Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes w Apple Compote

Spice up your pancake breakfast with fall flavor from a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar plus a fun fall topping of apple brown sugar compote. Don’t get me wrong, classic pancakes are amazing. But sometimes, I could use a little spicing up of my favorite breakfast. For fall, I like to make it seasonally-appropriate with classic flavors like cinnamon, brown sugar and apple. Read on for these easy cinnamon sugar pancakes plus everything you need to know about apple compote.

two cinnamon pancakes topped with apple brown sugar compote

How to Make

Step 1: Easy Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

First up is making the pancake batter. Use my recipe for better than boxed pancakes or prepare your favorite boxed mix as directed, either works great! 

Then it’s time to inject some fun added flavor; for fall, that’s the warmth of cinnamon and the sweetness of sugar.

Adding the Cinnamon Sugar

There’s a few ways to do it, and they all start with cinnamon sugar. The first and easiest option is to sprinkle cinnamon sugar into the pancake batter and then make the pancakes as normal. 

The second option is a little more difficult and hands-on but it’ll give you a pretty little swirl on your pancake! Not necessary, but can be fun! To do this, pour about ½ C of pancake batter on a preheated, buttered skillet. While the bottom is cooking, take your cinnamon sugar with a spoon and gently drizzle it onto the pancake in a swirl. Once the pancakes is ready to be flipped, carefully flip it over so it can finish cooking. The cinnamon sugar might melt or get a little messed up but worry not, it’ll still taste great!

two Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes on a white plate over a white linen napkin

Step 2: Apple Brown Sugar Compote

What is Apple Compote?

What is a compote? It’s kinda like a jam, kinda like applesauce, it’s really just softened fruit in syrup with a little bit of flavor added. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually a really simple way to elevate or spice something up. In this case, pancakes are gonna be elevated with a cinnamon brown sugar apple compote.

How to Make Apple Compote

Compote sounds complicated but it’s actually really simple. All you need is peeled and diced apples. I like to dice my apples fairly finely, into ½ inch pieces. Then add them to a small pan over medium heat along with butter, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, some cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon. Cook until the apples have softened, about 5-10 minutes, and then serve warm.

two Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes topped with apple compote

Serving Apple Compote

There’s a ton of different ways to serve a compote, from breakfast to dessert. Try serving apple compote over pancakes, waffles or toast. You could even make a fall-inspired yogurt parfait with vanilla greek yogurt, cinnamon granola and apple compote. 

Dessert more your style? No worries. Serve warm apple compote over pound cake or angel food cake, over ice cream or even just on its own.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you make this recipe or have any questions, let me know! Leave a comment below or tag me @annietortellini on Instagram!

two cinnamon pancakes topped with apple brown sugar compote

Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Apple Compote

Spice up your pancake breakfast with fall flavor from a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar plus a fun fall topping of apple brown sugar compote.
Servings: 12 pancakes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins


Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs white sugar
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • ¼ C unsalted butter melted plus a little extra for greasing the pan
  • 1 ½ C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon for cinnamon sugar
  • 2 Tbs white sugar or brown sugar for cinnamon sugar

Apple Compote

  • 2 small apples (or 1 large apple) cored, peeled and diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt


Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

  • Place a fine mesh sieve/strainer over the bowl. Measure 2 C flour, 1 Tbs baking powder, ½ tsp salt and 2 Tbs white sugar into the sieve and sift them into the bowl below.
    If adding cinnamon sugar directly into the batter, add it in here (2 Tbs sugar, 1 ½ tsp cinnamon)
  • Melt ¼ C butter in the microwave until it's just barely all melted and let it cool just a little.
    Add the melted butter, 1 ½ C milk, 1 egg and 2 tsp vanilla to the bowl and fold everything together.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
    Once hot, add about 1 tsp butter to the pan.
  • Here I usually do one test pancake. Spoon about ⅓ C of batter onto the middle of the pan. Once the edges of the pancake look dry and the top of the pancake has little air bubbles (about 3-4 minutes).
    Gently flip the pancakes so it can cook on the other side (another 3-4 minutes). This first cake might take a little longer if the pan isn't to the right heat yet, but no worries it's just a test!
    Another thing I do here once the pancake finishes cooking is move the one pancake all over the pan to soak up any big pools of butter. Remove the pancakes from the pan and put on a plate that you can cover with a lid/tinfoil.
  • Spoon about ⅓ C of batter onto pan. You can do one at a time or you can do two or three at once.
    If adding a cinnamon swirl, sprinkle about 1 tsp of the cinnamon sugar onto the pancake with a small spoon and try your best to drizzle it on in a swirl pattern. Doesn't have to be perfect.
    When the edges are dry and air bubbles start to form on top, gently flip the pancakes. Cook for a few more minutes until there's some color on the other side of the pancake.
    Remove the pancakes and repeat this step until all of the batter is gone.

Apple Compote

  • While your making your way through cooking the pancake batter, make the apple compote.
    Add cored, peeled, and diced apples (about ½-inch pieces) into a pan with 2 Tbs butter, 2 Tbs brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.
    Cook over medium heat until the apples have softened. Serve compote over pancakes!


For the pancake batter, feel free to use my recipe for better than boxed pancakes or prepare your favorite boxed mix as directed, either works great! The first 8 ingredients will be omitted if using boxed pancakes. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minutes, Fall, Pancakes

Liking this recipe?
Check out something similar!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating