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Cinnamon Twists

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What can you do with puff pastry? Make cinnamon twists of course, along with many other things. I particularly love these homemade cinnamon twists. They are so extremely easy to make with just four ingredients!

The reason why I love these delectable pastries is they are so quick to make and are perfect for breakfast, brunch, snacks, or as a dessert. And it gives you one more thing you can make with that puff pastry that you have. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Glass bowls of ingredients and puff pastry on a wooden table.

In order to make these yummy cinnamon twists you need just a few ingredients.

  • Puff pastry – You can use store-bought or homemade puff pastry if you like. I use store-bought on occasion because it is so quick and easy to use, but homemade is definitely better.
  • Sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Butter

Tools

  • Sheet pan or cookie sheet
  • Silicone mat or parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Pizza cutter or knife
  • Shaker for cinnamon and sugar or a spoon
  • Basting brush

Step 2: How to make cinnamon twists with puff pastry

First, I want to point out that these puff pastry cinnamon twists are definitely different than the classic Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists. So if you are expecting these to taste like those, then they just won’t.

Begin by preheating the oven to 400 F/205 C. Then mix together your sugar and your cinnamon in a small bowl. You can also just place the sugar and cinnamon in your shaker and shake it to blend it together.

I want to point out you won’t use all of this cinnamon and sugar, you will most likely only wind up using about a third of it, if not less.

It is always nice to have a shaker with cinnamon and sugar mixed especially if you use it so frequently as I do. If you don’t want any leftover, then I recommend using much less sugar and cinnamon.

Step 3: Prepare the puff pastry

Hand with red ruler and pizza roller cutting strips out of the puff pastry.

If using frozen puff pastry, that it out 30 to 40 minutes before you want to make the cinnamon twists. Then roll it out onto a counter or silicone mat. You won’t need to roll it too much.

Then take a ruler and cut along the edge, every inch or so, making several strips of puff pastry. You wind up getting about 9 strips from one sheet of puff pastry.

Step 4: Cinnamon and butter, yes please!

Hand basting puff pastry strips with melted butter.

Now melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Then baste the top of the puff pastry strips with butter.

Several unbaked cinnamon twists on a silicone mat.

Next, sprinkle the top liberally with cinnamon and sugar. Then flip each strip over and repeat the process with the butter and cinnamon and sugar.

Another method you can try is pour the cinnamon and sugar in a small sheet pan and just put the strips in the pan along with the cinnamon and sugar. I prefer the first method myself.

Step 5: Cinnamon twists time!

Hands twisting cinnamon and sugar puff pastry strips, on top of a silicone mat-lined sheet pan.

Now grab each strip with clean hands of course and twist the ends which will in turn twist the puff pastry strip. Place them about an inch a part on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Several unbaked cinnamon twists on a sheet pan lined with a silicone mat.

Bake them in the oven, middle rack position, for 15 to 20 minutes until they puff up and are golden brown.

Several freshly baked cinnamon twists on a sheet pan lined with a silicone mat.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. If you like you can drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of them and or add some powdered sugar as well.

Also you can serve them with some homemade strawberry sauce to dip them in. Enjoy!

How long do homemade cinnamon twists last?

If stored in an airtight container or a plastic bag, they will last a few days at room temperature or about 4 to 5 days in the fridge. They will taste better fresh, however.

Here are a few more recipes you may like:

Bacon Wrapped Steak

Funnel Cakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

3-Ingredient Sponge Cake

Homemade Crunch Bar

Homemade Puff Pastry

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Cinnamon Twists

These homemade puff pastry cinnamon twists are so delicious and easy to make using only 4 ingredients. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, as a snack, or for dessert. And they are super easy to make. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Cooling Time5 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, European, French
Keyword: crispy, flaky, puff pastry, sweet
Servings: 9 People
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Sheet pan or cookie sheet
  • Silicone Mat or parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Pizza cutter or knife
  • Shaker for cinnamon and sugar or a spoon
  • Basting brush

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry homemade or frozen
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100g
  • 1 to 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon 3 to 6g
  • 2 tbsp. butter 28g

Instructions

  • Remove the puff pastry from the freezer 40 minutes before making the cinnamon twists. Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C.
  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Put it in an empty spice container or just use it in bowl with a spoon.
  • Unfold the puff pastry on the counter or a silicone mat or piece of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin and roll it out just a bit stretching it about an extra inch or two on each side.
  • Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal strips using a ruler as a guide and a knife or pizza roller to make the cuts.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. It only needs about 25 to 30 seconds in the microwave. Then baste the tops of the pastry strips with butter. Sprinkle the tops evenly with cinnamon and sugar and then flip all the strips over. And then repeat with the butter and cinnamon and sugar on this side.
  • Using clean hands grab the ends of the strips and twist it a few times. Then place it onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake the cinnamon twists for 15 to 20 minutes until they puff up and are golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving them. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Cinnamon Twists | Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Twist Recipe

Notes

*NOTE: You won’t use all of the cinnamon and sugar mix, probably only about a third of it. Save the rest for later, or just decrease the amount of cinnamon and sugar you use, to begin with.
Cinnamon twists lists of nutritional facts

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! My kids love this recipe! These are so delicious and scrumptious!

  2. 5 stars
    These are the best! My kids and I have already made them 3 times this week and they come out soft & delicious every time!

  3. Sherrie Voegele

    5 stars
    Bought some puff pastry and I hope my back feels better tomorrow to try and make these Cinnamon Sticks.

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