How to Make Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon is considered to be one of the oldest spices known to man. Ancestors used it for making drinks, broths and many famous dishes, and we continue to add to our culinary beginnings. Nobody will be surprised by delicious pastries, caressing the sense of smell with the delicate aroma of cinnamon, excellent coffee, warming mulled wine. Despite the abundance of famous dishes, most chefs are used to seeing spice in the ground form, and not everyone knows how to use cinnamon sticks in cooking.

Cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat for breakfast or any time. Baking your own is easy and the aroma throughout your house will be delicious. You can make both traditional rolls or healthy variations with this guide; the first variation is plain cinnamon, the second variation allows for the addition of walnuts and raisins and has a different glaze and is a little bit healthier.

This recipe serves approximately 6 –8 people; preparation time is around 20 minutes, with 2 hours rising and baking time.

Cinnamon sticks are a fragrant spice made from the bark of the tree of the same name. It is a source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It is widely used in cooking and medicine. Eating cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels, activates the brain, improves appetite and normalizes digestion.

It is necessary

  • For the dish qi-mes:
  • – 1 kg of carrots;
  • – a glass of raisins;
  • – 10-12 prunes;
  • – cinnamon stick;
  • – 5 tablespoons of sugar;
  • – 2 tablespoons of lemon juice;
  • – 2 tablespoons of liquid honey;
  • – salt and pepper to taste.
  • For cinnamon tea:
  • – 2 teaspoons of black tea;
  • – 0.5 liters of water;
  • – sugar to taste.


Use cinnamon sticks in your cooking. In the East, they are added to spicy lamb and chicken dishes, in Transcaucasia – in meat and vegetable stews, put in pilaf, kharcho and chikhirtma. In Russia, cereals and milk soups are traditionally prepared with the addition of cinnamon.

Step 2

Use the spice to flavor pickles, sauces, preserves, compotes, and cottage cheese dishes.

Step 3

It is customary to add cinnamon sticks to liquid dishes. Lay them seven to ten minutes before cooking or just before serving, after frying for several minutes in vegetable oil until the aroma appears. If you are going to grind the cinnamon yourself, then fry the sticks in a hot skillet without adding oil.

Step 4

Pair cinnamon with carrots, spinach, milk corn and red cabbage, as well as pears, apples and quince. Add spice to cold fruit soups made from fresh or dry fruits.

Step 5

Prepare a delicious and wholesome Jewish dish qi-mes. To do this, wash, peel and cut the carrots into slices. Fry it in vegetable oil. Rinse and soak raisins and prunes. Remove the pits from the prunes. Place the carrots, raisins, and prunes in a saucepan. Add sugar, salt and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. After an hour, add cinnamon, honey, pepper, pour in lemon juice and simmer for another ten minutes.

Step 6

Add spice to various drinks: yogurt, kefir, coffee, hot chocolate, punch, mulled wine. In Mexico, it is customary to stir hot chocolate and coffee in a mug not with a spoon, but with a cinnamon stick.

Step 7

Make a tea that is used as a warmer for colds and flu. Pour a cinnamon stick with 0.5 liters of boiling water, let it brew for ten minutes. After that, heat the infusion well, not bringing it to a boil. Pour the tea into a dry (preheated) teapot and pour the hot spice tea into it. Place the lid on the kettle and pour into cups after five minutes.

Step 8

To lower blood pressure, add one cinnamon stick to a glass of kefir, let it brew for ten to fifteen minutes, then remove and drink before bed.

Cinnamon sticks can be used in tea, curries, stews, soups, rice, mulled wine, desserts or distilled into extract. Cinnamon sticks add great flavor, improves food palatability and gives a fabulous aroma to baked goods,

Cassia Cinnamon sticks are used in recipes which call for an overt Cinnamon taste, Because Cassia Cinnamon sticks tend to be spicy with a strong aroma it is ideal for coffee. The sticks are hard and can often be used as a stir stick too. Mild soft Ceylon Cinnamon sticks are not ideal for this. Cassia Cinnamon is more often ground into powder for use in baked foods or to sprinkle on food.

Ceylon Cinnamon because it is mild is used in far more complex recipes where Cinnamon does not take stage. It has more range and mixes well with many ingredients to create complex multi layered flavors. It can be used whole or broken into small pieces so the aroma and flavor comes out. In Sri Lanka a small piece of cinnamon is used in virtually every curry recipe. It is the best for making Cinnamon stick tea. In desserts like Crème Brûlée it brings out a refined sophistication and heady aroma.

While Cinnamon powder is more convenient, using whole Cinnamon sticks tends to give a fresher taste. Cinnamon sticks have higher levels of the oils that make Cinnamon so compelling. And sometimes, like in rice or cinnamon stick tea you just can’t use powder. It would be messy. Here are some neat ways to use Cinnamon sticks that you may not have thought of.

  • Make Cinnamon Stick Tea – While you can add a stick of Cinnamon to your coffee or tea, to extract the full benefit of Cinnamon you need to slow boil it. Discover how here.
  • Add a whole stick to rice – Add a cinnamon stick to rice as you boil the rice. It is best to use Ceylon Cinnamon sticks, which will give it a wonderful fragrant aroma. Add half teaspoon of Turmeric into the rice too. That will make the rice yellow and very appetizing.
  • Cinnamon Syrup – This you got to try, especially with Ceylon Cinnamon. The taste and the aroma is fabulous. Great for making cocktails, pour a little on Vanilla Icre cream, sprinkle on fruit salads and drizzle on pancakes. Check out the recipe here.
  • Foot Wash – Got a bad case of Athletes foot? Break 2-3 three Cinnamon sticks and put it into some warm to hot water and immerse your feet in it for 20 minutes or so. Cinnamon has powerful anti fungal properties that should get rid of your foot fungus.
  • Flavored Water – Add one Cinnamon stick to a pot of water on medium heat and bring it to a slow boil, add a slice of orange and take it to work. Its a great refreshing drink. Try this Cinnamon lime recipe for a different twist.

If the average resident of the post-Soviet space has somehow managed to make friends with cinnamon powder, cinnamon sticks, which went on sale later than their crushed analogue, can still cause many unnecessary questions. In fact, the use of cinnamon sticks is about the same as that of powder, except that you can not add them to baking, but we will discuss the detailed recipes further.

How to use cinnamon sticks?

  • red apples (large) – 6 pcs .;
  • apple cider – 0,7 l;
  • cinnamon sticks – 3 pcs .;
  • anise stars – 2 pcs .;
  • lemon – 1 pc.

Pour cider into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. After boiling, the fire is subtracted and we put spices into the liquid: a cinnamon stick and anise. Cook the drink under the lid for 20 minutes.

During this time we make from the whole apples “cups”, extracting from the fruit the core with seeds and part of the pulp so that the walls and the bottom remain intact. Fill each apple “cup” with a fragrant drink and decorate with the same cinnamon sticks.

How to make tea with cinnamon sticks?

  • water – 500 ml;
  • favorite tea – 1 teaspoon;
  • 2 cinnamon sticks;
  • 3 buds of a carnation;
  • lemon peel and orange.

Pour a half liter of water into the kettle and set it to reach the boil. While the water is boiling, put a spoonful of your favorite tea and spices in the teapot – carnation buds and cinnamon sticks. In addition, we remove the zest from the citrus fruit and also put it in the future tea. pour the aromatic contents of the kettle with boiling water, cover it with a lid and leave the tea for 5 minutes. When the drink is brewed, it can be supplemented with a teaspoon of rum, or you can drink it in a non-alcoholic variant.

Classical Pakistani coffee with a cinnamon stick

  • water 750 ml;
  • milk – 750 ml;
  • cinnamon stick;
  • cardamom – 5 pcs .;
  • Ground coffee – 3 tbsp. spoons.

In a small saucepan we fall asleep coffee, there we send a stick of cinnamon and chopped cardamom. Fill the contents of the saucepan with a mixture of milk and water and put everything on the fire. While coffee is brewed, and it takes about 10 minutes, it is necessary to stir the coffee all the time, to take a drink with a spoon and pour from the height, so that a large bubble foam develops on the surface. Next, it remains only to pour the coffee into small cups and add sugar to taste.

Using cinnamon sticks in main courses

With cinnamon sticks, not only drinks, but also meat dishes, like this beef stew, are flavored.

  • beef – 900 g;
  • vegetable oil – 45 ml;
  • white onion – 100 g;
  • carrots – 80 g;
  • stalks of celery – 80 g;
  • garlic cloves – 3 pcs .;
  • peel and juice 1 orange;
  • Balsamic vinegar – 60 ml;
  • water – 1 l;
  • cinnamon stick;
  • laurel leaves – 2 pieces;
  • a branch of rosemary and thyme.

In a heated brazier, fry the diced beef until a characteristic golden color is found on the meat slices. After, we lay out the beef on the plate, and in its place we pass all the vegetables for 8 minutes. Mix them with meat, add cinnamon, laurel, rosemary and thyme, grated zest and orange juice, paste from garlic and keep still a minute to “reveal” the fragrance. Next, pour the contents of the brazier with water and vinegar and simmer under the lid for 2 hours. Before consumption, both cinnamon and herbs are extracted.

Discover the art of making fragrant, tasty, and healthy cinnamon tea by boiling Ceylon cinnamon sticks. We provide complete step-by-step photo and video instructions to guide you through the process. Although it takes time to make, the effort is well worth it.

A cup of golden-red cinnamon stick tea makes for a refreshing and healthy drink without any caffeine. Ceylon cinnamon stick tea is naturally sweet, with zero added sugar. It has an unusually pleasant flavor with a robust, full-bodied taste that lacks any bitterness or astringency. One of the highlights of this Ceylon cinnamon stick tea is its wonderful aroma, with hints of citrus.

They say the smell of cinnamon boosts alertness, memory, and concentration. Those with arthritis will find this fabulous cinnamon stick tea perfect for relieving aching bones and joints. Each 3-inch (4g approx.) cinnamon stick contains about 35% of the Daily Value of manganese, an essential component for bone and joint health.

Prep Time : 1 minute 
Cook Time : 45 minutes

  • 1 three inch Ceylon Cinnamon stick
  • 1.5 cups water

DIRECTIONS (For 1.25 Cup)

  • Place 1.5 cups water into pot or glass kettle.
  • Add one Ceylon Cinnamon Stick (3 inch length)
    (Break the Cinnamon sticks into small pieces for better brewing if you wish but it is not necessary). Close lid.
  • Only when the Cinnamon stick cools does the balance of the Cinnamon gets released. When the water starts bubbling remove from heat and let it steep/rest for 15 minutes.
  • As the water cools you will see the Cinnamon will start to release from the Ceylon Cinnamon stick and it will go from the pale yellow color to a lovely golden red color.
  • Strain the tea through a very fine strainer to ensure none of the small slivers of cinnamon end up in the cup. If you had not broken the sticks into smaller pieces this is not an issue.
  • You may have to reheat the tea before serving, unless you kept the stove top kettle or pan on a heating tray to keep it warm.
    Yield: 1.25 cups

You always add an extra ¼ cup of water because the water evaporates when you boil it, leaving you with exactly 1.25 cups.

The ideal ratio of Cinnamon to water is 3/4 (75%) of a 3 inch sticks to one cup. But since most cinnamon sticks come in a 3 inch size and we don’t want to break off just a quarter, we used the whole stick and made 1.25 cups which fits perfectly into a oversized mug.

Please note you can boil the same stick about 4 times, each time with fresh water. Simple adding more water to the initial boil does not seem to work, possiblly due to some level of osmosis that is possible by adding water and boiling it again for the 2nd,3rd and 4th cup.

  • If possible, opt to use cinnamon stick. They provide a richer flavor than ground cinnamon, and some claim that ground cinnamon is not as potent and does not offer the same health benefits.
  • Find a carrier oil. Olive oil is one of the more common carrier oils used to make cinnamon oil, but any neutral, lightly flavored oil will work. Look at the nutritional value, health benefits, and flavor profiles of your favorite kitchen oils to see which one best suits your needs.
    Olive oil doesn’t break down quickly, and is good for cooking and baking. Its rich flavor may change the cinnamon flavor, though.Almond oil is a lighter, nuttier oil that is also safe to use under high temperatures.Canola oil doesn’t have a strong flavor of its own and is often used for pan frying or baking, but it does not have the same rich nutritional value as some other oils.Coconut oil may have a lightly coconut flavor, and is best when used in moderation due to its high saturated fat content.Flax seed oil is rich in certain micronutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acid and has a gentle taste. It does not stand up to heat well, though, and so is recommended for dressing, dipping, or direct ingestion.
  • Olive oil doesn’t break down quickly, and is good for cooking and baking. Its rich flavor may change the cinnamon flavor, though.
  • Almond oil is a lighter, nuttier oil that is also safe to use under high temperatures.
  • Canola oil doesn’t have a strong flavor of its own and is often used for pan frying or baking, but it does not have the same rich nutritional value as some other oils.
  • Coconut oil may have a lightly coconut flavor, and is best when used in moderation due to its high saturated fat content.
  • Flax seed oil is rich in certain micronutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acid and has a gentle taste. It does not stand up to heat well, though, and so is recommended for dressing, dipping, or direct ingestion.
  • Only use clean, intact jars with undamaged seals. Check the rim of the lid to see if any part of the rubber seal is damaged or missing.
  • Seal and store the oil. Once the oil is successfully transferred into the new jar, seal the jar using a lid with an intact rubber seal. Store the oil in a cool, dry place such as your pantry or the fridge.You may also transfer the strained oil to a decorative bottle if you prefer. Simply make sure the bottle is sterilized in the same manner as the jars.
  • You may also transfer the strained oil to a decorative bottle if you prefer. Simply make sure the bottle is sterilized in the same manner as the jars.
  • Olive oil lasts for up to three years on its own, and thus does not need to be refrigerated.If you used coconut oil as a carrier oil, keep in mind that it solidifies at cooler temperatures. Expose it to light heat to re-liquify.
  • Olive oil lasts for up to three years on its own, and thus does not need to be refrigerated.
  • If you used coconut oil as a carrier oil, keep in mind that it solidifies at cooler temperatures. Expose it to light heat to re-liquify.
  • Try substituting small amounts of your cinnamon oil in baking to get not only its health benefits but its rich flavor. For example, if a recipe calls for half a cup of oil, try a quarter cup of your normal cooking oil and a quarter cup of the cinnamon oil.
  • Use cinnamon oil in stir-fry or as part of a marinade or dressing to impart a unique flavor.

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Cinnamon sticks are a delicious and aromatic form of cinnamon that can be used in a wide variety of ways. You can use cinnamon sticks to create various useful and one-of-a-kind crafts, or to add a subtle spice flavor to various dishes. When steeped in liquid, cinnamon sticks can also be used to make delicious, uniquely spiced beverages.

  • You can also use a piece of twine or hemp instead of a leather cord.
  • Let the wax cool and harden for at least 15 minutes before removing the pencil and trimming the wick as needed.
  • Tie cinnamon sticks onto gifts for an added personal touch. For an easy way to elevate your fall or holiday gifts, use ribbon, twine, or holiday-colored string to tie a few cinnamon sticks onto your wrapped gifts. The recipient will surely appreciate your added effort and the pleasant scent.
  • Use your homemade cinnamon syrup on ice cream, in cocktails or other drinks, or on waffles or pancakes.
  • If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can also add a cinnamon stick to a pot of rice and water and cook according to the instructions on the stovetop.
  • Cinnamon sticks are a great addition to oatmeal made with apples, peaches, raisins, or pumpkin puree.
  • Add an orange peel or cinnamon stick stirrer for an extra garnish.
  • Boil a cinnamon stick with hot chocolate. To make a traditional New Mexico hot chocolate, pour milk, cocoa powder, and white sugar into a saucepan. Add a cinnamon stick, then turn the stovetop on low. Bring the liquid to a simmer while stirring consistently to combine. Once it reaches a low boil, turn the stovetop off and let it cool before pouring it into a mug to enjoy.
    You can either leave the cinnamon stick in the hot chocolate when you pour it into a mug, or remove it with a spoon if you prefer.You can use a pre-packaged hot chocolate mix instead on cocoa and sugar.
  • You can either leave the cinnamon stick in the hot chocolate when you pour it into a mug, or remove it with a spoon if you prefer.
  • You can use a pre-packaged hot chocolate mix instead on cocoa and sugar.
  • This will only add a subtle cinnamon flavor. If you want the cinnamon to be stronger, use another cinnamon stick to stir your coffee while it’s still hot.

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Properties of cinnamon

Like any other product, cinnamon has a list of positive and negative properties. Spiciness in itself is not capable of harming a person’s health, but everything can change if he starts to abuse spice: do not eat it whole spoons, especially several times in one day. Cinnamon promotes weight loss, which causes some people to assume that increasing the dose will help to achieve a better result, but this is not the spice with which this method will go “with a bang.” In a moderate amount of seasoning contributes to the overall improvement of the body, but it’s worth crossing the line, and the effect may seem inversely proportional to what you want. A small amount of cinnamon will positively affect the work of the brain, and over time also on the visual system, however, the organism will respond to an overdose with a decline in strength, the emotional state will become depressed, and severe pain in the head may appear.

Homeland of an unusual spice

If you look at historical sources, you can find out that southeast Asia is considered the birthplace of cinnamon , but this does not guarantee that any spice collected in this region will correspond to a high quality index. The best product is spice, brought from Sri Lanka. The second country-producer is India. It is important to pay attention to the place where spices are gathered, because the goods from Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam and China not only do not compete with spices grown by leading producers, but also harm health. In these countries, actively growing a cinnamon substitute – cassia, if you look at the appearance, it can not be distinguished from the original spice, and the difference in taste will be found only by a person well versed in this matter. This cinnamon will never affect the body negatively, but in the case of cassia it is possible – the composition of the spice includes coumarin, which reduces the coagulability of the blood.

Where to buy cinnamon sticks?

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • A glass jar with a wide mouth and a lid with a seal
  • A carrier oil
  • Cheese cloth

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  • cups (590 ml) flour
  • 25 g / 5 teaspoons fresh yeast or 8.5 g / 1/2 tablespoon of dry yeast
  • 70 g / 2 ½ oz (5 tablespoons) melted butter
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk
  • 75 g / 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 200 g / 1 cup brown sugar
  • 85 g / 3/4 stick of butter, kept at room temperature
  • Egg wash – 1 egg with 2 tbsp milk beaten together
  • 1 handful flour for extra dusting
  • 2 tablespoons / 30 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 g salt
  • 2 3/4 cups / 650 g bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons / 10 g active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm / 60 milliliters (2  fl oz) (not hot) water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup / 60 g butter
  • 7/8 cup / 200 ml milk
  • 1/4 / 60 g cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup / 60 g raisins (optional)
  • Filling: 1 tbsp / 15 g cinnamon, 1 tbsp / 15 g melted butter, 2 tsp / 10 g icing/powdered sugar.

This version can be made either in a bread machine or by hand. Instructions are provided for both.

  • Spread butter over a piece of bread.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the butter and bread.
  • Roll the bread the short way.
  • Cut three or four pieces of the bread.
  • Put the pieces on a plate.
  • Repeat for however many rolls you want to make.
  • Put the plate in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. It seems like not enough time, but, honestly, it’s a little too much time.
  • If you have glaze around, you can drizzle that over the rolls.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  • Can I use oil instead of melted butter?
    Yes, you can use oil as a substitution for butter. Any oil will work for this recipe.
  • Can I use soy milk instead of normal milk?
    Yes. The texture may differ a bit, but it should still look and taste basically the same.
  • Would it taste different if adding a little bit of brown sugar?
    To the sophisticated taste buds, yes, there is a flavor difference, and brown sugar makes it taste better!

What is it used for?

Before you take up cooking, you need to think carefully about how to use cinnamon sticks in creating a culinary masterpiece. To bake flour products easier and faster to buy a ground version of spicy spice, almost every modern store has on its shelves this product. A powder product can also be added to coffee. If the purpose of cooking is a cocktail or tea, where it is important to convey not only taste, but also a pleasant appearance, it is better to buy cinnamon in sticks. It does not leave a cloudy residue. Tea with cinnamon sticks is not only original, but also infinitely delicious.

Recipes of some dishes suggest the presence of a flavor, left by the presence of spices during the cooking process. In the end, the spice should not be in the dish, there are experienced culinary experts and set an example of how to use cinnamon sticks to get out of a delicate situation. They are fried in vegetable oil, and then discarded, thereby preserving the taste of spice without finding it in the components of the dish. The powder, therefore, can not be pulled out any more.

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Cinnamon oil

  • To save some rolls, place them in the refrigerator. When it’s time for lunch heat them up and have a lunch dessert kind of meal!
  • You can make the rolls the night before, then refrigerate them until morning, baking them just in time for breakfast.
  • Note that for the dough, make sure you have the exact measurements. A tiny bit of flour will make the dough seem drier. If it happens add drops of water until satisfied and then keep kneading.

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How many times can I use cinnamon sticks?

Many housewives are wondering whether it is possible to use cinnamon sticks several times, or to discard them correctly after the first application? Everything depends on the personal preferences of the hostess. If you cook compote, jam or add cinnamon to mulled wine, then after cooking, you can safely get it and use it several times. However, do not forget that with each new time cinnamon will give the dish less flavor, and the taste will become less saturated. The opinion of the housewives came down to the fact that the optimal number of using spice sticks is three times.

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Life presents a lot of surprises: when you come to the store for a powder of cinnamon, you can not find it, but buy spices in the form of sticks. Inexperienced cooks may wonder about how to use cinnamon sticks in cooking baking? The answer is absolutely obvious – to grind, but here a person warns a number of technical subtleties.

To grate such cinnamon on a grater is extremely problematic, to try to do it in a coffee grinder or using a blender is not the best idea, instead of a fine powder you will get large and uneven chunks. The correct way is to dry the wand in a dry frying pan, which removes excess moisture from it, making it fragile, and the pleasant aroma for which people love spice will intensify several times.

The second step will be the placement of the dried stick in a dense package and grinding it with a rolling pin, only after that the obtained pieces can be ground in a coffee grinder or blender. You do not need to crush all the cinnamon at once, whole sticks keep the flavor full for a year, and the powder is only half that time.

  • Large and small bowls.
  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife
  • Clean work surface for dough
  • Tea Towel.
  • Pastry brush, basting brush or similar implement.
  • Spoon
  • Baking pan or rectangular cookie sheet.
  • Oven mitts.

Ceylon cinnamon. How to distinguish from a fake?

The best spice is extracted from the bark of a tree that grows in Sri Lanka or in Western India. At the moment, when many know the stories about how stores deceive customers, giving out cassia, which has a number of negative properties, for real spice, Ceylon cinnamon is in great demand among lovers of fragrant spices. Check the purchase in the store in several ways. To do this, you need to carefully study the cinnamon sticks: real spice has a pleasant light brown color, fake is famous for brownish-brown tint. Cassia in the process of delivery from the collection point and the packaging to the store is deformed, it is itself very fragile, its surface is always, well, or almost always, will be decorated with a cobweb of cracks. The third way, which makes it possible to make sure of the correctness of the purchase: drop on the crushed stick with iodine – cassia will turn blue.

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