24 Best Cinnamon Desserts

It might be pumpkin spice season, but I also think of the colder months as the perfect time to break out my many cinnamon desserts.

Though it gets used year-round, there’s something undeniably warm and cozy about cinnamon.

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Sure, I’ll eat cinnamon rolls in the heart of summer, and palmiers are my go-to quick cookie for a last-minute coffee morning with the gals.

But warm apple cinnamon bars, spiced scones, and cinnamon bread just make those dark, cold mornings a little more toasty.

Keep this list of 24 sweet cinnamon desserts close because once you get started, you’ll want to try them all!

Cinnamon Dessert Nachos with Salted Caramel Apple Dip

I’ve been making a variety of dessert nachos for some time, and they’re always a hit!

There’s something so satisfying about the crunch of baked tortillas covered in cinnamon sugar, combined with an assortment of toppings.

For this recipe, you’ll be making a jaw-dropping salted caramel apple dip that you should keep in a dish for dipping. This way, the “nacho” chips don’t go soggy.

If you like caramel apple pie, this recipe is for you!

Crispy Sand Tart Cookies With Cinnamon

Sand tart cookies are essentially very thin sugar cookies. They can be as thin as ⅛ inch and will crisp up in the oven.

They come together much like any other cookie recipe, but the trick to getting them so thin is to chill the dough.

I like to roll mine between parchment sheets and keep the dough in the fridge until it is hard enough to cut.

Be careful when baking. Since they’re so thin, they will burn quickly if you don’t keep an eye on them.

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls might just be the most indulgent cinnamon dessert out there.

Served warm and smothered in cream cheese frosting, they’re tender, sweet, and lightly spiced with a cinnamon sugar filling.

Though some recipes don’t include butter in the filling, I find it helps to make sure it gets spread evenly across the dough.

It also adds a nice nutty flavor once it starts to bake and brown.

You’ll need a bread machine for this recipe, or you could use a simple brioche.

I like to make my dough first thing and keep it in the fridge for the day.

Before bed, roll it out and make up your rolls. Wrap and keep them in the fridge overnight and pull to rise for an hour or so before baking.

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bake

French toast casserole is the perfect thing to make for a crowd.

Make it the night before and let the custard soak into the bread. Bake first thing in the morning for a warm and filling start to the day.

For this super fast recipe, you’ll be using cinnamon raisin bread from the store – but don’t be afraid to try making your own.

Easy Cinnamon Cookies

These soft and chewy cookies are easy and delicious. They’re spiced with cinnamon and baked just until the edges turn golden.

Starting with room-temperature ingredients, make sure to beat the butter and sugar until they turn pale and extra fluffy.

Slowly incorporate the eggs and mix the dry by hand until it just forms a dough.

These are great by themselves, but a few white chocolate chips would make a nice creamy extra.

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Recipe

When it comes to snickerdoodles, I love to throw in some dark chocolate chunks or chopped pecans.

The sugar-cookie-like treats are covered in cinnamon sugar before baking and are soft and incredible served warm.

But I do like to mix things up a little with added extras.

Another great alternative would be to make smaller cookies and sandwich them together with cream cheese frosting.

Cinnamon Apple Dumplings

These apple dumplings are the perfect end to a winter dinner.

Once the dough is formed, you’ll need to wrap the apples, pitching the seams, so they’re enclosed.

A great way to infuse extra flavor is to poach the apples in cinnamon simple syrup for a few minutes before wrapping and baking.

Depending on the size of your apples, they can be individual servings. Try baking them in cute little dishes with a drizzle of warm creme Anglaise.

Sugary Cinnamon Twists

These incredible twists need a little love – and an hour to rise – to bake into the perfect mid-morning snack.

Once your simple yeast-based dough has been mixed and allowed to rise for an hour, you can punch it down before rolling and cutting it into rectangles.

Don’t be shy with the cinnamon sugar. After another quick rise, they will bake for about 15 minutes.

Drizzle them with glaze for a cross between a cinnamon roll and a donut.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Speaking of donuts!

They might not be fluffy and fried, but these baked donuts are light and tender, with a beautiful sugary coating.

Be careful when mixing the dough. You’ll want it just combined for the most tender crumb!

I love to make these in my mini-donut pan and hooking them onto the rim of my hot chocolate mug.

Churro Waffles

Waffles make for a sweet change from the usual pancakes.

There’s just something special about the crisp edges and the pockets full of syrup.

Once you have your waffles are made, brush them with some melted butter and coat them in cinnamon sugar.

For an extra kick, try broiling for a few minutes to get some caramelization on the sugar.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

I can’t say enough good things about this cake.

It’s incredibly moist, perfectly flavored with both brown sugar and cinnamon, and packed full of chopped apples.

I love the bigger pieces of apple used here, but you can make them smaller if you prefer the flavor to be more evenly distributed.

The cake is moist enough that you don’t need anything on the side. But it wouldn’t hurt to serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream, either.

Irish Potato Candy

We’ve talked about potato candy before, and I know you raised your eyebrows then and chuckled at the thought of it.

So here’s a recipe that’s a little easier to visualize.

These little bites might look like mini-potatoes, but they’re actually a creamy mixture of butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, brown sugar, coconut, and cinnamon.

As far as truffles go, these are creamy and cool on the inside, with a fabulously sweet and spicy coating.

Cinnamon Pudding Cake

Even with a moist cake, I often add an extra sauce. It’s not about fixing a dry cake. It’s about adding another layer of flavor.

For this recipe, the spiced cake is filled with chopped pecans and baked with a fantastic caramel poured right over the top.

Once baked, the sauce will seep through, infusing flavor, and collect on the bottom, much like a pineapple upside-down cake.

Just be sure to invert the cake while it’s still warm to prevent it from cooling too much and getting stuck.

Mexican Cinnamon Cookies

Also known as reganadas, these are traditionally made from puff pastry and served on the Day of the Dead.

The layers are thought to represent the souls of the people waiting in purgatory.

For this recipe, you’ll be making more of a crunchy cookie, using lard as a binder and for moisture.

Once the dough is together, it needs kneading a few times before being portioned.

Coat them in the powdered sugar and the cinnamon mix while still warm.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Sour cream and buttermilk keep these cupcakes ultra moist, and the cinnamon sugar topping will add a nice crust to the finished cake.

Cream cheese frosting is the perfect partner, especially when you sprinkle it with extra cinnamon.

Or an excellent sweet option would be to top with a salted caramel frosting.

Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Palmiers

With just three ingredients and around 10 minutes, you can have a tray of these crisp cinnamon cookies in the oven.

Using frozen puff pastry and cinnamon sugar, the only caveat is that you need the pastry to thaw before you can roll and cut.

I like to roll mine from either end, making a cute double swirl effect. But they look just as effective as one big swirl.

If I’m craving something extra, I’ll even grate a little dark chocolate over the filling.

Simple Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

As impressive as cinnamon rolls are, I don’t always have the time to make dough from scratch.

The beauty of these crescent rolls is that you get the same tender, buttery crumb with the indulgent cinnamon filling and sweet glaze.

Using cinnamon sugar is far easier in this case, given that you can’t really spread a butter filling onto the small triangle as well.

Bake until golden and dip into the glaze for total coverage and sweetness in every bite.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars Recipe

The key to these neat little bars is the layers.

You’ll need a classic graham cracker crust – though a pecan crust would add some swoon-worthy flavor.

The cheesecake filling is simple, using cream cheese, sugar, and eggs – though brown sugar would add a nice caramel flavor.

Finally, it gets topped with a cinnamon layer that not only tastes incredible but looks great, too.

Let them cool all the way down before cutting and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars

Rather than a shortbread crust, this recipe ingeniously uses brown sugar, butter, and graham cracker dough full of apple pie flavor, with the texture of shortbread.

I like to prep my apples by mixing into the sugar and cinnamon and leaving it to macerate (draw out the moisture into the surrounding sugar).

With this technique, the apples and sugar will create a thick syrup, and you don’t need additional flour or cornstarch to thicken your filling.

Crumble the remaining top over the apple and bake until bubbly and golden.

Maple Glazed Brown Sugar Cinnamon Scones

Scones are one of those British treats that I don’t think we give enough love to.

They’re soft and sweet (or sometimes savory), can be full of fruits and chocolate (or cheese and bacon), and keep well in both the freezer and in an airtight container.

I love the color and caramel flavor you get from using brown sugar here, and the cinnamon gives the whole thing extra warmth.

The trick when making scones is to stop mixing when the dough is still a little shaggy.

Turn it out and finish bringing it together with your hands, gently pressing it into a thick round that you can portion.

Apple Brown Betty

Making an apple pie can be such an accomplishment.

But who has the time when it’s 8:00 pm on a Thursday and the craving hits?

Enter Apple Brown Betty!

Once you have your apples sliced, the crumble top can be mixed in just a few minutes.

You can use a mixer to create the top, or I would just rub the butter into the dry between my fingers to save on dishes.

After 45 minutes in the oven, you’ll have a bubbling apple base with a crunchy, spiced top.

Cinnamon-Candy Cookies

Most people are happy with a lightly spiced cinnamon dessert.

Some people, on the other hand, want that overwhelming spice you get when eating Red Hots.

Though I’m in the first group, I can definitely see the appeal, and this recipe packs a punch.

These have Red Hots blitzed right into the dough for all the flavor and color you can’t miss.

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

I almost always have some kind of loaf in the house and the freezer. I never just make one.

They’re great for breakfast, a mid-morning snack with coffee, or a late-night sugar fix.

I think it’s safe to say we’ve banana’d ourselves out during lockdown, and it’s time for something different.

Made using oil and sour cream, this bread has a moist cake-like crumb with a fantastic dark cinnamon swirl throughout.

Coffee And Cinnamon Brownies

If you’ve never added coffee into your chocolate cake or brownies before, you’re missing out.

You don’t really taste the coffee due to baking’s magic, but it definitely enhances the chocolate for something indulgent and rich.

For this recipe, you’ll get all that decadence plus another layer of warmth from the cinnamon that will have people begging you for the recipe.

I would also mix through some chili chocolate chunks for an extra spice kick!

These super flakey, sweet cinnamony, buttery Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists are so simple to make and totally delicious! Store-bought puff pastry is brushed with rich butter and then sprinkled with a yummy mixture of cinnamon sugar before being twisted up and popped into the oven to bake. This recipe is the kid-friendly, adult tasty approved, easy peasy homemade sweet treat recipe you’ve been looking for!

💡How to thaw puff pastry (store-bought)?

If you’ve ever wondered, how to use frozen puff pastry? Frozen puff pastry is a super convenient option and brands like Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry work just as well as homemade puff pastry. However, it needs to be thawed out before it can be used and still be cold. Here are some tips that will help you successfully thaw out puff pastry.

  • To thaw out at room temperature just remove the sheet puff pastry from the packaging. Then allow the sheets to thaw out until they unfold easily. The time it takes can vary but it should not take more than 40 minutes.
  • To thaw the pastry out in the microwave you’ll need to watch it carefully. First, remove one sheet of pastry from the packaging and then wrap it in a paper towel. Next, put the sheet into the microwave for 15 seconds on high. Then turn the sheet over and microwave it for another 15 seconds on high. At this point, if it unfolds easily it is done. Yet, if it doesn’t, just put it back in the microwave for another 5 seconds on high on each side.

🌟 Why this is the best cinnamon twist recipe

  • Quick and easy – How to make puff pastry cinnamon twists? With this simple 6-ingredient recipe it’s super easy. You only need a package of store bought puff pastry and a few basic pantry ingredients. And the cinnamon twist pastry takes just minutes to make and bake, it is one of the easiest puff pastry desserts.
  • Crazy delicious – Made with super flaky buttery puff pastry that is twisted together with a cinnamon sugar mixture, these homemade cinnamon twists are unbelievably good! Your family won’t believe you didn’t buy them at the bakery.
  • Super versatile recipe – These cinnamon puff pastry twists highlight cinnamon as the star ingredient. However, you can easily use any spices you like such as ginger, cardamon, or nutmeg. You could even use vanilla sugar or add some cocoa powder. You can even make pastry cinnamon rolls just by rolling up the same pastry into a different shape.

📝 Ingredient notes

  • Puff Pastry: Both refrigerated or frozen store-bought puff pastry works perfectly for this recipe and saves time. But I actually made puff pastry and you can too if you like with my easy Rough Puff Pastry recipe.
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon adds a lovely touch of warm spice to the twists and is a star ingredient in this recipe. Yet, feel free to add other warm spices like cardamom, nutmeg, or ginger.
  • Milk: A splash of milk is needed for the egg wash. Yet, if you don’t have any milk on hand, water will work too.

🛒 You’ll find detailed measurements for all Ingredients in the printable version of the Recipe Card at the bottom of this post

👩‍🍳 How to make this recipe

If using homemade puff pastry, check my easy rough puff pastry recipe.

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  • Mix the ground cinnamon and granulated sugar together in a small bowl
  • Melt the butter in the microwave on low heat and then allow it to cool to room temperature. Hot butter will melt the pastry.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Then gently roll a rolling pin over the top of the pastry sheet to seal together any folds.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the sheet of dough with the melted butter. Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the butter. Now, fold the top half of the sheet onto the bottom half and then gently press them together.
  • Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2 cm / 1 inch strips and twist each strip. Then grab the prepared large baking sheet and place twists on the sheet making sure to leave enough space between them so that the dough has plenty of room to puff up. Probably you will fill two baking sheets.

💡 Top Tip: If using frozen puff pastry, thaw it out but make sure it is still cold before you begin. It is impossible to handle warm puff pastry so use the refrigerator wisely, if necessary.

How to bake this cinnamon pastry

  • Preheat the oven to 190C / 370F (no fan).
  • Whisk the egg together with a dash of milk in a small bowl to make an egg wash. Then use a pastry brush to apply a light layer of the egg wash on the cinnamon puff pastry swirls. This step is optional but adds a nice finish.
  • Then place the unbaked twists in the fridge or freezer to chill while the oven gets hot.
  • Allow the baked cinnamon pastry twist to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Serve these cinnamon sugar puff pastry twists immediately or store them at room temperature for up to 3 days.

💡 Top Tip: Keep the second sheet of puff pastry in the fridge while you are making the first tray of twists. This way it stays nice and cold.

🎓 Expert tips

  • Always unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface or silicone mat so that it doesn’t stick to the counter.
  • If the pastry cracks when being unfolded, sprinkle the crack with a bit of water and then press the edges together to seal.
  • The pastry must be cold to work with. If it becomes too warm to handle you need to put it in the fridge or freezer to chill before continuing on with the recipe.
  • Use high-quality 82% fat content European-style unsalted butter for the best flavor.
  • The melted butter must come to room temperature before being applied or it will melt the pastry dough.
  • The twists must chill in the freezer while the oven is preheating. This helps them to maintain their shape.
  • Check the bottom of the pastry before taking the cinnamon twists out of the oven to make sure that they are fully baked.

🥣 Equipment Notes

This easy cinnamon twist recipe requires no fancy equipment!

However, for the best baking experience, you should always use a Digital Scale when measuring ingredients. This holds true for any recipe no matter how simple because it’s the only way that you know that you are using the correct ratios. Also, a Digital Oven Thermometer is a super handy tool to double-check your oven temperature. Oftentimes, we don’t even realize that our oven being slightly off is the real cause of our baked goods not coming out quite as good.

As for this recipe, it’s not absolutely necessary, but a Rolling Pin is really useful to flatten out the puff pastry dough. And a Pastry Brush makes things a little less messy when applying both the melted butter and egg wash.

❓Cinnamon Twists recipe FAQs

How long does frozen puff pastry last in the freezer?

Typically store-bought puff pastry can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months if it’s kept in its original packaging.

How do you know when a pastry is cooked?

When puff pastry is fully baked it will be golden brown and crispy on the top and bottom.

How to store cinnamon twists?

The puff pastry cinnamon sticks will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze cinnamon twists?

Yes! Simply freeze the twists once they are formed for up to 3 months. Then bake them right before serving. Or, you can also freeze the baked cinnamon twists for up to 3, if stores correctly in plastic wrap.

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Please leave a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating on the recipe card and consider leaving a comment as well! I would love to hear about how your dessert turned out and your feedback also helps other Readers!

  • store-bought or 1 portion of my homemade rough puff pastry
  • melted but not hot
  • for egg wash
  • Spash of milk for egg wash

US customary cup measurement is an indicative figure only. Measure the ingredients with a digital scale by weight (gram). Baking is art but also science which requires precision and accuracy.

  • Thaw the puff pastry sheets (if using frozen) but make sure they are still cold
  • Mix cinnamon with granulated sugar
  • Gently melt butter in the microwave on low heat then let the butter come back to approx. room temperature. Do not use it hot as it would melt the pastry.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, no need to grease them as the puff pastry contains enough fat
  • Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured kitchen counter. Using a rolling pin, gently roll the top of the pastry to seal together any folds.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the pastry with the melted but not hot butter the cinnamon sugar on top. Fold the top half of the sheet onto the bottom half and gently press the two sheets together.
  • Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut the dough into 2cm / 1 inch strips and twist each strip into a twist then place them onto the baking sheet leaving enough space in between them to puff up.
  • If at any point the puff pastry would become warm to handle, pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to chill. Do not force the pastry while it is still hot, it would only make a mess.
  • Whisk one egg with a dash of milk then apply a light egg wash on top of the pastry
  • Pre-heat oven to 190C / 370F (no fan) while chilling the pastry either in the fridge or freezer. Chilling will keep the pastries´ shape better.
  • Let them slightly cool in the baking tray for 5 minutes then move them onto a cooling rack
  • Serve them fresh. Any leftover can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days
  • Work as quickly with the pastry as you can as over time, when the pastry warms, it will stick and would make it very difficult to handle
  • Check the bottom of the pastry – whether it is well baked – before taking the Cinnamon twists out of the oven
  • Try the pastry with different spices eg. cardamom or vanilla sugar

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These crispy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists are bursting with cinnamon-sugar flavor, and are super easy to make. A perfect little treat for the holidays or every day!

Cinnamon sugar and puff pastry are such a delicious combination. If you prefer pinwheels to twists, check out my recipe for Cinnamon Swirls.

Why Make This Recipe

  • Only 4 Ingredients: These cinnamon twists have only 4 ingredients, most of which you may well have on hand in your refrigerator or freezer.
  • So Easy: The prep for these twists takes only 5 minutes. Then just pop them in the oven for 15 minutes, and they’re done!
  • Make-ahead: You can make these ahead of time and freeze before you bake them, so they are ready to bake whenever you are ready to serve.

Want to see how easy it is to make? Check out this quick video!

🥗 Ingredients

  • Sugar: So important for this recipe! Cinnamon on its own would be too bitter. You could replace with a sugar substitute, as long as it is granulated.
  • Cinnamon: The cinnamon flavor in these twists is just lovely, but you could also play around with other spices as well. Try adding nutmeg, allspice, or some ground cloves as well to double-down on those wintery spices.

🥣 Step-by-Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a small bowl. Taste and if you’d like a more sugary mixture, add another tablespoon of sugar.

Sprinkle a little bit of flour over a large cutting board. Unfold a puff pastry sheet, and roll gently with a rolling pin to even out the surface and flatten just a little.

Whisk 1 egg in a small bowl to make an egg wash. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg wash in a thin layer all over the rolled out dough. (You won’t need all of the egg wash.)

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over the dough, reserving a little for the end.

To make long breadsticks, cut dough vertically into slices that are close to 1-inch wide. To make short breadsticks, cut the dough in half horizontally to make two rectangles. Then slice each rectangle into 1-inch slices. Pick up each strip, hold each end, and twist several times.

Place twists on baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between them. (You may need to bake these in two batches if they don’t all fit on your baking sheet.) Brush any exposed dough not covered in cinnamon sugar with egg wash, and sprinkle with any reserved cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.

🧐 Recipe FAQs for Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twists

Can you freeze puff pastry cinnamon twists?

Can you make cinnamon twists with puff pastry ahead of time?

Yes. They are at their most crunchy and delicious right after baking, and up to 1-2 hours afterwards. After that, they lose a little crunch. That said, they will keep well at room temperature for a few days (stored in an airtight container), and can be reheated in a 375-degree oven for 3-5 minutes to bring back some of their crunch!

Can you make cinnamon twists using other dough?

👩‍🍳 Expert Tips

The key to working with puff pastry is making sure that it is at the right temperature. Wait until your puff pastry sheet is defrosted (but not too soft) to unfold it. Unfolding the dough when it is still quite cold can cause it to break or tear. Then, don’t wait too long to begin working with your dough. If it warms up and gets soft, it is much harder to make the twists before the dough becomes droopy. But don’t worry, if the dough becomes too soft to work with, just pop it into the refrigerator for a little while until it firms up again.

These cinnamon puff pastry twists are excellent as is, but you can also serve them with a glaze or dipping sauce. Try making the powdered sugar glaze from my Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Apple recipe.

You don’t need to brush the exposed dough in your twists with egg wash before baking, but it gives these homemade cinnamon twists a little extra shine.

For best results with these cinnamon-sugar twists, take care to not cut the dough strips too thin. Very thin strips stretch easily when you twist them, becoming even thinner. When baked, they may brown more than you’d like and won’t have the same fluffy layers as a slightly thicker strip. Similar advice goes for the length. As mentioned in the instructions, you can choose to make long cinnamon twists, but the longer the strip, the harder it is to twist it evenly.

Love cinnamon? Try these delicious Cinnamon Crescent Rolls from our friends at One Hot Oven.

Fancy a savory version of this recipe? Once you’ve tried these cinnamon pastry twists, try making these Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Straws. Slightly different technique when using cheese, but totally delicious!

📖 Recipe Card

  • 2–3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flour (for rolling out dough)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough (8.8 ounces)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Stir 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Taste, and add more sugar if you’d like the mixture a little sweeter.
  • Sprinkle flour over a large cutting board.
  • Unfold puff pastry sheet, and roll gently with a rolling pin to even out the surface and flatten just a little.
  • Whisk egg in a small bowl to make egg wash.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the egg wash in a thin layer all over the rolled out dough. (You won’t need all of it.)
  • Sprinkle most of the cinnamon sugar evenly over the dough, reserving a little.
  • To make long breadsticks, cut dough vertically into slices that are close to 1-inch wide.
  • To make short breadsticks, cut the dough in half horizontally to make two rectangles. Then slice each rectangle into 1-inch slices.
  • Pick up each strip, hold each end, and twist several times.
  • Place twists on baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between them. (You may need to bake these in two batches if they don’t all fit on your baking sheet.)
  • Brush any exposed dough not covered in cinnamon sugar with egg wash and sprinkle with reserved sugar.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.

Storage: These are at their most crunchy and delicious right after baking, and up to 1-2 hours afterwards. After that, they lose a little crunch. That said, they will keep well at room temperature for a few days (stored in an airtight container), and can be reheated in a 375-degree oven for 3-5 minutes to bring back some of their crunch!

Expert Tips: Wait until your puff pastry sheet is defrosted (but not too soft) to unfold it. Unfolding the dough when it is still quite cold can cause it to break or tear. Then, don’t wait too long to begin working with your dough. If it warms up and gets soft, it is much harder to make the twists before the dough becomes droopy. If the dough becomes too soft to work with, just pop it into the refrigerator for a little while until it firms up again.


Amount Per Serving:

20g 5g 0g 14g

More About Molly

Cooking healthy(ish) meals with seasonal ingredients is my passion. Trained as a French pastry chef, I spent over 10 years as a personal chef. Here you’ll find well-tested recipes that you and your family will love!

Whip up these quick and easy Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Knots with just 6 simple ingredients. Perfect for a quick sweet treat or an accompaniment to your tea and coffee.

Have you ever had a big craving for a perfectly flaky and golden pastry but don’t want to go out or spend hours making anything? Us too. These Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Knots, inspired by cruffins, are just what you need! Made with just 6 ingredients and take only 10 minutes to prep.

Golden, flaky, and delicious. Next time you have unexpected guests or are just craving something sweet and buttery whip out the puff pastry and give these a try. We always have puff pastry in our freezer for this exact reason!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Golden, flaky, and delicious!
  • Comes together with just 6 ingredients.
  • Just 15 minutes of active prep time.
  • Perfect for a last minute dessert!

Top tips for making puff pastry twists

  • Keep your puff pastry cold. It shouldn’t be frozen, just thawed enough to work with. The colder you’re able to keep it the flakier the layers will be once baked.
  • Freeze before baking. For the best bake we recommend placing them in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking. This will ensure the fat in the puff pastry puffs up while baking resulting in light, airy, and flaky layers.
  • Brush with butter right out of the oven. It’s best to brush with some butter right out of the oven so the butter coats the outside of the pastry evenly.
  • Toss in cinnamon sugar when warm. As soon as you’ve brushed with melted butter, toss into some cinnamon sugar for the best coating.
  • Best eaten day of. Puff pastry does not keep well unless it’s stored in an air-tight container. Even when stored properly, we find the best time to enjoy these sweet treats is the day you bake them – and even better fresh out of the oven.

  • Puff Pastry – Not all puff pastry is vegan-friendly. Be sure to check the ingredients on every puff pastry product to ensure you are getting one that does not have any animal products in it.
  • Vegan Butter – We use the Becel Plant Based Sticks, but you can use whatever vegan butter you prefer.
  • White Sugar – Not all white sugar is vegan, but if you live in Canada almost all of it is. If this is a concern for you, be sure to do research into which white sugar brands you are able to have as a vegan.

Puff pastry should be a dark golden brown puffy. We like to use a time as a guideline, then go by eye for when the puff pastry is fully baked. Don’t be afraid to bake until it is a deep golden colour, as long as it’s not burnt it will be delicious.

What if I can’t find vegan puff pastry?

These would also be great with our pie crust dough from our Vegan Butter Tart recipe or you can use any dough you want. Just keep in mind that changing the dough will affect bake time and texture. For a super quick solution Pillsbury Crescent Dough is a great option!

Puff Pastry Knots

  • pre-rolled puff pastry sheets,
  • (3 tbsp) melted vegan butter
  • (¼ cup) white sugar
  • (1 tbsp) cinnamon
  • (1 tbsp) non-dairy milk
  • (1 tbsp) maple syrup
  • (2 tbsp) melted butter
  • (½ cup) white sugar
  • (2 tbsp) cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line two baking sheets.
  • Working with one puff pastry sheet at a time (keep the other in the fridge until needed), roll out one sheet of puff pastry and brush with half the melted butter. Sprinkle half the white sugar and cinnamon until evenly coated.
  • Roll into a log, starting from the long side, like you’re making cinnamon rolls.
  • Slice the long into thirds. Then each third you want to cut in half length wise, exposing the layers inside. Roll each strip like a snail and place on the prepared lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer until ready to bake.
  • Repeat steps 2-4 with remaining puff pastry sheet.
  • In a bowl combine remaining cinnamon and sugar. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Allow to cool for 2 minutes before brushing with melted butter. Roll each knot in the cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy!
  • We love these on their own or with some vanilla ice cream, but they are best enjoyed fresh, the day you baked them.


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Buttery, sweet, and lightly spiced, puff pastry with cinnamon sugar is a match made in heaven. You can call it a star or a snowflake, but either way it’s delicious! Make it with store bought puff pastry, or make your own easy puff.

What is Puff Pastry?

Puff pastry is a laminated, flaky pastry make with butter, flour, salt, and water. A large sheet of butter is folded into a dough, and through several rolls and folds creates thin layers of butter throughout the pastry. As it bakes, the moisture from the butter evaporates, creating steam and giving the pastry it’s puff.

While full puff pastry requires several hours of time with folding and rolling the dough, you can also make easy puff pastry. Also called rough puff or cheater puff, this recipe gives you two flaky, delicious sheets of pastry in fraction of the time.

Where Can I find Puff Pastry in the Store?

Puff Pastry is in the freezer section of your grocery store. It should be near the frozen pie crusts and the phyllo dough. If you have a smaller local grocery store, they may not stock it.

The most common puff pastry stocked in grocery stores is Pepperidge Farms. While it does puff nicely, it has fats besides butter in it which changes the flavor. DuFour Puff Pastry is all butter, and also sells all-butter puff pastry sheets.

Ingredients for the Puff Pastry Star with Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/4 cup sugar– white, granulate sugar works best here
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon-you can add more or less, depending on how “spicy” you’d like your pastry to be
  • 1 Tablespoon of soft butter-as if there wasn’t enough butter in the puff pastry, right? But a little smear of butter on the pastry helps the cinnamon sugar to stick better when baking.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter – melted
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar – sift to remove any lumps
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk – add this until the frosting is a good drizzling or dipping consistency. You don’t want it runny, but it also shouldn’t be too thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract – it’s just not the same without that li’l hint of vanilla, you know?

Assembling and Baking the Puff Pastry Star with Cinnamon Sugar

Begin by rolling your puff pastry sheets to slightly larger than a 12″ square. Place a 12″ plate on the pastry and use a wheeled cutter to cut around it. I used a pizza cutter, so it doesn’t need to be anything fancy!

If you wish to use a smaller plate, you absolutely can. Just roll the pastry to the appropriate size.

Spread a thin layer of butter over both pieces of puff pastry. It doesn’t need to be much, but a little bit helps the cinnamon sugar stick.

Layering the Puff Pastry and Cinnamon Sugar

Mix together 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 1/2-3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon. You can add more or less, depending on how spiced you like it. I personally prefer it on the spicy side, but if you want it milder reduce the cinnamon to one tablespoon.

Sprinkle a generous amount over the buttered side of one pastry circle. Place the other round of pastry dough over the other, with the buttered side down. Line them up as closely as you can.

A Note on Cinnamon Sugar

You can make your cinnamon sugar spicier or sweeter by changing the amount of cinnamon added.

Shaping the Pastry

Place a small bowl over the center of the layered pastry dough, and use a sharp knife to cut it into quarters. Then, cut each of those quarters into 4 sections. You should end up with sixteen sections.

Beat an egg well and brush it over the top of the cut pastry. This helps create the golden brown finish and also acts as a glue to hold the twists in place as they bake.

Working in pairs, twist each section of the dough three times in opposite directions. Fold the ends over and press down firmly to seal them. If your puff pastry is warm, pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes before baking. This helps solidify the butter again and gives you a better puff.

Bake the pastry at 425° for 20-25 minutes, or until it’s a deep golden brown.

Remove the pastry from the oven and allow it to cool before frosting and serving.

Making the Frosting and Serving the Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sugar Star

To make the frosting, melt the butter and allow it to cool. Mix in the sifted powdered sugar, then add a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the whole milk, a tablespoon at a time, until it’s thin enough to drizzle, but thick enough that it won’t soak into the pastry.

To decorate the top of the puff pastry star, get some frosting on a spoon. As it slowly drips off, move it across the pastry, causing it to fall in lines. Just play with it and continue until you’re happy with the way it looks!

Serve the puff pastry star with extra frosting for dipping. Each section can simply be pulled off by hand for eating.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • sheets of puff pastry
  • sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • of soft butter

For the Frosting

  • . butter, melted
  • powdered sugar
  • – Tablespoons milk
  • vanilla extract

Preparing the Pastry Sheets

puff pastry with cinnamon sugar,

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