21 Recipes for People Obsessed with Cinnamon

updated Nov 15, 2023
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Pumpkin cinnamon rolls in a pan.
Credit: Kelli Foster

Yes, there’s pumpkin spice, but let’s be real — cinnamon is the OG fall spice. And even though we bet you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen without cinnamon in it in some form, it’s still a spice that doesn’t always get its due. Yes, it’s great in cinnamon rolls or sprinkled over oatmeal, but it’s also a great addition to savory dishes like stews and chili. For all the cinnamon-lovers out there, here are 15 recipes you won’t be able to resist.

Cinnamon Recipes

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Pillowy pumpkin rolls are swirled with a gooey spiced brown sugar and pumpkin filling, then topped with maple cream cheese icing.
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Apple Cinnamon Mini Monkey Breads

Mini monkey breads might be one of our favorite make-ahead treats. And this version gets an upgrade, thanks to the apples, cranberries, raisins, and lemon zest that get mixed in with the dough.

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Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
This pull-apart monkey bread is a gooey, cinnamon-swirled tour de force.
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Cinnamon Toast Grilled Cheese
A grilled cheese with cinnamon swirl bread, crispy bacon, and two kinds of melty cheese. Salty and sweet, it is the best of both worlds.
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Brown Butter Cinnamon Roll Sandwich Cookies
The iconic cinnamon bun like you've never seen it before: as a a bize-sized sandwich cookie.
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Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake
This playful take on pound cake is ultra fragrant thanks to a thick cinnamon swirl and finished with a decadent cream cheese icing.
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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Buns

Give your cinnamon rolls a little bit of a flavor boost by adding some sweet potatoes to the dough. We know you might be skeptical, but trust us — this recipe is sure to become a favorite.

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Honeyed Cinnamon Almond Butter
Why make DIY almond butter? It takes 30 minutes (mostly inactive time, toasting nuts in the oven); it's cheaper; and you can customize it!
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Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

Is there anything better than cinnamon-raisin bread? Not in our books. This homemade version is guaranteed to make you feel like an accomplished baker, and be the best toast you’ve ever tasted.

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Apple & Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

Yes, this bourbon makes a great holiday gift, but it also makes a great addition to your home bar. You’ll want to make it now so that once apple cider season is in full swing, you can make spiked cider and hot toddies all the time.

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Ginger Cinnamon Caramels

As if caramels aren’t delicious enough, these ginger and cinnamon caramels are just the sweet treat you need for fall. But be careful — one is never enough!

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Cinnamon Roll Wreath
You can use any cinnamon roll recipe that you like here — or even recipes for sticky buns, sweet buns, or any other kind of filled breakfast roll.
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Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

What’s the easiest way to make French toast for a crowd? By making it into a casserole, of course. This recipe uses ciabatta, and is not to be missed.

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Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Breakfast Bars

For fall or winter houseguests, this is the Saturday or Sunday breakfast you want to have ready. Like a bar version of cinnamon rolls, but a little more decadent, thanks to the cream cheese, it’s a can’t-miss recipe.

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Mediterranean Chicken Stew with Cinnamon Couscous

We’ve all used garlic or savory herbs to flavor our grain or pasta side dishes, so why not cinnamon? With such a warming, tomato-rich chicken stew, the cinnamon flavor is perfect.

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Cinnamon-Hazelnut Pavlova with Coconut Cream & Exotic Fruit

Not all cinnamon desserts have to be heavy or rich. This airy pavlova topped with berries and tropical fruits gets a welcome flavor infusion from the cinnamon and hazelnut.

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Apple Cinnamon Toaster Strudels
These toaster strudels will remind you of the ones you ate growing up, except they're homemade and full of fresh apples with a tangy icing drizzle.
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Cinnamon Waffles
Amp up your waffle game with a cinnamon twist.
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Cinnamon Apples
Cinnamon apples whipped up on the stovetop taste like warm apple pie filling.
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Cinnamon-Sugar Nutella Stuffed French Toast
You haven't had French toast until you've stuffed it with chocolate-hazelnut spread and rolled it in cinnamon sugar.
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