Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

Your mother just called and she’s requesting these Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes for breakfast on Sunday. These pancakes are sweet and cinnamon-y, fluffy and crispy-edged, just what every mother and weekend morning deserves.

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Today, for your weekend pleasure, I serving up the most epic cinnamon swirl pancakes using my childhood griddle that my mom passed down to me. We’re talking cinnamon rolls meet pancakes in the most delicious fashion. If you wanted these to be cinnamon roll pancakes, then you could simply whip up a quick cream cheese glaze.

Inspired by the goodies in my box from Fair Trade USA, I decide that this Mother’s day I want you to have pancakes, caramelized from the brown sugar cinnamon swirl and served in bed. And if it’s it’s not to much trouble, then perhaps a mimosa to wash it all down? Breakfast tray optional. However coffee in bed is a must. Okay, so maybe this is what I want. A girl can dream.

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For one of you, thanks to my dear friends at Fair Trade USA, they’re giving one lucky SS reader a box of Fair Trade goodies! More on that at the end of the post but in the meantime, if you’ve been reading this hear blog for the past 7 years, you’re most likely familiar with Fair Trade and are accustomed to my semi-frequent posts/recipes and all of the fabulous products. Every Fair Trade purchase matters! Buying Fair Trade items is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only is there the comfort of knowing you’re purchasing quality goods, but you are also supporting the farmer and community surrounding them.

Today, we are recognizing the importance of empowering women. From fairer wages, to educational opportunities to funding for health services, Fair Trade supports and enables women farmers and workers to lift themselves out of poverty, provide for their families, gain leadership opportunities, and so much more.

To learn more you can read all about it here.

Here are past #FairHer Posts I’ve done that you might be interested in:

2014 : Banana Chocolate Streusel Mini Muffins

2015 : Chocolate Fondue

2016: Iced Hot Chocolate

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There’s a good chance you have all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards and fridge to make these this very weekend. All you need is flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. For the cinnamon sugar swirl you’ll need dark brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.

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In a medium bowl whisk together the 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon of both sugar and baking powder and a teaspoon of kosher salt.

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Pour in the 2 cups of milk, crack in both eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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Whisk until the wet ingredients are incorporated into the dry, pour in the tablespoon of melted coconut  and set aside.

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In a small saucepan, melt the 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter and stir in the 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar and rounded tablespoon of cinnamon.

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I pour it into a reusable squeeze bottle, which will make it a whole lot easier to drizzle into a spiral. Otherwise you can pour into a ziplock baggie and snip the corner. I use a bottle like this (affiliate).

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Preheat a griddle to 400° and grease with coconut oil. Pour 1/3 cup of the pancake batter on to your griddle.

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Once the batter has spread out a little, start in the center and drizzle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture into a spiral design.

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Once the pancake’s bubble pop and stop filling back in, flip and cook for and additional 1 to 3 minutes. You want the brown sugar mixture to have a chance to caramelize.

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Transfer the pancakes onto a rimmed metal sheet pan and keep hot in a 250° oven.

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Stack. Butter. And drizzle with real maple syrup.

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Tender, fluffy pancakes with crispy, caramelized brown sugar edges. Trenches perfect for holding melted butter and maple syrups. Cinnamon swirl pancakes will change your life!

Enjoy! And if you give these Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance!  


Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

Your weekend just got alot better with these Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes! Fluffy pancakes swirled with cinnamon sugar, cooked and caramelized to perfection!

Yield: 12 to 14 pancakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 25 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour



2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups whole milk

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 rounded tablespoon ground cinnamon

(salted) butter, for serving

real maple syrup, for serving.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the milk, crack in the eggs and measure in the vanilla. Stir just until the wet ingredients incorporate with the dry, then stir in the melted (and cooled) coconut oil. Set a side.

Stir the dark brown sugar and cinnamon in with the melted butter. Pour into a squeeze bottle.

Preheat your griddle to 400° and grease with some coconut oil.

Pour 1/3 cup of the pancake batter (per pancake) onto the preheated griddle. Once the batter spreads out, start in the center and drizzle the cinnamon brown sugar mixture in a spiral design.

Once the batter bubbles pop and stop filling back in and the bottom is golden, use a spatula to carefully and quickly flip. Cook for an additional 1 to 3 minutes or until the cinnamon sugar caramelizes.

Keep hot on a rimmed metal sheet pan in a warm oven.

Serve with butter and real maple syrup.

**to make these cinnamon roll pancakes, whip up a cream cheese glaze and drizzle overtop instead of butter and syrup!

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44 Responses to “Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes”

  1. #
    Linda — May 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Oh, man, they look so good. If only my girls were living at home again to make them for me. !!!

  2. #
    Mary S — May 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Can’t wait to make these for my grandchildren!

  3. #
    Kayley — May 12, 2017 at 10:34 am

    My fave has been and always will be chocolate chip pancakes!

  4. #
    kelly odonnell — May 12, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I love this! Happy Mothers Day Laurie!

  5. #
    HS — May 12, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I love pancakes with fresh berries.

  6. #
    Ryan | The Blessed Mess — May 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    oh my word these look amazing! and i love that they’re made with such high quality ingredients!

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    MelissaD — May 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    These look amazing!! We love homemade waffle sticks or cinnamon rolls. Mmmmmm!!!

  8. #
    Annabel — May 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Cinnamon pancakes sound delicious. I also love French toast and maple syrup. Yum. Thank you for the giveaway.

  9. #
    Sonya — May 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I love pancakes for brunch, or an omelette!

  10. #
    Rosie — May 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I love making customized omelettes – you can choose the addins – mushrooms, red and green pepper, onion, sprouts, melty cheese!

  11. #
    Chi Chi — May 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    My Absolute favorite thing to have for brunch is buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and butter. SO delicious, especially with coffee and some crispy breakfast potatoes.

  12. #
    Julie Wood — May 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I love Pancakes or waffles for breakfast with whipped cream on top with fruit!

  13. #
    Cheryl B — May 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I love crepes and pancakes.

  14. #
    Jessica To — May 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I like a sausage and egg casserole.

  15. #
    Leslie — May 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    My favorite is quiche.

  16. #
    Hilary — May 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love a good chocolate croissant for breakfast! I have the best memories of being in Europe last summer and eating one every morning with espresso- it was amazing!

  17. #
    Lauren — May 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I like French Toast.

  18. #
    Vicki — May 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I am a complete sucker for a Vegetable Eggs Benedict. These pancakes however, look scrumptious!

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    Kent — May 12, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    These look so good. If you are artistic enough, you could also draw characters or animals on the pancakes with the cinnamon swirl. Hearts might be good too.

    What’s my favorite breakfast/brunch item? Bacon of course. =) I love many other things but I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like bacon. The leftover grease is great for biscuits and gravy as well.

  20. #
    Jen — May 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I love pancakes and I love that swirl you did – I’m going to have to try that.

  21. #
    Rachel — May 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    My favorite breakfast item is Belgium waffles.

  22. #
    kelly tupick — May 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    My favorite is crepes with real maple syrup and brown sugar.

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    Susan — May 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I think my new favorite brunch item would be these pancakes – I have long loved cinnamon rolls (I used to make them with pie crust, melted butter and cinnamon sugar that was heavy on the cinnamon). I’m also a big fan of eggs Benedict.

  24. #
    Julie H. — May 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    We love waffles at my house!

  25. #
    Dana Rodriguez — May 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    These look delicious. I love Blueberry Pancakes.

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    Jennifer S — May 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Oooooh I have to go classic – scrammbled eggs with VT cheddar cheese, bacon, (your) sweet potato homefries + cranberry pecan toast. Copious amounts of coffee. And of course a spicy Bloody Mary

  27. #
    Rosie — May 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Coffee! And waffles.

  28. #
    Margaret S Porter — May 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Pancakes with fruit topping and some yummy bacon!

  29. #
    Laura E — May 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Cinnamon Rolls with a nice mocha coffee (using my homemade chocolate sauce)!

  30. #
    Emily Goodman — May 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    My favorite brunch would be a mimosa…or 4 and a fruity parfait. I’ve been following you since 2012. Love seeing all the fair trade products you like to incorporate.

  31. #
    Kristen D — May 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I love quiche!

  32. #
    heather — May 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Bacon is my favorite breakfast item.

  33. #
    Bianca — May 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    banana pancakes!!

  34. #
    Jessica Naca — May 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    My favorite breakfast item is waffles! I love topping them with different goodies!

  35. #
    Kim Henrichs — May 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I love crepes!!

  36. #
    Stephanie Schiltz — May 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

    My favorite breakfast item is an everything bagel! I would love to try these pancakes for my grandchildren!

  37. #
    Stacey Roberson — May 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Chicken and waffles! I made this my Mother’s Day brunch. It was delicious.

  38. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Waffles are usually my favorite but these cinn swirl pancakes look like a close second!!!

  39. #
    Jane S. — May 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    We love eggs and pancakes! Can’t wait to try these! Thanks, Laurie!

  40. #
    Annette — May 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    French Toast is my favorite breakfast item, but I can’t remember the last time I had it.

  41. #
    manda — May 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    biscuits and gravy

  42. #
    David — May 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    My favorite is egg burritos, though we usually eat them at dinner because of the prep required.

  43. #
    amy guillaume linderman — May 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

    i love pancakes because my kids love all kinds of fruit in or on them

  44. #
    Judith — May 18, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    i love oatmeal

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