Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cinnamon roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
This weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving and that means that it is time to make something special for breakfast and I knew just what I wanted to make. I have been wanting to try the cinnamon swirl pancakes from Recipe Girl ever since I saw them and Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect time to try the pumpkin pie version! I mean you really cannot go wrong combining two amazing things like pancakes and cinnamon rolls and throw in a third, pumpkin pie, and you have something that is sure to have every one coming back for seconds or even thirds! (The recipe easily doubles or triples!)

Pumpkin Cinnamon roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
I know that Thanksgiving weekend, let alone Thanksgiving day, can be quite busy but these pumpkin pie cinnamon roll pancakes are as easy to make as making normal pancakes, and I used my favourite pumpkin pie pancake recipe, and swirling a mixture of cinnamon, butter and sugar onto the top of the pancake after pouring the batter into the pan. After that, once the bubbles arrive, you simply flip the pancake as normal and cook the swirl side. The swirl mixture on the pancakes surface causes the batter to cook around the swirl leaving a nice hole filled with cinnamon-y goodness! In addition to the swirl, some of the sugar in the swirl mixture actually caramelizes on the surface of the pancakes making them even better. The pumpkin pie pancakes by themselves are so delicious, light, moist and fluffy that they are sure to put you into pancake heaven but then add the cinnamon swirl and you take things way over the edge! These have to be my new all time favourite pancakes!

Tip: You want the swirl mixture of cinnamon, butter and sugar to be thicker, more paste like, rather than liquid and flowing for the best results.

Pumpkin Cinnamon roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Although I could easily finish off a batch of these pancakes by themselves, I could not help but think about a topping! Normally pancakes are served with syrup but cinnamon buns are topped with frosting and although I had some tasty ideas for both syrups and frostings I decided to go with a frosting. A basic frosting would have been just fine but since caramel goes so well with pumpkin I could not resist using some caramel sauce as the sweeter for the cream cheese based frosting and it was absolutely divine!

Pumpkin Cinnamon roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 4

Pumpkin pancakes with a swirl of cinnamon cooked right into them served topped wit a caramel cream cheese 'frosting'. Mornings could not get any better than this!

  • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  1. Mix the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, place them in the corner of a small plastic bag and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the egg, milk, pumpkin puree, butter and brown sugar in another bowl.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Heat a pan and melt a touch of butter in it.
  6. Pour 1/3 cup of the mixture into the pan.
  7. Cut a small hole in the corner of the plastic bag and squeeze out a swirl of the cinnamon mixture in a swirl around the top of the pancake batter.
  8. Heat until the surface starts to bubble and the bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, flip the pancake and cook the other side until the bottom is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Mix the caramel sauce and cream cheese, give them a 15-25 seconds in the microwave and drizzle over the pancakes.


Anonymous said...

Sounds amazing. Going to make these

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Pure awesomeness!

Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes said...

Good Lord! This is amazing!

Alicia said...

Oh.Em.Gee. This is just too amazing! Whipping up a batch of these tonight for tomorrow's breakfast!

Pauline said...

That looks like...
The most amazing pancake in the world.

I've been craving pumpkin pancakes like mad, and I LOVE cinnamon rolls. You are a genius to swirl in buttery sugary cinnamon into the pancake like that! Looks absolutely sinfully delicious. I really will have to make this, because you've magnified my cravings to OVER 9000.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those pancakes are awesome and extremely droolworthy!!!



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Joanne said...

I can't believe I still haven't made these yet! They look irresistible.

Minnie(@thelady8home) said...

OMG this looks amazing!!!!! Fabulous. Feel like having bite now.

teresa said...

i might become a morning person if i knew i was waking up to these!

Ana said...

I want a pumpkin pie so bad right now :D !

I like that you feature recipes with ingredients easily available outside North America - thanks for that.

Ana said...

I want a pumpkin pie so bad right now :D !

I like that your recipes feature ingredients easily available outside North America - thanks.

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com said...

This looks like a cake, not like pancakes! I love the color of your frosting.

ahu said...

just stumbled upon your blog and i love it, especially all the pumpkin recipes! you've got a new fan!

Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} said...

To. Die. For. :)

We Are Not Martha said...

These are just gorgeous and sound like an absolutely dreamy breakfast!


Bristol plasterer said...

This looks absolutely Delicious

cquek said...

OMG – simply gorgeous. Your styling is exquisite…!

Jackie @ The Beeroness said...

Beautiful job, that looks amazing!

Laura Dembowski said...

This is such a great idea! Those look wonderful and like a very special treat for Canadian Thanksgiving!

Allison Day said...

This is the kind of decadence that is a once-a-year dish... and since my birthday is coming up, I'm thinking that's going to have to be my once-a-year day that I make this... ^_^

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I made these for my father. He loved it so much, he jumped for joy. He brought me a new car and a new house because he loved them so much! Now he is even thinking about paying for my whole wedding and grand kids college funds in future. Just because i made him these!
TY so much!!!

Sheila said...

This is a good recipe for those of you who enjoy your breakfast fare sweet and rich. I found the cinnmon/butter/sugar mixture you swirl on the pancake batter difficult to work with. The butter melts immediately and tends to run out the corner of the bag. I finally decided to refrigerate the bag while the pancakes cooked. Much easier to work with chilled. The cream cheese/caramel frosting was too rich for most of my family, so we opted for the maple syrup topping instead.

Plasterer Bristol said...

Just wanted to update, I made these last night and they were amazing! The kids loved them! Thanks

Ashton And Southville said...

Damn those pancakes looked good

I will be making these I think :-0

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

I know the post is from last fall but the recipe looks amazing. That frosting! Pinned!

June said...

I've had this recipe bookmarked for a while after browsing your breakfast archives for ideas (I know, I know) and finally made it today--completely perfect! These have to be some of best pumpkin pancakes I have tried--fluffy, perfectly spiced--and the caramel just puts it over the top. thank you for another delicious recipe.

Kevin Lynch said...

June: I am glad that you enjoyed them!

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