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Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, here's an idea for a special brunch.  Combine cinnamon pancakes with a maple cream cheese drizzle and you have a winner. Add fresh fruit and bacon and call it brunch.

Buttermilk Pancakes:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Stir melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until combined.  
  2. Put filling into a small Ziploc bag and set aside.
  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in buttermilk, oil and egg until somewhat smooth (do not overmix). 
  3. Heat large skillet or griddle over medium heat.Spray with cooking oil.
  4. Drop mounds of batter (about 1/2 cup each) onto the griddle.
  5. Snip a corner off the baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze a spiral of filling onto each pancake.
  6. Once top begins to bubble, flip carefully and cook until golden on the other side.
  7. Transfer to baking sheet and keep warm in oven, until ready to serve.
  8. Serve with warmed cream cheese drizzle (instructions to follow).
  Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Place cream cheese and  syrup in a medium glass bowl and heat in microwave for 30 seconds. 
  2. Beat with mixer or wire whip, adding 2 tablespoons milk for consistency.
  3. If lumpy, heat for another 20-30 seconds.
  4. Beat until smooth.
 *If you don't care for the cream cheese topping, serve with your favorite pancake syrup.


  1. Oh, my hubby would love these! Unfortunately he wouldn't like the cream cheese drizzle but definitely the pancakes. Now I would like the drizzle. Thanks for the recipe and have a blessed Valentine's Day!

  2. What will you think of next??? This will be an amazing special breakfast treat! I can’t wait to make them for the quads when they spend the night or - better yet - I’ll make them for the parents AND kids the next time I spend the night in Quadville! Thank you for the recipe. I have a super duper new printer so your recipe will be the first thing I print off on it!

  3. Amazing Judy! These would be great for Shrove Tuesday as well as Valentines - why not!!?

  4. Except you forgot the bacon....

    1. We never forget the bacon! You’ll see it there, along with the stacked pancakes and the fruit. LOL

  5. Thank you! We had pancakes for lunch at our house the other day during a huge snowstorm. Will give this a try next time.

  6. We had breakfast for lunch today just so I could make these pancakes (without the cream cheese drizzle - and without syrup, for that matter) and I must have said "THESE ARE SO GOOD!" about 100 times. Instant favorite!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment after trying the recipe. We always appreciate reviews.


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