Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

 Fluffy cinnamon pancakes with ooey gooey apple topping! The perfect Autumn breakfast. 

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

 Apple season has arrived! And even though that means that swimsuits are getting packed away and we’re gonna be busting out the ear warmers before ya know it, I’m pretty happy about the whole thing. I’m always sad to see summer go, but the fact that all things apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin are on the way certainly makes the warm-to-frigid temperature transition a little more bearable. I have those days where I want absolutely nothing more than to pack my bags and move to Southern Cali where the temps stay right around perfect for the entire year.  But then the weather changes and I start to pull out my sweaters and boots and smell maple pecan pie candles, and suddenly I’m so glad I live somewhere with 4 distinct seasons.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

The thing about Utah weather though, is that it is so unpredictable. It changes every 10 minutes and that makes it really difficult to plan what you’re going to wear. Yesterday I set out to run some errands in crops and a t-shirt. I ran into Forever 21 to make a return and when I came back out 15 minutes later it was positively pouring cats and dogs outside. An hour later it was sunny and warm again. See what I mean? Impossible.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

But enough small talk about the weather. Let’s talk fall breakfasts. Particularly cinnamon pancakes loaded with ooey gooey caramel-y apple topping. Now that’s breakfast.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

These pancakes are perfectly fluffy and soft. Don’t believe me? Just look up^^^ That’s a fluffy pancake if I ever saw one. Be sure not to over-mix the batter or you’ll lose that whole fluffiness factor and we don’t want that.  These pancakes are good enough on their own but that’s nothing compared to how wonderful they are when you’ve piled on that apple topping. Look at all of that apple goodness! Mmmmm. Dig in!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
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Fluffy cinnamon pancakes with ooey gooey apple topping! The perfect Autumn breakfast.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1½ tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (if you really love cinnamon you can add another ½ teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
apple topping
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  1. Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat (275 degrees).
  2. Whisk together the milk and vinegar and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. While milk is curdling, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk egg and oil into milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined (don't over-mix, it should still have some lumps).
  5. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to pour batter onto skillet. Cook about 2 minutes until bubbles form and the edges start to look "dry". Use a spatula to flip the pancake and cook another 1-2 minutes on the other side. Set pancakes aside and repeat with remaining batter.
  6. Add butter, apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium sauce pan. Stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes until apples are very tender. Stir in syrup. Serve apple topping over warm pancakes.


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I would love to make these pancakes……but I don’t see cinnamon listed for the pancake batter?

    Ha! Good eye, thanks for mentioning that – I’ve updated the recipe! 🙂

Kansas weather is totally unpredictable as well, so annoying! Although it can be kind of nice in December when it’s magically 75 degrees! We’re having a cool moment right now, and these pancakes would totally warm my soul. So fall-y and yes, SO fluffy!

    Oh now that would be a nice surprise – 75 degrees in the middle of December! We’re usually buried in 14 inches of snow all winter long, I’d gladly welcome a warm spell! I was expecting good weather today and I woke up to a torrential downpour! Crazy weather. 🙂

These look perfect! I’m always sad to let summer go as well, but the crisper the air gets and the more I see pumpkin and apple everywhere the more excited I get for this gorgeous season as well! Love these pancakes….& now I want them!

    These pancakes were the best I’ve ever had, thank you so much for sharing that recipe. And the topping is my favorite!

      I 100% agree with you – the topping is the best part! I’m so glad you liked these Lucie!!:)

I just finished making the pancakes , they are amazing! I loved how fluffy they were , the topping was my favorite. Thank you for sharing is delicious recipe!

Amazing recipe!!!! Soft and fluffy I used two granny smith s for the topping thank you for the great recipe

Hi Tiffany!

I cannot wait to try these! I am culinarily challenged as I like to call myself and your website is a dream. Just looking at all of these recipes makes me happy! The ingredients are simple and cost friendly enough for a nursing student like myself who’s limited on time and energy. Thank you thank you I am so excited to try everything!! Maybe I will fool my boyfriend into thinking I can cook 😉


    Hi Tiffany! Believe it or not there was a time in my life when I was culinarily challenged! I even fooled my husband to believe I could cook! 😉 These recipes are definitely manageable and I hope you find lots to enjoy here on my site!! 🙂

These pancakes brought my boyfriend to his KNEES! He had me make them the following day as well! He said it tasted like a “cinnamon roll pancake”. Thank you!

Delicious!! Except, the pancakes call for cinnamon and in the directions is completely misses adding it into the pancakes… so mine were cinnamon free except for the sauce of course!!

I just made these for Easter breakfast and they were amazing! I wish I had tripled the batch to have extras. My husband doesn’t even like pancakes and he loved these. My 5 year old said they were the best pancakes she’d ever had. Thanks for the great recipe! I can’t wait to try more of yours.

The pancakes themselves were great but the sauce was too sweet. Next time I would leave out the brown sugar. Maybe it also has to do with the fact that I used gala apples. It’s possible that the brown sugar would be necessary with granny smiths.

do you think almond milk would work for this?

    I’ve made these with almond milk (vanilla unsweetened) and they came out great!

Thank you so much! This recipe is simply wonderful!

I’m a little gunshy about using sour milk (and I hate the smell of vinegar). Could I use buttermilk instead? I know there’ll be a buttermilk-y flavor added, but would the rising come out the same?

    Hi Hannah – you could definitely replace it with buttermilk!

    That’s how you make buttermilk actuaLlY, mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of Milk and having it set for at least five minuTes! You honestly can’t taste the vinegar.

Had to go back to this recipe post and comment how good these were! Really great recipe and can’t wait until next weekend to make these again. Thanks for a five star recipe! Restaurant quality!

    Aren’t they the best?! My husband isn’t even a big pancake fan and loves these alllllmost as much as I do. 😉 Glad you liked them Stephanie!!

Total recipe only made 6 fairly small pancakes, so they would have to be 4 very light eaters. Pancakes are delicious however and so is the topping. Making them for a second day in a row.

Can’t wait to try it! What pills do you use?

    Can’t wait to try it! Do you use coconut, vegetable or olive oil?

      Vegetable 🙂


Can’t wait to try it! Do you use coconut, vegetable or olive oil?

    Vegetable or coconut are my favorite for these pancakes! 🙂

Hi, these sounds so good! The only issue is i don’t own a would making them on stove top work?

These pancakes sound so good! I was just wondering if making them on stove top could work.. I dont have a skillet…

    Yes! Any of my pancakes can be made on a griddle/skillet or a regular stovetop pan 🙂

Just made this recipe. Much yumminess! Felt like I had gone out for a nice breakfast at a fancy restaurant.

Fluffy and delicious!!