Chip Mom’s Kitchen #21: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

- Posted April 20th, 2015 by

My grandmother was known for her cinnamon rolls. So much so that, since she died, many family members have tried in vain to recreate them with some small measure of success. I delved into the world of cinnamon rolls this weekend in her honor. But, instead of the traditional fair, I put a twist on an old favorite and created…

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Difficulty level:
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There is some potential for goofing up and making a mess, but ultimately it will still be3 a delicious mess!

Quest Items:
Pancake mix of choice
1/2 Stick of Butter (60 g)
1/4 C + 2 tbsp of brown sugar (113 g)
1 tsp of cinnamon (5 mL)
plastic bag

Musical Accompaniment:

Before you dive into a sweet treat, be sure to get your fill of the Main Course…

Illustrated Guide:

There’s not too much to these bad boys beyond your average pancake.  So gather up your few extras and lets get to cooking!


I love Cracker Barrel pancake mix.  It comes out fluffy and delicious every time and all it requires from me is water.  It’s magic. I love it!  They aren’t even paying me to say that, either!  But if they wanted to throw some extra boxes my way, I sure wouldn’t complain :3


As for the extra ooey-gooey that will make these pancakes into flat little cinnamon rolls, that starts with microwaving your butter for about 15 seconds until it’s melted.


After the prerequisite time in the microwave, add the brown sugar and cinnamon to the melted butter and mix with a fork until everything is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.


That mixture gets poured into a plastic bag and set aside.  The advantage to the bag is that it will allow you to squish the mixture to keep it from separating while it comes down to room temperature.  Bonus #2 is that the baggy becomes a piping bag for later!


Go ahead and mix up your pancakes in the manner decried by the box, and ready your weapon of choice for cooking.  Pancakes are always made on my electric griddle.  Pans with sides just get in the way of the hot flipping action.


Mush your cinnamon.  If its ready, the texture is about like toothpaste.  Dole out your pancake batter, and as bubbles start to form, drizzle your cinnamon into your not yet cooked pancakes.  As you can see, mistakes were made.


As with all things, practice makes for improvement.  This was my third attempt.  I noticed that the swirls would start to sink into the pancake as they cooked.  The sugar would also melt and leave divots where the swirls once were.  I worried that the flavor disappeared as well, but I was oh so wrong!


We served the final product with scrambled eggs topped with parm and fresh oregano as well as syrup for the pancakes.  Next go round I will be making a frosting drizzle to replace the syrup.  THEN they will be *almost* as good as Grandmas!

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