Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Filling

by Alli

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Filling is a delicious breakfast or dessert! 

It’s beginning to look and smell a lot like Christmas at my house!


When I was a little girl, I lived down the lane from my grandparents.

My grandfather was a farmer and the day after Thanksgiving, we’d all head to grandpa’s woods to find the perfect Christmas tree. It was always a cedar and the house smelled like Christmas.

After I grew up and had kids of my own, the local Christmas tree lot was the place to be after Thanksgiving to pick a tree. Once again, the house smelled like Christmas.

When I’m entertaining guests during the holiday season, I want my house to look, feel and smell like Christmas.

Red Velvet Pancakes

These days, I have several artificial trees and it’s much easier to manage.

I do miss the fresh smell of Christmas. That’s why I like to keep Smells of Christmas” potpourri simmering on the stove. 

My trees may not be real, but my house smells just like the holidays!

Red Velvet Pancakes - Artificial Tree

Once the house is all decked out for the holidays, it’s time to prepare for holiday guests. My holiday breakfast menu always includes Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Filling.

It’s a family favorite and is always a hit with my weekend guests.

Ingredients For Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup


  • all-purpose flour
  • powdered sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • large eggs
  • red food coloring (liquid)

Cream Cheese Filling 

  • softened cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • buttermilk
  • vanilla

Red Velvet Pancakes

Yield: 12 pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup

Red Velvet Pancakes and Cream Cheese Syrup

Delicious Red Velvet Pancakes topped with a scrumptious cream cheese filling

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons red food coloring (liquid)

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Sift together the first six ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, sugar, and red food coloring.
  3. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of batter into a large, buttered nonstick skillet.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat until tops are covered with bubbles and edges are dry.
  6. Turn and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until done. Top with cream cheese filling before serving.

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 485Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 104mgSodium 613mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 2gSugar 33gProtein 13g

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One of the many reasons I love these festive Red Velvet Pancakes is that they’re not overly sweet. The cream cheese filling is not as sweet as regular syrup. That means I can add more, right?

Note: I originally called the cream cheese topping syrup, but I feel it’s too thick to be called syrup so filling it is. 

Red Velvet Pancakes and Cream Cheese Syrup

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Originally published in 2016 and updated on November 12, 2022


Shirley Wood November 22, 2016 - 8:04 am

Oh, I could just about smell Christmas in the house while reading this. Those Red Velvet pancakes look scrumptious. We use artificial trees also but some years, we will get a live tree too.
The Happy Glow candle will be sitting on my stove in a few days!

Mitch November 22, 2016 - 8:16 am

This looks delicious! My son would love if I used red food coloring on his pancakes to make them more fun! And we love all cream cheese based products in my house, yummy!!

Sarah Bailey November 22, 2016 - 9:13 am

Oh my goodness I would never have thought of making red velvet pancakes but what an amazing idea – yes please I do need to try these.

JanetGoingCrazy November 22, 2016 - 9:19 am

These pancakes look and sound amazing. I would love to change it up for the holidays and make these for my family! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! [client]

Tasheena @ November 22, 2016 - 11:49 am

The pancakes look so yummy! Perfect for Christmas morning.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 22, 2016 - 2:04 pm

I love the flavor of red velvet! I love the idea of making red velvet pancakes. These came out so beautifully! What a perfect breakfast for Christmas morning!

Vera Sweeney November 22, 2016 - 4:54 pm

I have never had Red Velvet pancakes before!!! I love the idea of this for a great holiday breakfast, I have a feeling my family would love them!

Gwendolyn Mulholland November 22, 2016 - 5:48 pm

These pancakes look super delicious. They would make the perfect holiday breakfast. I am also a huge fan of Glade candles and can’t wait to pick up the holiday scents.

Maureen @Scoops of Joy November 22, 2016 - 7:01 pm

The pancake looks delicious and I love how you describe the scents. I could almost smell them 🙂 I sure do miss the traditional holiday scents.

Pam November 22, 2016 - 7:07 pm

We are thinking of doing a brunch for Christmas Eve and I have been looking for great recipes. This looks yummy.

Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom November 22, 2016 - 8:29 pm

OMG. You are seriously testing my will power! My diet hates you, but I think you! LOL. Thanks for sharing!

michele d November 22, 2016 - 10:36 pm

These pancakes look amazing! Love that you have added red velvet to them. Yum!

Anosa November 23, 2016 - 12:11 am

I do have great childhood memories which are always brought to the surface around this time of year. I am loving these red velvet pancakes, its not something I have had before.

Fi Ni Neachtain November 23, 2016 - 4:43 am

Oh my goodness, they look absolutely delicious! Can I just say I absolutely love the look of your Christmas decor too, everything is so festive – including those lovely pancakes!

Ali November 23, 2016 - 6:27 am

Oh my gosh these are a must for the holidays! I will be thinking about them all day. They look so good!

Rebecca Swenor November 23, 2016 - 5:10 pm

These red velvet pancakes sound amazing and I am going to have to make this recipe for sure. It would be perfect for Christmas morning I believe. Thanks for shairng the recipe.

Bonnie @wemake7 November 23, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Oh my gosh, this post is so beautiful! I love everything about it. Christmas is my favorite holiday and seeing your pictures get me even more exciting about decorating more. Those pancakes are so festive. I love the colors.

Annemarie LeBlanc November 24, 2016 - 8:56 am

Everything looks so festive – the decorations, the pancakes, the Glade candles! I love Christmas! It is this time that I am happy to have the chance to be with family to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.


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