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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I had some leftover cinnamon butter in my fridge from making Snickerdoodle Bread. Not enough to make a full recipe of anything really, so I’ve been pondering how to use it. Then I thought of something I saw a while ago (on Pinterest…yes, all good ideas come from there it seems). After eating these cinnamon roll pancakes, my kids declared that I am “the best Mommy in the whole world”. So, that pretty much made my day. Even if it was a result of buttery goodness on their plates.

If you make the cinnamon butter the night before and pop it in your fridge, these pancakes won’t take any extra time in the morning. Just pop it in the microwave to soften it to a drizzling consistency and then swirl away. I used a ziploc baggie with the end snipped to swirl mine.

The big bonus for me is that instead of messy syrup which always ends up EVERYWHERE, my kids got a homemade cinnamon swirl that cooks right into the breakfast so there’s no sticky mess!

You can use your favorite pancake recipe if you’re making these for a Sunday brunch or if you are crunched for time, just whip up a batch of Krusteaz and make it special with the addition of that gorgeous cinnamon butter.

You will LOVE these. Yum!

Cinnamon Butter

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1-2 tablespoons cream
Pinch of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add in the brown sugar and whisk, bringing it up to a boil. Let it boil for about one minute, remove from heat, and whisk in the cream. Add the baking soda and cinnamon and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly. Or, place in the fridge until ready to make pancakes.

Put cinnamon butter into a ziplock bag and snip one corner (microwave if necessary to bring to liquid consistency). Combine ingredients for pancake batter and dollup on hot griddle.  Swirl cinnamon butter around the pancake starting along the outside, moving to the center. Flip pancake. Allow to cook on other side, then serve.


28 thoughts on “Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

    1. You betcha! We have pancakes most weekends. This recipe was a result of trying to find a new way to do them up right!

  1. The butter tastes delicious! Can’t wait till morning to try it with the pancakes. I wish I had some graham crackers to try the Reese’s. I love Reese’s but always feel there is too much chocolate. Now I can be in control. Thank you! 🙂

    1. I’ve had people use chex, saltines, and rice crispies in place of the graham crackers. If you reeeeeaaaallly can’t wait and have one of those, give it a try! 🙂

  2. you better believe I am trying this!!! My son loves when I sprinkle cinnamon in the pancake batter but he will loveeeeeee this

  3. WOW…My family and I absolutely loved them. Mine didn’t look nearly as pretty as yours but they were gone so fast that it didn’t matter. I’m going to check out your site to see what else I can make. Thanks

  4. Buonissimi!!!. I will be trying this! CoNgratulation for tour blog and for your delicious recipts! Nave a nice day. Cristina

  5. We had some leftover cream cheese a our house, so I decided to add an ounce to the cinnamon butter to give it a cream cheese icing flavor. Let me just say it was AMAZING! Thanks so much for this great idea! I made these pancakes for breakfast on my dad’s birthday and he absolutely loved them 🙂

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