Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


There’s a local brunch place in the city called Orange. I haven’t been there in forever (there’s always a huge line and, if I’m being honest, I think it’s sort of gone downhill) but I randomly was thinking about their cinnamon roll pancakes the other day.  I thought about taking a (relatively long) walk there during lunch, but ultimately decided I would try to make my own over the weekend.  I couldn’t remember exactly what’s in the pancakes (like I said, it’s been a while) so I looked at the description on the menu. I’m pretty sure they have candied pecans on them too, though…not that mine did. I don’t candy things at 8am on a Saturday.

At any rate, these were easy enough to whip up and tasted great. For the maple-pecan paste I literally just used toasted pecans and maple syrup (but don’t worry, no paste) and blended them in a food processor.  I didn’t add a whole lot of syrup though because I knew these would be topped with glaze (and maybe more syrup) and didn’t want them to be TOO over the top.

The pancakes are nice and cinnamony and I’ve always loved pecans as a complement to both pancakes and waffles. My glaze was a little runny because I added too much milk and didn’t feel like adding more sugar to thicken it (since it tasted fine) but otherwise, these were a nice change of pace from my normally boring (and usually over-the-top healthy) breakfasts.

Oh, also, this will be my last post for a while! The hubs and I are taking a vacation to Florida so it will probably be a week and a half or so before I’m back. Think happy no-rain thoughts for me, please.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

32 thoughts on “Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

  1. I have to try this! I love cinnamon rolls flavor, but don’t want to go through with making them homemade. This is a nice fix to my craving. Have a good vacation!

  2. Why don’t you candy things at 8am on a Saturday morning? Isn’t that what all good foodies should do? LOL Those pancakes look amazing. I can just imagine the smell on a lazy fall weekend :-p

  3. Orange closed down. It was overrated. For outrageous pancakes, try Bongo room at Wabash and Roosevelt. Their pancakes are out of control.

    1. I agree, Bongo is great. There are still a couple Oranges around–they actually just put one up on Clark & Fullerton semi-recently. But I do agree, it’s definitely overrated.

    2. I’ve only just tried the Bongo room and I agree–it’s absolutely delicious. Plus, I also like that they have an egg-less breakfast burrito, for those rare occasions I don’t want pancakes.

  4. Those look so delicious. I’m still a huge fan of Orange, but only a few dishes- the cinnamon roll pancakes and their green eggs and ham. Their omlettes are pretty good too. Some of the other dishes are overrated. Maybe I’ll just use your recipe and save myself from driving in city traffic! Looks amazing.

  5. How interesting! I’ve been meaning to make actual cinnamon rolls forever and I never actually do.

  6. Another genius breakfast move by you…much like Baklava French Toast…you’ve taken a favourite flavour and made into brekkie delight!

  7. Ohhhhh my goodness. Those look so insanely good. Pancakes are my reward for any goal I set for myself (because I love them so much ) but these look like the ULTIMATE reward!!! mmm…

  8. I love pancakes, and I could have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner any time. These sound so good … the cinnamon so warm and flavorful.

  9. I hope FL was fun! These look great… and I love Orange! I do think it can be a bit hit or miss, but when it’s good, it’s really good 🙂 The pancake flights are so fun there!

  10. pardon me whilst i wipe up the unseemy puddle of drool that has escaped my mouth…
    what an amazing stack of pancakes, elly–this notion of cinnamon roll-style hubcaps with a unique glaze has to be one of the best ideas ever.

  11. I just went to Orange this morning and had the cinnamon roll pancakes for the first time… I immediately knew I had to try to find a similar recipe, and here it is! 🙂 Can’t wait to try this out.

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