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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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190 Responses to “Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes”

  1. David — March 9, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    I came across this while looking for something sweet to make. Awesome, awesome , awesome. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Amanda — March 25, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    Hey girl! We had these for brunch today and they were perfect! When can we go back to LA? :)

  4. twopeas — March 27, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    So glad you approved! I am ready for a trip anytime! It has to be before Sept. though:)

  5. John — April 23, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    I just made some up for My Brother and myself. Both of us agree these are good.

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  9. Oh these are amazing! We love cinnamon anything at our house!

  10. Alley — September 3, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    I can not wait to try these! They look so delish!!

  11. sarabeth levine — September 4, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Those pancakes look delicious. Will make some streusel at our bakery and try it on our buttermilk pancakes at the restaurants.

  12. sarabeth levine — September 4, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    These look delicious. Will use the muffin streusel from our bakery on the pancakes in the restaurants.

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  14. Stephany @ the Natural Vegetarian — September 20, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Oh… man. I made these for breakfast this morning and I’ll be honest… these are potentially the best pancakes I have ever had. Thank you for this recipe!

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  17. Jenn — November 2, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Hi Maria – I ran my first full marathon this past weekend. The next morning I was looking for something sinful to eat to celebrate my accomplishment. I’ve had these pancakes starred in my Google Reader forever, so I decided to make them finally. Hubby and I both thought they were delicious! Perfect post-marathon treat! Thanks for the great recipe! And congrats on Caleb – he’s adorable!

  18. Two Peas — November 2, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    These pancakes are the perfect indulgent breakfast! Congrats on your marathon! You definitely deserved the pancakes:)

  19. Michael Lange Ocala — November 11, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    i’ll try cinnamon streusel anything!

  20. Terri A. — December 24, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    OK, I just figured out what Im making for breakfast tomorrow for Christmas!

  21. Sarah — January 8, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    I’m making these for dinner tomorrow night, we LOVE breakfast for dinner, I’m so excited! They look amazing, I’ll have to let you know how it goes!

  22. Two Peas — January 8, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    I hope you like them. They are one of our favorite breakfast treats!

  23. Sarah — January 10, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    I made them! My husband’s reaction was “Wow, are you trying to kill me!” This will be on my recipe rotation from now on. But it is definitely a breakfast food, you need all day to digest them, I still felt full this morning :) I’ll be blogging about them today, and linking back to you of course!

  24. Two Peas — January 10, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    The pancakes are very decadent:) Glad you liked them!

  25. Ashley M — January 15, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Made these yesterday morning! They are SO decadent, just like Maria said. They don’t even need syrup on top… they’re perfect as is hot off the griddle or pan. :) Everyone loved them and it made plenty for the four of us.

  26. Stephanie — January 31, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I had these at my Mom’s house one morning. She got the recipe from here. They are extremely tasy. I’ve been thinking about them all day because they are on the menu this week. Quick question: You call for unsalted butter. I only use salted because I get it cheaper than unsalted. I’m wondering if there is a big difference in taste with salt verses unsalted in recipes? Could I just not add the salt called for in the recipe? I’ve been curious for a while now. Thanks! Really enjoy looking at your recipes. Hope to make more soon!

  27. Two Peas — January 31, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    You can use salted butter in this recipe. Enjoy!

  28. Jen - Jen's Favorite Cookies — February 16, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I think streusel on a pancake is a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to try this. Now that you mention it, I bet the streusel would be great on a lot of things… Muffins, cakes, waffles, Yum!

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  30. Andrea — February 21, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Just made these for myself and my four kids. To say it was a huge hit would be the understatement of the year. Thanks for the great recipes!!!!

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  34. Maris (In Good Taste) — February 25, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Somehow I just saw this. Thanks for the link! Hope you are doing well!

  35. Katie @ ohshineon — February 28, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    Oh wow, this recipe looks amazing! I’d make a big ol’ batch and have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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  37. Paige Flora — April 10, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I’m so excited. I ate at the griddle cafe a few years ago and couldn’t believe how good it was. I wanted to take my family there and had forgotten the name. The minute I read your post, I knew it was the same place. YEAH! Thank you so much! Now to try and make these fabulous pancakes.

  38. Two Peas — April 10, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    We LOVE Griddle Cafe. I need to go back! It is so good! I hope you enjoy the pancakes!

  39. Tiffany Daumueller — April 16, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    We’ve now made this recipe about 20 times :) We’ve made it for company 3 times and my husband requests it at least 1x a month. My husband wasn’t a fan of breakfast, but he has since changed his mind! Well he likes breakfast… but wants to eat cold cereal…bleh! You guys are fantastic. I like making them with powdered eggs and fresh ground wheat. Home ground wheat always tastes so much fresher and doesn’t spoil as quickly. Yum!

  40. Two Peas — April 16, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    Glad you are enjoying the pancakes!

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