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

Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Rolls

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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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Comments

  1. I LOVE Pancakes..and finger foods (yes, I am 6 years old inside) so these looking incr-edible! Plus, cinnamon and sugar is always a good life choice. Pinning and faceplanting!
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  2. It’s like a latke, in pancake form. I used to eat things like this all the time! Still do…with no carb tortillas rolled up. Not quite the same as pancakes though LOL :) Pinned
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  3. I love crepes and such type pancakes, but I am so bad at making them, that I just stopped trying :) Your pancakes look just perfect!
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    • It sometimes takes a little bit to get them from ripping – but with the bisquick you’re guaranteed a good product at least (it’s more reliable!) Thanks Madeja!

  4. Those look so good! Pinned!
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  5. These are amazing! Such a great, great idea! And they sound amazing. I like your idea of stuffing them with all three toppings :) Also great video to explain how to make them thin and when they are ready to flip. Pinning :)
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  6. What an awesome way to make a pancake, I must do this :)
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  7. Even over the Biscoff banana bread? Then this MUST be incredible! We have some serious pancake lovers around here and I can’t wait to try this recipe on them! What a fun twist on the classic breakfast! Haha, yes, Grandma’s are made for spoiling. My little sisters ate root beer and ice cream sundaes the entire afternoon they were with my grandma … even for lunch :)
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  8. So funny, all my pancakes are STILL made with Bisquick — that stuff is magic!! My mom always made crepes the same way you do yours…baking mix and tons of milk. These look wonderful!! (We still don’t buy cinnamon sugar either…is it just me, or does it not taste as good as doing it yourself?)
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    • I don’t know why I feel guilty when I use Bisquick, because I love it so much. In fact, I just made blueberry pancakes with it this afternoon. It’s just so much easier! :)

  9. Oh, yummmmmm! I will be making these!

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  10. These look fabulous! Right up my street. I love pancakes for breakfast and tea!
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  11. My boys would absolutely go crazy for these, as would I! Can’t wait to try them. So easy!

  12. What a fun and different way to make pancakes! Kids do love “hand food” !
    Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff recently posted..Nutter Butter ChickensMy Profile

  13. What a fun way to eat pancakes! My nieces would love these!
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  14. What a creative pancake. These truly are the best looking pancakes I’ve ever laid eyes on. Love your video. Pinned.
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  15. What a fun idea!! I love this. Anything that we can eat with our hands is a definite winner in this household! And by the way..Bisquick is awesome! I still use it for my pancakes :) reminds me of my childhood! Wonderful snack idea, pinning this one!
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  16. Total must try Dorothy! They’re right up my alley. :)
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  17. What a fun way to eat a pancake! And covered in cinnamon sugar? My kind of breakfast! I want them all!
    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar recently posted..Lemon Raspberry Cookie SandwichesMy Profile

  18. Freaking brilliant.
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  19. I Have to make these for my daughter. I bet she would love them. Cinnamon sugar completes me!! :)
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  20. OK, even I am now craving these after reading this!!! I’ll have to make some again soon. I remember my mom making these when I was little so Jordan is the 4th generation (at least) that’s enjoying them!
    xoxo, Mom

  21. Love these Dorothy! I have to try them!
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  22. We always had these at our local Johnny Appleseed Festival, but with apple pie filling added and then rolled. Since then we make them at home so we can have them more than once a year. A family favorite for sure!

  23. YUM!! These look incredible! We love crêpes — my brother is actually the master of making them, of all people — and cinnamon sugar is always a huge hit too. I bet if you made some sort of mint chocolate breakfast, Jordan would call that her favorite for the rest of her life. Hands down. ;)
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  24. awwwww how sweet that you made your mom’s “recipe” for Jordan!!! Love passing that stuff down and I AM SO OBSESSED with the idea of these. They’re like….crepe-like pancakes with all kinds of cinn-sugar goooodness!!??? ahhhh your mom is a smart smart woman
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  25. I am so excited about this post! These look great! I love pancakes anyway…thick, thin, whatever. I can’t wait to make them…and Bisquick is still my go-to pancake mix.
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  26. Once again you take the cake for creativity! (you and your mom!) These look good- perfect for weekends (when I’m out of syrup)

  27. Ummm, yes, yes, and yes. I’m on it. My three children thank you.
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  28. These are SO my thing! A must try for sure! :)
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  29. Yep, it looks like I am having breakfast for dinner tomorrow night!
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  30. These look like the Belgian “pannekoeken” (pancakes) they make here in Belgium – and they always smother in lots of nummy sugar like these ones here ! I need to try out your version because these look amaazinngg !!! Pinned :)
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  31. How fun! My kids love anything they can pick up with their hands! Making these soon!
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  32. My kids love pancakes & cinnamon with sugar on toast so I KNOW they will be thrilled with these beauties. I even have some bisquick in the cupboard. Bookmarked!
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  33. Do they freeze well? Of course only after making copious amounts so we get a tummy ache now and after being in the freezer ;)

  34. OK, so cinnamon rolls and pancakes are my favorite breakfast items…but together? You are genius!
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  35. Though I frequently make pancakes,I haven’t made crepes in ages. Now your cinnamon sugar version has me craving crepes! Thanks for all of the crepe making tips and video, Dorothy!
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  36. Love these Dorothy! Such a great idea! and so much fun! Cinnamon sugar anything makes my heart sing and I know my son would totally go nuts over them – finger foods are definitely more fun to eat :) Love the video too! Pinned!
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  37. Yeah, so about your mom…I think I love her. Is that weird? Sorry. These pancake / crepe hodgepodge cinnamon sugar rolls look insane. Your mom’s rolls make my mom’s cinnamon sugar buttered toasts look tragic. And they were my faves! Sigh. #momenvy

    On a side note! You mentioned in an old post that you thought your voice sounded horrible and it totally doesn’t!!! I think it sounds great! {And kinda like mine sounds in my head, so there’s that…}
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  38. Lori Andor says:

    My Mom made us “roll up pancakes” (crepes with lots of melting butter and sugar). We make them for our kids and other family members that come over and requests them.

  39. Wow, it’s like combining all both of the best breakfast foods into one magic moment!
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  40. Kristyn says:

    SOOO yummy – thanks for the great recipe!!

  41. I just made these pancakes and they were delicious ! Reminds me of ones I had as a kid!

  42. These are similar to traditional pannenkoeken. I grew up eating these Dutch pancakes. They’re very thin and dinner plate sized and you can spread whatever on them. Roll em up with the edge of your fork. They’re much better from scratch. Biquick puffs them too much.

  43. I love this idea as I have never liked my pancakes drowned in syrup..I’m more apt to roll them up and dip them instead. These are perfect! Growing up, we never had cinnamon sugar either. Your post reminded me of the cinnamon toast my Mom made for as kids..complete with a sprinkling of the sugar then the cinnamon. I really want to give these a try! Great recipe. :)
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