Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Pancakes are the perfect breakfast food. In my dreams, cheesecake is too. But now my dream is a reality: Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes! Thanks to the sponsorship of PHILADELPHIA, I’m bringing you my favorite new pancake and topping: PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes - bursting with strawberry and graham flavor!

I could eat pancakes all day long. I’m not alone in this, am I? I love it when I have a pancake photo shoot, because that means I’m making them at 11am and shooting them at noon which leads to the perfect lunch. When Jordan begs me for brinner I jump for joy because breakfast for dinner is not complete without pancakes!

I’m kind of on a pancake roll lately – this is my 4th recipe this year so far. But that’s okay with me, and I’m sure it’s okay with you…right?


Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

I’m super excited about this recipe for a lot of reasons. First, even though I love pancakes, I’m not a huge syrup fan. It’s sticky, messy, and super sweet. If I eat super sweet first thing in the morning, I’m crashing by 10am. I like to have a little sweet with my morning meal, but I want a little something to make the breakfast last.

While syrup would make these pancakes amazing, it’s totally unnecessary, because to get the cheesecake in the name I added one of my favorite things: PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes (1 of 8)

You’ve probably seen these spreads on your grocery store shelves near the regular cream cheese. They come in all sorts of flavors from sweet to fruit to savory. For the first time in 17 years, PHILADELPHIA has made some changes to it’s line of cream cheese spreads. You can feel even better about slathering it on your morning bagel (or pancakes!) because they’ve added even more real fruits and vegetables to their most popular flavors, already made with fresh milk and cream. Now, when you open the package, you can see the little bits of real fruit inside!

PHILADELPHIA has been making its signature cream cheese for more than 140 years, and as part of its ongoing commitment to deliver more delicious, real ingredients, the brand is proud that 22 of its leading cream cheese spreads have no artificial flavors, allowing the flavor of fruits and vegetables to come through in every bite.

And the strawberry (or blueberry!) flavor is perfect on pancakes!

Fry pancakes with graham cracker crumbs for a crunchy crust flavor!

To make these pancakes more like cheesecake, I had to give them a crust. What Crazy for Crust blogger would I be without that?? I added graham cracker crumbs to the top of the pancake while cooking, similarly to when I made my Wheat Germ Pancakes back in January. It adds a little graham cracker flavor to the pancake and because they fry up with the crumbs stuck to the outside, they have a slight crunch – just like a crust should.

The pancake itself started with my base pancake recipe. I used all milk in this recipe because I wanted to be sure and taste the flavor of the Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread, and banana has a way of taking over. But you can totally use my banana/milk method if you prefer.

Then, to make them more reminiscent of a crust, I substituted brown sugar for the granulated. OMG, best decision ever. Have you ever put brown sugar in pancakes? Do it. Do it now!

There are so many ways you can serve these up to make them the perfect breakfast.

  • Layer cream cheese spread on top and slather with maple syrup.
  • Layer cream cheese spread in between two pancakes – like a sandwich!
  • Spread some of the spread on top of a pancake and roll it up for a quick on-the-go breakfast.
  • Try not to eat all the spread with a spoon. Believe me, it was hard not to!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes - roll them up for on the go breakfasts!

So, if you know me at all, you’ll know I’m a super picky person. Normally, I don’t go for fruity things at all. I’m always the “Honey Pecan” kind of girl. But seriously, the new PHILADELPHIA Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread is amazing. It’s so good! The strawberry flavor screams through and the little chunks of strawberry make it perfect. I was hooked at the first bite.

You’re going to LOVE it on these pancakes.

And if you’re not into strawberry, don’t worry. They have Blueberry, Honey Pecan, 2x Protein Honey, Pineapple, and Chocolate flavors too! There’s a flavor for every pancake, that’s for sure.

Find the flavors in your grocery store near the other cream cheese. The packaging is new too – they’re more stackable for easy label reading. And they won’t roll all over your refrigerator either. #win

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes (8 of 8)

Cream cheese really goes good on so many things besides bagels. Like pancakes.

It’s even better when the pancakes taste like cheesecake. I mean, cheesecake for breakfast? #totalwin

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes: my new favorite breakfast!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Yield: 15 pancakes, depending on size

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • PHILADELPHIA Strawberry (or Blueberry) Cream Cheese Spread


  1. Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add the oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla to a large measuring cup or medium bowl and whisk. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until smooth.
  3. Preheat electric griddle to 350°F or heat a skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter.
  4. Ladle pancake batter onto prepared griddle as desired. Immediately sprinkle the top of the pancake with 1/2 teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs. Let cook until the bottom starts to turn golden and the top starts to bubble. Flip carefully and cook until done. (Some of the graham cracker crumbs will spill when you flip. Dampen a large paper towel and carefully clean off your griddle in between batches so the crumbs don’t burn.)
  5. Serve pancakes with PHILADELPHIA Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread. Roll the pancakes to go for a quick breakfast or top with maple syrup for a sweet breakfast treat. Tip: substitute the Blueberry flavor for a new twist!
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This post post sponsored by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. You can’t really ever go wrong with pancakes. I’m with you on the syrups! Usually I like to spread peanut butter all over my pancakes, but this cream cheese looks like a happy day to me as well!
    Mir recently posted..Blondie S’moresMy Profile

  2. YES PLEASE! My favorite breakfast is pancakes, and my favorite dessert? Cheesecake! HOW DID YOU KNOW?
    I have never thought of putting cheesecake on a pancake, and I am obsessed. Pinned!
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness recently posted..Baked Avocado Stuffed With Goat Cheese, Zucchini and Balsamic Reduction {GF + Super Simple}My Profile

  3. these look awesome!1
    Chloe @ foodlikecake recently posted..Pecan Coffee Cake CookiesMy Profile

  4. Cheesecake pancakes- two wonderful things together! I would like such pancakes for breakfast.. :D
    Medeja recently posted..Azijietiškos Vištienos Salotos/ Asian Chicken SaladMy Profile

  5. Woah those sound amazing! Desserts always taste better when they’re for breakfast. In pancake form. :)
    How to Philosophize with Cake recently posted..Vegan pannukakku (Finnish baked pancakes) with blueberry chia compoteMy Profile

  6. Yum! I’m all about breakfast for lunch or dinner, too! Especially pancakes! These look so delicious, especially topped off with cream cheese!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted..Peanut Butter Energy BitesMy Profile

  7. Oh beautiful day! These look amazing Dorothy. Grabbing my fork right now!
    Have a gorgeous Wednesday!
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments recently posted..Quick & Easy Tomato SoupMy Profile

  8. Loving these! We always have strawberry cream cheese in the fridge b/c my son eats it instead of peanut butter. Definitely need to try these!
    Rachel Cooks recently posted..Stitch Fix Review #4My Profile

  9. Oh yum! These look awesome in so many ways… the strawberry cream cheese, the pancake “crust,” and I must try brown sugar in my pancakes!
    Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen recently posted..4-Ingredient Peanut Butter GranolaMy Profile

  10. Only four? Just kidding ;) you are totally on a roll! Strawberries are the perfect compliment to these light and fluffy pancakes!
    Mary Frances recently posted..Blueberry Overnight Oats Parfait from Flavor The MomentsMy Profile

  11. I could eat pancakes all day, everyday, and not get tired, so I won’t mind if you turn into “Crazy for Pancakes” for a while. Brown sugar in pancakes sounds AMAZING and I love the added “crust!”
    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen recently posted..Mint Chocolate Chip BrowniesMy Profile

  12. This is such a great idea. I can only imagine how delicious the strawberry cheesecake combo is on pancakes!
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker recently posted..Grilled Honey BBQ DrumsticksMy Profile

  13. What a temptation, theres go my diet

  14. Brilliant idea to add graham cracker crumbs to pancakes! I now have a bunch of pancake ideas floating around in my head!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted..Strawberry Graham Toaster Pastries (100% Whole Wheat)My Profile

  15. You are not alone! Pancakes are my go-to for those fan favorite “breakfast for dinner” nights! Next time…cream cheese and graham crackers! Great idea!
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking recently posted..Strawberry Lemon SconesMy Profile

  16. Love the term brinner. May have to add that to my vocabulary. Love how you added graham cracker crumbs to the crust. Delicious!
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent recently posted..Chicago DogsMy Profile

  17. We are all about brinner here too. Love these, especially with that spread!
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  18. Talk about a wonderful breakfast! I grew up eating strawberry cream cheese on bagels all thru junior high and h.s. and just seeing this makes me smile! Pinned!
    Averie @ Averie Cooks recently posted..No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola BarsMy Profile

  19. Oh wow, these look so damn good! I love pancakes but am often too lazy to make them and make my bf make them for me! I like mine a lot fluffier though than the ones you’ve made! But wowza those cream cheese spreads are awesome, we only have plains ones here!

  20. Laurie F. says:

    Yum! I am so glad that you made these! I have a friend whose husband couldn’t have syrup, so she would serve pancakes with cream cheese and strawberries on top. I loved them, but yours look better!

  21. Holy moly does this look utterly fantastic!!
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) recently posted..Mexican Grilled Corn on the CobMy Profile

  22. You have the best recipes here and this is certainly one of them. I am a cream cheese fan and wonder why I never thought of doing this. I could see making a torte with cream cheese between each layer … I overdoing it?
    Chaya recently posted..Blueberry, Oat and Yogurt MuffinsMy Profile

  23. Pancakes are heaven on earth! I probably make them just about every weekend, so yeah, this 4th pancake recipe of yours is just perfect! And who would have thought those yummy Philadelphia cream cheeses are better than syrup?! Totally trying this! Pinned!!!
    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy recently posted..Peasant BreadMy Profile

  24. Now I am going to bed so anxious for breakfast! I have to stop looking at food at night! These look outstanding, loving the crumb! And cream cheese is good on anything, especially these panny-cakes!
    tahnycooks recently posted..Sautéed Morels and Asparagus PastaMy Profile

  25. Cheesecakes make me weak in the knees and having them for breakfast is the best thing EVER! I loveeeeeeee these cream cheese spread variations and they have SO MANY flavors!!!! I need to go hunting in my supermarket or at least by these online! Cheesecake pancakes loaded with strawberry goodness??? YES, PLEASE!
    Samina | The Cupcake Confession recently posted..Cashew MilkMy Profile

  26. Love your tip about the graham cracker crumbs on the pancakes — that’s totally genius!! And I rarely eat my pancakes with syrup anymore because of that annoying crash too. Usually I add fresh fruit (strawberries are perfect because of their extra juiciness!), but cream cheese? Even better!!
    Amy @ Amy’s Healthy Baking recently posted..Dulce de Leche Chocolate CupcakesMy Profile


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