Cinnamon Sticky Bun Pancakes

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I always hate when I see Secret Recipe Club “orphans.” These are the blogs who have an assignment and do theirs but the person who has their name didn’t do their assignment. Does that make sense?

For last week’s Group A revel, my assigned blog was Sustainable Eating for One. And the person who had me was Amanda’s Cookin’. So if Amanda’s Cookin’ had not made my recipe and posted about it, I would be an SRC “orphan.”

I have never been in that situation, but I imagine it’s a big bummer to do your recipe and get it up and not get to see a review of your own recipe!

When I saw that The Tasty Cheapskate was a group B orphan this month, I jumped over to her blog. Because I like tasty! And I am cheap. And she has a HUGE recipe index, so I knew I could find something to make that I had all the ingredients for. I was right!

I slightly modified Jean’s recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Apple Cream Topping. I added a little lemon zest, which I thought would be nice with the cinnamon. I didn’t bother with the topping, because it’s a weekday morning and I didn’t think anyone in my family would eat it except David. And I doubled the recipe, because 8 pancakes is laughable for my family of 4. David ate 3 by himself. (He’s not quite 18 months. And UNDERWEIGHT. Ha.) (Two is definitely a reasonable portion, especially with the topping, but my husband LOVES pancakes and I don’t mind having leftovers to freeze anyway.)

These pancakes are sticky and awesome. The cinnamon-sugar-butter mixture oozes out when you flip the pancakes, leaving an indentation where it was and making that side of the pancake sort of like the outside of a hot sticky bun. Thus, my interpretation of the name.

Bon Appetit, Pancake Lovers! And go give Tasty Cheapskate some extra love and comments on her blog.

Cinnamon Sticky Bun Pancakes

Yield: about 16 pancakes

Serving Size: 2-3 pancakes

Cinnamon Sticky Bun Pancakes


  • 4T butter
  • 6T brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1T baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 c. milk soured with the juice of one lemon*
  • zest of one lemon
  • *If you use white flour, you will only need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of milk


Melt together butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the microwave or on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Stir very well; set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add in soured milk, whisking until the batter is runny but still slightly lumpy.

Pour batter onto a hot, greased griddle in 1/4 cup measures. Use a spoon or measuring cup or squeeze bottle to make swirl designs with the cinnamon-butter mixture. (Make sure to stir mixture well each time before you use it, or sugar will all go to the bottom.)

Cook until bubbles form; flip pancakes and cook for a few more minutes. Flip onto plate so sticky side is up. Drizzle with more cinnamon-butter-sugar stuff. Eat!

7 thoughts on “Cinnamon Sticky Bun Pancakes

  1. What great pancakes and a great SRC member to jump in and do this post! These pancakes look delicious. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.
    Miz Helen
    SRC Group B

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