Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes via elisebakesMy love of breakfast food is no secret.  There is no shame in whipping up a batch of french toast for dinner or having a late night bowl of cereal – In college, I spent many nights sitting in the dorm hallway with one of my good friends and a bowl bag of cereal.  You can imagine my excitement when I happened upon these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes – I was inspired.  That next weekend they made an appearance on my stove-top, with a few minor alterations to the recipe.  I used these copycat IHOP pancakes as the base, and made a couple changes to the cinnamon swirl and icing.  I’ve actually never been to IHOP so I can’t say whether the pancakes were comparable or not, but they sure were delicious!  And that icing?  Amazing!  It was the perfect union of cinnamon rolls and pancakes. 
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes via elisebakesCinnamon Roll Pancakes via elisebakesCopycat IHOP Pancakes (serves 4-5):

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk (or if you’re me, 1 Tbsp lemon juice + the remaining milk to make 1 1/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  1. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. Add egg, sugar, buttermilk, butter and vanilla and continue to whisk until no clumps remain.
  3. Preheat a pan until a drop of water sizzles immediately when dropped onto pan.
  4. Place ~1/4 cup of batter on griddle and pipe cinnamon swirl
    over the top.  Flip when the middle is bubbly and the ends begin to cook.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes via elisebakesCinnamon Swirl:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

Combine everything in a small bowl and mix with a whisk or fork.  Transfer to a plastic bag and snip the corner.

Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4-1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Put butter and cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir, and continue to melt for 15 second intervals until completely melted.
  2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  3. Spoon onto pancakes and enjoy!Cinnamon Roll Pancakes via elisebakes

Baked Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

oatmeal2The perfect breakfast for a chilly morning!  This cinnamon oatmeal was delicious, but the cream cheese icing is what really added that cinnamon roll flavor. Perfection!  This was the first time I have baked oatmeal, and I really liked the texture it had.  I’ll definitely be doing this again, but next time I think I’ll add fresh apples.

Cinnamon Oatmealoatmeal

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • additional brown sugar for sprinkling
  1. Mix everything together in a small-medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour half into a each of two 1 cup oven-safe dishes, I used Pyrex glass   bowls.
  3. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes in the middle rack, move it to the top rack and broil for couple minutes to get the top nice and crispy if you want.  You could also microwave it if you’re short on time; I’d say about two minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and top with cream cheese icing (recipe below).

Cream Cheese Icingoatmeal3

  • 1 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Microwave cream cheese for about ten seconds to soften it up.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix with a fork or whisk (a fork works just fine since it is such a small amount).
  3. Drizzle over oatmeal.