Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ugly Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Because I haven't blogged much lately due to my cookbook writing I like to make sure the recipes I "do" blog are perfect. Well, this morning I decided to try a New recipe I saw on Trial and Erin called Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. I have to say I loved the idea as soon as I saw it! Beautiful Pancakes in the picture, the idea of a cinnamon and brown sugar swirl in the middle of a pancake, just made me drool. "Erin" very humbly says she got the recipe from Recipe Girl. I read both recipes and came up with my own. I give both women much credit as their recipes work for them Really Well!! For me, I am a little pancake inept, apparently. I am an EASY breakfast person. Remember I Bake French Toast..LOL
I have to admit I've made the pancakes exactly as directed in both of their recipes and they burned each time. My modifications allow for the sugar to not touch the heat directly. Now, when using an electric griddle, this might not be a problem. I don't have an electric griddle and had to use a non-stick skillet on the stove top. Although they both advise using a medium low heat, my pancakes still burnt. I have included both links for both of the others recipes and you are more than welcome to try theirs. I have to admit. They look 100% better than mine! But for me, they didn't work out as well. I am definitely Pancake inept . Even as I am sitting and typing this I am tempted to try it again their way...I just keep thinking I have to be doing something wrong! But anyway. Mine were okay, and I cannot eat another pancake!
So, here's My Ugly Cinnamon Roll Pancake Recipe...

Ugly Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Pancake Batter

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I like my batter thicker)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten (like the extra white for lift)

"Cinnamon Roll" Filling
3/4 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Butter (melted)
2 tbsp Cinnamon

1 cup Confectioners sugar
4oz Cream Cheese
4 oz Heavy cream

Pancake Batter:

Whisk eggs, milk, and oil together.
Add Dry ingredients.
Remove 1cup mixture set aside.
Swirl batter:
Combine Cinnamon Roll Filling ingredients.
Add Cinnamon Roll Filling mixture to reserved (1cup) pancake batter.
Pour The filling mixture into a squirt bottle or into a "pourable" measuring cup.

Warm Non-stick Skillet on Medium Low Heat, (when water dances on skillet, it's ready)
May prepare pan if needed with Non-Stick Spray.

Pour 1/2-3/4 cup of Pancake batter into center of Pan. Swirl Cinnamon roll filling around batter as shown above. Do not turn until bubbles that form "pop". When turning the pancake be sure to use a large/wide spatula so as "Recipe Girl" states "the filling doesn't go everywhere." I certainly agree.

Turn pancake and allow to cook on other side approximately 2 minutes.
Glaze and Serve.

The Glaze: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. I like the lightness of this glaze, versus the thick sweetness of the traditional Cinnamon Roll Glaze.
Either way...I encourage you to make These pancakes. They are so worth it!

Thank you again! Erin for the inspiration! I love these pancakes! If it weren't for you I wouldn't have ever thought to look for them!

Erin @ Trial and Erin:
Recipe Girl:


  1. Oh bummer, sorry you had so much trouble with these! I can tell you that by looking at your photo of the pancake in the skillet that my filling was much thicker than yours- almost toothpaste consistency. I got four pancakes out of my recipe & none of it stuck to my nonstick skillet. Maybe I just had good luck? Not sure. In any case, they're still yummy when they're ugly, aren't they? :) I posted some chocolate chip pancakes today... maybe those will work out better!

  2. Hi Laurie ~ I love these pancakes! I've been making them for years and they're a favorite at our house. You can find lots of recipes for them under the name "Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes". What I use for my cinnamon swirl part is:

    about 2 tablespoons milk (to thin it)
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 Tablespoon flour

    Using milk instead of butter in the swirl makes it less likely to burn. I also place it in a plastic squeeze bottle for better control of the swirl... rather than a plastic baggie.

    When you're ready to eat another pancake (lol) I hope you give this a try and let me know how it works out for you. ;)

  3. LOL Helena, I used a plastic squirt bottle in my modification and just added a couple tablespoons of the batter to the filling mixture, so it wouldn't burn. Worked much better! I'll try the milk idea.. might be better :) It will keep more batter for the pancakes for sure :) Thanks so much for stopping by

  4. Lori, Thanks for stopping by, The pancakes I made were ok.. just not as golden and "crispy" as yours. They were delicious though! Ugly or not they were good!!! :) The filling wasn't thin, it had pancake batter in it. LOL It all worked out:)

  5. Hi there! I just now had a chance to view the pics and the cinnamon filling does look a lot thinner than mine is. In fact mine is so thick that I have to reheat it in the microwave sometimes because I use a squeeze bottle to swirl it with and it clogs the hole! Maybe that was the problem? I have no issues with burning or sticking, but I do flip it a few times after it gets "set" on that side...but I do allow it to get a bit crunchy or carmelized (sugar)...

    I adore this recipe! I did create my own icing recipe that we as a family prefer, but the pancakes... Thank you RECIPE GIRL!!! :) My whole family loves it!

  6. I think they look yummy, not ugly!

  7. Laurie, they were so good, and they were beautiful, not ugly. I had to add more cr cheese and 10x sugar to the topping but other than that they were AMAZING!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Laurie, I don't care how pretty they are, please send some via UPS now! We're talking cinnamon and brown sugar... heck to the yes... bring it on! :)

  9. @Clare I am so glad you enjoyed them!

    @Kate: They did turn out to be so good I made them again this morning! You really should try them!

  10. Dulce, they were very tasty.. and thats all that mattered to me :) Sometimes it works out that way, huh?

  11. It doesn't matter how pretty or un- pretty they are...all that matters is they taste good and by the looks of that glaze and filling....i am sure these are to die for! :)

  12. Abeer, You are too sweet! From someone who makes such Beautiful creations that is a resounding comment! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. I cant let my son see these he will send me straight to the kitchen he loves pancakes and cinnamon rolls this is a genius idea!