Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Breakfast, Pancakes

OMG these pancakes!! Let me back up…

Do you ever lay in bed and crave a warm cinnamon roll topped with gooey icing? Of course you do. That’s a silly question. If you’re experiencing such a craving, and know good and well there’s no time and energy for such an involved baking project, look to a stack of these.

They’re fluffy, light, laden with cinnamon and have the perfect amount of tang thanks to the buttermilk. The entire stack is topped with a few spoonfuls of sweet glaze. These pancakes ‘ll make you forget all about cinnamon rolls, I think

(Recipe after the jump!)

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

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½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 ¼ cup buttermilk, shaken
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Butter for Griddle

1. To make the glaze, add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract to a small bowl and whisk vigorously until mixture is smooth and creamy. If the glaze is either too thin or thick, simply add more powdered sugar or milk until it’s to the consistency of your liking. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup (or small bowl), measure out buttermilk. Add egg and melted butter; beat until thoroughly combined.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps. Heat up your griddle (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat and brush with ½ tablespoon of butter. Scoop the batter, using a ¼ cup measure (or tablespoon measure), on to the warm skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, and then flip. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook on opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.

4. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Proceed with the rest of the batter until you’re done. Top each stack of pancakes with the glaze.

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  • Reply Mira April 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Looks like heaven!

  • Reply Cuisine Céline April 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

    They look so good!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou April 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I agree….really looks like heaven!

  • Reply Abby April 10, 2012 at 2:16 am

    have you seen the cinnamon roll waffles on pinterest? they use the store-bought cinnamon rolls and just put them on a waffle iron and cook them that way–they look delicious! those are what I thought of when I saw this post!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      No I need to see this pronto!

  • Reply Blog is the New Black April 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Heaven is right.

  • Reply Hither and Thither April 10, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Usually I find pancakes sit in my stomach like an anvil but these look light, fluffy and delicious! Cinnamon rolls in any form is great…particularly icecream!

  • Reply Anna @ the shady pine April 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Oh dear! Cinnamon rolls…what cinnamon rolls? These look divine!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau April 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I love the instant gratification of these!

  • Reply Elle @ CHellbellz April 10, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I thought the video was on the pancakes 🙂 Either way cool video about packing for the weekend! I wanna see the pic of the pancakes though, just bc I can’t have any.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      HAHA! I swear to you that last night when I posted this it was the video of pancakes. I have no idea how this happened! Either way it’s the right video now. 🙂

  • Reply Elle @ CHellbellz April 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Nevermind I see the pancake video now.

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks April 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

    These look fabulous! I want! Ever since I saw Lori/RecipeGirl’s, I’ve been wanting to do something like these!

  • Reply Kelly Hartman April 10, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Love the video…but I kept waiting for you to come in and show the girl how to make cinnamon bun pancakes before she left for her trip 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

      So weird! Now the correct pancake video is up. I swear when I posted this it was the pancakes video. STRANGE!

  • Reply Sandrine April 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Loved the video. Yes this time it was the pancake video! They look yummy!

  • Reply Martha @ Weekend Doings April 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    So yummy! I love cinnamon rolls, but sometimes there is no time to make them. These are great and are done faster than cinnamon rolls.

  • Reply Nicole {Sweet Peony} April 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

    YUM. yumyumyum. 🙂 I need these. Now.

  • Reply Reformed Foodie April 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Stop it. This looks ridiculously good – shouldn’t be legal to combine pancakes and cinnamon buns. You kill me:)
    BTW love your blog and just named you as one of my top 10 favorite bloggers:

  • Reply Margarita April 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Genius! Cinnamon bun pancakes… this is so awesome… no rising, no baking… fast, easy, heavenly… love it!

  • Reply Lynna April 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

    love the idea! i always crave for cinnamon buns! 😀

  • Reply Mallory April 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Oh. My. God. Maybe these babies will stop me from accidentally/uncontrollably going to Cinnabon ever again…

  • Reply Dana @ My Little Celebration April 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    So cute and delicious looking! Lovely job Adrianna!

  • Reply kale @ tastes good to me! April 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Well I won’t forget about cinnamon rolls… but I will have to divide my time between fantasizing of the two. Gorgeous!

  • Reply brookeO April 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Yum! I love this idea!!

  • Reply Nik April 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    OH MY GOD. You’re beyond adorable. How do you not have your own show on the tele?!

    Also, these pancakes sounds like a dream!

  • Reply J @ ... semplicemente j ... April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I am not a pancake kind of girl, but my daughters are going to love these!!!!

  • Reply Barb Bamber April 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Loved your video today! You look so relaxed in front of the camera.. and those pancakes.. omgosh they would be so dangerous;)

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you! I was reeeaaaally sleepy so I think that had something to do with the “relaxed” part. 🙂

  • Reply LT April 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Looks great! Have you tried them with raisins in the batter?

    • Reply LT April 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Just noticed…you think raisins ruin everything.

      • Adrianna
        Reply Adrianna April 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        Raisins aren’t my fav, you are correct, but feel free to try it! If you’re a raisin fan, I bet it adds some nice texture.

  • Reply Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    You’re such a natural in front of the camera! And I think the videos do more justice to these pancakes than pictures would do. These look incredible, and perfect to fulfill my Cinnabon cravings!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you!! You’re super sweet and awesome.

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake April 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    i was totally craving cinnamon bun pancakes the other day! now i HAVE to make these!

  • Reply Nikkilooch April 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Oh, man. These look so good. Can’t wait to make these.

  • Reply Jacqueline Strand April 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I wasn’t drawn to this recipe when I first noticed it but now we are in the middle of Passover and I can see myself really wanting to make these Sunday morning for breakfast since that will be our first morning we can eat bread again. I definitely won’t have time to re-stock and prepare real cinnamon rolls but now these pancakes – these will be doable. Thanks for the idea – can’t wait until Sunday morning now….

  • Reply Amal April 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I WANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNT it but I’m not sure about the glaze (actually I could probably drink it..). I like my cinnamon bun’s with cream cheese frosting any tips on how to get the glaze to taste like that?

    Also, I plan on making your Colombian empanadas soon and sent my sister out to buy corn flour and she came back with regular corn flour after I forgot to be specific (I thought there was only one type of corn flour. My bad..) Do I need to buy yellow corn flour or will this do?

    Loveeeeeeee the videos by the way. It totally sets you apart from other food bloggers. Seriously, I’m already waiting for you to come out with a cookbook. Actually, you didn’t even need that because your food is bananas. I mean, bone marrow??? Come on. How did you make that sound appealing??

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Haha. Thank you! You’re awesome.

      I’ll post something with cream cheese glaze soon! It’s pretty simple, just a little milk, powdered sugar and softened cream cheese.

      Did your sister buy white corn flour (vs. yellow)? Both will work for empanadas.

      • Reply Amal April 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        I can’t wait to see what you put that cream cheese glaze on. My gosh, just the thought of it is causing me to salivate.

        Yupp, she bought white corn flour. I’m sooooo glad I can use it. Thank you so much!

        P.S. This is going to sound creepy and a little crazy but when I saw those empanadas I stared at them for about an hour and showed the pictures to my family as if it were my newborn baby.

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  • Reply meesh@idreamofchairs April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Great video! I have all the ingredients on hand except for buttermilk…can I substitute milk instead so I can make this yummaliciousness tomorrow morning without having to run to the store with bed head and pillow prints on my face?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      If you want to use milk, I’d add 3/4 cup milk and change the baking powder to 1 tablespoon and don’t use baking soda. Should work great!

  • Reply :D April 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    It seems thick enough for the waffle grill. Have you ever tried waffle with this batter?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

      I haven’t. I use a different waffle recipes all together. They’re not really interchangeable, unfortunately. The butter in this pancake recipe will result in a soggy waffle. If you do want to try them as waffles, I’d recommend swapping out the melted butter for vegetable oil. Should work!

  • Reply Joelle (on a pink typewriter) April 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    These sound AMAZING!

  • Reply jem July 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    hi, i just wanted to say that i am slowly working through your blog and love your great design and recipes.
    i am neither a cinnamon fan nor a pancake fan but i had them for breakfast this morning regardless. delicious! very fluffy.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme July 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Oh man that makes me so happy! So glad you found me and so glad you’re enjoying everything you’re trying!

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