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

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