Apr 28

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Rolls

These cinnamon sugar pancake rolls are a recipe from my childhood. I used to eat them all the time, but I’ve never made them for Jordan.

It was about time I changed that!

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Rolls - the perfect grab and go pancake breakfast!

Last summer Jordan came home from a weekend at Grandma’s and told me stories about how she had the BEST pancakes ever.

(She also told me how she at too many and had a tummy ache all day, but that’s what you’re supposed to do at Grandma’s house, after all.)

After questioning her about the BEST pancakes which were soon deemed the BEST breakfast ever (yes, even over this and this and even this!) I realized my mom had made, truly, the BEST pancakes ever for her: cinnamon sugar pancake rolls.

These pancakes were a staple of my childhood. Much like her banana bread, my mom made pancakes often. I’m normally a thick pancake person (I always have been), and I love thick and fluffy, dense pancakes. But there was just something about these super thin ones. They’re filled with cinnamon sugar and thin enough to roll up so you can eat them with your hands.

Anything you can eat with your hands is just better, I think. Especially to a kid!

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Rolls - the perfect grab and go pancake breakfast!

I made these on a whim last week to surprise Jordan for an after school snack. I didn’t have a chance to call my mom, so I went from my memory of her making them. But don’t worry, they’re not that difficult so I’m pretty sure my recipe is 99% close to hers.

The pancakes start with Bisquick baking mix. Until I was about 25, I didn’t even know pancakes could be made from scratch. Pancakes (and biscuits and waffles and dumplings) all started with Bisquik. I still have a yellow box in my pantry at all times for pancake emergencies.

You can use your favorite baking mix for these pancakes. In fact, you can use your favorite pancake recipe. The only secret to these pancakes is in how thin they are. I used almost double the milk in this recipe that I would use when making traditional pancakes. You want the batter to be very thin and runny.

When you cook these pancakes, they resemble crepes more than pancakes. I like to cook them in a small frying pan instead of on my griddle. It makes it easier to control the size and how thin they get.

To explain, I made you a really horrible video. Let me just say, it’s really hard to take a video while you’re trying to make a pancake. But, it’ll give you a general idea of how I make them, anyway. 🙂

So, once you have your stack of really thin pancakes, the magic happens. You fill them with cinnamon sugar and eat so many you get a tummy ache.

A note about the cinnamon sugar mixture: growing up we never had “cinnamon sugar”. We had a bowl of sugar and a can of cinnamon. We’d sprinkle with sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon, you get the idea. I gave amounts for a mix if you want to have it on hand, but you can add or reduce the cinnamon as you like. Jordan likes them sweeter, so I use less cinnamon. You can also add a little butter if you like. My mom always did that, but we don’t use much butter in our house (except in baking, of course).

You could also fill these with jam or peanut butter or Nutella. Or all three at once. #thatswhatIwoulddo

Rolled up, they are the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. They don’t even need syrup!

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Rolls - the perfect grab and go pancake breakfast!

Perfect for memories of childhood…and for hectic mornings!

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Rolls

Yield: 10 pancakes

The perfect breakfast for at home or on the go! Quick pancakes made thin like crepes, filled with cinnamon sugar!


  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix (see note)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)


  1. Whisk Bisquick, egg, vanilla, and milk until thin. The batter will be very thin and will drip easily off a spoon.
  2. Heat a small 7-8″ frying pan over medium-low heat. Spray with cooking spray (or grease with butter) and add about 1/8 cup of batter in the pan. Swirl the pan to spread the batter into a large thin circle (like you’re making a crepe). Cook until the top is filled with bubbles and you can easily flip the pancake. Cook for just a few seconds more then place on a plate. Repeat until all batter is gone.
  3. Stir the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. You can add more cinnamon if you’d like; we like it more sweet so I use less cinnamon. (Optional: spread each pancake with butter.) Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar mix on each pancake and roll up. Serve warm.

You don’t have to use Bisquick for this recipe. You can use your favorite pancake mix or recipe. Just add more milk (about 1 1/2 times the normal amount called for). You want it to be a very thin batter so that the pancake will spread very thin in the pan.

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