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Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes

Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes

When we went to California in November, we spent a day eating our way through Los Angeles with our good friend, Amanda, from Kevin and Amanda.  Amanda had a long list of food places for us to try. We started our food feast at The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood. Amanda recommended the “Recess Time” pancake, which is a double-filled cinnamon streusel pancake. We took her advice and ordered the pancake and I am so glad we did. It is the BEST pancake I have ever tasted in my life. Josh and I recently recreated our favorite cinnamon streusel pancakes at home and we are sharing the recipe today.

The pancakes at The Griddle Cafe are humongous! They are as big as the plate and stacked three pancakes high. Luckily, they will let you order a single pancake-which was big enough to feed all three of us. Ok, so maybe we ordered French Toast too, but we were on vacation, we had to splurge:) The pancakes are served with a big scoop of whipped butter and pure maple syrup. The cinnamon streusel provides a nice, sweet crust on top of the pancake. These pancakes are out of this world!

We were determined to recreate our favorite pancakes at home so one morning we put our game faces on and got to work. We started with a light and fluffy buttermilk pancake recipe. We also mixed up a bowl of  cinnamon streusel. We made large pancakes, maybe not quite as big as The Griddle Cafe’s, but plenty big if you ask me! We added a sprinkle of cinnamon streusel to the first side of the pancake. After we flipped the pancakes, we loaded on the cinnamon streusel and I mean loaded. The final side of the pancake needs to be heaping with cinnamon streusel. While it is heating up the cinnamon streusel will slightly harden, creating a crispy sweet crust.

Josh let a big scoop of butter melt all over the pancake, making the pancake even more decadent. We both tasted the pancake and looked at each other. We both smiled and started nodding. We nailed the recipe. Our cinnamon streusel pancakes tasted just like the “Recess Time” pancake we devoured at The Griddle Cafe in L.A. We were so happy we recreated one of our favorite recipes. Now, we can eat cinnamon streusel pancakes without leaving our home. Breakfast is so much better in your pj’s.

I will warn you these pancakes are insanely sweet. We said they were a once of year kind of treat, but Josh is already asking for them again:) We will see how long that rule lasts:) Make them for a special occasion or when you are in a sugary mood. These cinnamon streusel pancakes are hands down our favorite breakfast treat.

To see what else we ate in L.A, check out Amanda’s post. We had SO much fun. Thanks Amanda for being our fabulous tour guide. And if you are ever in L.A, I highly recommend you visit The Griddle Cafe. It will knock your socks off!

Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes

Yield: 6 large pancakes


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Streusel:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks


1. First, make the cinnamon streusel. In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Mix together with your hands or a fork, until you have a crumbly mixture. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Do not over mix, batter will be slightly lumpy.

3. Heat a griddle or pan to medium low. Coat with cooking spray. Drop 1 cup of batter onto heated skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon streusel. Cook on the first side until bubbles begin to form, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip pancake over and cover very generously with cinnamon streusel. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Continue this process to make the rest of the pancakes.

4. Serve warm with maple syrup and butter.

If you like these Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes, you might also like:

Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate and Cinnamon Pancakes from Baking Bites
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from Big Red Kitchen
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancakes from In Good Taste

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192 Responses to “Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes”

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  1. Erica — January 17, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    I love restaurant inspired dishes! Especially when they revolve around breakfast/brunch. the topping on this pancake looks amazing. The perfect weekend treat

  2. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — January 17, 2011 @ 4:29 am

    BRILLIANT. Coffee cake and pancakes together! yum!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 17, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    These look like the best pancakes EVER.

  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 17, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    I love cinnamon streusel! This pancake looks like heaven!

  5. VeggieGirl — January 17, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    OOOOOH delicious!

  6. How is it that I live in LA and have never been to the Griddle Cafe? I will have to remedy that soon. I saw that you went to Joan’s on Third, Magnolia’s and Scoops when you were out here though, I love those places!

    • twopeas replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 9:17 am

      You HAVE to go to Griddle Cafe, it is SO good! We went on a food tour and had so much fun. I hope to come back so I can eat some more. It would be fun to meet up with you too!

  7. Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 17, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    I have never seen pancakes with stresel on top! Love it!!

  8. Jamie — January 17, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    One thing I miss living in France are great breakfast joints and those great All-American diner breakfast specialities. Mmmm streusel topping is always great but what a way to add decadence to pancakes!

  9. Heather (heather's dish) — January 17, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    i am in BIG trouble with these guys….and lucky for me it’s breakfast time! :)

  10. Chris — January 17, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    These look sinful. If I was able to consume brown sugar without passing out, I would be all over these! :)

    • twopeas replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 9:17 am

      They are sinful, but worth it:)

  11. Sukaina — January 17, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    OOOh those look delicious…I could have one of those easily…or maybe even two!

  12. Katrina — January 17, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    These pancakes look perfect!! Sign me up!

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  14. Jenny Flake — January 17, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    wow, drooling. Those could be the best pancakes I’ve ever seen, woohoo!

  15. Amanda — January 17, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    WOW WOW WOW WOW These look SOOOOOO delicious!!!

  16. Cookin' Canuck — January 17, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    What a great way to kick off the weekend! These would be such a treat and I have a feeling we would find it difficult to only eat them once a year.

  17. Blog is the New Black — January 17, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Nothing short of deliciousness!

  18. Sabriena — January 17, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    oh man these look too good and too easy to pass up! Im going to have to make these real soon!

  19. Deborah — January 17, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Oh my goodness – I’m a streusel lover and these look AMAZING!!

  20. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 17, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Wahoo! My little cowboys are gonna love these! Pancakes are always the top of the list for breakfast at our house and I’ve never seen any like this, we will have to try them!

  21. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — January 17, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    When I read Amanda’s recap, I remember seeing your comment to her about the panckes, and I remember thinking, I hope Maria does make them! Glad you did. :) They look incredible!

    • twopeas replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 9:16 am

      I HAD to make these:)

  22. Tracy — January 17, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    What a decadent pancake! I can’t wait to try it!

  23. I Heart Salt Lake — January 17, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    These look so dang good!

    • twopeas replied: — January 17th, 2011 @ 9:16 am

      Thank you!

  24. cathyb.@brightbakes — January 17, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    Wow..what a neat idea…something out of the ordinary and certainly mouthwatering! Can’t wait to try this…
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  25. Doreen — January 17, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    OMG – those look soooo good – but seriously dangerous …

  26. Sharlene — January 17, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    I love it when breakfast teeters on the edge of dessert :)

  27. BeckyRos — January 17, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    yum!!! These remind me of the caramelized cinnamon waffles at Bruges in Salt Lake. Have you been there? They are amazing!!!

  28. marla {family fresh cooking} — January 17, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Maria, I am not sure if these pancakes are breakfast or dessert – either way they look amazing! xo

  29. Christina — January 17, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    I love pancakes, these look perfect for a special occasion or a sweet-toothed Sunday.

  30. Evan Thomas — January 17, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    These are genius. I love the streusel top on muffins; I could eat that alone. Now you really can when they’re on pancakes!

  31. Molly at Duchess of Fork — January 17, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    These look amazing, Maria! My hubby is the pancake master…I’ll have to get him to make these for us.

  32. Fallon — January 17, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    I was actually think of putting some streusel topping on top of my boyfriend’s pancakes this mornng. Now I have to do this next time. What a treat!

  33. Nancy@acommunaltable — January 17, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Oh my goodness!! Good thing my kids weren’t around when this came on my screen!! I’ll be holding onto this recipe for when I am big trouble with the boys… should get me on their good side and then some!!

  34. carrian — January 17, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    SOld! I must give these papas a try! I’ve bookmarked it so I don’t forget

  35. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 17, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    Great idea! Will have to try these soon. Hope you had a good weekend

  36. michelle@sugarswings — January 17, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    what a great recipe! and I bet for a cool dessert you could just top with some vanilla ice cream! saw your linky on mouthwatering mondays

  37. Cupcake Activist — January 17, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    I almost made pancakes yesterday and didn’t because I couldn’t think of how to make them more special (I was in need of a grocery store trip). I NEED to make these. I absolutely love cinnamon strussel. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Chelsey (Cookteen) — January 17, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Oh goodness does that look heavenly!!!! Sounds just like my type of breakfast, cinnabon meets fluffy pancake.

  39. Shaina — January 17, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Those look sinfully delicious!

  40. Wow! Now that is my kind of breakfast. Thanks for sharing this yummy and simple recipe! Already counting down to next weekend so I can make these!

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