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Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

cinnamon bun pancake recipe
When two people tell you that these are the best pancakes they have ever eaten, then you know that they are good. These pancakes are exactly what you want when you are craving a cinnamon bun but do not have the time to make them. These are sweet, cinnamony and fluffy. To make something delicious over the top, instead of maple syrup (which is also delicious), top them with cinnamon bun icing. Nothing short of amazing.

This recipe is indeed a treat, but it is also a great recipe to try experimenting with whole wheat flours. The pancake itself is already dark because of all of the cinnamon. If you have children that are put off by things that do not look the same all the time try making this with with a small amount of whole wheat flour and gradually increase the amount. They will never suspect a thing.

*adapted from this recipe from Tasty Kitchen*

cinnamon pancake recipe1 1/2 cups flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup melted butter
1 Tablespoon vanilla

pancake recipePut all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.

pancake recipeWhisk the dry ingredients together.

cinnamon bun pancake recipeAdd the wet ingredients and whisk together until well combined.

pancake recipesPreheat a griddle or large saute pan over medium heat. Cook until brown on both sides.

cinnamon bun pancake recipe
They are delicious just like this but even better with this.

cinnamon bun pancake recipe

To make the frosting:

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons milk

Whisk the ingredients together until smooth and a pouring consistency. If too thick add more milk, if too thin, add more sugar.

These pancakes are the perfect way to start a day. Make some and share them with someone you love.

cinnamon bun pancake recipe

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  1. MarkSpizer

    May 2nd, 2010 at 4:40 am

    great post as usual!

  2. Cerra

    May 2nd, 2010 at 4:59 am

    How do you think they recipe would hold up without the maple syrup?

  3. bakedbree

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I think that they will hold up just fine. I think that the syrup is just for flavor. The original recipe calls for corn syrup but I substituted syrup instead.

  4. Amy

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I am definitely making these next weekend!

  5. bakedbree

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:47 am

    you will be thankful that you did.

  6. kristin Faulkner

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Oooo…I’m gonna have to try this one! Looks fabulously yummy!

  7. corey grundel

    May 2nd, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Oh my. This looks way better than the oatmeal I had today. Simply delish! I must make these soon. Your photos are simply beautiful!

  8. mrs ptb

    May 2nd, 2010 at 10:07 am

    These were soooooo good πŸ™‚ I wanted cinnamon rolls so this was the PERFECT recipe to find this morning (oops. afternoon).

  9. Deanna

    May 2nd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been on a pancake kick lately. These are up next!

  10. Memoria

    May 2nd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve seen these pancakes. I keep meaning to make them, but they seem so intense for just one person. I’ll wait until my “stepkids” are around.

  11. Becky Schuett

    May 2nd, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Oh My Goodness! I believe I have just fainted! I think this is what my dreams are made of!
    I may try them one day………when I lose 15 pounds… I only need to lose 10 but if I try these, I will need the extra wiggle room!

  12. thecoffeesnob

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Oh wow, these look amazing and so much better than actually cinnamon buns because I can probably eat a lot more pancakes than buns.

    I’ll have ten pancakes and a gallon of the frosting please! πŸ˜€

  13. Kerri

    May 6th, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Just wondering how many people the recipe will serve, I want to try these out on a camping trip this month! They look delicious.

  14. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I doubled it, and it served 5 with some leftovers.

  15. Chris

    May 6th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I didn’t eat breakfast this morning and was Stumbling around on the internet when I came to this page. I had to stop, get up and make them right then and there! Thanks! They were delicious. I omitted the maple syrup because I didn’t have any on hand and cooked them on high for a bit of a crunchier edge. I didn’t make the frosting but had used just a few drops of faux syrup for the sweetness. I love the taste of cinnamon soo much that I didn’t want to over due it with the sweets. I use to eat cinnamon stixs as a kid! Thanks again for breakfast!

  16. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I am glad that you liked them. They are pretty popular here at our house. I hope that you continue to read!

  17. drawingofmuhammad

    May 7th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    You’re gonna wanna add some cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon to the frosting.

  18. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I bet that would taste great, but the cream cheese would make it really thick, it needs to be a pouring consistency like a syrup.

  19. Healthhere

    May 7th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Looks fabulously yummy

  20. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    tastes fabulously yummy as well.

  21. Jess

    May 8th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Tried these this morning. They are AMAZING. I was short on the maple syrup so the batter was a little thick, but I think they were just fine. I think the maple syrup would’ve put the sweetness over the top. Awesome recipe.

  22. bakedbree

    May 8th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    so glad that you liked them!

  23. Richard

    May 9th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    These look fantastic! I will give them a try next weekend. Do you mind if I put this recipe on my website and link it back to you!

  24. bakedbree

    May 9th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Not at all. They are delicious. You will be glad that you made them.

  25. grace

    May 9th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    just so you know, you’re solely responsible for the fierce growling that seems to be coming from my stomach area right now. these are AWESOME.

  26. jennifer

    May 9th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I made them and they are the yumminess. I am never going to make normal pancakes again! thanks!

  27. bakedbree

    May 9th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    you are very welcome. glad that you liked them.

  28. Melissa

    May 10th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Hi Bree! My name is Melissa. Anyway, today I was craving something sweet, but I also wanted pancakes, and then I remembered your recipe! (I found it on StumbleUpon) I didn’t have enough flour, so I wound up having to use pancake mix (*sigh*), but even though I did that, they were so, so, SO good!! My little brother and mom absolutely loved them! It’s definitely something I’ll make again!

  29. Frank Timis

    May 10th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    am on the diet, I shall not look at sucha things!! πŸ™‚

  30. SK

    May 10th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Nothing like fresh pancakes on a lazy weekend.
    Those look amazing!~!

  31. Lisa

    May 11th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Oh my…I just made these last Sat. morning but because of Celiac we need to be gluten free so I made them with GF free flour…and they turned out wonderfully. So good, thanks for sharing and your photography is beautiful.

  32. Cookin' Canuck

    May 11th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I can believe that these are the best pancakes ever. Not only do the flavors sound wonderful, but they also look so light and fluffy.

  33. Vivien

    May 11th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    These are certainliy the BEST pancakes I’ve ever eaten!! EVER! Soooooo good! I’m making them right now and I’m soooo happy, I just HAD to come here imediately to tell everyone: try them!! NOW!!

  34. marla {family fresh cooking}

    May 12th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Who wouldn’t love these! Around here we would easily go all whole wheat…no problem!

  35. Rick

    May 13th, 2010 at 5:53 am

    This was the best thing stumbleupon has brought me to.


  36. bakedbree

    May 20th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    That is the nicest compliment I have ever gotten about my little blog! Thank you very much and I hope that you will keep reading.

  37. Joe

    June 6th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    We had these again this morning – they were a hit. Especially good w/ rasberries and blueberries on top.

  38. bakedbree

    June 6th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    that sounds delish. great idea adding the berries.

  39. Vanessa @ Mom's Menu Planner

    June 6th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Pancakes are one of my daughters’ favorite foods. I bookmarked these yummy looking treats to make for them next Sunday…thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  40. bakedbree

    June 6th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I am so glad. You will not be sorry, I promise.

  41. JRandAJsMom

    July 1st, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Just tried your chocolate chip pancakes and they were wonderful! Can’t wait to try these ones too– They look amazing!!!

  42. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    glad that you liked them!

  43. Kimberly

    July 4th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I made these for my daughter’s seventh birthday breakfast, which ironically enough, was the day after the comment was made about the cream cheese. I didn’t see the comment but went ahead and warmed some cream cheese in the microwave and added it to the syrup. I adjusted the other ingredients to achieve the proper consistency and it was way more delish than just butter, milk, and cream cheese. Thanks for the idea!

  44. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    glad that the birthday girl liked them.

  45. Steve Smolinski

    July 10th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Found these and have made them 4 times in 3 weeks, they’re a go-to delicious weekend desert/breakfast. The icing is all too much, but all so necessary. If you are looking for a guilt free breakfast cake look elsewhere or plan on spending a couple hours at the gym or in a confessional. Something this good can’t be right.

  46. bakedbree

    July 11th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I agree, the icing is over the top, but it needs to be done! I am so glad that you like these.

  47. Anna W

    July 16th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    These are DEFINITELY some of the best pancakes I have ever eaten. Light, flavorful, and super duper delicious. My boyfriend now begs me to make them all the time- it’s definitely a new favorite in our house πŸ™‚

  48. bakedbree

    July 18th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    once you eat these, it is hard to eat a regular pancake. Glad that you like them.

  49. Carrie

    July 23rd, 2010 at 9:04 am

    These are so good! I just made them today for Matthew’s first birthday. They were perfect!

  50. Sutardja

    August 27th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hey, I tried out this recipe with some friends, but there was a definite burnt taste to them, while the pancakes themselves were definitely not burnt. We think it may have been the cinnamon, any idea what might be behind it?

  51. bakedbree

    August 27th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    No I don’t, I wish that I could help. Sorry about that!

  52. christel

    September 3rd, 2010 at 3:57 pm


  53. bakedbree

    September 3rd, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    they are really yummy.

  54. Jennifer

    September 11th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Oh my goodness. Pancake bliss! πŸ™‚

  55. bakedbree

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    yes, pancake bliss is a good way to describe it!

  56. Aimee

    September 12th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Wow! These are wonderful! I got lots of hugs from my three sons after making these!!!! Next time I need a some extra hugs, I’ll make these again!!

  57. bakedbree

    September 12th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    these pancakes do in fact warrant extra hugs. I am glad that your boys liked them.

  58. Heather

    September 16th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Oh, holy crap. I need these in my life.

  59. bakedbree

    September 16th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    you really do. they are amazing.

  60. Jeannine Q

    November 22nd, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I made these tonight and I am hooked. These are going to be made constantly around here. YUM!

  61. bakedbree

    November 24th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Thank you Jeannine! They are pretty heavenly aren’t they?

  62. Bree

    December 4th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Hi πŸ™‚ I’m fourteen and LOVE pancakes. I was originally looking for something tasty to add to mix, but when I saw them, I just HAD to make these. There aren’t even words to describe how GOOD these are!!!! I don’t know if I’ll ever eat regular pancakes again! Next time I might have to double the icing, because I like to eat it just by its self!
    Thanks for the recipe (:

  63. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    You are welcome! Love your name. πŸ™‚

  64. Laura

    December 24th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Wow…. I cannot wait to try these! They look absolutely delicious and there is no doubt in my mind that they’ll probably be the best pancakes I’ve ever had… Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  65. bakedbree

    December 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    they are pretty insane. Hope that you love them.

  66. Becca Jones

    December 28th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    The whole family LOVED it! Thanks so much!

  67. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    You are welcome Becky!

  68. Erin A

    March 5th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    This looks delicious! I made something similar this morning…a Cinnamon ROLL Pancake…swirled some cinnamon roll filling on each pancake as it was cooking….the cinnamon and sugar gets a bit crispy and gooey…topped it off with cream cheese cinnamon roll icing (all from scratch). GOOD STUFF! Try it! I’d like to try your take on it! πŸ™‚ YUMM!

  69. bakedbree

    March 9th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    um Yum!

  70. Jason

    April 16th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Those look freaking delicious. Thanks.

  71. bakedbree

    April 16th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    they are freaking delicious. You are welcome.

  72. Rose Tyler

    March 7th, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thank you so much! these were really really good. I made these for my family and my brother who is an incredibly picky eater( he won’t even eat ketchup!) was the first one done. Thanks again!

  73. bakedbree

    March 9th, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I haven’t made these in forever! Thanks for the reminder. πŸ™‚ Glad that everyone liked them so much.

  74. Sonya

    April 26th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I made a gluten free version of these this week-end and they were great. I posted about the slight modifications I made on my blog. Thanks for the recipe. My husband has celiac disease and is missing some of the wheat products that are difficult to replicate. These gave him a taste of cinnamon buns, but without the gluten to hold cinnamon rolls together. Thanks.

  75. bakedbree

    April 27th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    This makes me so happy. I get a request for a GF version of these all the time. Now I know where to send my readers! Thank you!!!

  76. Tarrah Dame

    April 26th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I made these a while back and they are my new favorite breakfast…seriously amazing. I made them whole wheat and they still turned out great. I linked you here πŸ™‚

  77. bakedbree

    April 27th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    good to know!

  78. meg brothers

    June 19th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    AH-MAZING! these made for a very fun Fathers Day dinner for my husband/soon-to-be father (any day now!) and have made it to the top of our list for new favorite dinner/breakfast treats.

  79. bakedbree

    June 20th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Congratulations! I do not envy you in the last days of pregnancy. Those were always the worst for me.

  80. ashley

    June 24th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    i made this as originally posted and loved it, then made some changes. i made regular pancakes (and waffles) and then added cinnamon to the icing. yum!

  81. bakedbree

    June 28th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Yum. That is all I have to say about that.

  82. Sue

    September 24th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Best… pancake… recipe….EVER (and I’ve made some good ones). Now a household fave.

  83. bakedbree

    September 25th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    WOW! thanks!

  84. NΓ‘dya

    October 5th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Ohhhh, my dear!!!!! These are DE-LI-CIOUSSSSSSSSS!!!!! This morning I made them, substituted maple syrup with honey, and the result was A+!!! That cinnamon aroma in all the house mmmmmm…it is quite quickly and sooooo yummmmmmmyyyy…
    Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe!!!

  85. bakedbree

    October 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Aren’t they amazing? Glad that you liked them Nadya.

  86. Annie

    January 23rd, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Wow! These really are the best things ever. They killed my craving for cinnamon rolls. My hubby cooked them up for my birthday breakfast. Home run! A keeper. Thanks for posting.

  87. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I know! So much faster than a cinnamon roll, and just as yummy.

  88. Shea

    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    your recipe was DELISH!!!!! only thing i did different was i sift the flour. Perfect way to start our cheat day πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to make it again! Thanks

  89. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Yes, it really is a perfect way to start a cheat day!

  90. Paige

    February 1st, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have made these numerous times when we have breakfast for dinner and the kids love them! What a special treat..btw i love the silverware in the picture where are they from?

  91. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    it is my silver from my wedding. It is called repousse. https://www.silversuperstore.com/kirk-stieff/sterling_silver_flatware/repousse_silverware.html

  92. rita

    February 21st, 2012 at 11:28 am

    It is gorgeous but yikes, at that price I couldn’t afford the food…lol.

  93. bakedbree

    February 21st, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    they were a gift for sure. πŸ™‚

  94. Dangler

    February 21st, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Omg…where have these been all my life??

  95. bakedbree

    March 1st, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    these are amazeballs.

  96. Carrie

    February 28th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Yum! We also shared a favorite pancake recipe– our daughters fav (I think she’d love these too) Marshmallow Pancakes here https://thedealgirls.com/2012/02/national-pancake-day-ooey-gooey-pancakes/

  97. bakedbree

    March 1st, 2012 at 11:34 pm


  98. Andrea

    June 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Beyond amazing!!! Yes, ah-mazing!

    I made a dairy-free version for my kiddos this morning, and they could not stop saying: “They taste like REAL cinnamon rolls! These are the best things EVER, Mom!”

    I do believe these will end up in our morning rotation. πŸ™‚

  99. bakedbree

    June 15th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I am so glad that you and your kids loved these so much.

  100. Sarah

    July 8th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Making these tomorrow morning for my Mom’s birthday breakfast. I hope she likes them!!

  101. bakedbree

    July 12th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Me too, but I am guessing that she will.

  102. Jan

    November 27th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    My husband is the pickiest eater I have ever met. It doesn’t help my cause that he also cooks for a living, so he knows from a professional opinion if a food is good or not. He gobbled these right up! And they were soooo easy to make! I couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you πŸ™‚

  103. bakedbree

    November 27th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I am so glad! These are really good pancakes. πŸ™‚

  104. Frances Miller

    December 15th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I do not have kids that are put off with anything that looks different, I have a husband and believe me that is worse!

    This is just the recipe I have been looking for : whole wheat pancakes! Although the icing is a little bit too much for me!

    Thanks for sharing!

  105. bakedbree

    December 16th, 2012 at 2:03 pm


  106. Ashley

    April 14th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Hey these look really good. Wanting to make them but im watching my calories and was wondering if you new how many calories was in all this. If you could let me know ASAP I would appreciate it!! πŸ™‚

  107. bakedbree

    April 14th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I don’t, you can google a nutrition calculator and find out.

  108. Erin Hahn

    May 11th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Pancakes have become a staple in my house on Saturday mornings-my boys keep requesting these over chocolate chip so these are definitely a winner! They are really amazing and I wanted to say thanks for the post. I do cut back on the baking powder because its hard to tell when the middle is done with such a thick pancake. AND I add a little vanilla to the frosting. Great recipe!

  109. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    You are so welcome!

  110. Shannon

    July 5th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Just made these this morning for my daughters and I – they passed with flying colours! Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  111. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Yum! I haven’t made these in ages. I am glad you all liked them so much.

  112. Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds

    November 9th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    These were incredibly delicious!! Thanks for sharing them.

  113. bakedbree

    November 17th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    You are welcome! I have not made these in a long time, I need to make them soon.

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