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Cinnamon Swirl Waffles

Who’s ready for a delicious spin on cinnamon rolls that is faster and much easier to make? Meet the latest and greatest breakfast idea… warm, sweet Cinnamon Swirl Waffles with a mouthwatering cream cheese topping for the ultimate breakfast win.

You still get that fluffy waffle taste now with a caramelized swirl in the middle.

And you can even generously frost these breakfast waffles with a gooey, sweet topping everyone will be talking about for the rest of the day.

To put it another way… y’all will fall in love with how delicious these taste without the hassle and wait time of traditional cinnamon rolls.

waffle iron with waffle mix with cinnamon swirl. Cinnamon sticks in the background of image. with text that says cinnamon swirl waffles, it's an easy homemade breakfast treat that is Gluten and dairy free.

It’s no surprise these are the hottest breakfast item around our house right now. For one thing the cinnamon swirl waffles aren’t too sweet or rich; they’re beautifully perfect.

The brown sugar, dairy free butter, and cinnamon create a perfect swirl. You will taste the cinnamon swirl in every bite.

Notably the most difficult part of preparing these waffles is deciding which frosting to top with. Both the the cinnamon swirl drizzle and the thick, cream cheese glaze work fabulously.

You won’t be disappointed with either. And if you’re craving walnuts, top your waffles off with a handful of chopped walnuts.

You can also you this cinnamon swirl recipe on your favorite pancake batter and top with the same delicious crema cheese spread.

A white plate with 2 large waffles on it. The waffles have a cinnamon swirl mixture in the them and topped with a creamy frosting.

ingredients + tips for this recipe

  • boxed or homemade waffle recipe— you will need ingredients to prepare the batter as you normally would. If you’re looking for a brand to try, consider the Kinnikinnick Pancake and Waffle Mix or the Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix.
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon
  • melted dairy free butter— we use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, these are vegan and also soy free
  • salt
  • 2 frosting options— The first is a lighter Cinnamon Swirl Drizzle and the second is a thick, creamy Cream Cheese Glaze. My family goes crazy over both.
  • Cinnamon Swirl Drizzle–powered sugar, vanilla extract, and dairy free milk
  • Cream Cheese Glaze— dairy free cream cheese (we use this brand), dairy free butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract
  • non-stick spray— this might very well be one of the most important ingredients. Spray your waffle maker liberally, particularly the top. If you do happen to get cinnamon batter stuck to the top of your waffle maker, allow it cool when finished. Then take a dull knife to any leftover hard cinnamon sugar. It will easily remove from the maker.
  • zip lock bag— place the cinnamons swirl mixture into a zip lock bag and cut a bottom corner off. Hold on to if firmly to make the swirl design
  • optional— chopped walnuts to top waffles with or warmed maple syrup
  • waffle maker— we use this one
  • pancakes— use this cinnamon swirl recipe on pancake batter too. And the cream cheese frosting is delicious with pancakes as well.
A waffled maker with plain waffle mix on it
A waffle maker with waffle mix on it. A hand is piping a cinnamon swirl mixture from a zip lock bag onto the waffle mix.
A waffle in a waffle maker after it has been made with a caramelized cinnamons sugar mixture on it.
A white plate with 2 large waffles on it. The waffles have a cinnamon swirl mixture in the them and topped with a creamy frosting.

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A white plate with 2 large waffles on it. The waffles have a cinnamon swirl mixture in the them and topped with a creamy frosting.


In fact you will be surprised just how lovely these waffles taste. They are perfect for lazy Saturday mornings, brunch, and to share with company. And you can enjoy them for breakfast or for dinner.

Be sure and tell me in the comments which frosting you drizzled your cinnamon swirl waffles… the delicious drizzle topping or the thick, cream cheese glaze.

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Cinnamon Swirl Waffles

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 8 large waffles
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


Waffle Batter

  • prepared batter for 8 large waffles (box mixes work great)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • non-stick spray

Cinnamon Swirl

  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp melted dairy free butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Drizzle Topping

  • ½ c powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp dairy free milk, plus more depending on the consistency you prefer for your drizzle
  • optional: warmed maple syrup or chopped walnuts

or Cream Cheese Glaze

  • ¼ c dairy free butter, room temperature ½ a stick
  • 4 oz dairy free cream cheese suggestion in post
  • c powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • First, prepare your Cinnamon Swirl frosting, either the Cinnamon Drizzle Topping or Cream Cheese Glaze.

Cinnamon Drizzle Topping

  • Place all cinnamon swirl ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Then place in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off. Set aside.
  • Mix the powdered sugar topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth with a hand mixer. Then place the powdered sugar and vanilla extract into the bowl and cream until smooth, about two minutes.
  • Refrigerate about twenty minutes until serving.

Waffle Preparations

  • Heat waffle maker.
  • Combine your favorite waffle batter as normal. Add in the vanilla extract.
  • Liberally spray waffle maker with nonstick spray before each new batter is placed on maker, particularly spray the top for this recipe.
  • Place waffle batter on maker. Hold onto Ziplock bag and create a cinnamon swirl in the center of each waffle.
  • Bake about 5 minutes or until set. Carefully remove waffle, and serve with topping while warm.
  • The waffles can be frozen and reheated, or store refrigerated up to a week in an airtight container.
  • Tip– spraying the waffle maker between waffles will help prevent the sugar from burning on the maker.

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