Homemade Cinnamon Syrup for Pancakes and Waffles

Homemade Cinnamon syrup is made with ground cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar and cooked into a sweet syrup. Serve this homemade pancake syrup over pancakes, waffles, or French toast for breakfast or brunch.

If maple syrup sounds too plain for you or just want to try something new to serve at your next brunch, give this recipe a try. Back in the day, bottles of ready-to-go syrup were not around and if you wanted something on top of your breakfast you needed to make it yourself.

This is one of those recipes that seems to have gotten lost throughout the years. I wanted to bring it back and allow you a chance to make it for yourself. Cooking a homemade syrup is easy and the result is something flavorful, different, and special.

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I thought this syrup came out quite well and LOVED the taste. If you like the flavor of cinnamon, I think you will love this recipe. When the brown sugar is cooked, it forms a rich brown sauce with little specks of cinnamon throughout. There is also the heady scent of vanilla to top it off.

Serve it warm on top of your favorite dessert or sweet breakfast dish. This pancake syrup can also be drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream, crepes, pound cake or bread pudding for an absolutely delicious treat.

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If you happen to notice the dish it has a beautiful peach image on the side. I inherited what she had of that set from my Grandmother after she passed away. I only have a few small bowls and serving dishes, but I do think the fruit design is pretty. Each dish has a different fruit on it. I love pulling out the antique dishes once in awhile and using them for breakfast.

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“def going to try, my family would love this on french toast :)” – Bobbi HK via FB

“I just made this, it was wonderful. I will be making this for my grandchildren from now on.” Brenda G. via FB

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Serve this cinnamon pancake syrup over pancakes, French toast, waffles, crepes, bread pudding or ice cream.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, syrup
Servings: 4
Author: Laura Warnke


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Stir together the white sugar, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and water. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring often. Continue to boil and stir until mixture thickens to syrup consistency, approximately 8-10 minutes. Do not overcook the syrup.
  • Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes before serving.

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