinnamon roll pancakes this morning myself and posted a recipe to my blog but its a bit different I think. More of a flat pancake with cinnamon roll filling swirled on it…kind of cooks up a bit cripy on the edges of the swirl. Super yummy. Check it out! so many different takes on this stuff…yours really does sound good. Think I will try it out next! :) Thank you!

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    Alabama Mortgage Broker — April 12, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    I have been visiting this blog for a while now. It seems as if every time I come here that there is good content. Keep up the awesome work. Thanks

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    sadia — January 15, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    • Jessica replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

      Hey Sadia,

      It makes between 6-8 large pancakes.

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    Irina — March 12, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    It is very tasty pancakes. Thanks for the recipe

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