Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes

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The Ultimate Cinnamon Pancakes – double filled cinnamon streusel pancakes! This copycat “Recess Time” pancake from the famous The Griddle Cafe in L.A. as close as I could get to the real thing, and I have to say, it was pretty awesome! Perfect for a special occasion breakfast.

cinnamon streusel pancakes

Live and Love in L.A. with Cinnamon 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. Β 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.

cooking cinnamon pancakes with streusel on top

Giant Double Streusel Cinnamon Pankcakes

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!

How We Replicated “Recess Time” Pancakes

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.

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Cinnamon Pancakes Success

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.


bite of cinnamon pancakes with streusel on top

A Special Occasion Pankcake

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.Β 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

Light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes with sweet cinnamon streusel topping! These are our favorite pancakes.
6 large pancakes


For the 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 or vegetable 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

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love restaurant inspired dishes! Especially when they revolve around breakfast/brunch. the topping on this pancake looks amazing. The perfect weekend treat

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. Holy…

    These have left me speechless (I’m actually quite giddy about these…I’m fighting the urge to jump up and down giggling like a fool!)! I can hardly wait for the weekend so I can make these for breakfast!! Thank you so much!

  7. I love taking pancakes to another level. I actually have some streusel saved from when I made coffee cake muffins. I was thinking of putting it on top of my oatmeal since that is usually my go to breakfast, but I may just top them over pancakes πŸ™‚ I made a carrot cake pancake with cinnamon honey butter this morning, and I was so content with every single bite.

    p.s. this is my first time on your blog and I have to say.. I love the layout! I’m looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  8. I’m so upset that I am just getting to read this post now as I really could have gone for a few of these yesterday on my day off. They look super super delish!

  9. What a sweet victory for you two to recreate this sensational, innovative pancake on the first go. It really is a scrumptious looking recipe, and I can just imagine the crunchy, swoon-worthy flavor of the streusel topping. Well done!

  10. Oh my I can’t even put into words how good these look, definitely drooling on this end. Can’t wait to try, my son is going to go wild over these pancakes. Two Peas and their Pod Griddle Heaven is now open!

  11. These pancakes are knocking my socks off! I’m so glad you two recreated them because now I can eat them too without having to visit the cafe. I love pancakes and cinnamon streusel so I’m sure these will be a hit.

  12. i’m feeling a little unstable after seeing this–it combines two of my utmost favorite things in life. i’m not often inspired to march right into the kitchen and make something, but this is doing it for me!

  13. I know exactly what you mean by “a one time a year treat”. I have a few extremely fattening breakfast recipes I love, but honestly I can only do them once a year or else I go up a jean size! This look like something I’d want to add to that list. Nom!!

  14. I was so impressed with your post and recipe (and those photos!) that I made these for Brunch on Sunday. I swapped the flour for whole wheat flour and they came out fantastic. I made 6 pancakes but the amount of streusel mix wasn’t enough to top them like in your photo. Maybe that part of the recipe needs to be doubled? It was still very delicious!

    1. I am glad you liked the pancakes. The streusel was enough for us, but if you want more, of course double the recipe!

    2. These were so great! Seriously the best pancake I have ever had or made! But I agree with Raquelle, the streusel did not yield as much as it would take to cover the pancakes like the picture shows. But they were still very very delicious! Thanks for this recipe.

  15. we made these last night and had the leftovers for breakfast! They were super yummy. Time to go work out πŸ˜‰ Thanks for posting this recipe!

  16. I wanted to let you know that I made these pancakes for some guests and we were amazed! I made a cream cheese frosting/drizzle instead of the maple syrup and it was like eating the center of a cinnamon roll! I just did a blog post about it, they were so delicious! I recently started following your blog and I’m so happy that you shared this recipe.

  17. This looks very yummy! I cant wait to test it out πŸ™‚
    Thankyou guy for taking the time to recreate this recipe and sharing it with us!

    If I half the ingredients, do I use 1/4 tsp baking soda or 1/2 tsp? I noticed in the other pancake recipes for one cup of flour it calls for 1/4 tsp baking soda instead of 1/2tsp. Or does it really matter?

  18. Oh wow! I already make the same buttermilk pancake recipe but the cinnamon streusel sounds divine! I know what I’ll be making the next time my kids ask for pancakes.

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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. 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 πŸ™‚ I’ll be blogging about them today, and linking back to you of course!

  23. 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. πŸ™‚ Everyone loved them and it made plenty for the four of us.

  24. 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!

  25. 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!!!!

  26. 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.

  27. We’ve now made this recipe about 20 times πŸ™‚ 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!

  28. OH. MAN. Just made these this morning – soooooo good!! They definitely did not need syrup though, just a bunch of butter to soften up the streusel. But boy oh boy were they tasty – like flat coffee cake!

  29. Wow! I’ve been looking for a griddle pancake recipe like this since my husband and I had the best pancakes in the world at The Griddle Cafe in LA in 2012. They came out amazing! I modified banana pancakes instead and added purΓ©ed bananas and added sliced bananas to the pancakes before I flipped them. My kids told me these were the best pancakes they’ve ever had! Thank you!

  30. I LOVE many of the recipes on your site however these I didn’t care for sorry! it was the topping that I had an issue with… It was like eating a sweet mouthful of raw flour. Not very appetizing

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